Windows 7 32 bit on Socket A, is it possible?

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  1. patkim

    patkim MDL Novice

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    Hi,

    I have a Desktop PC that I had assembled way back in 2005. It still works fine. I just upgraded RAM to 1GB DDR1 and replaced the PSU sometime back. I rarely use it though, but it still works.

    It’s AMD Socket A Athlon XP CPU. Biostar M7NCG400 mobo.

    Now there are hardly any references on the internet about this CPU & board. However my question is, has anyone attempted to load Windows 7 32 Bit on this or any other Socket A CPU & Board. Does it load and install fine?

    Mobo has drivers released only up to Windows XP.

    I am going to try soon, but this is just to check if anyone ever attempted it and was successful.
     
  2. Ocygord

    Ocygord MDL Senior Member

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    The OS will work OK but all depends on what you intend to do with it.
    For playing games: NO
    As a server: NO
    For office use: maybe
     
  3. patkim

    patkim MDL Novice

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    Yes, it's just a tryout before eventually I throw away the very old PC in e-waste!! I am just keen to explore if it would work.
    Even if it detects the on board LAN, USB & VGA that should suffice.
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Big chance win 7 will have the drivers for at least USB (w7 supports USB1 and 2 natively) and LAN, the vga driver maybe onboard too (or by WU), but you can always check the vga chip manufacturer website for drivers.
     
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  8. shhnedo

    shhnedo MDL Addicted

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    AFAIK, everything P4 / Athlon XP or older will have problems with the latest updates due to SSE2. That's why i posed the dec2017 pack.
     
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    All pentium 4's have SSE2, including the socket 478, it's only the Athlon XP and pentium 3 or older that have issues. With those cpu's, linux should be a better choice or use an outdated windows 7 system
     
  10. Ocygord

    Ocygord MDL Senior Member

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    So any CPU without SSE2 will not be able to get updates anymore?
    And any new version of Simplix beyond UpdatePack7R2-17.12.15 will not work anymore?

    That's.. very sad. I had no idea. Boy, they really do screw us every year.
     
  11. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Well, even XP updates require SSE2 now, it seems.
     
  12. Ocygord

    Ocygord MDL Senior Member

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    I find it repugnant that Microsoft would weasel out of the deal like this. The support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020. The agreement was that Windows 7 would be supported until that date, regardless of SSE2 or without. It's a binding contract - and they just broke it.
    So as long as a machine passes the minimum requirements of Windows 7, then it must be supported until the end date.
     
  13. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    The SSE2 problem is not with Intel. But even Athlon XP (not that old actually) which can run Windows 7 32bit very well does not work now.
    I will now try to run ANTIX Linux on these devices.
     
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    erpsterm35 MDL Addicted

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    amd athlon xps were released in the early 2000s, around the time the 1st few generation intel pentium 4s came out

    I stopped using socket A based amd cpus early this year because the motherboard for them gave out and had to be replaced. so I have no more socket a based processors to use
     
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    Mine refuse to die.
     
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    atgpud2003 MDL Senior Member

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    Well, Kinda old, try Windows XP Pro.. Would be ok... But lot of updates won't give good go... Try Linux..