Having decided to upgrade our office system to Win 8 from present Win XP SP3, I ran the Win 8 Upgrade Assistant to see what we would have to do. Most of the existing software is compatible. Apple QuickTime is not compatible, but I don't know what we use that for anyway. There are other media players/viewers, such as VLC. There are updates or solutions available for most of the other "question mark" items. The report says "Secure Boot isn't compatible" with your PC" and "Your PC's firmware doesn't support Secure Boot ... "
The MOBO is Micro-Star MS-7577 with 4 GB memory installed (the most that XP can recognize?). Processor is AMD Phenom II X4 945. Looks to me that with a 64-bit OS installed the MOBO could take 16 GB of RAM. BIOS is AMI 4.1 dated 7/2/2009. Would updating the BIOS solve the "firmware" problem mentioned above?
If it would be helpful I can run Speccy on that system, and/or attach the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant report. What I am trying to find out is a) whether it will be reasonable to run Win 8 on that hardware, and if so, what hardware upgrades would be desirable or necessary?
Thanks for enlightenment!
Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 12 March 2014 - 07:11 PM.
Moved to Advice on Buying a New Computer