Windows 7 upgrade from XP issue

I am trying to upgrade an old xp machine to Windows 7.  All seems compatable except Intel 82865G graphics controller.  In Windows upgrade advisor it says that this driver is not compatable with Windows 7.

What does that mean?  If I run upgrade to Windows 7 from XP  will the graphics card and monitor cease to function??

Please advise.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 is probably not going to give a good result. It is not supported and you need to upgrade to Vista first.

Further you should be upgrading to Windows 7 64-bit.

You need to backup your system, format and install Windows 7 fresh.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also, if the drivers are not compatible, upgrading to Windows 7 may not work. But you cannot just install Windows 7 over XP. Not supported.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
@John .... are you sure about 64 bit W7?
Wouldn't 32 bit be better on an old machine.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
An old machine may not run 64-bit, but today, 32-bit is dead and new machines need memory, so 64-bit is the way to go.

If the drivers won't work and then additionally if the machine is not 64-bit capable, then it is time to replace the machine.

Even Windows 7 32-bit won't directly upgrade over XP.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
What it means is the Intel driver for your graphics chipset isn't directly supported in Windows 7 so a default VGA driver gets installed with all your icons looking huge.

There is a workaround for it though using a trick for the Dell Optiplex GX270 which has the same Intel chipset and fooling the operating system into thinking it's supporting XP.

If by "Upgrade" you mean keeping all the programs installed from XP and just changing the operating system, it's possible but a lengthy and unreliable process as has already been hinted at.  You'll need to run an upgrade from XP to Vista first to get the system onto a recognised pathway.

If you just mean it's time for a newer operating system and you're wiping XP and putting Windows 7 on as a brand new install then that should go fine just be ready for the graphics "Gotcha" in advance.

Any system that contains the Intel 82865G is going to be far better on a 32 bit version of Windows 7  as few of the components are going to be 64bit compatible.  It's a compromise but you will end up with a working system that's at least as good as the XP you're leaving behind and hopefully a little faster.

You already know that the hardware is well past its "Best Before" date but this little bit of life support should keep it running nicely.

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If with "Upgrade" you actually mean a clean install of Windows 7 (which is the recommended way and how I would do it), it should work.

When a Graphical card doesn't have a driver for Windows 7, you can often try using the Vista driver instead, normally it may work. If there is no Vista driver either, or the vista driver won't work for Windows 7, the PC itself will still work. You just won't get Vista's "Aero" display, and you might not be able to use the optimal resolution of your display, but rather just a basic and low, generic resolution. If that happens, you can always get another display adapter for your PC, unless of course it is a laptop where you don't have that option.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I've upgraded several older systems to Windows 7 that use the 82865G controller ... and they all work fine.

I've used this driver:

Which I then install in compatibility mode for XP SP3  [Right-click on the executable; select Properties; click on the Compatibility tab; and check the box to run in compatibility mode -- selecting XP SP3]

Doesn't support aero, but otherwise everything works just fine.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Good to know the controller can work. To be clear, though, you need to gut the system and start fresh, or go through Vista on the way as there is no direct upgrade.
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think my answer http:#a40744001 (replace the computer) is a good answer in this situation. The computer was an old XP computer that needs to be replaced with a more modern machine.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
John, telling them to buy another computer doesn't really address their question.

Their graphics chipset isn't directly supported but there is a workaround that will get it running in 7.

Fundamentally though they've not returned to the question so we don't know what if anything would help which is why it's up for deletion.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Intel 82865G

Buying a new computer isn't really a "solution" ... although it will, of course, solve a LOT of problems :-)

But the question was how to "... upgrade an old xp machine to Windows 7."

Both MASQ and I provided details on how to do this with systems using an 82865G controller => and this absolutely works fine on these systems (done it several times).    But since we don't know whether or not this actually helped the OP or if he simply abandoned the task, I have no issue with it simply being deleted.
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