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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Jenae, Feb 28, 2019.

  1. Jenae

    Jenae

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    Hi all,

    I have an XPS M1730 Gaming laptop recently purchased second hand I would really like to upgrade the OS to Windows 8-10 but am being told I'll require a full motherboard rebuild to do so I'm 18 on Monday wage and a student just wondering if there is possible a way around the rebuild as I don't know a whole heap about computers but my sister has a laptop from 2003 with Windows 7 that is 5 years earlier than when my laptop is so I guess that's what makes me confused as to why id be having setbacks with a newer laptop!

    Pls send help, all comments valued !
     
  2. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    allheart55 (Cindy E) Administrator Administrator

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    Computer Brand or Motherboard:
    ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
    CPU:
    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T-Thuban 3.2GHz
    Memory:
    Crucial-DDR3 SDRAM 1333-8GB
    Hard Drive:
    WD Caviar Black SE HDD 640 GB - WD Caviar Black SE HDD 500 GB
    Graphics Card:
    Sapphire Radeon HD-7870 2GB
    Power Supply:
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750W
    Hello Jenae and Welcome to Computer Help Forums.

    Technically, you can't upgrade Vista to 8 or 10 but to be honest, the laptop is well over ten years old, the spec's just won't support it.
     
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  3. jtkoerler19

    jtkoerler19 Registered Members

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    Operating System:
    Linux Based
    Computer Brand or Motherboard:
    Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset
    CPU:
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3400 @ 2.16GHz
    Memory:
    3003532 kB
    Hard Drive:
    232.9G
    Graphics Card:
    Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset
    Power Supply:
    12v
    The M1730 up to 3.2 GHz with the IntelĀ® CoreTM 2 Extreme Edition X9000? That might not be as old as you think Cindy!

    I'd get a second opinion on that Jen (Your faster than mine!) how much memory does it have, right click the little my computer icon and goto properties it'll tell you in there.

    You only need 4gb to Run Windows 10 - or Linux for that matter - installing it on the other hand, that's when the fun starts.

    This old lappy of mine, same as my mom's had Windows Vista on it, now they both fly along with Linux!

    Motherboard upgrade not required...

    The way to do it, is burn four or five different copies of different distributions, burned at the slowest speed possible x2 speed on the DVD burner and try each copy individually to find one that detects your sound-card and wifi right out of the box. Then proceed to installation and struggle with the installation menus which are extremely daunting to a novice. YouTube self help video's are a plus!

    ie: How to configure the BIOS to boot from the CDROM/DVDRW

    https://ubuntu-mate.org/download/
    https://www.pureos.net/
    https://pop.system76.com/
    https://distrowatch.com/
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2021
  4. plodr

    plodr CHF Advisor CHF Advisers

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    The laptop came out in late 2007. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-XPS-M1730-Gaming-Notebook.7188.0.html
    I suspect even if you wanted Windows 10, Dell won't have any hardware drivers for that old of a laptop.
    https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/xps-m1730/drivers drivers for XP and Vista only.

    I assume because you are a student you might need to write papers. Personally, I steer people away from linux other than trying it out if they don't have time to figure out programs that replace what they've used in the past in Windows. There is a learning curve and most students don't have time to learn a new OS, they are too busy dealing with course requirements.
     
  5. IJAC

    IJAC Super-Moderator Super Moderators

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    I have a Asus prime Z270A MB
    CPU:
    Intel i5 Quad core
    Memory:
    Rip Jaw 32 GB
    Hard Drive:
    Samsung Evo 500 GB SS
    Graphics Card:
    Radeon R7 260X/360
    Power Supply:
    750 Watt Corsair
    I was given a Dell Dimension E520 that had Vista ( no hard drive Vista product key). Just for the heck of it I stuck a old hard drive in it booted to a USB with windows 10 and installed it, also to my surprise it activated. The only thing was Plodr is correct Del does not have drivers for windows 10. I used a program called snappy driver and it got all the drivers. Now this was a desktop so I don't know if the laptop would work or not. But this Dell 520 is pretty old and it worked to my surprise so the op may get lucky and have it work. I took out all the crap that MS puts in also which helped.
     
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