Cpu 1,6 Ram 3gb. Should W7 run ok?

Hello everyone, I own a recently purchased notebook which came with W7 installed. I got really used to it. Therefore, the question is: I also have an Intel dual core processor 1,6 ghz from 2007 and i just added up to 3 gb o RAM memory. Xp pro 32 bit tuned up is running on it. I was wondering how would W7 work on it. I don't wanna make it really slow. Maybe the Home version?
The machine is good.
Waiting for an answer thanks!
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  1. Assumign that your CPU is a Pentium-Dual Core at 1.6GHz and not something worse, then Windows 7 should run fine so long as the storage and graphics aren't worse tha nan old cheap 5.4K RPM drive and an Intel GMA 950 GPU.

    However, unless you're having issue with XP on that system, I don't see any need to get a new OS for it.
  2. santiagobloom said:
    Hello everyone, I own a recently purchased notebook which came with W7 installed. I got really used to it. Therefore, the question is: I also have an Intel dual core processor 1,6 ghz from 2007 and i just added up to 3 gb o RAM memory. Xp pro 32 bit tuned up is running on it. I was wondering how would W7 work on it. I don't wanna make it really slow. Maybe the Home version?
    The machine is good.
    Waiting for an answer thanks!



    Generally speaking, Win 7 should be ok on your core 2, although if it was me, I would just leave the XP on it. XP is really solid on older machines.

    That being said, if you do want to move to W7, I suspect your machine is probably 32-bit, so you would need to be sure to install the 32-bit of W7. Also, you might have an issue with suitable drivers for the older hardware. Do a google search on your particular machine and see what turns up.

    You might also want to consider trying out a linux distro on the core 2. You can try one out on a usb stick without making any permanent changes.

    Mark
  3. Thanks it was very helpful i hadn't thought about the drivers, though i have them on a cd, but i know it could get complicated when installing W7.
  4. Your computer exceeds the minimum system requirements to install Windows 7 so you should have no problem installing or running Windows 7, and drivers are not a problem: according to the eHow.com article's comments, Windows 7 Home Basic was designed for developing countries. As such it should have no problem being installed and run in older computers that need older device drivers.

    Read more: Windows 7 Home Basic System Requirements
    http://www.ehow.com/info_8081896_windows-home-basic-system-requirements.html#ixzz2LsYwh7wG
  5. Chicano said:
    Your computer exceeds the minimum system requirements to install Windows 7 so you should have no problem installing or running Windows 7, and drivers are not a problem: according to the eHow.com article's comments, Windows 7 Home Basic was designed for developing countries. As such it should have no problem being installed and run in older computers that need older device drivers.

    Read more: Windows 7 Home Basic System Requirements
    http://www.ehow.com/info_8081896_windows-home-basic-system-requirements.html#ixzz2LsYwh7wG


    I know that it can and does have issues with some older laptops. For example, my old Dell Inspiron from many years ago doesn't support Windows 7 because some of its drivers are only supported up to Windows XP 32 bit. There are a lot of laptops that it doesn't have issues with, perhaps most, but issues do pop up occasionally.
  6. blazorthon said:
    I know that it can and does have issues with some older laptops. For example, my old Dell Inspiron from many years ago doesn't support Windows 7 because some of its drivers are only supported up to Windows XP 32 bit. There are a lot of laptops that it doesn't have issues with, perhaps most, but issues do pop up occasionally.

    Yeah, I agree with your comments, driver issues do pop-up occasionally with any OS but it seems that Windows 7 is at least equally supplied with drivers than XP if not better, and since it was written with the third world in mind, and considering Win 7 was intended to replace Win XP (used worldwide) not Vista, it should include drivers to cover the most sold namebrand computers, so an Intel laptop with a dual core processor should not have issues with Win7... at least none impossible to easily solve.
  7. Hey! thanks! i think i agree, i guess i'll try. Much clearer to me know, also i've been doing some research on my own and from a friend's experience doing the same i still think it's not impossible or really hard at all.
    Since you mentioned the third world i live in South America and believe me, really good computers are expensive.
    Thanks again.
  8. santiagobloom said:
    Hey! thanks! i think i agree, i guess i'll try. Much clearer to me now, also i've been doing some research on my own and from a friend's experience doing the same i still think it's not impossible or really hard at all.
    Since you mentioned the third world i live in South America and believe me, really good computers are expensive.
    Thanks again.

    Boy do I understand that.. people in the US call a $1000 homebuild, a "budget build"... in Latinamerica it's called one heck of a build.

    Some Windows 7 Installation tutorials in english o en español

    Windows 7 Installation Guide / Tutorial
    http://www.techtalkz.com/windows-7/514412-windows-7-installation-guide-tutorial.html

    Manual de Instalación de Windows 7
    http://www.forospyware.com/t264598.html

    Instalar Windows 7. Manual de instalación del sistema operativo
    http://www.softzone.es/manuales-software-2/instalar-windows-7-manual-de-instalacion-de-windows-7/
  9. Chicano said:
    Boy do I understand that.. people in the US call a $1000 homebuild, a "budget build"... in Latinamerica it's called one heck of a build.

