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Worrying possibility for future Win 7 Upgrade path

Q: Worrying possibility for future Win 7 Upgrade path

I spotted the following which is talking about the Windows 7 upgrade program that shall be available to new PC purchasers starting July 1:

The Windows 7 Upgrade Program Debuts July 1, 2009 - End-date is yet to be determined - Softpedia

However the bit at the end talking about the restriction on the upgrade available (i.e. if you buy Vista 32-bit you will only get Win 7 32-bit when you upgrade) got me wondering if a similar restriction will apply to retail upgrade packages.

When I bought my retail upgrade from XP > Vista there was a leaflet inside offering a free 64-bit DVD if needed.

I was hoping the same would be offered for a Vista > Win 7 upgrade as I really want to go x64 this time. I'm now wondering if this will be allowed.....

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A: Worrying possibility for future Win 7 Upgrade path

I suspect the retail version will be much like it was for Vista. The article is only talking about OEM. If you had an OEM of Vista 32bit, I believe you had to pay to get 64 bit.

Gary

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Hi,

The CPU in my PC (upgraded to Win 7 Home Premium x 64) Dell OPTIPLEX 520 is (Pentium D 2.8GHz) old and slow. The MoBo model Dell 0RJ290.
What CPU with max. performance is acceptable for this MoBo, if at all?
My goal is to speed up my PC on the cheap. Would Microsoft require a new product key or refuse giving out one, or the present key will suffice?
Thank you
barsim

A:CPU upgrade possibility?

You aren't going to want to hear this, but no new CPU in that system will make much of a difference.......and I doubt you will be able to "feel" any difference at all IF you can find parts for it. Time to save up for a new build that you will be happy with instead of sinking money into an old computer that won't be any better off than when you started.

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I have a decent Win Vista machine that the Windows Compatibility app said I could install Win 7.

However I use Win Vista Home Premium 32b. Can I upgrade on the same machine to Win 7 Professional 32b?

Will I run into any problems? How long should it take and are there any possible issues that may come up?

A:Win Vista Upgrade Possibility

You will be fine.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

I would take the upgrade advisor to double check. If you are approved just follow the easyinstuctions for the install. You have to buy another key, however.

But after that you will love the system, I do.

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I`ve looked through the forum and I know some G500`can have the CPU upgraded and some can`t, I`m assuming because the CPU is soldered to the board? My G500 details areSerial Number:CB28347943Machine Type:80A6 Not sure of the processor in there but it`s not an i3, I`m hoping it could be upgraded to an i3 or an i5, if I need to add any info to help me please let me know, I`ve posted this at work but could find out more on the current CPU if it helps.

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Hi!
My video card recently broke ( Sapphire R9 270x ) so im getting a new one very soon, but my DELL inspirion 660 is to small to be able to fit any decent card in it, so therefore im also getting a new PC case. However, i have read in different places that the UEFI bios on the inspirion 660 aren't compatible with many of the newer graphic cards such as the GTX980 series, is this true? And if so what can i do to fix this? get a new motherboard altogether?
Also, are there any other general tips and things i need to know before upgrading my case to a bigger one?  

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So, I've just found an i7-3610QM, which will fit the Motherboard of my laptop just fine (rPGA 988B).

The only thing I don't know is if the CPU will actually work if i install it. It'd be a waste to buy it and find out it doesn't work when i put it in the laptop.

If someone from Toshiba could tell me, honestly, if the BIOS is locked down to one CPU or not that would be great, as I could use having 4 cores and 8 threads instead of 2 cores and 4 threads.

My only other concern with it is the motherboard power delivery. The power delivery is currently running a CPU rated for 35w, which under the most strenuous of loads only draws about 26. Could it support this new chip if it works, considering that it's TDP is 45W (so the running wattage may be around 37-38W). Cooling shouldn't be an issue at all

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Ok so this is a complete shot in the dark question. I have the Lenovo G70-80 i3, does anyone know if the same laptop was released with a better or faster processor?  Wondering if it's possible to swap main board to something with a bit more power.

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Currently, I have 2 x 2GB sticks of Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA RAM, which I know is sufficient for the things that I do, however I'm wondering if doubling that would make a significant difference while encoding video, either in speed or quality?

A:Future Ram Upgrade

  
Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister


Currently, I have 2 x 2GB sticks of Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA RAM, which I know is sufficient for the things that I do, however I'm wondering if doubling that would make a significant difference while encoding video, either in speed or quality?


I personally think it will make your system run smoother but a big noticeable difference is questionable.

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I have a dell dimension 8400 and i think it uses intel 925x. Not exactly sure becuase i went to a few different sites to find info. Anyways, I was wondering what processors i could upgrade it to or what would be compatible with it like quad cores or duo cores.
Also im looking to add more ram and was wondering what kind of ram i could add. I think it uses DDR SDRAM. Can I add ram like pc 6400 ddr2 dual channel rams for that?
 

