Help with Windows XP to 7 Upgrade

I have a laptop with Windows XP on it.  I need Vista or 7 to get my tv tuner card to work.  So I used my 64-bit Windows 7 to try it and it said the CPU didn't work.  I am pretty sure it's because my laptop is older and doesn't support 64-bit mode.  So I sent the 64-bit back and am getting the 32-bit version to try it.  I was wondering if 800 mhz and 512mb of ram is enough for Windows 7 to watch youtube videos, surf the net, and play some games, not graphic intensive games though.  It said it is under the recommended amount but I am not going to be editing video, etc.  I just want to connect it to my HDTV to watch youtube videos as well as surf the net and play some simple games on it.  Thank you!
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jschristian44Asked:
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
Watching HDTV on Win 7 is likely to be a drain on your laptop. Simple games might work OK.
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handyjayCommented:
I don't think you have enough power to run Win 7.  See requirements here:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/system-requirements
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Brian GeeCommented:
Although the specs don't seem to really favor running Win7, try running the Upgrade Advisor to determine what it deems worthy or not:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15
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jschristian44Author Commented:
yeah i ran upgrade advisor and it says 1 ghz is minimum and 1 gb is minimum.  im close to the 1ghz and half of 1gb memory.  i wont be watching hdtv most likely, just analog.  youtube videos run just fine, so why wouldnt analog cable?  what is my best option?  i thought windows 7 is better optimized to run stuff than vista was as far as resources go.  i thought people were advised to upgrade to 7 from xp, because it makes better use of resources.  i cant return the laptop and i dont want to because it is nice.
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Brian GeeCommented:
If you install Win7 on this system, it probably run super, super slow... you're better off keeping WinXP or trying other OSes like Ubuntu.

What I do with 'outdated' laptop hardware is use for Terminal Services connections (RDP)... I can connect to desktop systems and servers and still use Win7 without any issues but I'm invariably letting all of the processes occur elsewhere on my network and all the visual content (like a remote monitor, of sorts) appears on the outdated laptop system.
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jschristian44Author Commented:
i thought about doing that with logmein, but the quality of the video is likely to be very horrible.  the quality of web browsers and stuff is horrible, like 16 bit colors.  i found out you can install some tv tuner software inside ubuntu, but i think you need HD HomeRun which isn't really worth it then.  any advice at all?
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jschristian44Author Commented:
i just searched google and they said they ran it on 128 of ram, and 200 mhz.  so it can be run.  they also said it works better and faster than xp.  i think im gonna just get windows 7 and try it out.  it should run just fine for what i need it for.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
"... 800 mhz and 512mb of ram  ..."   ==>  As you've already noted, these are well below the stated minimums for Windows 7.    While it MAY allow you to install, even if it does, it's virtually certain that your system won't be able to play the videos you want -- not only because your CPU is slow, but also because a laptop of that vintage almost certainly does not have hardware acceleration support on the video adapter.

You can certainly try it ... but don't be surprised when it doesn't work.
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Brian GeeCommented:
I did note that it would probably install but the thing to watch out for is how your user experience (super slow) will be after doing so. Typically the baseline posted by MS is usually the minimum recommended specs... anything less and your user experience might border into miserable. But YMMV... good luck!
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jschristian44Author Commented:
well i just want to use this tv tuner with my laptop.  is there any way of doing that in ubuntu or windows xp just watch tv?  dont need to necessarily record it but that would be nice as well.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Recording TV is actually much less resource-intensive than watching it.    The problem you'll have with the laptop is that it doesn't have enough "horsepower" to decode the video stream for display on your HDTV ... that requires a hardware-accelerated GPU and a more powerful CPU.     You could probably record TV ... but won't be able to watch it :-)

You simply need to budget for a more powerful system.

This isn't the cheapest option, but it's a very nice system for simply connecting to an HDTV and streaming video ... and the ION GPU has enough power to play HD videos -- I use these are clients for my network on the extra TVs:   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103297&Tpk=acer%20revo

... You can mount them on the VESA mount on the rear of your HDTV if it's not already in use (i.e. to hang it on a wall).
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Mohammed RahmanCommented:
I would suggest you to keep XP as Win7 will bottleneck the system. If you are looking for Win 7 (looks), you can install some third party customization packs, which will give your XP a Win 7 attire to some extent.
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jschristian44Author Commented:
no i just need 7 to use media center.  that is the only reason or i would keep xp, because i like xp a ton better.  i just want to watch tv with it.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
If you're happy with XP's performance on your laptop, just leave it alone.    Buy one of these to watch TV with:  http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3573144&CatId=1427
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jschristian44Author Commented:
hm that might actually work.  can i plug my monitor's vga cable into that thing and just watch it via that?  its basically like a cable box right?  will it have guide listings?
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
yeah it's a stand alone box but looking at the reviews it looks more like it's used to make a LCD monitor work as a tv

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3573144&pagenumber=4&RSort=1&csid=ITD&recordsPerPage=10&body=REVIEWS#ReviewStart

The write-up lead me to believe I could watch computer video on my TV. This device does everything but that. Instead of returning it, I'm going to reverse engineer it and see if I can make it work for a PC-to-TV application.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Yes, you just plug your monitor's VGA cable into the box and you can then use it to watch TV.     I don't see anything in the product description that would imply you can watch computer-based content ... it's clearly just a tuner.      The person who wrote the review quoted above simply didn't pay attention to what he/she was buying.


As for guide listings -- that depends on whether or not your source (cable?) broadcasts a guide channel that you can tune to.     If not, you can use your laptop as your guide -- just go to www.tvguide.com (or any of several other guide sites) and select the provider you're using.
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