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mdavison
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Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

My Vostro 1720 is now 5 years old.  It has had 1 replacement hard drive (crashed) and all the fluff cleaned out.  It's the best machine I have ever had.

Please can I have some guidance as to whether I should upgrade the existing machine or replace with a later model.

Spec:

Intel core duo CPU P8700@2.53GHz, 4GB 800 MHz DDR2 Dual Channel Ram, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS, 17" Widescreen WXGA+(1,440 x 900), HD 320GB (used 92GB) Serial ATA FFS (7,200 RPM), Wireless 802.11 a/g/DraftN mini card.

Used for internet browsing extensively, send/receive emails, some work on photos (XN View), MicroSoft Money99, Above & Beyond 2001.  Used as a desk top replacement, connected to modem with cable (rest of the family use wireless)

Money99 has 20 years of my money records and A&B similarly a 20 year diary record, time management and alerts.

I am looking at Crucial BX100 512GB, Windows 10, a new modem (802.11ac).

I would welcome comments, no matter how expensive, to upgrade the existing laptop hardware and software.

I use a Nokia 1100, I don't do Twitter, Facebook or games.

Thank you and regards

M Davison

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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

It's not worth upgrading this system - yes, the SSD will help but won't perform at its best because of the old controller.  Some things can be upgraded (CPU), others can't (video) and still others aren't worth upgrading (memory) because the type is obsolete.

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mdavison
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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

Many thanks for your comments.  For the the Vostro my plan is to reload the operating system, maybe upgrade to windows 8.1 and reload all my application software.  Then spend time planning for my diy build of a desk top for a replacement.

Many thanks and regards

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9 Rhodium

RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

I would not bother with Windows 8.1 at this point -- within the next few months it'll be history, replaced by Windows 10 (which, as was the case with WIndows 7 vs. VIsta, is what WIndows 8 should have been in the first place).

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

Assuming your Vostro 1720 came with Windows 7 and you have the means of reinstalling it you should do that opposed to buying a new Windows 10 license.

Microsoft has made it known that if you take advantage of the upgrade offer in the first year after its release. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Theres absolutely no point in buying a full Windows 8.1 license for only a couple months use.

This system should perform well on a clean install of Windows 7 with a SSD. When Windows 10 is out you can perform another clean install.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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mdavison
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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

Many thanks for this guidance.

Some further queries... .

What is the best configuration for the SSD?

Should I fit it alongside the HDD?  and load all software on the SSD?

Is there an easy way to keep a clean updated copy of W10 as an emergency re-install?

Thank you and regards

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

This thread is over a year old now and was before Windows 10 was released...

Now you may Download a Windows 10 TH2 .iso by following my instructions here:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-10-oem-and-retail-iso/

I also have some YouTube videos available here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1RkaknDn7v-Ucth4gt0U3BHVSY7oNkWr

Regarding SSDs they have went down in price substantially over the past year. It is now more appropriate to get a single 250-500 GB SSD and install it alone as a primary drive.

The Vostro 1720 has a legacy BIOS (non-UEFI). Its SATA operation should already be AHCI. In the case of the tutorial videos the second one won't apply to your system but most the rest should be applicable.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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rseiler
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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

Did any of you end up going to Win10?  If so, what's your experience?

The jury is out here. I had two on 8.1 previously, but now on 10 for some weeks they're acting a bit freeze-y. I'd suspect some bad hardware, but it's too coincidental that it wasn't happening before. Plus, as mentioned, there are two, making that even more unlikely.

No real clues yet, since they're not BSODs (no dump files). No hints in the logs. All updated to the extent possible.

This is the worst kind of issue since it's so vague and random. It could even be something about the BIOS (they've been on the latest for quite a while, but still very old) that Win10, as opposed to 8.1, doesn't like.

That's why I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing problems (or not). Maybe we can triangulate something.

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mdavison
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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

I upgraded yesterday (for the free upgrade) as sometime W10 will be a developed operating system.

I'm not happy about reports MS is scanning my computer for details of me and I still have not looked up how to block these features.  I've seen some evidence of that activity (high disk activity on startup)

I'm going to roll back to W7 so I'm registered on MS servers.  Then I'm going to partition for a separate W10.  I hope that will allow me to t/f to W10 in my own time, allow more detailed performance comparison and research on tuning W10.

rseiler
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RE: Upgrade Vostro 1720 or replace.

Good to hear from someone else with the 1720 on W10.

I have one on the 1607 build, so I'm hoping to see if it's any more stable with the 1720.

If you encounter what I described before, please post back.

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