A:Looking to upgrade cpu and ram in near future

can u give the model of the computer? as we need this to find out what the computer can accept.
 

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There's a chance I may be buying or even being given a GPU upgrade in the somewhat near future. With that in mind I'd like to know more about what sort of options my Motherboad offers. As it says in my system specs, I have a Asus M4N68T-M V2 Anti-surge. Additionally my PSU is a very cheap generic Turbolink ATX-TL 500W-BK 12v. The following questions I've already researched myself a ton but I need the answers put into more laymens terms.

1: Will a higher GPU Core Clock speed increase FPS & if so how?

2: Will more GPU memory increase FPS & if so how?

3: If choosing between higher core clock or more memory, which should I pick & why?

4: What are the differences between GDDR5 & DDR3 GPU Memory?

Here's some random GPU's I picked out that I think might work. I'd greatly appreciate your opinions on them, which y'all think are the best & why.

ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) ZT-71115-20L 4GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x8 lanes) Video Card - Newegg.com

EVGA GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) 02G-P3-3733-KR 2GB 64-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready Video Card - Newegg.com

ASUS GeForce GT 610 DirectX 11 GT610-2GD3-CSM 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com

ZOTAC Synergy Edition GeForce GT 610 DirectX 11 ZT-60601-10L 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - Newegg.com

XFX Radeon R7 240 DirectX 11.2 R7-240A-CLF2 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 ... Read more

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Hi all. First post so go easy  I hope the below makes sense. I am wanting to buy a UK model Revo RL85, but am a bit put off by the model permutations available under the same high level model number. I have a few questions which are not answered (as far as I can tell) on the Acer site itself or documentation I can find, but happy to be pointed in the direction of any resource. The two models I am considering are the i5 model with 2TB of HDD only or the equivalent with the 4TB HDD + 60GB SSD (parts number DT.SYYEK.016 and DT.SYYEK.013 respectively). I have a few questions around upgrading the lesser spec model at a later date. If I buy the non-SSD model, is there an internal connector to retro-fit an SSD at a later date?If so, what physical size / interface of SSD would be required?Finally, if both the above are possible, how would I move the Windows install to the SSD without having to purchase Windows again (for clarity, my plan would be to run the SSD as a boot drive and the two HDD as data drives in mirrored RAID mode ? sorry I forget which RAID number this is). Any assistance appreciated.

A:RL85 Future SSD Upgrade

I bought the least expensive (Celeron/60GB SSD) and brought the RAM up to 8GB ($40 on Amazon) and am going to install a refurb'd 750GB/7200 RPM/16GB RAM disk that I found for another $40 online. I'll keep Win10 on the SSD for fast boots and store my user files and media on the 750.

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Hi all. First post so go easy  I hope the below makes sense. I am wanting to buy a UK model Revo RL85, but am a bit put off by the model permutations available under the same high level model number. I have a few questions which are not answered (as far as I can tell) on the Acer site itself or documentation I can find, but happy to be pointed in the direction of any resource. The two models I am considering are the i5 model with 2TB of HDD only or the equivalent with the 4TB HDD + 60GB SSD (parts number DT.SYYEK.016 and DT.SYYEK.013 respectively). I have a few questions around upgrading the lesser spec model at a later date. If I buy the non-SSD model, is there an internal connector to retro-fit an SSD at a later date?If so, what physical size / interface of SSD would be required?Finally, if both the above are possible, how would I move the Windows install to the SSD without having to purchase Windows again (for clarity, my plan would be to run the SSD as a boot drive and the two HDD as data drives in mirrored RAID mode ? sorry I forget which RAID number this is). Any assistance appreciated.

A:RL85 Future SSD Upgrade

I bought the least expensive (Celeron/60GB SSD) and brought the RAM up to 8GB ($40 on Amazon) and am going to install a refurb'd 750GB/7200 RPM/16GB RAM disk that I found for another $40 online. I'll keep Win10 on the SSD for fast boots and store my user files and media on the 750.

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Hi all,

I was hoping someone knowledgeable could clear up some confusion I have on the upgrade process. I've googled my questions and it seems there is no definitive answer and that Microsoft themselves seem to not be consistent on their treatment of upgrades.

I originally wasn't going to upgrade but at $39.99 for a Pro version, I can't resist. I am aware that you need a current install to upgrade. I was hoping that during the upgrade process I would be given an option to chose the key I wished to invalidate for the upgrade. Now, I am quite fond of my Windows 7 license and am going to keep it around in case I don't like Windows 8 and just because it is a great OS.

