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worth installing windows 7?

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Hi I was wondering if there would be any benefit to installing windows 7 on my relatively old computer running windows xp. It is a Pentium 4 with 2gigs of ram
Here are the specs:


Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 1 (max 1)
Number of threads 1 (max 1)
Name Intel Pentium 4
Codename Northwood
Specification Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.40GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 478 mPGA (0x2)
Extended CPUID F.2
Brand ID 9
Core Stepping D1
Technology 0.13 um
Core Speed 2392.0 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 18.0 x 132.9 MHz
Rated Bus speed 531.6 MHz
Stock frequency 2400 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2
L1 Data cache 8 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Trace cache 12 Kuops, 8-way set associative
L2 cache 512 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control no

Here is what the windows 7 advisior report said:

Operating System: Windows XP Professional
CPU: Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.40GHz
Memory: 2.0 GB

System Details
Custom installation required-You'll need to perform a custom installation of 32-bit Windows 7 and then reinstall your programs. Make sure to back up your files before you begin.
Go online to get important information about installing Windows 7 on a PC running Windows XP

Windows Aero support-Your current graphics adapter won't support the Windows Aero user interface. If you want to experience the benefits of Windows Aero, contact your PC manufacturer or retailer to see if an upgrade is available.
Go online to learn more about Windows Aero

Outlook Express-This program is no longer included in Windows 7. You can get similar programs for Windows 7 from other software manufacturers.
Go to the Microsoft website to learn more

CPU speed: 2.4 GHz Your CPU meets the 1 GHz minimum requirement.
2.0 GB of RAM Your PC meets the 1 GB minimum requirement.
22.5 GB free space available on C: Your hard disk meets the minimum requirement of 16 GB free space for 32-bit Windows 7.

Requirement Details
Virtualization technology not supported -Your PC does not support hardware assisted virtualization technology.

2.0 GB of RAM-Your PC memory meets the 2 GB requirement for running Windows XP Mode on 32-bit Windows 7.

Extra 15 GB of free space- For best performance, make sure your PC has 15 GB of free space before installing Windows XP Mode.
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It typically is not worth updating such an old machine to Windows 7. Windows 7 was designed to support today's hardware and today's graphics oriented computer

It is good you ran Windows 7 Upgrade advisor first. As noted, your system does not support some of Windows 7 advanced features. Besides the Upgrade advisor, you need to visit all your hardware's websites to make sure Windows 7 drivers exist. But even so, it is likely you would be disappointed in the performance. I am not suggesting Windows 7 is a dog, I am just reiterating it is designed for today's hardware.
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