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Upgrade Old Dell for Windows 10


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#1 Ranger SVO

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 11:45 AM

I recently started teaching at a school that provides the teachers with MacBooks  :ranting: . So I took my personal PC to school. I want to bring it home.

 

I have an old Dell Dimension 8400 here that I could use at school. The OS is Windows 7 Ultimate x86. Because it has to run two monitors and an electronic white board (Promethean Board) a Windows 10 compatible video card was added (VisionTek Radeon 6450 1 GB). 

 

The RAM has been increased to 4GB and the HD was replaced with a Samsung 840 SSD.

 

Finally, I clicked on the "Get Windows 10" icon and got the message that my CPU was not Windows 10 compatible. It is lacking the NX bit implementation.

 

The CPU is a Pentium 4 550, and after a little research I found that the Pentium 4 660 should be compatible. I found a used one for sale cheap, should be here Wednesday.

 

​Is there any other surprises that I might run into hardware wise? I really want to take the Dell to school and bring my other computer home.


Edited by Ranger SVO, 28 November 2015 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 07:41 AM

When you are upgrading the cpu make sure you remove all the old thermal paste with a tissue and isopropyl alchohol. Then put on new thermal paste such as artic silver.

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#3 Ranger SVO

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 05:51 PM

The processor upgrade worked. The Pentium 4 660 arrived Tuesday and I installed it this morning. 

 

Windows 10 installed with no problem. 



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Posted 05 December 2015 - 07:53 PM

Agreed! That stuff can get you if you're not careful.


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