So my dilemma is as follows:
I have a couple full licenses for XP and Vista. I also have the OEM license of Vista Business that is on a sticker on my computer. I am resigned to the fact that I'll have to uninstall my current OS and install an old one for the upgrade and I can live with that.

I would, however, like to get rid of my most worthless license for the upgrade, which in my opinion is the one OEM one on a sticker on my laptop. So I guess the question is would the limitations of the OEM license, which is that it is only valid for that specific machine be attached to the upgraded version. As the Pro upgrade is for a limited time only, I imagine any future computer I will buy will have the Home version with it and I would like to preserve my access to the Pro version as well as to have the option to have a... Read more

A:Upgrade paths and future limitations

Hello jaebberwock. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

You mentioned "in case I don't like Windows 8" so I guess you haven't used it yet.
Based on that assumption, I would suggest downloading Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for free. (good for 90 days) Burn it to a dvd. Do you know anything about imaging? Do you have any external drives? I would consider learning a little about external drives so that you could make some images? Are you on a budget? Can you afford to spend a few bucks on imaging software? Search online for imaging software. You could image your XP system without affecting it by an upgrade. Same with Vista or Windows 7. Image what you want to save so that they could be returned to the condition they were in. I cannot help you with your questions about upgrading licenses and keys so maybe someone else will chime in. Personally, I am not a fan of dual booting, many problems could happen. Opinions vary.

Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

From my point of view, I would image backup XP, Vista, Windows 7 using the software of your choice (perhaps something like Acronis). Then, install Windows 8 on unallocated space. Do you know what unallocated space is? I apologize. I know nothing about what you know. Anyway, good luck. There are tutorials here:

Installation & Setup - Windows 8 Forums

Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8

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I was looking at possibly getting an XPS 8930 with a low-performance processor (e.g., i3-8100) now, and upgrading the processor in a couple years when the prices come down for the higher performing chips.
How can I determine now what the range of compatible "drop-in" processors are. Will every processor that is currently available for the XPS 8930 be an upgrade option for this machine? Does Dell list this information somewhere?
Is there a rule of thumb about which processors are and will be compatible with this machine (e.g., chipset, number of cores/threads, etc.)?

A:Future Upgrade CPUs for 8930?

Any of the current 8xxx CPUs will work - whether any future CPU released in the Coffee Lake series is compatible is not something anyone can answer for you.
Each new generation of CPU has seen a different model system release (Skylake, XPS 8900 and 8910;  Kaby Lake, XPS 8920), so expect the current generation to be the only one your system will support -- the next generation CPU (Cannon Lake) will mean a completely new XPS system.

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100 days from today, the free upgrade off ends.

If I were to install a free copy of 10 onto a thumb drive (or DVD), and then buy a used 7 or 8 laptop after the free upgrade offer expires, could I install 10 for free from the thumb drive?

A:Preparing for a Future Free Upgrade

No. Well, actually, yes you will be able to upgrade to / install Windows 10 for free. But you will have to pay to activate it.

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I do not want to upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 10.

I am providing a link to a program called GWX Control Panel which helps rid you of the update process.
The author gives plenty of information on this page (worth reading) and there is a download link to the right.
You just need to download the portable version and run it. No Install required.

Ultimate Outsider: Using GWX Control Panel (formerly GWX Stopper) to Permanently Remove the 'Get Windows 10' Icon

This will also help in the future if Microsoft changes tactics and tries to upgrade against your will.
Well worth running after each patch Tuesday to make sure nothing has changed.

Good luck

Edit. The program is signed by the author and checksums are provided to verify the download.

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So Grinder you believe that any patches won't affect the express upgrade version of vista (home premium) I have. I received it shortly after purchasing a new Dell, I'd like to give Microsoft some time before installing it.
Mark

A:Will I be able to use my express upgrade in the future after patches come out?

I'm sorry Grinler for misspelling your name!

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Hello

I was just wondering if Microsoft will do "IP address verification" when someone buy a family pack. In other words, is it possible for 3 friends to buy the family pack and to install it in 3 differents houses?

Also, will it be possible for me to upgrade to a single Windows 8 license with a 7 family pack license? Thanks for any insight.

pom

A:Family pack, IP address and future upgrade

Microsoft hasn't said much about the family pack except to confirm that it exists. You can't buy it until Oct 22 anyway, and by then, there should be more details.

Whatever the details may be, it would be impossible to do any sort of IP address enforcement, since residential IP addresses are almost all dynamic, people could have laptops that travel, families may own multiple homes, etc.

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Hi All

Asus M32BC-01

AMD FX 8310 8 Core Processor
8gb of ram currently
Radeon R7 240 Video card

Thinking of getting some R9 video card in the future, I know i'll have to upgrade the power supply first though, as this 300 watt power supply won't cut it, Is it possible to use an AMD dual slot card right above wireless/Bluetooth card or will that cause issues, should I attempt to find another slot for the wireless card when I do the video card upgrade? Most AMD cards lately are dual slot, (Current card single slot) Just wanna plan for the future, and work on saving money to afford what I need for future.

