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Upgrading to Windows 7 from XP... Is It Time?

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#1 Teach Power

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

Hello. I was looking up previous topics regarding upgrading to Windows 7 and was not really finding any definitive answers. I have been perfectly happy and content with Windows XP Home Edition SP3 and have been flirting with the idea of upgrading to Windows 7. What brought me to this was I want to install and play Battlefield 3 which only runs on Windows 7. I have a nice system even by today's standards, so I ran the Microsoft's upgrade to Windows 7 app checker. It told me that most programs would be fine but there are some like K-lite's Codec Pack and such that it is unclear if there is compatability. Now I am not going to backup data, clean install Windows 7, and reinstall all programs and apps just to play one game. But if it would be better to upgrade to Windows 7 for an overall improvement and performance boost with my current hardware then I will. So can some people chime in and help me make the decision. Thank you in advance to those that give insightful and knowledgeable replies.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:55 PM

First thing you need to do is determine if your system hardware supports W7 and if there hardware drivers available

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

I have a nice system even by today's standards

Prove it :lol:

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:16 AM

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx

Windows 7 Upgrade Guide All Your Questions Answered Maximum PC - http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/windows_7_upgrade_guide_all_your_questions_answered


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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:23 AM

Things to take into consideration:

  • If you've got Windows XP Home installed, then your system is likely to be at least five years old. That being the case, then key components like the motherboard and processor will be reaching the end of their life. If you upgrade to Windows 7, you might get an additional two years worth of pleasure out of the system after which you'll have to start replacing those parts. Considering the cost of a retail version of Windows 7, it's hardly worth your while.
  • Today's software requires much faster processors and memory. Installing Windows 7 on an old machine won't meet those requirements and you may experience a significant slowdown in performance.
  • An upgrade to Windows 7 usually requires a BIOS update. There may not be one available for your machine. Check with the manufacturer first.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:24 AM

If you install Windows 7 and you have alot of data or work. It will create a directory called Window.old Now this directory has the whole disk of your Windows XP Home.

OEM Windows 7 disk will tied motherboard to that installation disk
Retail Windows 7 is not tied to OEM so you can install new motherboard if your old motherboard has a problem I have a retail version

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

I upgraded with the "Home Premium" retail version, got it from newegg for less than $90. You qualify for a Win7 upgrade with any version of XP installed. I had set up a dual boot, but I never went back to XP after installing Win7 other than two times to get updates. I decided to just go with 7 and never looked back. If your present box will work with 7 try it with a retail upgrade version. It comes with both the 32 bit and 64 bit CD's, I upgrade my box with 8G of ram so I wanted to take advantage of it with the 64 bit.

You have to make sure what you have now can support Win7 and if it does go for it (retail version can be reinstalled with no problems like the OEM has sometimes) you'll never go back to XP after you had 7 for a while.

Good Luck, check newegg for any deals. This one is $109 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116713

Edited by CmmTch, 24 April 2012 - 09:23 PM.


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