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I have a Dell XPS 420 with a Q6600 Dual 2 Quad. Should I upgrade to Windows 7 for gaming, or is Vista fine?


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Dec 8, 2009

Looking for a way to save some money, I found a person who is offering these kits, which he claims will work on any PC, is that true? Would this kit differ in what it has versus a copy directly from MS, other than the fact that it is x64 only? Would the key from this kit work to install from my MS DVDs?

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Jan 18, 2010

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I have received the Dell Windows 7 upgrade. It comes with two disks, Windows 7 upgrade and Upgrade Assistant.

My question is this, after the upgrade to Windows 7 what becomes of RECOVERY (D, is it modified? Will the recovery recover the laptop to Vista or Windows 7?

what will actually happen?

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Jan 1, 2010

I have my upgrade disk from dell recently as my sis brought a new lappy. But the problem is she is not interested in upgrading. Can i upgrade my other com instead of the dell one? And my com is running win xp. Can i change the OS and upgrade it?

When dell send the disk it comes with a "UPGRADE ASSISTANT" DVD!!!

My com is DIY type, so can i still use it?

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Jun 16, 2010

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Nov 22, 2009

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SEcondly, is there another way around this? I have some upgrade discs from other systems, can I use those & just enter the product key from my 32-bit Dell discs?

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Dec 14, 2011

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Jul 12, 2010

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Sep 28, 2009

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(I know... I know... I should just wait... but I have time constraints beyond my control!)

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Oct 30, 2009

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Dec 28, 2009

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Feb 3, 2010

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Jul 16, 2012

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Jan 19, 2013

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Will I be able able to put 7 Professional on this machine? Has anyone else upgraded this computer to 7?

I just think it's time to upgrade to the newer system.

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Jul 14, 2009

I recently bought a DELL STUDIO 1555 on June 12.

Since Free windows upgrade is for the systems purchased after June 26 i am not getting a upgrade.

I am from INDIA. I contacted Dell Customer Service here. They said i cannot purchase it from them also. Actually they had very less information about Windows 7. All they just said is that since my system is bought before June 26 i am not eligible. They had no further information about it.

I have Two Questions

Q1. Why Can't i purchase OEM version of windows 7 from DELL?

Q2.Since my laptop is shipped with OEM version of WINDOWS VISTA HOME PREMIUM 32 BIT SP1, if i purchase a WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM UPGRADE PACK from Microsoft / Amazon etc,.

Can i install it on my machine ??

Can i install WINDOWS 7 by formatting C Drive or should it be installed over Vista ??

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Nov 15, 2012

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i have talked to dell twice now and i get conflicting answers each time. The first person said that my computer would only support 120GB and the second said it would only support 100GB. I have a hard time believing this because my computer came with a SATA harddrive, which shouldnt limit me.. At least i thought.

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Jan 22, 2010

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Nov 13, 2009

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I've taken a look at it, and there's a "Windows.old" folder on the root of C:, which is of course a back up of all his data.

There's also a batch file inside the folder with the following inside of it:

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I'm wondering if there's a way to "continue" the upgrade / merging process? He has asked me to re-install all of his software the way he had it. So i'm hoping there's an easier way to continue where he left off.

I know Windows 7 creates a "Windows.old" folder when upgrading from XP. Not sure why one was created for a Vista to Windows 7 upgrade though.

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Dec 24, 2012

I have a pc with Windows XP pro 32bit retail version. First I have made an image, just in case. Then I have upgraded it to windows 8, 64bit by using the retail upgrade DVD and clean install. However, I found out that my motherboard is so old (5 years old) that there are no drivers for win8 and after asking ASUS they said that the motherboard is not supported any more and that there will be no new drivers for it. I tried using win7 drivers but it did not work and without correct drivers a lot of things does not work (in particularly hdmi port).What I want to do now is to revert to my image (windows xp), buy a Windows 7, 64bit upgrade retail DVD and upgrade windows xp to windows 7 for which there are drivers for my motherboard.

1) Can I use windows xp retail (whose product key has already been used to upgrade to win8) image to upgrade to windows 7 retail? will the activation of windows 7 succeed? I want to use clean install again since i upgrade from 32bit to 64bit

2) If the answer to question 1 is a yes, how does microsoft prevent users from using the same windows image file to upgrade different pc's? I mean, theoretically, I can make an image of pc1, copy it to a hard drive of pc2 (even if it will result in erroneous installation due to different specs) and upgrade both systems by using two VUP product keys which are cheaper than one VUP + one retail product keys

3) Can I use windows 8 upgrade DVD which is not used any more to upgrade another PC?

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Feb 27, 2010

I purchased Windows 7 Professional through the Ultimate Steal.

Downloaded it, put it on a disk also.

It will go through the start of the setup and copy files etc, and then it will give an error and say to install from a current version of windows I need to use the upgrade anytim through windows.

But when I go to upgrade anytime it asks for an upgrade key, but all I have with the purchase was a product key and it says that I can't use the product key.

any help?

edit: also i have windows 7 home premium installed right now

and here is exactly what it says:

"To upgrade from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7, use Windows Anytime Upgrade. Cancel the upgrade, open the Start menu, and search for Windows Anytime Upgrade. "

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