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Hi,

For your information, I bought my Asus laptop last year that came with Windows 7 Pro.

I'm planning to upgrade to Windows 8 this coming October, however, it seems they require me to provide the windows product key.

I download a software called: "Key Finder" to find my windows key, and to my surprise, it's different from the one (the sticker) at the bottom of my laptop. Later, I found out that the key(from the Key FInder) was actually an OEM key for all Asus laptops.

Now, if I want to upgrade to Windows 8 later, should I provide the OEM product key or the product key from the bottom of my laptop?
One more question, do I have a choice to format my hard disk before installation if I purchase the upgrade version?

Thanks

A:Upgrade/Clean install Windows 8 RTM/GA in the future

I'm not sure that the answers to your questions are yet available.

However, if Win8 is like 7, an upgrade copy would normally be launched from an installed OS. (Exception: when you're changing from 32 bit to 64 bit, or 64 to 32.) You need a product key only to the extent that you need a previous OS installed to run the upgrade.

A Win7 upgrade license permits you to format the disk during installation. However, an upgrade license won't (officially) install on a blank disk, so you might be in trouble of you formatted the disk, and then interrupted the install process. (You'd definitely have trouble if you formatted the disk with a third-party utility, and tried to install Win8 on it with an upgrade copy.)

Again, this is how it worked with Windows 7. 8 may be different. (One change: Microsoft has stated that it'll be OK to install the release version of 8 over the RP. They didn't officially permit that with the Windows 7 RC and release versions, although it worked just fine.)

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Guys,

AVG's server is REALLY REALLY slow today. It times out and I can't get today's AV update. There is according to the website, (which also opens slow so it is definitely on their end) two updates for a new version coming out. One is being released today, the next is being released October 24. According to AVG, a system restart will be required after the October 24th (new version) update. With so many people doing the update, this is probably why it is really slow today.

Jack
 

A:AVG Slow Server Today/Future Upgrade Coming.

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Hi,

I have w7 pro 32 bit but need to take advantage of more memory so want to upgrade to ultimate 64 bit. I'm a student and have seen that I can get an upgrade to ultimate 64bit but it says that I cannot do this from w7 at all but can do it from vista business - as per below link

Windows 7 Ultimate: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit edition

Do you know this to be the case? I have a vista busines recovery disc but am unsure if this will actually install the vista os on my notebook (I have all data that I need backed up on a USB removable hdd so not bothered if it's a clean install). I really need to do this legitimately as the reason I need to upgrade is so that I can install and run virtual machines to do a microsoft course (quite ironic) and would get found out immediately if I didn't choose the correct way to do it.

Any advise would be great - Thanks in advance

A:have w7 32bit but want to upgrade to w7 ult 7 64bit- upgrade path?

You can only do a 64 bit In-Place Upgrade from 64 bit Vista. You will need to do a clean install.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Did the notebook come with Windows7?

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Hi all,

Hopefully someone here can shine some light on this for me.

I've purchased and downloaded the UPGRADE 64-bit version of Windows 7. I have a blank HDD waiting to go into my machine. Am i able to just do a clean install of this straight onto the new HDD, or do i need the full retail version of this?

I'm currently using XP Pro 32-bit on my existing HDD, hence getting a new one in preparation.

I have a feeling i've wasted some money here.

Any help would be great.

Many thanks.

A:Upgrade Path from XP

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It can be done but has to be booted, from what I have read.

You should probably first try it from XP since that is the method by which they say the qualifying OS activation will be read. It should prompt you to reboot for install.

But it may be able to read the XP activation from boot (which was said to be impossible) as there is a guy posting on Neowin tonight that he clean installed from boot successfully with Upgrade disk.

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Hello folks, I really need some advice if you would be so kind. I haven't been able to find any info from googling from anyone trying to do what I'm doing. I looked over the dual boot tutorial and didn't specifically see anything that would help, but maybe I'm blind. I was hoping someone here would be able to tell me if this scenario is viable before I start?

Right now, I have a XP/Vista (32-bit) dual-boot system. I would like to put Win7 over XP, my primary with boot record, and preserve Vista as the secondary (I dont think I need it to be bootable but it would be nice I suppose).

Is this going to work? And a second question, if you would, can I make the Win7 replacing my XP partition 64-bit, with Vista remaining 32?

Thank you kindly,

-DrLee.

A:Odd Upgrade Path

Welcome to the forums DrLee....

1. Yes this will work just fine... once you install Windows 7 over XP, 7 will recognize your Vista install and add it to the new boot manager that gets created...

