Is It-Too Big a Leap,32b HB to 64b Win7?

kesume

Vista Guru
Hi Guys & Gals, thank's for the welcome posts last night as my intro in the forum.

As some may remember I was thinking of going from 32b Home Basic to 64b Win7.
Good advice was given of course.

Thinking about it, as a novice computer person, would I be better first upgrading slowly to Home Premium? At least it has a few more 'bells & whistles'. But is it enough of change?

If so where do I get it from, and is it easy to do? Don't forget i'm new at this! But want & willing to learn

Hope you can come up with something for me!
 

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richc46

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Being a new computer user, should not influence your decision to go from 32 to 64. Look at the features that both have and just decide the best for you. 64 is the wave of the future and if you think that you enjoy computers and the interest is not just short term, I think that I would go with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. The cost will be about the same as Vista (if you can even find Vista HP anymore)
The big change, other than bells and whistles, going to 64 Seven HP, is more power and the additional features
Explore Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx
Currently, you have memory that will not improve the performance either with Seven or Vista 64 bit.

Be sure that you buy the upgrade edition of 7. It is cheaper and we can show you how to install so it is just like the more expensive full retail DVD.
 
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kesume

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Hi Rich,
Sorry had to go away from the computer for a while!
I've done some checking today in windows w/sites - my system will take it, as it is.
I am very tempted to 'go for it' as I do want to progress both in knowledge & capability.
Any upgrading in better quality parts, like memory could come later I guess.

What do I do when I'm ready for downloading to get you guys to help me?

Thank's again for your good advice.
 

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    M2N68-LA (Narra)
    Memory
    2.50GB
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    nVidia GeForce
    Sound Card
    Realtec ALC888 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" LCD Monitor
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    160 Gb Usable Hard Drive
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    HP G56 Laptop Win 7 64bit. 4Gb Ram DDR2's. Hitachi 450Gb Hard Drive. Pentium(R) Duel-Core CPU.

richc46

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This is what you do first, make sure that you can use 64 bit Windows 7
Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Then decided on the edition that you want, Basic, Home Premium etc
Then buy the upgrade DVD, a lot cheaper than the full retail DVD. You have vista so you qualify for the cheaper upgrade.
Then join our seven forums
Windows 7 Forums
Then let me know that you have joined, I will hold your hand and guide you step by step.
Until then go to you tube and watch an install and read this.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Forums[2]=General Tips
 

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    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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kesume

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Hey Rich,
The cheaper version upgrade cd here in the UK is $40 more the US price
US is $120--- UK - $161, phew !!
 

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    2.50GB
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    nVidia GeForce
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    17" LCD Monitor
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richc46

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Thats a big hit. But the upgrade will always be cheaper than the full retail.
 

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    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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Patonb

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richc46

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Make sure you take the upgrade advisor test as suggested.
 

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    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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    640 gb
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kesume

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Thank's for the last post & advice.
I will surely check out all your recommendations, and study like a good boy!!
Do I need the original installation disc? Lost it, but have key codes.

Will let you know when I'm ready.
Thank you.
 

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    Memory
    2.50GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce
    Sound Card
    Realtec ALC888 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" LCD Monitor
    Hard Drives
    160 Gb Usable Hard Drive
    Other Info
    HP G56 Laptop Win 7 64bit. 4Gb Ram DDR2's. Hitachi 450Gb Hard Drive. Pentium(R) Duel-Core CPU.

richc46

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If you follow the clean install, per the tut given above. You do not need the CD.
 

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    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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kesume

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I take your points re cost, one has to speculate to accumulate, in business & knowledge, right!
 

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    2.50GB
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    Sound Card
    Realtec ALC888 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" LCD Monitor
    Hard Drives
    160 Gb Usable Hard Drive
    Other Info
    HP G56 Laptop Win 7 64bit. 4Gb Ram DDR2's. Hitachi 450Gb Hard Drive. Pentium(R) Duel-Core CPU.

kesume

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OK,
A weekend of study looms.
 

