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  1.    07 Mar 2016 #41
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 3,983
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    Very true, IF the computer has a bootable OS that can run the program/s. Many times my work involves determining what a computer can do when trying to get it workable again, makes bootable CD or DVD discs important.
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  2.    07 Mar 2016 #42
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,868
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    If the intention is to run Windows on an unknown candidate machine, I would aim for the lowest common denominator - using a 32-bit Windows compatible system, like a Windows7 x86 setup disk or setup on a bootable USB to get to a WinPE command prompt, then run something like Coreinfo to check if the processor is capable of supporting later Windows versions.

    If that DVD/USB doesn't boot and run, then there's little point in trying a 64-bit setup disk, but you might try a highly tolerant Linux like Slacko Puppy 32-bit, and investigate the system hardware from that.

    If you go straight in with a 64-bit linux disk, and it doesn't run, then you really will not be sure if just the processor is incapable or if there are other problems with the system, so you will have to drop back to an x86 setup disk, which you could have done in the first place.
    Just my 5c.
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  3.    07 Mar 2016 #43
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    NW CT USA
    Posts : 69
    XP, 7, 10

    I've d/l'd a Win 7 32 bit ISO, just have to burn it. Nice to have on hand at any rate.
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  4.    09 Mar 2016 #44
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    NW CT USA
    Posts : 69
    XP, 7, 10

    The deed is done. Win 10 32 bit running fine on my D820. I had to download a Vista driver for the nVidia graphics.

    Next on the agenda: a D630. Should be a piece of cake with it's 64 bit capable processor.
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  5.    09 Mar 2016 #45
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Well done Phil, I'd love to see your CPU-z analysis of the processor and motherboard (you can run 2 or more instances side by side) for the D820:

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  6.    09 Mar 2016 #46
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    NW CT USA
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    XP, 7, 10

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  7.    09 Mar 2016 #47
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    win 7 win 10

    Quote Originally Posted by CTPhil View Post
    What processor on the latitude D820 if you don't mind my asking. I'd like to go 64 bit but fear my T2300 won't support it.
    Here is the summary from Speccy:
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7400 @ 2.16GHz 76 °C
    Merom 65nm Technology
    RAM
    4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0GF470 (Microprocessor)
    Graphics
    Generic PnP Monitor (1280x768@60Hz)
    Intel Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family (Dell)
    Intel Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family (Dell)
    Storage
    186GB Seagate ST9200420AS ATA Device (SATA) 35 °C
    984MB USB 2.0 Flash Disk USB Device (USB)
    Optical Drives
    PHILIPS CDRW/DVD SCB5265 ATA Device
    Audio
    High Definition Audio Device
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  8.    09 Mar 2016 #48
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    NW CT USA
    Posts : 69
    XP, 7, 10

    Quote Originally Posted by amtronic View Post
    Here is the summary from Speccy:
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7400 @ 2.16GHz 76 °C
    Merom 65nm Technology
    RAM
    4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0GF470 (Microprocessor)
    Graphics
    Generic PnP Monitor (1280x768@60Hz)
    Intel Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family (Dell)
    Intel Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family (Dell)
    Storage
    186GB Seagate ST9200420AS ATA Device (SATA) 35 °C
    984MB USB 2.0 Flash Disk USB Device (USB)
    Optical Drives
    PHILIPS CDRW/DVD SCB5265 ATA Device
    Audio
    High Definition Audio Device

    Thanks. Yeah, you've got a better processor. Mine must be an earlier model.
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  9.    27 Jul 2016 #49
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    NW CT USA
    Posts : 69
    XP, 7, 10

    I just installed Windows 10 successfully on a Dell Optiplex 280 with a Pentium 4, lol.
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