2. Yes you can have 64bit and 32bit operating systems on the same computer...

If you have any other questions, dont hesitate to ask...

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Hey,

You can see my current PC configuration in my signature. Now, I'm planning on upgrading, but I wish to skip the current Intel i7 models and wait for the next 2011 models (I like to sqeeze the last bit of performance before upgrading )

Anyway, do you think that if I upgrade to a Q9550 or Q9400 that I would experience some worthy speedup? I'm using my PC mostly for gaming (1080p) and graphic/web design and office work (meaning I do a lot of multitasking between simple applications in Windows 7). Note that I won't be doing much OC as my mobo doesn't allow it (I can only use SetFSB), and I'm not interested in Audio/Video (multimedia) encoding at all.

So I'm basically asking, will this Q9550 (or Q9400) CPU be close to i7 level of performance for the tasks I need? Because I read i7's are good for audio/video decoding which I don't need...
 

A:PC Upgrade Path

I think upgrading to a Q9400 or Q9550 is plenty worth it in your case, but I don't think you'll experience a level of performance close to the midstream i7 quads without overclocking. However, imo the majority of quad core processors are still ahead of the game as far as future-proofing goes. Heck, I'm still using my trusty Q6600 and it still does everything I need it to do. I overclock but if you ask me that's just getting more bang for your buck. Plus, the Q9xxx are all 45nm and plenty fast for most applications; can boost multitasking performance significantly.
 

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I've been generally happy with XP Pro for the last several years. So much so that I skipped Vista all together, except for the family computer that it came pre-installed on last year. A major problem with Vista last week forced me to upgrade the family to Windows 7 on their PC and I'm feeling slightly envious and wouldn't mind getting rid of the periodic Blue screen of death on my machine, anyway. Only trouble is, I have tons of data and tons of applications I don't want to have to re-install.

My understanding is that XP can be upgraded to Vista without losing data or settings. Is that true? And if so, does that mean I could go from XP to Vista, then immediately upgrade Vista ito Windows 7 in order to preserve my programs and data structure? Would that work? If so, is there a better way to avoid a "clean install" when going from XP to 7?

A:Best upgrade path from XP Pro?

Hello, Welcome!

It seems kind of silly to upgrade from XP to 7, if you think about it. The OS's are so different, all that can be saved is the files, basically. Your programs might not work, either. It is much better to do a clean install.

To save your files, you can use Windows Easy Transfer. It comes with Vista, but requires a free download for XP.

Hope this helps,
~Jonathan

Edit: to answer your question, yes, XP can be upgraded to Vista, which can be upgraded to 7. It's just not a good idea.

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So I think its time I upgrade my pc a little bit, and seeing as it will be nice and cheap, I was figuring on getting a 2.5 GHZ processor to stick in it. Namely this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116035
And of course my MOBO is this one:
http://www4.dealtime.com/xPF-Hewlett-Packard-HP-COMPAQ-P4G-LA

So im assuming it will work. I read somewhere that this will only take 1GB of ram but it wasnt a very good source, and all the spec things that i find say nothing about 1GB only, just that it only has two slots.

Will that MOBO be able to handle 2GB? I hope so, cuz im at 760 now and it wont be much of an upgrade. I dont mind shelling out 130 dollars to keep my pc running moderately fast until i buy a new one for school, and 130 dollars for another 1.25 GB of ram and 700mhz more. So dont worry about suggesting I just buy a new pc.
 

A:Upgrade path?

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I am using the original hdd (500gb) with vista.  It is almost full and I need to upgrade the hdd to accomodate an OS upgrade to Windows 10.  I need to know if the system has any limitations on how big a hard drive it can handle.  Also need to know if there are any limitations on speed/rpm of a new drive it can handle.  Have not been able to find any info on hardware upgrade path online.

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When Vista came out a good way to save money was to buy the upgrade version so I bought Vista Business Upgrade. I installed over a freshly installed version of XP Pro and have been happy and problem free ever since. Will I be able to buy the upgrade version of Win 7 and install it over my Vista Business upgrade version? Or, will I have to buy the full version?
 

A:Windows 7 upgrade path????

There will be an upgrade version. It really is the best way to go. The upgrade versions are full versions and not just reduced versions with upgraded files. They can be installed to empty systems so long as you can prove that you have an earlier version of Windows that qualifies for upgrade, and most people do.

Maybe 6 months or a year. I don't think that many people who are installing these early versions even know that they will become inoperable. It starts shutting down every two hours beginning on March 1, 2010 and stops working completely on June 1, 2010.
 

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I thought I read some where that you could only upgrade from vista home premium to w7 home premium. I have three computers and would like to take advantage of the presale offer.

I am thinking of purchasing one W7 Pro and one W7 Home Premium preorder upgrade. My concern is trying to upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro.

