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udayansh
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XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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Hello,

I have a Dell XPS 400 with a Pentium D 820 Dual Core 2.8 GHz. Bought this in 2006 and upgraded to 2GB RAM. Does this configuration supports installing Windows 8? Any major issues?

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osprey4
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Re: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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Hi Udayansh,

You should run the compatibility check available on the Microsoft support website.

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udayansh
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Re: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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Thanks. I did run it and it seems supported. However wanted to check for any official word from Dell.

The only things I can't have is Secure Boot for root kits etc.

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speedstep
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Re: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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It works but it is NOT supported for windows 8.

If your CPU does not have Execute Disable Bit Security option in bios it will not install.

Not all processors have this feature.

All Pentium D Models seem to have the NX bit.

So the latest bios would be recommended BEFORE the upgrade.

VISTA will have issues before SP2

SP1 is required before SP2

Full install of SP1 and SP2 is recommended.  

Drivers for XPS 400Dimension 9150

BIOS - BIOS

Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
Dell Dimension System BIOS, A07
Dell Dimension DXP051 A07 System BIOS
Optional A07 1/16/2007 BIOS

Audio - Driver

Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio, v.6.10.0.5343, A02
Sigmatel STAC92XX C-Major HD Audio Driver
Recommended 6.10.0.5343 1/30/2007 Windows Vista 32-bit
Windows Vista 64-bit

Chipset - Driver

Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility, v.8.1.1.1010, A01
Software support for Intel Chipsets.
Recommended 8.1.1.1010 1/22/2007 Windows Vista 64-bit
Windows Vista 32-bit

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Re: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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hi daynash,

if you go on ebay you can get a pentium d 960 3.6ghz processor very cheap $20 to 70 and it has execute disable bit. also it will have a big difference in performance. instal in 10 minutes very simple. i have the exact same system..!!!!!

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udayansh
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Re: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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Thank you SpeedStep. I have no intention of going to Vista but it is still very useful information.

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udayansh
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Re: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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Great idea, xpsconfigure. I will certainly go looking for this. Thanks!

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speedstep
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Re: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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In place upgrade requires AT LEAST VISTA SP1.  Otherwise the WIN8 upgrade is a Scorched earth install.

There are no WIN8 Drivers and never will be which means you may need to install drivers in VISTA SP2 compatability mode.


There are no 32 bit to 64 bit upgrades of any kind any version.

You can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro and keep Windows settings, personal files, and applications from the following Windows operating system editions:

  • Windows 7 Starter

  • Windows 7 Home Basic

  • Windows 7 Home Premium

  • Windows 7 Professional

  • Windows 7 Ultimate
Installation paths to Windows 8Keep Windows settings, personal files, and applicationsKeep Windows settings and personal files (data and system settings)Keep personal files only (data only)Keep nothing

Windows XP (Service Pack 3 or later)

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows Vista®

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows Vista with SP1

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows Vista with SP1 or later

No

No

No

No

Cross-language Windows Vista with SP1 or later

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows 7

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows 7

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No

No

No

Cross-language Windows 7

No

No

Yes

Yes

Windows 8

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows 8

No

No

No

No

Cross-language Windows 8

No

No

Yes

Yes

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nhowardtx
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RE: XPS 400 Supports Windows 8 Install?

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I was able to get Windows 8.0 Pro with Media Center (64 bit) to install on my Dell XPS 400 (with 2.8GHz Pentium D processor and A07 BIOS), but I was unable to perform the Windows 8.1 upgrade. The 8.1 upgrade failed due to CPU limitations, i.e., the CPU did not support at least one of the required CPU functions, PAE, NX, SSE2 plus LAHF-SAHF, CX16 and PREFETCHW. As I understand it, the Pentium D does not support PREFETCHW, so the 8.1 upgrade is a non-starter. The only way around this issue is to go back to 32 bit Win 8 Pro.Then the upgrade to Win 8.1 Pro (32 bit) is supposed to work. I am not willing to go through all of these machinations, so I am sticking with Win 8 Pro 64 bit.

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