Upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10: What specs are needed on old laptop?  


  1. Posts : 358
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
       #1

    Upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10: What specs are needed on old laptop?


    I'm posting on the Win 10 forum, rather than Win 7, because I think it's a Win 10 issue.


    My grandson uses one of my old Win 7 laptops. I've just found a HowToGeek article saying that MS are allowing free upgrades from 7 to 10.


    I just want to know if the old laptop has the specs to cope with Win 10:

    - Hard drive: 340 GB free. (I can get more back from the Data partition, if necessary)

    - 4 GB RAMLaptop is used mainly for browsing, Word, Excel. No high-speed graphics or gaming,


    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 10,711
    Windows 11 Workstation x64
       #2

    It should be ok with the limited info you have given, the minimum specs are listed on our tutorial to get the free upgrade - Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free
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  3. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #3

    Maybe.

    I installed Win10 X64 on an old laptop that was max'd out at 4GB of RAM. (I needed X64 for some specific software.)

    You'd get a more valid answer if you provided the exact make and model of the laptop. If it has Intel onboard graphics, that may be an issue. Intel's support for their older hardware is poor (IMHO).
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  4. Posts : 358
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
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    z3r010 said:
    It should be ok with the limited info you have given, the minimum specs are listed on our tutorial to get the free upgrade - Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free
    .
    For the benefit of other users, I just want to report back that the instructions given in the link by @z3r010 worked perfectly. All I had to do was select a few options now and then. The whole process took about an hour (on a 7-y-o machine).

    I now have no WiFi, but if necessary I'll post that in a different category. (Interesting that it used WiFi almost non-stop for about a million downloads, upgrades, and updates - and then failed at the last hurdle.)



    Thanks to all responders.
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  5. Posts : 7,705
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #5

    OldGrantonian said:
    .
    For the benefit of other users, I just want to report back that the instructions given in the link by @z3r010 worked perfectly. All I had to do was select a few options now and then. The whole process took about an hour (on a 7-y-o machine).

    I now have no WiFi, but if necessary I'll post that in a different category. (Interesting that it used WiFi almost non-stop for about a million downloads, upgrades, and updates - and then failed at the last hurdle.)



    Thanks.
    Good news! Consider installing a cheap SSD which will give a drastic speed improvement. Some old PCs don't support a critical instruction needed for the 64 bit version of Windows 10 and you need to install the 32 bit version.
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  6. Posts : 358
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
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    Steve C said:
    Consider installing a cheap SSD which will give a drastic speed improvement.
    .

    Good advice. Thanks.
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