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buy new pc with Win7 or update old pc that has XP

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#1 walkerstoo


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 02:45 PM

which would be best choice? purchase new pc or go the expense and effort to update old pc  (Dell XPS 410)?


any help, idea appreciated



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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:31 PM

You can download the Windows 7 upgrade advisor and see what items if any need to be upgraded. Usually a computer that runs XP will have a hard time running Windows 7 but I think your computer would be capable of easily running Windows 7.





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Posted 26 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

If you do not game you have decent very well made machine fine for 7, up the ram to 4g and spring for a new HD.  I am pretty sure you will be just fine.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:39 PM

Hi walkerstoo

     Welcome to BC.................I had a HP compaq with Windows XP & I was having the same dilemma only it was not really in the budget to purchase a new computer or upgrade mine,,,,not to mention the time ,effort & know how to do the upgrade......

      It was suggested to me(here,of course)to look into purshasing a refurbished computer with Windows 7......& I did just that & I am thrilled!I went to Walmart online & ordered exactly what I was looking for,I do not like to make purchases online so I paid for & had it sent to my local Walmart,it arrived quickly,they opened the box to make sure everything looked good & I have a 12 month warranty.......

       There was so much to choose from & they have great prices,I am more than satisfied & would highly recommend looking into this option  ........hope this helps


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#5 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 06:44 PM

If this computer is as built, it has a 640 Gb hard drive which, while not huge, is bigger than that in many laptops and it is specified with 2Gb of DDR3 RAM. This is enough to run Win 7, but it would be better to increase this to 4 Gb. My favourite charity - correction - my local computer and parts supplier sells 4 Gb sticks of Kingston DDR3 RAM for £UK 34 ( €40, $US 50, approx ). That, plus the cost of a copy of Win 7 is all you need to buy.


However, if you go this route, there is no upgrade path from XP to Win 7, you are doing a complete install and the first step it takes is to format the hard drive. You will need to back up ALL your data before you start and anything else you wish to keep.


So your choice is £ 34 plus the cost of a copy of Win 7 plus probably a weekend doing the install, re-installing all your applications and putting your data back where it belongs OR the price of a new or refurbished computer.


The same charity mentioned above will supply a new desktop tower complete with Win 7 for from £UK 300 up. You would still have to install your applications and transfer over your data, but that would apply to any computer, new or refurbished.


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