Is Windows 7 a possibility?
Posted 22 January 2017 - 02:55 AM
Posted 22 January 2017 - 06:38 AM
It should work OK. If you go to the support page for your PC and ask for drivers
Then change the OS you will see that Vista is an option and under Vista the driver for your network is:
Posted 22 January 2017 - 12:26 PM
Thank you for your reply and for the information you provided.
So make sure you have this one on hand either on a CD or a USB drive.
Okay. I have downloaded the driver and it is on my external drive which backs all my data up automatically.
Am pleased to hear that you think it would probably be possible to change to Windows 7. I have got 2 hard drives: the second (larger) one has all my data on it, plus an old clone of my Windows XP OS from back in 2014. I am wondering if it might possibly be a good idea to try loading Windows 7 onto there first. Or do you think that it would really not be necessary?
It would be so great if I could finally get rid of Windows XP for good!!!!
Posted 22 January 2017 - 09:26 PM
Not sure of how you have the drive with the data and the OS partitioned but you might want to keep that one safe and upgrade the other one. I don't think you will have a problem but at least you could recover if you had to.
Posted 24 January 2017 - 11:51 AM
Just realised that the product key in my link is OEM (for some reason, I thought it wasn't).
That isn't any good for me, is it?
Edited by Channeal, 24 January 2017 - 11:52 AM.
Posted 24 January 2017 - 03:45 PM
Posted 24 January 2017 - 08:01 PM
I don't know if the OEM key will work for you or not. I think it will but can't be sure. Can you ask the seller?
Ultimate has a lot of features that you don't need.
Posted 25 January 2017 - 04:15 AM
Am really not doing well here!
I found a Windows 7 Home Premium key which I thought was not OEM and purchased it at https://softwareempi...ium-sp1-64-bit/
Immediately after receiving the key, I keyed it into the Microsoft Windows 7 ISO download page at https://www.microsof...wnload/windows7 rather than use the link they gave me) just to test its authenticity....... only to be told: ' The product key you've entered appears to be for software which was pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options'.
Does that mean that I have purchased an OEM key by mistake? Or will it be okay if I use the download link provided with the purchase?
Am feeling extremely confused!
Edited by Channeal, 25 January 2017 - 04:18 AM.
Posted 25 January 2017 - 06:06 AM
Does appear to be an OEM key but if the download link works perhaps it will be OK.
Posted 25 January 2017 - 06:54 AM
Oh no! That really sucks!
Unless I am really stupid, it doesn't say anywhere on the selling details that it is an OEM version. I got the link to the website from a GTG post (post #8 at http://www.geekstogo...d/#entry2553296) and also tried to check out some reviews. As far as I could tell, it all seemed to be okay!
I do not want an OEM key! I had enough problems when loading Windows 10 onto my Sony Vaio laptop a few months ago and was told that the key had already been used. That was sorted out eventually and the key was authenticated. I was not very happy though: I had to give a Microsoft guy access to my computer and had no idea what he was up to because I was unable to communicate with him as the software he installed stopped my keyboard from working! No way do I want to go through that again!
I don't seem to have much luck with this stuff!
Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:02 AM
Out of stock at Newegg but an example of what Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM may cost on disc here and the download versions here
Philpower2 does a lot more of this stuff than I do so if he thinks an OEM will work then it probably will.
Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:35 AM
Just to clarify...... I did not mean that Phill ever said that an OEM key would be okay for anyone to use. I might be wrong, but I tend to think that he would never say that!
I merely thought that - as he posted a link to the website - it would most likely be a reputable website.
Posted 25 January 2017 - 11:59 AM
Strange that the same things happened with my Windows 7 key a few months ago. If this is an error, then it must be a pretty common one!
Posted 28 January 2017 - 03:05 AM
I installed Windows 7 yesterday. All went well, apart from the fact that when I was asked about partitions near the beginning of the installation process, I deleted the existing partition instead of reformatting. That would have been okay, except for the fact that the new partition which replaced it for some reason was not 'active' - so I was unable to proceed any further. Luckily, I was able to boot from my clone and from there take a look at the new partition in disk management. I saw that it wasn't marked as active and changed it - and all went well from then onwards. Am very pleased with my new OS.
I have not installed any drivers yet. I have the list of Dell drivers from their website and I know about their drivers having to be installed in the correct order. Am not clear if I have to install all the drivers on the list though? I haven't come across anything that doesn't work properly so far, apart from the audio. Please can you advise?
With regard to the BIOS, there are two updates listed. Should I install both of those?
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