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KCD86

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I just bought a Dell Inspiron 537 with Intel Dual Core 2 Quad Q8200, 2.33Ghz,4MB/ 4GB DDR SDRAM, *00MHZ-2X2GB DIM,M / 500GB NCQ Serial ATA HD

It came with Windows Vista SP1 Premium Home edition 64Bit and 2 weeks later Win & came out. I am being sent a free upgrade is there anything I ned to be wary of when upgrading to Win 7.

I need to have Microsoft word on my computer as you know Micrsoft Word did not come with Vista
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RUN THE WINDOWS 7 UPGRADE ADVISOR FREE FROM THE MICROSOFT WEBSITE.
It will tell you any problems you will get when upgrading to windows 7 and how to fix them.
Windows 7 does not come with Microsoft Word either; for that you need to buy Microsoft Office too.
I would say to back up your files just in case especially if you are going to do a clean install which wipes all your files.
If you have any games you will lose your progress unless you find and backup the correct save files.
Then you should be fine!
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Thanks sokka
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I ran the WINDOWS 7 UPGRADE ADVISOR as you said and It said to remove program ATI Catalyst Control Center Version 2.009.0213.2137 re-instll later(?)
and Power DVD DX Version 8.2.5024 does not have compatibility info of this program
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Windows 7 also does not have a internet browser so you will need to get that also.
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PC World has a great review and "how to upgrade" to windows 7 this month.
Reviews and News
Windows is easy to install? Nonsense

As for MS word....Have you tried Open Office?
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WINDOWS 7 UPGRADE ADVISOR said to remove program ATI Catalyst Control Center Version 2.009.0213.2137 re-instll later(?)
What will happen if I do that to :ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB??
also, what is "Open Office" and where do I get it
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KCD86 - apparently PowerDVD is not Windows 7 compatible. Apparntly PowerDVD 9 is though - could you get it?
As for ATI Catalyst Control Center Version 2.009.0213.2137 why dont you just reinstall it later like it says too?

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http://www.openoffice.org/

The ATI Catalyst Control Center Version 2.009.0213.2137 is for your graphics card.
Read about it HERE

I am not sure what will happen. Please wait for another response on that.
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Thanks for the replies much appreciated :)
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Hey,

The advise given now is great but I would like to add something to it.

There have been stalling issues when running the update which you should be aware of.
The following are 2 links from Microsoft:

http://social.answer...e5-dc128cc5f86c
http://support.micro....com/kb/975253/

I would advise you follow the steps under the Solutions tab on the second link to be sure of a smooth install. Also like has been said removing the display driver is a good way to go as there have been conflicts issues with later version of some ATI cards.
A good way to go would be to remove the ATI driver and then start the upgrade i.e make it the last thing you do. Likely if you were to remove it and go back then you will be left with a display problem.

Apart from that it should be fine. Also Internet Explorer is pre installed so that 1 less thing to worry about.
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