I don't care if I have to do a clean install as I prefer that method anyways.

I am only buying two because I am planning on replacing one of the computers anyways which will come with windows 7.


If I Purchase the upgrades will I be able to upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro?

A:I am confused about upgrade path

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Jacen


I thought I read some where that you could only upgrade from vista home premium to w7 home premium. I have three computers and would like to take advantage of the presale offer.

I am thinking of purchasing one W7 Pro and one W7 Home Premium preorder upgrade. My concern is trying to upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro.

I don't care if I have to do a clean install as I prefer that method anyways.

I am only buying two because I am planning on replacing one of the computers anyways which will come with windows 7.


If I Purchase the upgrades will I be able to upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro?


Hey jacen
there is a thread already going in the general section about this very thing its got tons of info.

BTW welcome to SF

Ken

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Hello all,
I'm on a Seagate Momentus XT with my current installation of 8.1. This is my second drive, same model, and I've had multiple problems over the past two years, especially with the 'Hard Drive Locked' error -- on both drives. I'm looking to buy an SSD to boost my computer's speed as well as give a clean slate for me to reinstall Windows on and be ready for the Windows 10 upgrade in 2015.

This is the drive I'm looking at, in 128 or 256 gb size (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFAGCUM/). When it comes, I want to install Windows fresh on it without necessarily wiping the other drive. Once I've installed Windows and transferred my files, I can wipe the other drive. I also would rather not clone the drives since I want a fresh start, only copying over the files that I need.

Now, my hiccup is with licensing. Will Windows allow me to register with my (valid) key if it's still installed on the previous hard drive? As I recall I've had issues with this in the past, namely that the previous hard drive hasn't been "deregistered" so to speak.

Anyways, I'm looking for general advice to make the migration seamless and leave me with a new computer. Thanks!

Andrew

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Hi all,

I've got two 32bit Vista machines. I would like to get the Home Premium Family Pack and upgrade them both to 64bit Windows 7 machines. Can I do that?

Will Windows 7 let me format my machines and then the install the 64bit Home Premium versions? I can give it my existing Vista keys, that's no problem. I know that you can't go directly from 32bit to 64bit, but I wonder if I could just use the 64bit disk and pop in my 32bit Vista keys...

Thanks!

A:Upgrade path question -- 32 to 64

Unfortunately we can not be sure of this until the actual upgrade disks ship.

I would hope with the information coming from Microsoft lauding the 64 bit systems there should be provision for exactly your scenario

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I currently have Vista Business 32-bit, and decided I need more than 2GB ram, so I started investigating options. Current Vista license is from my partner pack, which does not qualify for the MS media exchange for the 64 bit version...

So I called the Microsoft Licensing hotline (10 June 2008) and spoke with "John", who was (surprisingly) very helpful. I explained my situation, and he told me that since I'm also a full-time student in college I should go and purchase a student copy of Vista and then do the "alternate media" exchange to get the 64-bit version.

Awesome! Get another 2GB of PC6400 from newegg (around $80) and order Vista Ultimate upgrade edition (we won't even bother discussing 64-bit "upgrade" fiasco for now) and wait.

Student license and 32-bit disc arrived (hooray! -- let's use that other 1.5GB wasting away!)... I visit the website given to me by "John" at microsoft and plug in the product key on the CD sleeve and it says "No offer available".

OMGWTFBBQ?! I call up the friendly folks at the MS Licensing Hotline and speak with "Chris" (female), who explains that all I need to do is speak with the order fulfillment desk to get the 64-bit version. So I get transferred to "Jason" at the order fulfillment desk, who isn't quite as nice or helpful as the people at the Licensing Hotline. He tells me that student copies do not qualify for the upgrade with a "gee doesn't that suck to be... Read more

A:x64 Upgrade Path (MS lied...)

So you have an upgrade key and media?

Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

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I have a W2K Pro workstation that is being used as a application server for a small group of users in a large (over 1000 users) NT 4 Domain. I need to make fat least 20 sessions available for sharing to this select group. Shall I upgrade to W2K Server using winnt32.exe from within W2KPro? Or is there another way to make more sessions available? Will my applications still work after upgrade? Thanks.
 

A:W2K Server Upgrade Path

If I remember correctly you are only allowed 10 connections on the Workstation / Pro version. So you can either have 2 machines do your sharing (for a total of 20) or you will have to upgrade.

I've never done the upgrade from Pro to Server, but it is supposed to keep all of your programs installed. I would back up the drive first, just to be safe.
 

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I have an old box currently running Windows 2000 Professional, which is biult on the old NT kernal AIUI.

I need to upgrade this box to ron only Windows XP Pro.

I have seen on E bay and elsewhere various Windows XP Pro "upgrade packages.

