How practical is it to upgrade XP-era hardware with more modern components capable of running Windows 7 or 8?
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The pitfalls of upgrading XP-era hardware
Richard Grimme wants a discussion on refurbishing older PCs.
- “How about a series of articles on upgrading a typical XP computer to something that could run Windows 7? The typical XP machine probably has something like a 1GHz P4 processor and a 40GB drive.
“Sure, it’s nice to have the most powerful PC available, but who really needs it? The typical user probably runs a word processor, spread sheet, and maybe some basic games.”
Richard, I’m all for keeping old gear going — when it’s practical to do so. And I’ve never recommended buying new gear just because it’s new.
In fact, I have some Vista-era systems that are still in daily service running Win7. They’re slow but are perfectly acceptable as backup systems. I’ll continue to use them until they die — or until Win7’s end of life. (See Microsoft official Windows life cycle info.)
But refurbishing or upgrading very old, XP-era PCs is probably not cost-effective. Almost everything in such systems should be replaced.