Upgrade to Windows 7 from xppro

  swapper 08:19 AM 23 Jun 13

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600 OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System Name HOME-TOWER System Manufacturer P4i6G System Model P4i65G System Type X86-based PC Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 5 GenuineIntel ~2799 Mhz BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. P1.40, 31/07/2007 SMBIOS Version 2.3 Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32 Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1 Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)" User Name HOME-TOWER\ Time Zone GMT Daylight Time Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB Available Physical Memory 600.86 MB Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB Page File Space 1.78 GB Page File C:\pagefile.sys ................................. Hello, Support for Winxp is ending next year, and that I know that I should upgrade. Windows 7 upgrade is available at £98.

Can anyone advise me please? should I upgrade to Vista or Win7. will my system support either..Good, Well, Fairly well or don't bother!

Would all of my Docs, pictures, music etc. import to either o.k.

Thank you for any advice.

  swapper 08:27 AM 23 Jun 13

I'm sorry about the way my question has appeared...a mess. I used Notepad to copy and past the system and it looked o.k. at the time

  wiz-king 08:33 AM 23 Jun 13

I have upgraded several XP machines to Win 7 with no problems. Just read the screen as you do it and don't go clicking things before you have read them and thought about them. I played safe and copied all my files to a USB stick before hand but did not have to use it.

  Jollyjohn 09:06 AM 23 Jun 13


Having carefully read through your specifications it appears you have 1GB RAM which is hared with Onboard graphics.

If you install Windows 7 on this set up it will be as dynamic as a snail moving through molasses.

Got to Crucial.com/uk and run the scanner. This will confirm how much RAM is installed and advise the maximum amount your motherboard can accept. You need at least 2GB to run W7 Stick to W7 32bit unless your motherboard will accept 4GB RAM, or more.

I would consider buying a graphics card in order to free up more RAM for the system to use.

Stay away from Vista! An upgrade to W7 is a sensible move if you can get enough RAM.

  Ian in Northampton 13:44 PM 23 Jun 13

Just wanted to endorse jollyjohn's key points - you'll need more memory, and don't bother with Vista. With more memory, W7 should be fine.

  swapper 07:13 AM 24 Jun 13

Thank you all.

Jock1e, I have run the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Report, it was very interesting. It seems that I could perform a custom installation of 32 bit windows 7. The majority of my programmes are compatible, or updateable, the remainder I could live with without. There are a couple of items of my hardware that are borderline. With this in mind I think that I will leave things as they are until the end of the year and buy a new desktop drive, this might push me to Windows 8. But at least I know now! So thanks again for all the input.

  Batch 09:34 AM 24 Jun 13

If you are going down the Windows 7 32bit route, you will be limited to addressing 4GB of memory regardless of how much (more than that) may be installed.

Of that 4GB, some will be reserved for other hardware addressing, meaning that you will get 3.5GB or less of usable memory. The biggest culprit for this is video RAM. For this reason it would probably NOT be a good idea to install a video card as it may well have more RAM assigned to it than your existing on-board graphics. Certainly the more video RAM a graphics card has the more of that 4GB address space it will eat up.

  Batch 09:39 AM 24 Jun 13

Also, by way of contrast to my post above, Windows 7 32bit requires a lot less memory to run than Windows 7 64bit. So you would need to add less memory to work (well) with Windows 7 32bit than 64bit (as long as whatever the 32bit gives you is adequate for you without forcing a heavy swap load).

It's not just Windows 7 32bit that is smaller but also other things like drivers (a 32 bit OS requires 32 bit drivers whereas a 64 bit OS requires 64 bit drivers)


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