can a Compaq Presario V2000 running Windows XP Home SP3 be upgraded to Windows 7?

Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

          On behalf of my boss at work, I am needing to ask if a Compaq Presario laptop (Model V2000) running Windows XP Home Edition SP3 can be upgraded to Windows 7.  In helping to determine if this is an option, the hardware specifications of this laptop are as follows:  992MB of RAM.  On this part, I am assuming the "true" amount of RAM is 1GB with some of it shadowed perhaps for video.  And, the processor is an Intel running at 1.40GHz.  If more technical information is needed, it will be supplied upon request.  From past experience, it seems like the amount of RAM and processor speed are the two most crucial pieces of information needed in determining if a setup can support the next generation of operating systems.  

             Given the limited hardware resources, I am under the impression he should stay with the current operating system of Windows XP on it and forget about trying to put Windows 7 on it.  But, that is just my opinion though.  At any rate, if someone could shed some light on this matter, it will be greatly appreciated.  

               Thank you

               George
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epichero22Commented:
It can theoretically work on Windows 7, but I would first check if there are drivers for it, as you don't want to upgrade and then have problems later.  Is there a more specific model number you can give us?  You can check for driver availability on HP's support website:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/pfinder?cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&tool=&query=Compaq+Presario+V2000#N51

But the bigger picture is that, yes, performance will not be as good as it was on Windows XP, so it may not be economical to upgrade.  But if you still want to upgrade, then I would upgrade the RAM to the maximum possible, but even then, since it's running an older standard, you may be able to only get up to 2 gigabytes, which combined with the old processor, will still be slow.
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aadihCommented:
Simple answer: Yes. RAM is enough. Getting the drivers is the key. No problem, otherwise.

:-)
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Here are links to that laptop's drivers. It list Windows 2000 & XP, not Win7. I would not suggest trying Win7 on it. Even if you were lucky enough to find drivers, the system would not have proper resources to run properly.... like Ram and hard drive space. 1 Gig of ram is very low for Win7.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?cc=us&dest_page=product&dlc=en&lc=en&product=500508&

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/pfinder?query=v2000&dest_page=product&image.x=3&image.y=6&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en#N369

Hope this helps!
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epichero22Commented:
I have a friend who has a laptop running Windows 7, 2 GB RAM, and a AMD processor rated at around 700 Passmarks on www.cpubenchmark.net.  He can't even play videos on Youtube without it skipping frames, and his processor usage is constantly at 100%.  

If your computer is running at 1.4 GHz, then its processor is probably the Pentium M 1.4 GHz, which is rated at 369 Passmarks on cpubenchmark.net.  In short, you'll have nothing but problems running the Windows 7 overhead on that machine, even with a memory upgrade, which could cost you $60 which your better off putting into a new machine, not to mention that, yes, you may run into driver issues which isn't worth the time.
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aadihCommented:
FWIW, I ran Windows 7 (starter and then pro) and now Windows 8 (pro) on a computer with only 1GB RAM, which runs great.  (Speed: 1.66 Ghz.)

:-)
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rindiCommented:
Windows 7 generally runs faster and better on limited hardware than XP did. XP needs just as much RAM and CPU speed as Windows 7 does to run acceptably. The bigest problem is, as mentioned above, missing drivers. Particularly video and audio drivers can be a big issue.

Generally I'd suggest just install the trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise which you can download from m$'s technet site and install that to a spare hard-disk on that laptop and do some testing.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I strongly suggest getting a new computer so you don't take the chance of messing up that one and not being able to get his info off it because it no longer runs.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Hi George,

The technically correct answer to your question is Yes => it will run Windows 7, there are drivers that will work with all of the hardware (there's a "trick" to installing the graphics driver for that, but it's not hard);  and you'd have a "clean" Device Manager running Windows 7.

Windows 7 even runs fairly well on systems with only 1GB of RAM as long as you don't open more than a couple windows at a time and have a reasonably good CPU ... anything that scores over about 600 on Passmark.

