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can a Dell Latitude D630 Laptop Computer Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz 3GB be upgraded from Vista to Windows 7?

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             Recently, I purchased a Dell Latitude D630 Laptop Computer Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz 3GB as a Christmas present for a friend.  This laptop is currently running Windows Vista.  However, I have an interest in upgrading the operating system to Windows 7 which brings me to the point of this post.  Can this laptop be upgraded to Windows 7?

              Any feedback given to this question of interest will be greatly appreciated.  I look forward to reviewing any advisement on this matter.

              Thank you.

              George
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Hi Everyone,

               Thanks so much for the insightful and certainly encouraging feedback.  I do have one more followup question to this post.  Just out of curiousity, is this laptop Windows 8 ready as well?

                George
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Yes, it will run Windows 8  but I don't recommend Windows 8. That's a personal preference based on extensive testing of Windows 8.
I do recommend Windows 8 if you're willing to accept change and keep an open mind.  A lot of people claim there is no start menu.  There IS a start menu... there is even a start button... but they are very different.  The button only appears if you move the mouse to the bottom left corner... and the menu is a FULL SCREEN view with LARGE and in my opinion, MOSTLY hideous icons (except the live tiles, but their utility is mitigated by the behavior of IFKAM (the interface formerly known as Metro).  But they are still there.  

I would definitely choose Win8 personally because it generally performs better than Win7 in my opinion, speed wise.
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Hi Everyone,

              Thanks so much for the followup suggestions and advise.  I do have one more followup question which is probably just a minor detail.  The laptop has a small Windows Vista sticker on the lower right hand side of the front panel.  Since I am going to wipe and install Windows 7 onto this machine, is there a safe way of removing this sticker without scratching the surface?

              Thank you

              George
i would leave that sticker in case you want Vista back..
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Hi Everyone,

              Thanks so much for the shared input given to this post.   Interestingly, I did not know that Windows 7 takes up less resources than Windows Vista.  With that point brought out within this post, that leads me to think that Windows 7 is most likely faster than Windows Vista with respect to simple operations like opening and closing programs.  

               With respect to what was done here, I went into the System section of Control Panel to determine if Vista was the 32 or 64 bit version in addition to looking over the hardware profile within Device Manager.  Upon inspection of everything, I was very happy to see there were no signs of hardware driver conflicts.  I also did notice that Vista was installed as a 32 bit operating system.  Given all of this information in addition to the feedback given within this post, I was now ready to start.

               Basically, I did a clean wipe of the hard drive; did a clean install of the 32 bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate in order to stay consistent with the setup of the original operating system.  Seeing that this laptop only has 3GB of RAM, the 32 bit option was best suited anyway.  Following the clean wipe and install of Windows 7,  all drivers for the hardware of this laptop were automatically loaded as well.  This was certainly a welcome outcome because I did not have to go look for drivers following the operating system installation.  

                In closing, many thanks everyone for the help given here.  I am glad everything went so well.

                George