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I have a couple of old PCs and have been looking at these motherboard kits.
I was thinking of getting the new motherboard etc and using the original HDs as they have loads of useful programs on - then update from XP to Windows 7.
Is it that simple or have I missed something?
It is relatively simple however you will find you won't be using the new motherboard and processors at their best as upgrading Windows usually leave a registry full of keys the new version doesn't like which will slow it down. I would personally advise a clean install of windows however you could try the upgrade first and see how it runs, and also if you have an upgrade version of Windows 7 you can clean install it will just ask for the XP cd during install.
Edit - I have sort of over simplified that in my mind it isn't really relatively simple when you have to figure out how much of you old systems will work in your new systems, I'll just list the checklist.
1 - Is the graphics card PCI-e or AGP more info here (http://www.dabs.com/forum/showthread.php/224-Guide-How-to-install-a-Graphics-Card)
2 - Does the old power supply have a 24pin motherboard power connection and a 4 or 8 pin processor power connector, more info here
3 - Is your old HDD IDE or SATA, IDE is considerably slower and some newer board no longer have a connector for it, more info here (http://www.dabs.com/forum/showthread.php/159-Guide-How-to-install-a-new-Hard-Drive)
4 - What RAM does your old system have DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 (would find more info but all of a sudden no other pages will load)
There is more but I think I've probably overcomplicated it now as I would expect this has been checked after reading your original post again.
To follow on from 2020 dont go near windows 7 unless you have a good top end gpu (graphics card) and a quad core (min) spec cpu
you would find 7 to be to demanding for anything less really.But before you get to the op system you need to answer 2020'z questions for more advice.
ehm. I currently run an e6600 dual core 2.4Ghz (until my dabs bundle arrives) and I have no issues with win 7. I find it alot smoother than Vista ran.
Perhaps running the Windows Upgrade Advisor (http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2009/05/07/preparing-for-windows-7-with-the-windows-7-upgrade-advisor.aspx) too?
Official Download Page: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15
Must admit 7 does run a treat on my e6600 system i do overclock it but still gets a 7.3 in Win Experience.
Well I wouldn't say a Quad core as minimum was needed for Windows 7, I only have an Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and it breezes through W7 with ease, not to mention the dual core i3 and i5 CPU's which will cause no problems.
thanks all for the info - much appreciated - I will double check what I have/ need! And maybe go for that clean install!
Yeah, I have Win 7 running on an Atom N270 with in built graphics on my Aspire One D250 and it runs fine and dandy with Aero enabled.
It only get 2.2 on the WEI (but I dont trust it anyway) I guess it all depends what you want to do with it.
My desktop gets 5.9 on the WEI but thats due to a slow hard drive and apart from that I think it'd be at 6.9.
Would definitely recommend a clean install of what ever OS you choose!