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#1 freddiefan

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 12:57 PM

First-off I want to say Hello!  I am new to this site. 

 

I recently purchased a few Dell Desktop computers to scrap for the precious materials.  Some of these were in working condition when removed from service, but had hard drive wiped.  I don't know what OS they had before but I would like to have Windows 7 or newer in them.  What would I need to do to make these whole again and running?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  These are Dell Optiplex GX110.



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 01:02 PM

Hi freddiefan :)

I just looked up the drivers webpage for your computer model on Dell website, here:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/product/optiplex-gx110/drivers

It seems that the only support Windows XP for the most recent Windows OS, which means that they won't have any drivers that are compatible past Windows XP, so no Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1. Therefore, I guess that it won't be possible for you to install Windows 7 (or newer like you say) on these computers. On top of that, I can easily image these computers being under spec'd, which a really small HDD, close to no RAM, etc. I guess the best thing you can do with them is to install a really light-weight Linux distro (like Puppy Linux) on them or completely scrap them, since I doubt you'll be able to do anything useful with these.

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