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December 4th, 2022 14:00

Installing Windows 11?

It becomes clear to me that I need to have a clean Windows installation to solve various issues on my Vostro 270s. I would like to have two things for this matter:

1) Install Windows 11 instead of the current Windows 10

2) install the OS on a newly installed SSD instead of the HDD that came with the Vostro.

Windows 10 is its current OS (one of OSs) and it was upgraded automatically from the original OS on the Vostro. According to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-windows-11?r=1, the upgrade is free for Windows 10 users. How can I prove that I am a Windows 10 user?

Do I need to change BIOS Mode to UEFI from legacy ( https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000190116/How-to-Enable-Secure-Boot-on-Your-Dell-Device) or enable TPM 2.0 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enable-tpm-2-0-on-your-pc-1fd5a332-360d-4f46-a1e7-ae6b0c90645c) if using a new SSD? 

BTW, I get "updates failed. Your device is missing some security and quality fixes. There were problems installing some updates, but we'll try again later." for the Windows update.

 

 

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December 4th, 2022 14:00

A clean install of Windows 11 is easier and better than upgrading from Win 10. If you had used a digital license to activate Win 10 before, the same license will be accepted by Win 11 activation server once your pc is back on line.

the cpu of v270s is not eligible for official Win 11 but you can download win11.iso that bypasses the check for cpu eligibility as well as tpm and secure boot.  It is good idea to change to UEFI before installing Win 11, although that is not required. I had installed Win 11 in Dell pc that only has legacy bios, no issue.

Windows 11 media GitHub creates a modified Win 11.iso

https://makmodo.com/install-windows-11-without-tpm/

burn the iso on a DL dvd and use it to install.

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December 4th, 2022 20:00

Thanks very much for your information. That is quite involving. I need to have a close look at the procedure and see whether it is something I can handle or not.

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December 5th, 2022 19:00

AFAICT, the Dell Vostro 270s is about 10 years old.

I see used/refurbished ones for sale for $50-$100.

https://www.hardware-corner.net/desktop-models/Dell-Vostro-270s/

You can run Windows-10 on it until about 2025. It will be 13 years old then. Are you really planning to keep it much longer?

 

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December 6th, 2022 17:00

It currently is dual boot. And I don't have any problems other than slow starting in Linux, but a few of issues in Windows.

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December 6th, 2022 20:00


@Vernon618 wrote:

It currently is dual boot. And I don't have any problems other than slow starting in Linux, but a few of issues in Windows.


Not really what I asked, but good info never-the-less.

If you want it to run a little faster (to compensate for it's age) , you can swap the bootable C-Drive HDD for a SATA-3/600 SSD. 480gb would be the minimum size I would recommend. It will boot and generally run all-around faster in it's final years of ownership.

I suggest you keep it on Windows-10 (as it will still run full-featured). In a few years when you are finally ready for a new computer, you can erase that SSD and use it as a secondary drive in the new one.

Many of my current Samsung SATA-SSDs are around 10 years old and still going strong. ( Over-Provision them by the recommended 10%).

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