Should i upgrade to windows 10 from Windows 7 Professional to run 4k

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  1. Posts : 6
    i5-2500k CPU @ 3.30ghz 8gb ram Win 7 64bit
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    Should i upgrade to windows 10 from Windows 7 Professional to run 4k


    Hi i have windows 7 Pro and I am thinking of moving from 2 x Full HD 27 inch monitors to 4k or maybe just 2k.

    System Specs:
    INTEL CORE i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB
    COOLERMASTER HYPER TX-3 CPU COOLER
    ASRock Z68-EXTREME4 DESKTOP MOTHERBOARD
    XFX CORE EDITION 650W 80PLUS PSU
    G.SKILL 8GB KIT DDR3 RIPJAWS X C9 1600MHZ
    SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3 3.5" 1TB
    OCZ VERTEX 2 120GB SSD 285/275 R/W/MB

    CORSAIR OBSIDIAN 650D GAMING CASE

    Main uses: remote work from home so excel and word, outlook but also web browsing, youtube . The odd game.

    I realise i need a new GPU (any recommendations ) and was thinking of a ASUS Radeon RX 580 DUAL OC 8GB GDDR5 as it has multiple display port such that the 2 monitors could both be display port run instead of 1 HDMI and 1 DP.

    I have a activated Windows 7 Pro version and I assume i can upgrade to windows 10 based on system specs and tutorials I have seen here.

    #i assume i could run both screens at 2k if it taxes the new GPU and old CPU too much, and then plan to buy a new CPU/mobo
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Yes.
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  4. Posts : 6
    i5-2500k CPU @ 3.30ghz 8gb ram Win 7 64bit
    Thread Starter
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    thanks I am going to soon follow these two

    Clean Install Windows 7 | Tutorials

    on a new SSD still a 2.5 form though as an old MOBO

    then

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    The only issue i can think of initially is that I do not have ethernet where i am doing the reinstall, i do have a wireless usb Dlink though, and have copied the driver onto a usb as it seems getting internet access is needed fairly quickly to start downloading drivers etc.
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  5. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1237 (x64) [21H2]
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    Corey said:
    thanks I am going to soon follow these two

    Clean Install Windows 7 | Tutorials

    on a new SSD still a 2.5 form though as an old MOBO

    then

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    The only issue i can think of initially is that I do not have ethernet where i am doing the reinstall, i do have a wireless usb Dlink though, and have copied the driver onto a usb as it seems getting internet access is needed fairly quickly to start downloading drivers etc.


    You don't "need" to upgrade to Windows 10. You can use your Windows 7 product key and just do a clean install of Windows 10.

    You can use ShowKeyPlus to find your Windows 7 product key, if you don't already know it.

    Find Product Key in Windows 10 <---- works on Windows 7 as well.



    Clean Install Windows 10



    You can also pre-download your motherboard drivers, here: ASRock > Z68 Extreme4
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  6. Posts : 6
    i5-2500k CPU @ 3.30ghz 8gb ram Win 7 64bit
    Thread Starter
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    Ghot said:
    You don't "need" to upgrade to Windows 10. You can use your Windows 7 product key and just do a clean install of Windows 10.

    You can use ShowKeyPlus to find your Windows 7 product key, if you don't already know it.

    Find Product Key in Windows 10 <---- works on Windows 7 as well.



    Clean Install Windows 10



    You can also pre-download your motherboard drivers, here: ASRock > Z68 Extreme4
    thanks for your response

    q1
    if i do nothing with the ASROCK link, will windows install suitable drivers anyway?
    q2
    do i need to install every single driver on that link ie

    Description OS Size Date Download
    Realtek high definition audio driver ver:7560
    Windows® 10 64bit
    279.05MB 2015/11/26 Global China
    INF driver ver:10.1.1.8
    Windows® 10 64bit
    2.68MB 2016/4/18 Global China
    Intel Management Engine driver ver:11.0.0.1156
    Windows® 10 64bit
    60.72MB 2015/11/26 Global China
    ASRock 3TB+ Unlocker utility ver:1.1.1
    Windows® 10 64bit
    1.12MB 2015/10/15 Global China
    ASRock Extreme Tuning utility ver:0.1.434
    Windows® 10 64bit
    8.03MB 2016/3/9 Global China
    Intel Rapid Start utility ver:1.0.7
    Windows® 10 64bit
    1.27MB 2015/10/15 Global China
    Intel Smart Connect utility ver:1.0.7
    [Installation Guide]

    Windows® 10 64bit
    1.11MB 2015/10/15 Global China
    Restart to UEFI ver:1.0.5
    Windows® 10 64bit
    1.12MB 2015/10/15 Global China
    ASRock XFast LAN utility ver:10.10

    q3
    UEFI or Legacy BIOS
    Your motherboard must support UEFI 2.0 or later to be able to install 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10 with UEFI.
    couldn't find if that mobo has UEFI2.0
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    My opinion is to just do the upgrade to Windows 10 first and see if you are satisfied with the results. You can do the clean install later if you decide you are not satisfied with the upgrade results.
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  8. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1237 (x64) [21H2]
       #8

    @Corey

    q1
    Windows will have most if not all drivers

    q3
    I can't find that info either. But looking at your manual...it looks like a very early UEFI BIOS

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    All in all, you should probably consider a new CPU, motherboard and RAM.
    I don't know your budget, but this is a fairly average, modern day Intel build.

    w/o SSD: System Builder - Core i7-11700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core - PCPartPicker

    withe SSD: System Builder - Core i7-11700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core - PCPartPicker

    The fastest SSDs today are about 25x faster than your OCZ, and relatively cheap.

    SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3c Samsung V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P500B/AM - Newegg.com



    If you do decide to upgrade the hardware, SELL the 2500K, the motherboard and the RAM.
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  9. Posts : 38,934
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    Many end users have computers that will fail to upgrade from 10 to 11 by CPU and or TPM criteria.

    Microsoft has not finalized the upgrade requirements.

    A clean install of Windows 10 allows the end user to modify the BIOS (Legacy > UEFI), fix any partition issues (location of the recovery partition, and MBR > GPT) and turn on secure boot if available.
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  10. Posts : 6
    i5-2500k CPU @ 3.30ghz 8gb ram Win 7 64bit
    Thread Starter
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    zbook said:
    Many end users have computers that will fail to upgrade from 10 to 11 by CPU and or TPM criteria.

    Microsoft has not finalized the upgrade requirements.

    A clean install of Windows 10 allows the end user to modify the BIOS (Legacy > UEFI), fix any partition issues (location of the recovery partition, and MBR > GPT) and turn on secure boot if available.
    it will be a clean install in that I am getting a new ssd sata, but i was going to put windows 7 on first and then follow the link for win 10 upgrade
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