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Windows XP upgrade to 8.1 HELP


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#1 jxpars004

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 10:54 PM

Hello all,

 

          This is my first post and I'm hoping someone here can provide some insight as to what may or may not work with what I'm trying to do. The long and short of it is that I built a pc (specs listed below) in 2008 with windows XP on it. 2 years ago, XP crashed, and pursuing a career, my gaming pc got put away for a while. Now I am trying to revive my old pc to have some fun again.

 

 BASICALLY, I have my current hard drive with all my games, files, and the crashed version of windows xp. I want to install a new, 2nd hard drive in my computer and install a new clean version of windows 8.1.

 

 MY QUESTIONS ARE:

 

-Will all my pc components (being all purchased in 2007) support windows 8.1?

 

And

 

-How would I go about running two hard drives, installing a new version of windows on blank hard drive #2, and keeping all my old games / files except for windows xp from hard drive number 1?

 

 Thanks for the help in advance!!

 

My PC:

 

PSU- 500 watt power supply

 

MOTHERBOARD- Asus P5N-D

 

CPU- Intel E8400 Wolfdale 3.0 GHz LGA 775 (I plan to overcook slightly)

 

CPU FAN- Corsair H50 CPU Water cooler 120 mm radiator and fan

 

RAM- 2 X 2GB Gskill 240 pin DDR2 800

 

Hard drives- #1 Western Digital 500 GB 7200 RPM

                    #2 Western Digital 350 GB 7200 RPM

 

Video Card- Evga GeForce GTX 550Ti

 

If I left anything crucial out please let me know, also if needed, I can provide more specifics i.e. exact model on all components. Thanks!!!



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Posted 30 December 2015 - 05:47 AM

A good way to check if your PC support Windows 8.1 is to use the Upgrade Assistant. You can download it from here, clicking the link will start the download.

 

To install Windows in drive #2, boot into the setup as usual, when setup asks you when to install Windows, select drive #2 (if you don't know which is #2, see its size), and click "Next". Here is a very good tutorial on how to clean install Windows 8: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 06:18 AM

My short experience with Windows 8, it refused to run any games from my XP days.  Even tried compatability mode, did not work.  I hope your XP-based games won't run into the same Windows 8 brick wall that mine did!


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:17 AM

As batman1234 suggested, the Window 8.1 Upgrade Assistant will tell you if there are any potential problems.  But if you look at the Windows 8.1 system requirements you will see that your components are compatible.

 

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.

 

One thing you may want to be aware of, this the fact that electrolytic capacitors breakdown over time.  I would take a close look at the large capacitors on the motherboard.  Look at the capacitors here to see what a bad cap looks like.  There are large capacitors inside the PSU, these will break down over time resulting a loss of wattage or failure.  The components you purchased are getting close to nine years old, so this is a valid concern.

 

The problem with games that go back to the XP era is that most of these are not going to be compatible with Windows 8.1, event in compatibility mode.  Another option would be to repair the XP operating system and dual boot so that you can run XP to play your games, and have Windows 8.1 as you main operating system.

 

What do you mean by XP crashed?  

 

Are you sure it's the operating system and not the hdd?


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:20 AM

Hello jxpars004.

 

So basically, you currently have:

 

- A 7 year old PC

- With a crashed Windows XP

 

I in which you want to:

 

- Put a new hard disk and

- Install Windows 8.1 in that hard disk

 

Right?

 

I'm assuming that the new drive is unpartitioned and does not have any data in it.

 

So...

 

The easy way:

 

1. Boot using the Windows 8.1 install media.

2. Click the 'Install Now' button.

3. Select the NEW hard disk.

4. Check that you have unallocated space and no partitions on the disk.

5. Finally click 'Next' and let the setup do its job.

 

The 'advanced' way (Here planning is everything!):

 

1. Boot using the Windows 8.1 install media.

2. Click the 'Install Now' button.

3. Select the NEW hard disk.

4. Check that you have unallocated space and no partitions on the disk.

5. Now, create a new partition where you would want to install Windows 8.1. This will be the C: drive.

NOTE: If you want to create some other drives, DO NOT utilize all of the space just for the C: drive. I would recommend keeping 60-80 GB space for the C: drive. Move on to step 6.

6. Optional: You might want to create additional partitions for storing data. In that case, create 1 or 2 new partitions from the unallocated space. Select any size you want. Remember to plan well before you create the partitions.

7. Click 'Next' and let the setup do its job.

 

I hope I helped. :)


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 06:38 PM

Hello all and thanks for your input!

 

 Awesome Arc, that's basically exactly what I'm trying to do. Hit the nail on the head.

 

My plan is to mostly be using this pc for Microsoft Flight simulator and counterstrike, both of which i'll probably repurchase from Steam. My other question is, other than the sata cables plugged into the motherboard from both hard drives, is there anything I have to do bios or config wise to link these hard drives. I.E. would it cause any problems installing the games on one hard drive and windows on another??

 

Also, if anyone knows anything about the Corsair H50 I have, is there any maintenance that needs to be done on this? I purchased this probably about 2 to 3 years ago, much newer than the rest of the system, but still a little long in the tooth. Thanks in advance!


Edited by jxpars004, 30 December 2015 - 06:41 PM.


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Posted 31 December 2015 - 06:30 AM

You might need to change the boot order in the BIOS or it might boot into the wrong hard drive.

 

I won't cause problems when OS and games installed on different hard drive, but some XP games might not run on newer version of Windows.

 

You should clean the cooler and PC on a regular basis. Dust can build up in your PC over time and result in poor airflow. This can cause components overheating, especially when overclock. A can of compressed air is a great way to clean the PC. Bleeping Computer has a good tutorial on how to do this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/cleaning-the-inside-of-your-pc/


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