    Some Windows 7 Installation tutorials in english o en español

    Windows 7 Installation Guide / Tutorial
    http://www.techtalkz.com/windows-7/514412-windows-7-installation-guide-tutorial.html

    Manual de Instalación de Windows 7
    http://www.forospyware.com/t264598.html

    Instalar Windows 7. Manual de instalación del sistema operativo
    http://www.softzone.es/manuales-software-2/instalar-windows-7-manual-de-instalacion-de-windows-7/



    Thank you man!!! I'm glad you understand. I'll read the tutorials!!
  10. I could finally install W7 home premium. No Aero effects due to integrated graphics. I have a new problem now.
    Hey everyone, I hope you could give me some help with this. I own a Lenovo Notebook bought on January 2013. Two 3.0 usb ports and a single 2.0
    I bought a Kingston DT111 3.0 8gb and I have two problems with that. First, the pendrive appears to be only 7,3 gb, and then the data transfer speed goes up to 5mb/s. I formatted the USB and still the same. The drivers on W7 home basic also appear to be ok. What is your opinion? Thanks.
  11. santiagobloom said:
    I could finally install W7 home premium. No Aero effects due to integrated graphics. I have a new problem now.
    Hey everyone, I hope you could give me some help with this. I own a Lenovo Notebook bought on January 2013. Two 3.0 usb ports and a single 2.0
    I bought a Kingston DT111 3.0 8gb and I have two problems with that. First, the pendrive appears to be only 7,3 gb, and then the data transfer speed goes up to 5mb/s. I formatted the USB and still the same. The drivers on W7 home basic also appear to be ok. What is your opinion? Thanks.

    I don't think integrated graphics is the cause but rather that W7 Home Edition doesn't include Aero effects... I seem to recall reading something of the sort... do your own research and see what I mean, but there's a solution; you can download a patch that enables all Windows Ultimate features including Aero effects in Windows 7 Home and Starter Editions.

    About the reduced capacity pendrive, my Kingston DT 100 reads as 7.27GB so that must be normal. About the transfer speed, I'll owe you the answer. I also installed a copy of Windows 7 on an old Dell Dimension 4500 (twice) just to see if any driver problems would arise, and not one did.

    Aero Patch for Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter Edition
    http://www.askvg.com/download-simple-patch-to-enable-aero-glass-and-all-other-personalization-features-in-windows-7-home-basic-and-starter-edition/
  12. Thanks!I guess I´m ok with the 7,3 gb. The transfer rate is about 10 mb/s, I installed the 3.0 host driver from lenovo official support, I formatted the flash, and it is already 3.0, and still nothing more than 10.
    I installed the patch and it works to personalize (on my 2007 intel pc) but the aero effects are not compatible wite my integrated graphics. That´s it.
  13. According to the how to article, a minimum of 128MB video card is all you need to enable Aero effects... If your onboard video is within specs something in the links may help you enable or force compatibility.

    How to Turn On and Enable Aero in Windows 7 (Enable Aero Peek)
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-turn-on-and-enable-aero-in-windows-7-enable-aero-peek/

    Force Enable Windows Aero Glass or WDM on Unsupported and WDDM-Incomptible Graphics Card
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/force-enable-windows-aero-glass-or-wdm-on-unsupported-and-wddm-incomptible-graphics-card/

    Try these settings for the USB transfer speed problem.
    Go to
    1. Control panel
    2. System and Maintenance
    3. Administrative tools
    4. Run services shortcut
    Once the services program loads find the services called Background intelligent transfer service and stop it... also double click on the same service and then change the start value to manual or disabled this may fix the problem of USB copy and paste speed.

    Howto: Fix Slow USB 2.0 file transfer on Windows XP (should work as well in W7)
    http://thebackroomtech.com/2008/09/29/howto-fix-slow-usb-20-file-transfer-on-windows-xp/
  14. Wow that's lot of info! Thanks Chicano. Always very helpful. I´m gonna try it and then I'll post the results. I already extended the Graphics to 128 in the Bios and nothing. The problem is the WDDM issue. I'll check that too. All this is for my old (2007) PC. Laptop is running fine.
    By the way, I finally could install W7 after all, no drivers issues or anything... I installed the home basic version, don't want to make the machine too slow, 1,6 dual core 3gb RAM. I did it via usb, my dvd R/W is not working properly. I guess I need a new machine. When, and if I can I'd like to upgrade. Thanks.
  15. Check your computer's Base Score... if your Graphics Card scores 3.0 or above, Aero effects should work.

    To view your computer's base score
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/what-is-the-windows-experience-index

    If Windows 7 is slower than Windows XP on that machine, you could try running the OS installation files through vLite (which is the nLite version for Windows Vista and 7), the resulting OS should run faster on your 1,6 Ghz machine... You could also add one more Ghz of RAM and/or a faster CPU... You could search for cheap RAM/CPUs at Mercadolibre.com... add your country's initials to the url for local offers.. I've seen 2.8-3.00 Ghz Core 2 Duos for the equivalent of 30-35 dollars.... Right now there's a 2.2 Ghz for the equivalent of $16.50 US Dolars but that's in Mexico.. there's also a 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo in argentina going for $24.38 USD. They are used but CPUs don't go bad unless they burn, so these should be in good condition. The only obstacle would be if your motherboard doesn't support the CPU's TDP. You can check that on the motherboard user manual which you can download from the motherboard's page on the manufacturer's website.
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