Some packages sellers seem to state that their item will upgrade from Win 85, 98, 98SE and (uggh) MIllenium, all of which I under5stand to be built on the old '95 kernals.

Will someone here seriously knowledgable pleeas let me know if there is a direct upgrade path from Win2KPro to XP Pro and what the package is?

Thank you!

A:Upgrade Path from Win2KPro to XP Pro

Win 2K users can upgrade only from Win 2K to XP Pro...no can do XP Home .http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292607Louis

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(starting with FX-6300) AM3+ has the upcoming steamroller and excavator

(starting with the i3 3240 or i5 3570k) 1155 has the current i7's and thats it really,

A:Which socket has the best upgrade path?

Socket 2011

According to this source, LGA 2011 will be on-par with Haswell until EOL and Intel is likely going to hold on to support of this architecture along with 1150 because the socket was promised Ivy Bridge-E a very, very long time ago, causing investors in the server market to move on to the platform.
They are obligated to keep the life extended after the release of Ivy Bridge-E as well as the Xeon counterpart.
I source that here: Inline | PC Perspective where you see Ivy Bridge-EP.

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found the following flowchart at Find Out If You Get a Free Upgrade to Windows 10 with This Flowchart

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I just bought this lenovo ThinkCentre M90 SFF (Refurbished) Lenovo Outlet - ThinkCentre M90 SFF Refurbished - Discounted Laptops, Cheap Laptops, Refurbished Laptops, Discounted Desktops, Cheap Desktops, Refurbished Desktops

It says it had originally had Windows 7 pro but the previous user had downgrdaded to XP pro. What is my best upgrade path to get W7 back?

Anyone know if I got a good deal? Lenovo isn't selling this formfactor new anymore. Only SSFF & towers, and I can't find any reviews for M90's.
Dell has a deal for OptiPlex 380 Desktop PC right now for about $50 more, but the Dell small form factor can't hold two harddrives, while this Lenovo can. Plus to me the Lenovo looked to be the superior PC.

A:Lenovo & w7 upgrade path?

If it originally had win7, there'd be a sticker on it with the win7 edition and COA key on it. If you're able to read that, you just need to locate the win7 installer (borrow or download), install that same edition then activate with that key.

The other option would be to call Lenovo and order recovery disks for this exact model. Normally these come cheap.

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Hey guys, I'm a bit stuck on this one, usually I don't even bother coming in for tech advice, coz I usually know xD

My current system stands at this:
Chassis : CoolerMaster Storm Scout
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ 3.3Ghz
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper N520
Memory: 2x 2GB Kingston/Transcend DDR3-800 (Yes I know :x)
Power Supply: CoolerMaster GX-650W
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 460 Cyclone

I feel that there's plenty of bottlenecking going on as I have another system running an I5 750 overclocked to 4.0ghz and and a 5850 there, and that machine pulls significantly higher FPS (I know that the 5850 is only a tad faster than the 460 GTX 768MB)

So, with that, I'm thinking on whether I should upgrade my CPU to a Phenom X4 965 BE and OC from there, or step my ram up first to a pair of 4gb DDR3-1600 HyperX.

Any other models/ brand recommendations will be fine. I'm getting highly irritated at the speed of my machine atm :x
 

A:AMD PC upgrade path (most likely only CPU & memory)

Hmm, can you be more specific in what you mean by significant improvement, the games you are playing and resolution?

An OC'd i5 750 @ 4.0GHz is better then an Athlon II X4 620 @ 3.3GHz so is the 5850 over the 460 GTX 768MB which is more inline depending on the game with a 5830. I don't really see anything unusual going on here. Of course I'd imagine an upgrade to a Phenom II X4 965 + OC with new RAM would give you a performance boost but I doubt it'll surpass your main system.

Side topic here, but I have the same HSF & case and am curious to what temps you are hitting under load with your Athlon II X4 OC'd.
 

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Windows Vista 64 home premium is arguably the most popular Operating System worldwide (for new computers)

I have a legitimate copy of Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit DVD in my possession, with the key ready, and everything.

System:
Motherboard: nvidia 780i motherboard
CPU : intel quad core q6700 64 bit
MEM: 8GB DDR2
OS: XP Home 32 bit

Facts:
1. A consumer cannot upgrade xp Professional to vista HOME edition without a clean install
2. A consumer cannot upgrade a 32 bit OS to 64 bit OS without a clean install
3. Theres no such thing as XP Home 64 bit OS
4. The upgrade key fails to activate a clean install (works upgrade only)


Question:
There seems to be no upgrade path available. Is this true?
If this is true, isnt the concept of a 64 bit Vista Home premium Upgrade DVD useless?
and if that is also true, then why did microsoft sell me this DVD?

thanks

A:No upgrade path to Vista 64 Home

Hello viddkideo, welcome to Vista forums!

