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Installing windows on a laptop?

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#1 DukeJP2010


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Posted 13 October 2010 - 11:41 PM

First of all, thank you for your help and reading this.

I have a Toshiba laptop that came with windows Vista 32 bit. It's performance has become sluggish after about 3 years of installing all sorts of various stuff, and I wish to format it and install windows 7 64-bit which I purchased recently (and completely separately from Toshiba). I know that the processor (an Intel core 2 Duo T8100) works with 64 bit because it is in the specifications, and I dual-boot Linux 64 bit (Ubuntu) and it works fine.

My main question is, can I just reformat this Toshiba laptop and install a copy of windows that I purchased separately? I recall hearing somewhere that laptops but a lock on their computers so that only certainly signed versions of windows can install on them (basically, so you have to buy it from them at a mark-up). Is this true?

My secondary question is, should everything work fine in a 64-bit environment? I assume the computer shipped with a 32-bit version for a reason, but I am at a loss as to why. Did they just not want to support the compatibility issues?

Thank you for your help!

EDIT: Laptop specs, if you need them:
Toshiba Satellite a305-s6839
Intel core 2 Duo processor T8100
3072MB PC5300 DDR2 SDRam
320GB (5400RPM) HDD
ATI mobility radeon HD 3470 with 256MB

And according to windows (found under "more details about your computer"):
Component Details
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8100 @ 2.10GHz 
Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series
Gaming graphics 1534 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 127GB Free (297GB Total)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium 

  Manufacturer TOSHIBA 
  Model Satellite A305 
  Total amount of system memory 3.00 GB RAM 
  System type 32-bit operating system 
  Number of processor cores 2 
  64-bit capable Yes 
  Total size of hard disk(s) 297 GB 
  Disk partition (C:) 127 GB Free (297 GB Total) 
  Media drive (D:) CD/DVD 
  Display adapter type ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series 
  Total available graphics memory 1534 MB 
		Dedicated graphics memory 256 MB 
		Dedicated system memory 0 MB 
		Shared system memory 1278 MB 
  Display adapter driver version 8.753.0.0 
  Primary monitor resolution 1280x800 
  DirectX version DirectX 10 
  Network Adapter Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller 
  Network Adapter Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN 
  Network Adapter Microsoft Tun Miniport Adapter

Edited by DukeJP2010, 14 October 2010 - 12:00 AM.

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:41 AM

You should work fine when you install windows 7 on it, also i recommend you install 64bit programs rather then 32bit. The drivers can be a headache, i have supplied you a link to 64bit drivers. http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su...mily=1073768663

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:26 AM

and I dual-boot Linux 64 bit (Ubuntu) and it works fine.

On this laptop?

Primary hard disk 127GB Free (297GB Total)


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