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    Win.7 on a Vista capable computer

    I have 2 Dell Dimension 9150 desk top computers that are 7 years old. While they run on XP, a sticker on the case says 'Windows Vista capable'. With XP support ending, I was wondering if they could run on Win.7 also, as Vista software is no longer available where I am. From a hardware standpoint, do you think it would be possible to run Win.7 on them? I asked Dell and the guy said he didn't know.

    Being 7 years old I realize that they could go at any time, but they still run like new and I'd like to avoid
    switching to new computers at the moment.

    The computers have a Pentium 4 2.80GHz and 2GB memory. The C drive is 40GB of which 22GB
    is free using XP.

    Thank you very much for any information you may provide.

    jay
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    Sounds like it should run Windows 7. Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor to get a better idea:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...pgrade-advisor

    Jerry

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    You should have no problem running Windows 7 on the two computers.

    If you still have the original hard drives installed, this would be a good time to install a new, bigger hard drive in each computer. (It's about time to replace hard drives which are seven years old; they don't have much life left in them.) Then do a clean install of Windows 7 on each computer.

    I am certain that everything will go fine. However, if it doesn't, simply reinstall the old hard drives, and you're back in business.

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    Win 7 will run much better if there's a decent discrete video card to handle some of the processing chores and you'd like to have aero glass; single core 2.8 is pretty anemic in any case and could use all the help it can get. You must have gotten the last of those systems because the specs are more appropriate for 9 and 10 year old systems unless they are actually Pentium D systems.

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    According to the Dell specs for the Dimension 9150, the cpu is a dual core Pentium D and while not a screamer should have enough horsepower to run Windows 7 comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Sounds like it should run Windows 7. Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor to get a better idea:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...pgrade-advisor

    Jerry
    Thank you very much, Jerry, for the above and also that for the CPU. I did as you instructed and ran the
    upgrade advisor. It looks as though there should be no problem following a driver update or two.

    Thank you again,
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    Quote Originally Posted by F.U.N. downtown View Post
    Win 7 will run much better if there's a decent discrete video card to handle some of the processing chores and you'd like to have aero glass; single core 2.8 is pretty anemic in any case and could use all the help it can get. You must have gotten the last of those systems because the specs are more appropriate for 9 and 10 year old systems unless they are actually Pentium D systems.
    Thank you very much for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    You should have no problem running Windows 7 on the two computers.

    If you still have the original hard drives installed, this would be a good time to install a new, bigger hard drive in each computer. (It's about time to replace hard drives which are seven years old; they don't have much life left in them.) Then do a clean install of Windows 7 on each computer.

    I am certain that everything will go fine. However, if it doesn't, simply reinstall the old hard drives, and you're back in business.
    Thank you. I'll take your advice and install new hard drives just in case, as I want to use these machines until the end
    of the year when I will be making major changes to my setups.

    Thank you again,
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    You're welcome, I tell ya, I could use a couple Pentium D systems running on each side of me right now with the exhaust fans pointed at my ears because they double as nice little space heaters and it just hit that magical -34C mark outside where I am, with a couple of hours of "cooling" to go yet before it starts warming up.
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