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  1.    07 Jan 2016 #1
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    windows 7

    Dell dimension E520 desktop, can it be upgraded to windows 10?


    will my Dell dimension E520 desktop PC upgrade to Windows 10 from windows 7 without major problems? Dell do not recommend it, but I have heard that some early (2007 build) PCs can upgrade without dramas. Has anybody upgraded this series of Dell PCs?
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  2.    07 Jan 2016 #2
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    Windows 10

    After a Google search I've found someone to be running Windows 10 on the same machine as you. They've said it runs reliably. Generally if your PC can run Windows 7 it can run Windows 10.

    You can upgrade to Windows 10 easily by using the upgrade installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
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  3.    07 Jan 2016 #3
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by D3LL View Post
    After a Google search I've found someone to be running Windows 10 on the same machine as you. They've said it runs reliably. Generally if your PC can run Windows 7 it can run Windows 10.

    You can upgrade to Windows 10 easily by using the upgrade installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
    Thank you. I should have mentioned it has the original Intel Core 2 CPU 4300@1.8GHz. I recall another post (or Dell?) indicated this might be a problem. Do you recall if the person's PC was using this processor?
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  4.    07 Jan 2016 #4
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    Thread Starter

    Hello,
    Quote Originally Posted by geoffmurphy View Post
    Thank you. I should have mentioned it has the original Intel Core 2 CPU 4300@1.8GHz. I recall another post (or Dell?) indicated this might be a problem. Do you recall if the person's PC was using this processor?
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  5.    07 Jan 2016 #5
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    Windows 10

    You should be fine. The minimum requirements are:

    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
    • A Microsoft account and Internet access
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  6.    07 Jan 2016 #6
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    thank you D3LL. Unless anybody contradicts your advice I will go ahead and try it. Am not a confident PC upgrader, but there seems to be a few good 'tutorials' on this Windows ten exercise on the web, so will chance it. Much appreciated, but I can't find the button you refer to for your +ve feedback.
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  7.    07 Jan 2016 #7
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffmurphy View Post
    thank you D3LL. Unless anybody contradicts your advice I will go ahead and try it. Am not a confident PC upgrader, but there seems to be a few good 'tutorials' on this Windows ten exercise on the web, so will chance it. Much appreciated, but I can't find the button you refer to for your +ve feedback.
    No problem I am sure others will agree, sorry I've updated my signature just press the thumbs up icon under 'My System Specs'
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  8.    07 Jan 2016 #8
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    Win 10

    It will run Win 10 but how well? I had an E510 from the same era. I upgraded it from XP to Vista and even upgraded the CPU but I wasn't happy with the performance. Ultimately I replaced it with a home built, with newer hardware, and it ran much better (later that home built was replaced by my current home built).
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  9.    07 Jan 2016 #9
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    Quote Originally Posted by D3LL View Post
    You should be fine. The minimum requirements are:

    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
    • A Microsoft account and Internet access
    There are some additional requirements.

    The CPU must also support the NX (Intel calls it the Execute Disable Bit). The 4300 seems to do that:

    Intel Coreā„¢2 Duo Processor E4300 (2M Cache, 1.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) Specifications

    Things get more complicated if you want X64:

    Windows 10: Will your PC run it? | ZDNet

    Are you using the onboard Intel 965 graphics? I'm not sure how well Win 10 supports that. (A quick web search indicates that there are working drivers for it.) You could add an inexpensive PCI-E graphics card with better Windows 10 support, but I'm not sure how much money you'd be prepared to spend on an old PC like this.

    I generally don't suggest upgrading from 7, mainly because I don't think that 10 is a significant advance for home users, but I have upgraded an old (2008) Compaq laptop. (It came with Vista from the factory.) It runs about as well as 7 did.

    If you want to upgrade, I strongly recommend imaging your current Windows installation before proceeding. I use Acronis True Image (not free), but a lot of people seem to like the free version of Macrium Reflect for that. With an image, you can save yourself a lot of grief if the upgrade doesn't go well; you could restore the old OS in less than a half hour.
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  10.    07 Jan 2016 #10
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    windows 7
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    thank you bobkn for your advice. Re the graphics, I did upgrade the PC with the NVidia GeForce 8400 GS graphics card 4 or 5 years ago. I presume this won't be a problem? Cheers.
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