However ... as already noted, this system does NOT score that well in CPU performance;  and given that plus the very limited system resources, I would not recommend doing the upgrade.   Much better idea to get a new laptop with a mode core architecture CPU.   You can get several very nice Core i3-based laptops for less than $500 these days that would "run circles" around that old Compaq.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

             Thanks so much for the suggestions given in reply to my question.  After reviewing all of the information given, I do have a couple of related followup questions.  First, the comment given by rindi regarding the comparison made between performance comparisons made between Windows 7 and Windows XP.  Logically, it seems like Windows 7 would require more resources with respect to RAM and CPU speed as compared to Windows XP simply because it is a much newer and larger operating system.   With that point in mind, I wonder how Windows 7 can run limited and perhaps even older hardware faster and more efficiently than Windows XP.  Secondly, there was a question regarding the model number of this laptop.  On the bottom of the laptop, I did see a Service Tag #.  The sticker did have a number very similiar to the one above the keyboard.  Since I am at work, I do not have the laptop in front of me to give the exact number but it is V20??US if I am not mistaken.  I can not remember the last two digits or so.  When I get home, I will post the exact number.  Perhaps that this the exact model number.  If not, I do have a  utility which can provide this information as well.  At any rate, I will post back on that part.

           With everything said, it seems like most people agree here to avoid carrying out the operating system leap because of limited CPU efficiency and the possibility of not being able to locate Windows 7 drivers.  If that is the case, perhaps this idea needs to be abandoned because the laptop running Windows XP is doing well; all hardware is working.   At the moment, I want to wait a little further before giving any feedback to my boss regarding this laptop because of the mixed opinions shared within this post.  And, I do strongly agree with Gary Case with respect to his suggestion to simply get a newer or more modern laptop which can more easily handle Windows 7 without there be doubts.

              George
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aadihCommented:
Drivers are the key issue; and not the speed or RAM; and computer life is limited anyway, as it'll be replaced along the way; in the interim ... your's or your boss's choice.
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rindiCommented:
It's experience. I've been working on many older systems like pentium III PC's with 512MB RAM, and while Windows XP was pretty slow on those systems, Windows 7 ran OK doing the same tasks as with XP. Of course it won't compare with higher end PC's.

In my opinion, whether you should upgrade the hardware or run windows 7 on it depends mainly on how your Boss works with it and what he uses. Just for simple email, web-browsing etc you don't need newer hardware. If he is happy with how XP runs on it now he probably will be happy with Windows 7 too. As I said earlier it usually is just a problem of unsupported graphic or audio cards, but those can be show-stoppers.

Maybe the easiest thing to do is as I mentioned, install the trial version of Windows 7 to a separate disk (or as dual boot), and just do some testing, and then based on that decide what to do. You could also try some linux distro's to compare...
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
As I noted (and rindi obviously agrees), Windows 7 will run just fine -- albeit slow -- on this system ... and in fact will have performance very similar to XP's.   It's unlikely you'll have driver issues -- Windows 7 "knows" about a very wide range of hardware, and there are some drivers you can "force" to work with it [as I mentioned above, the video driver will require a bit of "trickery", but will work].

You will NOT get the Aero effect, but other than that, it will work fine.

Nevertheless, rather than spending the money for a Windows 7 license for such an old system, I'd buy a new laptop with a Core i3 or i5 ... it would give much better performance.

A couple of other thoughts ...

Many people are very disappointed when they learn that any OS beyond XP doesn't support Outlook Express => if your boss uses OE for his e-mail, be sure he understands that he'll have to migrate to a newer client [Windows Live Mail is what most folks use in that case].

Depending on exactly which CPU your boss's system has (it shipped with several choices), you may not have a choice => but even if you do, be sure you install the 32-bit version of Windows 7 if you choose to install it.    It's much less likely to have issues with some of the older software he may want to use;  is more tolerant of some "forced" drivers if that becomes necessary;  and with the limited RAM on the system there's simply no reason to use the x64 version [the kernel usage is actually a bit smaller with the x32 version as well, which is a good thing when you have very limited memory].

Bottom line:   While a new system is a better choice;  if you already have a license for it (i.e. don't have to spend extra $$), and if the e-mail client isn't an issue, your boss can indeed have Windows 7 on that system if he wants.    But be sure you have a good backup of all of his data before doing anything to the laptop.  [And ideally save an image of the XP install, so if he wants to revert, you can simply restore the XP image]    Simply installing on a completely different hard drive is a very good idea if you have one available, as that makes it trivial to choose which OS to keep.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

           Using the link http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/pfinder?cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&tool=&query=Compaq+Presario+V2000#N51 provided by epichero22, I was able to enter the Product Number of this laptop to figure out the exact model number of this laptop which resulted in the Model Number V2030US for this Compaq Presario laptop.  As confirmed by TG-TIS, there is not any Windows 7 driver support for this particular model.  However, there are Windows 2000 and XP driver support.  Given there is not any Windows 7 driver support for this laptop, we have decided against carrying out the upgrade despite of its technical feasibility.  

               Once again, many thanks for the detailed and thorough feedback given to this question.  The information presented certainly did help in making a final decision about this situation.

                 George
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