How can I upgrade to Windows 7?

Susendeep Dutta July 24, 2010
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I am using a three years old computer with these hardware specifications: Intel Pentium D Dual Core, ASRock motherboard, 250 GB HDD, 1 GB RAM, Intel extreme graphics card 82865G graphics controller, DVD writer.

Can I upgrade to Windows 7 by simply increasing the RAM? Or do I need to do more?

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  1. Oron
    July 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Susendeep, what this means is that you can upgrade the software on the PC as it is, and it will work just fine. but you Windows will not have its full new 'look' and graphic effects.
    If you are keen to have Aero installed, you'll need to get a new graphics card. This is easy and relatively inexpensive to do on a desktop PC, (a new, cheap graphics card will do the job just fine), but if your computer is a laptop then in all likelihood it will be impossible to upgrade the graphics.
    Adding memory to the computer won't make any difference to the graphics I'm afraid.

  2. Susendeep Dutta
    July 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you Abhigyan and Oron for the tips.I have scanned my pc with upgrade advisor and it said that I have to do bit with graphics for aero theme to be enabled.My graphics memory is 96 MB and the requirement is 128 MB.Can I run windows 7 without aero theme enabled?

  3. Oron
    July 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I suggest you start by downloading the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx and run it to ensure that your machine is compatible, then follow the excellent article which abhigyan mentions above.

  4. Anonymous
    July 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Although Windows 7 can run on as little as 1 GB RAM, you can increase your RAM for smoother performance. Otherwise, you are good to go. Check out the article below on help regarding the upgrade.
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/windows_7_upgrade_guide_all_your_questions_answered