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windows 7 upgrade

Just got my friends computer to start up in windows xp and now it works fine and i'm wondering if i can go ahead and put windows 7 on the computer instead its a dell xps 400

Specs:
Intel Pentium D 2.80 GHZ Processor
2.79 ghx 1.00 GB of Ram
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cledouxAuthor Commented:
i ment 2.79 ghz 1.00 gb of RAM
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meko72Commented:
Good morning,

Below is a link that I think my help you.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

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ChuckDeezelCommented:
If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:


1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver


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If you are running the 32 bit version, it looks like you will have the resources to run it, though it just barely meets the requirements.
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cledouxAuthor Commented:
dell don't have any drivers for this computer just vista
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
1GB of RAM is the minimum for Windows 7 32-bit ... so, it will work, but not all the bells and whistles will unless you upgrade the RAM.  64-bit will require 2GB of RAM.

Dell has not tested the 400 with Windows 7, so it is not guaranteed to work, however it will probably run it just fine (other than having too little memory).

In looking for drivers, since Dell doesn't have the Windows 7 drivers, you can often use Vista drivers for Windows 7, although you'd be better off to get Windows 7 drivers from the various device manufacturers' websites.

Vista 32-bit:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=WLH&catid=-1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=XPS%2FDIMENSION+400%2F9150&hidos=WW1&hidlang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=True&scanConsent=False
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Try running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - it will check your hardware for compatibility:
http://windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor
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cledouxAuthor Commented:
so what about the updates on the dell website they only got vista updates not windows should i worry about that?
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meko72Commented:
To be on the safe side and to minimize down time due to driver and compatibility issues I would not upgrade to Win 7 if XP is running fine.
The only time I would go with win 7 is if there is a need or buy a new computer with win 7 on it.

Just my two cent worth.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I would only use the Vista drivers on Dell's website if the device manufacturer's website doesn't have a driver specifically for Windows 7.

Also, Windows 7 will likely have native drivers for just about everything.
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cledouxAuthor Commented:
i don't need the audio, graphics or the network drivers cause i got all new ones installed so that is only leave me with the rest of the drivers
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Like I said, Windows 7 will probably have drivers for most of your devices.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I agree with Pretty much all PowerEdgeTech's comments.  

Put another way - upgrade the RAM to AT LEAST 2 GB (preferrably 4) and you should be fine (the drivers should be included with Windows for almost everything... I wouldn't expect compatibility issues (that doesn't mean you won't have any, just that it's very unlikely in my opinion).
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