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Upgrade from 32bit XP to 64bit Windows 7??

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July 25, 2012 5:57:25 PM

I have an old Dell Precision laptop and Solidworks will no longer support Windows XP, so I will have to upgrade to Windows 7 shortly. I would like to upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit and add some memory to make everything go smoother. I currently have 4GB memory, but would bump it to 8GB if I can upgrade. Is this possible?

My configuration:

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 2 (max 2)
Number of threads 2 (max 2)
Name Intel Core Duo T2400
Codename Yonah
Specification Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 479 mPGA (0x5)
CPUID 6.E.8
Extended CPUID 6.E
Core Stepping C0
Technology 65 nm
Core Speed 998.5 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 6.0 x 166.4 MHz
Rated Bus speed 665.6 MHz
Stock frequency 1833 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, VT-x
L1 Data cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 2048 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes
FID range 6.0x - 11.0x
Max VID 1.263 V

Chipset
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Northbridge Intel i945PM rev. 03
Southbridge Intel 82801GHM (ICH7-M/U) rev. A1
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 4096 MBytes
Channels Dual
Memory Frequency 332.8 MHz (1:2)

Thank you,
Steven

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a b $ Windows 7
July 25, 2012 6:11:54 PM

sbbiomed said:
I have an old Dell Precision laptop and Solidworks will no longer support Windows XP, so I will have to upgrade to Windows 7 shortly. I would like to upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit and add some memory to make everything go smoother. I currently have 4GB memory, but would bump it to 8GB if I can upgrade. Is this possible?

My configuration:

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 2 (max 2)
Number of threads 2 (max 2)
Name Intel Core Duo T2400
Codename Yonah
Specification Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 479 mPGA (0x5)
CPUID 6.E.8
Extended CPUID 6.E
Core Stepping C0
Technology 65 nm
Core Speed 998.5 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 6.0 x 166.4 MHz
Rated Bus speed 665.6 MHz
Stock frequency 1833 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, VT-x
L1 Data cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 2048 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes
FID range 6.0x - 11.0x
Max VID 1.263 V

Chipset
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Northbridge Intel i945PM rev. 03
Southbridge Intel 82801GHM (ICH7-M/U) rev. A1
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 4096 MBytes
Channels Dual
Memory Frequency 332.8 MHz (1:2)

Thank you,
Steven



A quick search on the model of your CPU shows it is only a 32bit CPU, so the upgrade to Windows 7 / 64 bit will not work. Subsequently this also means adding more RAM will not benefit you in anyway due to the maximum amount of memory a 32bt OS will recognise.

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a b $ Windows 7
July 25, 2012 6:13:45 PM

Sadly you will not be able to "upgrade" to Windows 7 64 bit as your processor does not support 64bit OS's.

You can however, upgrade to Windows 7 32 bit, but you will not be able to us more than 4GB of RAM.

I would suggest saving up for a completely new platform. Something a bit more modern if you want a 64Bit OS.

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July 25, 2012 6:14:43 PM

With a 945 northbridge, it will not support 8 gb of memory. What is your laptop model?
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July 25, 2012 6:57:09 PM

Thank you guys for your help. I have a Dell Precision M65 laptop. I was trying to avoid buying a new computer. I use Solidworks for my job and upgraded to the 2012 version (thank God video card still works well with newer software), but they said last version to work with XP. I can upgrade to Windows 7 32-bit easily, but was hoping to spend a little more and upgrade memory. I will save up some money for a new laptop (>$1500 for a decent one up to $3000).

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August 1, 2012 12:07:20 AM

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August 1, 2012 5:34:15 AM

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