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  1.    28 Apr 2017 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10

    Upgrading an extremely old laptop (Samsung X10) from XP to win10


    I'm planning to give away to local charity my old trusty Samsung X10 Laptop installed w/ win XP. Knowing that it's completely out-dated and lacks any support whatsoever, I fear that it might produce more trouble than the potential benefit. As such, I'm thinking of a clean install of win10 so that hopefully someone can get some use out of it with little hassle. It's got a 1.5Ghz single core CPU and 2Gb of RAM w/ 40Gb PATA HDD. I *believe* it should meet the minimum requirement for windows 10. Here're the problem I've encountered so far:

    I copied the win10 ISO file onto the USB and used virtual CD program to access it (create the drive, then mount the file etc etc). Unfortunately the laptop complained the setup.exe is NOT a valid win32 app. I check the very same file on my own laptop and the it is perfectly intact. I also defrag'ed the HDD on the X10 prior so that there is literally NO fragmented file anymore. At this point, I'm running out of option and can't seem to find a good solution while searching the net. Any help/pointer pls? Tx in advance.
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  2.    28 Apr 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    The normal way to do a clean install of Windows 10 is to boot from physical install media (DVD or USB). You can download the Media Creation Tool and use that to make install media for another PC. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10
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  3.    28 Apr 2017 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 133
    Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, Knoppix [Debian] linux

    Quote Originally Posted by alecela View Post
    I'm planning to give away to local charity my old trusty Samsung X10 Laptop installed w/ win XP. Knowing that it's completely out-dated and lacks any support whatsoever, I fear that it might produce more trouble than the potential benefit. As such, I'm thinking of a clean install of win10 so that hopefully someone can get some use out of it with little hassle. It's got a 1.5Ghz single core CPU and 2Gb of RAM w/ 40Gb PATA HDD. I *believe* it should meet the minimum requirement for windows 10. Here're the problem I've encountered so far:

    I copied the win10 ISO file onto the USB and used virtual CD program to access it (create the drive, then mount the file etc etc). Unfortunately the laptop complained the setup.exe is NOT a valid win32 app. I check the very same file on my own laptop and the it is perfectly intact. I also defrag'ed the HDD on the X10 prior so that there is literally NO fragmented file anymore. At this point, I'm running out of option and can't seem to find a good solution while searching the net. Any help/pointer pls? Tx in advance.
    There is no direct upgrade path from XP to Win10. By attempting to launch setup from within XP, that is, essentially, what you are trying to do. A clean install is only accomplished booting the installation media and allowing it to run the setup from within. The correct way is to create a bootable USB drive from the ISO, or burn it to a DVD.

    Your laptop should run Win10 but there may be issues with finding compatible drivers, especially for the video. I'm trying to find specs on this unit but they seem to have fallen off the map about 9 years ago.
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  4.    28 Apr 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 3,971
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    You might even consider installing Ubuntu. Its free, has less demands on machine, uses Firefox or Chrome as a browser, Libre Office will install as a good stand in for Office, also free, and it likely will be easier to secure from Malware.

    Ken
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  5.    28 Apr 2017 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    10 pro 64 clean install

    So you bought windows 10 and your going to install it on a old laptop just to give it away for charity. You're better off to leave xp . There really isn't much one can do with it on windows 10 that can't be used with xp .
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  6.    28 Apr 2017 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by sn00ker View Post
    So you bought windows 10 and your going to install it on a old laptop just to give it away for charity. You're better off to leave xp . There really isn't much one can do with it on windows 10 that can't be used with xp .
    Thanks for your response. The intention of installing win10 is NOT mainly for added functionality. More like I fear that XP is so out dated & vulnerable that it might actually cause more hassle for the charity organization.
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  7.    28 Apr 2017 #7
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    You might even consider installing Ubuntu. Its free, has less demands on machine, uses Firefox or Chrome as a browser, Libre Office will install as a good stand in for Office, also free, and it likely will be easier to secure from Malware.
    Ken
    That's a great idea! I might just do that if I failed to get win10 or even win7 to install... Thanks for the suggestion!
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  8.    29 Apr 2017 #8
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike s View Post
    There is no direct upgrade path from XP to Win10. By attempting to launch setup from within XP, that is, essentially, what you are trying to do. A clean install is only accomplished booting the installation media and allowing it to run the setup from within. The correct way is to create a bootable USB drive from the ISO, or burn it to a DVD.

    Your laptop should run Win10 but there may be issues with finding compatible drivers, especially for the video. I'm trying to find specs on this unit but they seem to have fallen off the map about 9 years ago.
    Very clear. Crossing my fingers that win10 should hopefully be backward compatible w/ my 10yr+ old laptop in terms of drivers... Thanks!
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  9.    29 Apr 2017 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    The normal way to do a clean install of Windows 10 is to boot from physical install media (DVD or USB). You can download the Media Creation Tool and use that to make install media for another PC. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10
    Thanks for the great pointer. Will let you know if I have any success.
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  10.    29 Apr 2017 #10
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,826
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    You will need to purchase the full retail Windows 10 license, or else you are giving the charity an unlicensed Windows 10, which is more of a hassle than a licensed Windows XP installation.
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