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    AMD Athlon 64 processor 3800 + 2.40GHz
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    M2N68-LA (Narra)
    Memory
    2.50GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce
    Sound Card
    Realtec ALC888 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" LCD Monitor
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    HP G56 Laptop Win 7 64bit. 4Gb Ram DDR2's. Hitachi 450Gb Hard Drive. Pentium(R) Duel-Core CPU.

richc46

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When I installed my first OS, Seven. I viewed you tube, it helps a lot. You know what each screen will say, before it even come up. YOu will be prepared.
 

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    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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kesume

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Patonb,
Thank's for your post.
But sorry, did't quite understand, Sorry!
Are you saying there is little benefit in upgrading to 64bit win.?
 

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    AMD Athlon 64 processor 3800 + 2.40GHz
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    M2N68-LA (Narra)
    Memory
    2.50GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce
    Sound Card
    Realtec ALC888 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" LCD Monitor
    Hard Drives
    160 Gb Usable Hard Drive
    Other Info
    HP G56 Laptop Win 7 64bit. 4Gb Ram DDR2's. Hitachi 450Gb Hard Drive. Pentium(R) Duel-Core CPU.

richc46

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I do not want to assume what another meant, so speaking for myself, with your memory you will not see improvement with 64.
 

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    Dell XPS420
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    6 gig
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    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
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    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
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kesume

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Rich'
Re: Your last post, point taken regarding memory, thought that myself.
Will put more memory in once win7 loaded.
This sure is going to be an exciting venture.
 

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    AMD Athlon 64 processor 3800 + 2.40GHz
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    M2N68-LA (Narra)
    Memory
    2.50GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce
    Sound Card
    Realtec ALC888 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" LCD Monitor
    Hard Drives
    160 Gb Usable Hard Drive
    Other Info
    HP G56 Laptop Win 7 64bit. 4Gb Ram DDR2's. Hitachi 450Gb Hard Drive. Pentium(R) Duel-Core CPU.

richc46

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Did you test your computer at the upgrade center, to see if its capable of handling 7?
 

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    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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    640 gb
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kesume

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Hi Patonb,
The info for over overclockers, thank's.
Must admit not very good yet at sorting different types of downloads, retail,oem etc.
Where is full version @ 90 from?
And not had time to shop around for best deals, your tip looks goood though, cheers!

Will try & do my homework over the weekend.
 

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    AMD Athlon 64 processor 3800 + 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    M2N68-LA (Narra)
    Memory
    2.50GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce
    Sound Card
    Realtec ALC888 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" LCD Monitor
    Hard Drives
    160 Gb Usable Hard Drive
    Other Info
    HP G56 Laptop Win 7 64bit. 4Gb Ram DDR2's. Hitachi 450Gb Hard Drive. Pentium(R) Duel-Core CPU.

Patonb

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I don't think youre getting any benifit from going to Win 7.

I'd say if you got a new system... then you might aswell go to 7.

I think its a waste of money.

The biggest difference between OEM and retail is oem is tied to the computer you install it on. That means if yu get a new compjuter, you can't put it on to it.... Retail you can move the os to a new computer.

However, "proper" wording of your call to microsoft, you can get the oem os transfered ;)
 

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    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
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richc46

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These are the minumum requirements to have Windows 7
Windows 7 System Requirements
If you just meet the minimum, you will not really enjoy Seven.
Seven has a lot of eye candy that I enjoy, but you have to surpass the minumum requirements to get the full benefit.
Although, you may not see a significant improvement in performance. There are many other reasons to go with Seven.
Compare Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP Features Offers Upgrades
I have a rather good computer, 6gb ram. I went from HP 64 Vista to 64 HP Seven and although, I did not see a tremendous increase in performance, I am glad that I made the change.
Built in System Image,
Back up and restore-(its available in Vista if you download shadow explorer)
are just a few of the features that I enjoy

I stand with my advice, even assuming that you will not see a big increase in performance, go for it.

If your computer just meets the minimum requirements, I would save my money, for a new computer and then get the current OS.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
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