Have a look at this tutorial.

Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

Keep us informed!











Later Ted

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My friend wants to take advantage of the Windows 7 upgrade prices, but he asked me an interesting question about whether or not he'd be eligible. He is currently running XP Pro, and I know that you qualify for the upgrade (by clean install) by having XP. However, he told me that his copy of XP isn't legitimate. I'm not sure if he has a volume license installation or what, but he did tell me that Windows doesn't nag and appears as if it's genuine and activated. He wanted to know whether or not the Windows 7 upgrade disc would check for a genuine installation or if it would just recognize that XP was installed and that was good enough to qualify. I thought the latter was right, but he wanted me to ask around before he threw down the $50. Anyone have some insight?

A:Windows 7 Upgrade Path Question

I hear you can do it with a legitimate copy of XP but I would not risk $50 if it's not legitimate. He'll have to bite the bullet and pay for it this time.

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I mentioned this in a previous post, but I wanted to open a new thread to see what other people thought about the idea because it has potential to save $85 off retail Windows 8 Pro...

So, there are NUMEROUS copies of Windows XP being sold on eBay ranging from $15-$30. They are typically never-before activated OEM copies, sold with the broken motherboard (to adhere to Microsoft policies). The sellers guarantee the copy to install and activate when loaded on a freshly formatted hard drive...or your money back! So, once you've installed this genuine copy of XP, you should then qualify for the $40 upgrade to Windows 8...am I right? Seems like a cheap (and totally legal) way to get Win Pro.

Now before all you naysayers rip on eBay saying "be careful what you buy off eBay", I've been buying and selling on eBay for 10 years and already know the ins and outs. These are reputable sellers with 1000+ positive feedback ratings, and they are guaranteeing activation of the XP copy...and therefore is also covered by eBay buyer protection. So, does anybody see any issues with this?

Thanks, and bless all you techy-types...you're such a great help to us older folks!

A:Cheap Windows 8 upgrade path...

ACTUALLY,
according to microsoft rules
The oem is to be used only with the PC (not motherboard) it came bundled with.
Using the same license on another PC is a violation of contract
Selling the license separately is also a violation of contract
Essentially, when your PC dies/upgraded, your OEM license goes with it.
To prevent this snafu, you have to upgrade/buy a FULL PRODUCT LICENSE (transferrable to another PC). Selling your full product license is still under debate.
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WHY YOUR ONLINE BUYING WORKS
Because XP OEM will install up to X times based on Windows Licensing servers. (x=4 the last time i checked) So essentially, you CAN install on a different PC, but you ARE violating license rules once you install it on a different PC (windows licensing servers can't tell the difference between new pc and the old one you have).
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ESSENTIALLY
And in violating these rules, you are, in fact, performing piracy.
No different from downloading a copy off the internet (in terms of offense).
Actually, it's worse because your pirated copy will update. while pirated ones off the net won't.
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DON'T
say it's not piracy because violating the COA is piracy.
say because you get away with it (and you will) that it's not piracy.
say it's a small violation. there's no such thing as being "a little pregnant"
say you bought your XP license legit. As users not allowed to sell to begin with (it's in the COA).
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WHAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY DOING
exploiting a loophole in the technology. no different f... Read more

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Ok, so this is part question and part soapbox.

I have been using Vista Home Premium for quite awhile and for the most part I have enjoyed it over XP. I am currently running W7 RC and enjoy this version even more. I am thinking about going to Ultimate version when the option becomes available.

I noticed that the upgrade path is going to be Vista Home Premium to Seven Home premium and Ultimate to Ultimate.

My question is, does this mean that if I want to end up with W7 Ultimate do I need to upgrade to Vista Ultimate for $160 and then upgrade again for what ever MS decided to charge?

My soap box is I feel like Vista users are getting shafted. W7 is essentially a fixed version of Vista. It seems like Microsoft reacted to the poor roll out of Vista by moving to W7 quickly. W7 should have minimal cost to Vista users and more flexibility of upgrading.

Just my thoughts.

A:Upgrade Path question/soapbox

not sure what happened to you but i downloaded windows 7 64 bit it turned out to be ultimate version.
i was running xp one one hard drive (now has win7) my other hard drive has Vista 32bit home premium. try re down loading?

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Is there or does any have a guide for upgrading the HP T610 to WES10/64 Bit?

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Is there or does any have a guide for upgrading the HP T610 to WES10/64 Bit?

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I'm looking to upgrade my psu to support a new graphics card in this system. Currently it has 300w psu I'm looking to go up to 430w. is there any compatible psu's for this system I can use?this is not the slimline version of the pc but the full desktopthe service tag is <ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed per privacy policy>it was built in 2009

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