Hi I have a Dell Dimension 3100 which is running Windows XP and would like to upgrade it to Windows 7. I originally wanted to restore it to the manufacturers settings by using the Recovery Partition but I have realised this was deleted by a computer specialist after it was infected by a virus many years ago. I then wanted to try and use the CD but have lost this.
Can someone please advise me on what to do here as I want a full clean build of Windows 7 on my PC but not sure what to do regarding XP as i can't clean restore it without the partition and can' find a CD anywhere on the net? Will a Windows 7 CD have the option to clean off XP and all my current files (which I have backed up on an external drive anyway) so that I can install it that way? Thanks guys
Before upgrading the system to Windows 7, please ensure that your system meets the minimal hardware requirements. The minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7 are listed below:
• 1 GHz processor.
• 1 GB RAM for 32-bit Operating System/ 2 GB RAM for 64-bit Operating System.
• 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
• DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
For more information on the hardware requirements for Windows 7, please refer to the following link:
You may also download the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It scans your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.
You may download and install the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor from the link below:
Once you have checked and ensured that the system is capable of supporting Windows 7, you can use the Windows 7 disc to format the hard drive (Remove Windows XP) and then install Windows 7. Windows XP disc is not required.
Note: Changing the operating system might cause compatibility issue with the system. Changing the operating system is not recommended and is not supported by Dell.
Thanks and Regards,
Yes, Windows 7 will give you the option to delete all partitions and let Windows 7 create the partitions that it needs.
Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if there is any software or hardware that you might have trouble with running Windows 7:
Thanks for the replies, I do meet most of the requirements - 2.80Ghz processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM and I have 32-bit but do not have 16GB free.
I have also ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and all seems fine.
So just to confirm if I run the Windows 7 CD, it will remove everything off the PC so it should have more than 16GB free and will be able to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 with no signs of previous data or files from the XP system?
Yes, you will have more than 16GB free once you delete the existing partitions to do a clean install of Windows 7 and all previous files will be erased. When the Windows 7 install asks where you want to install to, click on Disk Options, and Delete any existing partitions, then click Next.
See my wiki A Clean Install of Windows 7.
For drivers Vista 32 bit ones are available which will work with Windows 7 32 bit. The upgrade advisor will tell you if the 64 bit version is compatible.
Hi guys I attempted to install Windows 7 today and have a bit of a dilemma regarding memory, should I just format my hard drive to clean up as much memory as possible as I have ran disk defrag, disk cleanup etc?
I tried to, but it says there is not enough memory to install on C: drive which I want to install on, it wont let me go through to the next step of deleting it without have the required memory