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I really don't care that my Vostro 420 is out of warranty, or that Windows 7 is not downloadable, or that I will have to purchase the 64-bit version at eBay. My question was if the 64-bit version w... See more...
I really don't care that my Vostro 420 is out of warranty, or that Windows 7 is not downloadable, or that I will have to purchase the 64-bit version at eBay. My question was if the 64-bit version would run on a desktop that came with the 32-bit version.  Can anyone else answer that question, or must I look elsewhere for advice? P.S.:  I installed a solid-state hard drive more than five years ago on the Vostro, and it did NOT significantly "speed up" that system.  Also, I have Windows 10 on four other computers here in my office, and I don't need another instance of that OS, thank you very much.
My Dell Vostro 420 came with Windows 7 Pro, 32-bit installed.  If I were to purchase installation media for Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, would it install and run on my computer?
I'm sure your suggested fix would work just fine, unless, like what I've experienced, the external drive does not appear in the "Disk Management" window.  The drive works just fine on both my Dell Di... See more...
I'm sure your suggested fix would work just fine, unless, like what I've experienced, the external drive does not appear in the "Disk Management" window.  The drive works just fine on both my Dell Dimension desktops, as well as my Compaq laptop; however, when connected to my Dell Inspiron, even with both the Type A connectors in place, the drive light glows bright green, but the computer can't see it.  I'm beginning to think Dell laptops are just not made for this sort of application.
My Inspiron 8600's Setup screen (F2 during bootup) has a setting that supposedly allows a "thorough" test of system components.  Does anyone know where the resulting log file is hidden in Windows Exp... See more...
My Inspiron 8600's Setup screen (F2 during bootup) has a setting that supposedly allows a "thorough" test of system components.  Does anyone know where the resulting log file is hidden in Windows Explorer (WinXP Pro)?
I have an Inspiron 8600 which is about six years old.  It has all the Microsoft updates installed, and has been scanned and pronounced clean by AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy.  The computer is mou... See more...
I have an Inspiron 8600 which is about six years old.  It has all the Microsoft updates installed, and has been scanned and pronounced clean by AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy.  The computer is mounted on a docking station, which was purchased from Dell at the same time as the laptop. When I power up the computer, it proceeds past the POST and the welcome screen, and the Desktop loads normally, showing the Start button, the Taskbar and System Tray, and all the icons on the wallpaper.  At that point, the screen turns completely black, and using the mouse or keyboard does nothing to restore it.  However, if I connect a remote monitor to the dock, the video is displayed normally, and I can use the laptop just fine.  When I use Control Panel to check the Power Options utility, it shows everything set to "Never," and that Hibernate has been disabled. This problem started about one month ago, and I've been searching for a solution ever since.  Other than a few posts on the Internet suggesting that the battery may be bad (it isn't), I haven't read of any fixes. Can anyone here think of a solution for this problem?