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#1 SuperT

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 11:14 AM

Hello.
I have a Dell Dimension E530 that came with XP Home installed. They provided me with re-install and drivers disks.
I don't believe it's compatible with Windows 7 (although I could be wrong even though I checked with the Win7 upgrade utility) and would therefore like to upgrade to XP Pro. I just replaced the harddrive and re-installed XP Home, but I want the fuller features of XP Pro with out all the other Dell software that is usually "included".
I would think that installing XP Pro and grabbing the needed drivers off my disk or the 'net should work sufficiently. But I wonder whether Dell's hardware configurations are "proprietary" to an OS that has been configured by Dell.
Am I way out in left field here?!?
Any guidance is appreciated.
Thank you.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 11:41 AM

But I wonder whether Dell's hardware configurations are "proprietary" to an OS that has been configured by Dell.


Nope. You can proceed as intended.

The latest drivers can easily be sourced from the Dell Support site.

As far as Win XP drivers are concerned, the only variation would be with the 32bit and 64bit releases.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:00 PM

Thanks for the quick reply!

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:40 PM

That Dell Dimension E530 should take Windows 7 if you meet the system requirements. Why would anyone buy a version of XP if they didn't have to, it has already left mainstream support and will leave extended support entirely in about three years. Note that if you do upgrade to Windows 7, because XP is so ancient, you cannot do an in-place upgrade and must do a clean install.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:47 PM

Could any of you find the desktop itself on the Dell site? Strangely i couldn't find it.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:19 PM

It does exist, but for some reason it isn't listed as a product. Dell's site does have a community feature where customers do talk about it.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 11:50 AM

AFAIK the only real difference betweeh Home and Pro is the way it handles networking.
Might be wrong though.
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