Old laptop with Win 8????

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Ritche, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. Ritche

    Ritche MDL Novice

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    I have an old laptop with windows xp. I had to get it a new hard drive so now its has nothing on it. Question: If I put windows 8 on it, will it work? It is about 8 yrs old.
     
  2. TheOldScout

    TheOldScout MDL Novice

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    I doubt it. From Microsoft's web site:
    If you want to run Windows 8 on your PC, here's what it takes:

    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
    •RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    •Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    •Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
     
  3. mrwwwyzzerdd

    mrwwwyzzerdd MDL Novice

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    whats the specs on your laptop? I have an 7 yr old laptop acer 5735 that came with vista. Its running windows 8 x64 with media center with no issues.
     
  4. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    Please read this thread:

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...e-Patch-(Bypass-Windows-8-CPU-feature-checks)

    You can first check if your CPU is supported by running coreinfo (refer to post#4).

    If it doesn't, then you can either

    -follow @Jan1's guideline (OP). and install win8 to clean HDD.
    or
    - follow my method(post#4) to make a dual-boot, but you need to first install win7(no need to activate the win7). Of course you can skip win7 install to just install win8 with XP, but it's quite complicated.
    :D
     
  5. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    specs or at least what the heck it is would be useful hehe
     
  6. eydee

    eydee Guest

    My experience is that even a bit newer computers can't handle newer operating systems well enough. Anything beyond Vista hates single core processors. They do run but not nearly as well as XP. Video cards either have no drivers or have terrible, unoptimized drivers for WDDM.

    Only think about using Vista/7/8 if you have a

    • Dual core processor
    • Geforce 8 or higher, Radeon HD 2k or higher.
    • 2GB of RAM
    • Plenty of HDD space

    My suggestion: Stick to XP or install linux instead.
     
  7. cheer

    cheer MDL Novice

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    I am currently using windows 8.1 Pro preview(64bit) with media center on a laptop with
    intel dual cpu 1.73ghz
    2 gb ram
    ATI radeon xpress 1250 (Max resolution 1280 x 800)

    There is absolutely no hassle in running win 8.1
     
  8. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    With 2GB Memory I wouldn't run a 64bit OS! To less memory left for a bit intense working!:rolleyes:
     
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  9. eydee

    eydee Guest

    Everything fits to what I wrote except for the video card. Try running some games and compare the results to what you get running under XP. Opengl drivers are the worst for the X1xx series by the way. (Try Doom 3...)

    You should also compare Adobe Flash performance. That's something you can't avoid.
     
  10. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    it all depends on the specs.. and you really haven't posted specs yet..?
     
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  11. cheer

    cheer MDL Novice

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    Honestly, I am on the system almost 10 hours a day intensely but absolutely no games. multimedia- yes and so far no complaints.

    pisthai - Your advice taken. will increase memory to 3gb- that's the maxm my Packard Bell ME35 will support
     
  12. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Just take your laptop to Pantip/Zeer or other IT Mall and check if it would accept 4 GB (2 x 2GB)!

    My older Acer Aspire is according to Acer good for max. 4GB and works well with 8GB, while the new one is good for 8GB and works well with 16GB!! That could be happens on your one as well. It's worth a try!
     
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  14. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    3gb max in one slot, but capable of 4 total. 2x2 would be cool. Huge difference with that extra ram for sure
     
  15. Garbellano

    Garbellano MDL Addicted

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    if you can install 7, of course you can install this piece of trash :biggrin:
     
  16. Coasie

    Coasie MDL Junior Member

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    My laptop is 8 years old, Dell E1505, 2ghz CoreDuo w/ 2Gb of Ram.
    It came with XP, and has run Vista, 7 and now 8 all flawlessly. It is my only computer, no issues. All 32 bit of course, as it is not a 64bit compatible processor regardless of the 2gb ram limit.
     
  17. cheer

    cheer MDL Novice

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    Thank you guys - Pisthai, urie & EFA11 for the guidance and the inputs. I will keep in mind the tips when I go for the upgrade next weekend.
     
  18. Ritche

    Ritche MDL Novice

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    Here are some specs: It is Sony Vaio GTR 250 Processor: Celeron 2.4Ghz (single core); Hard drive: 80 GB; L2 cache: 512 KB; RAM: 1GB
     
  19. mohamedkamel

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    I think that it will be a bad idea to use Window 8 on this laptop, even if you upgraded your RAM.
     
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  20. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    mohammedkamel is right! Main problem would be the Celeron CPU which may prevent Windows 8 for to get installed at all! If you get it installed, it will run slow if it run!
    Memory amount isn't all what is needed, it just helps for to get better performance. You could see that an low memory use on 64bit machines that they will run well only with at least the double amount of memory than an 32bit machine.

    But after all, a test maybe would be fun?!!;)
     
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