I HAVE WINDOWS XP CAN I RUN VISTA?

vanisle

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I am currently running windows XP (not 98)on my desktop and was wondering if it was possible to upgrade to a newer version and if its worth it. I have the Intel Pentium D with 1 G Ram 250 G hard drive
 

MidnightDistort

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Ideally you'll want a duo core processor, 1.75Ghz or better with 3GB Ram. Depending on what you plan on using it for. I have a 2.2Ghz single core with 3GB Ram for Win 7 but the processor tends to bottleneck during many browser tabs being opened.

Is the PC you are trying to upgrade a store bought or a prebuilt from a tech? Either you'll have a certain brand with a model number or the motherboard model number (which then you'll have to open the case). It might be better to get a new PC tho if the parts are difficult to find or perhaps more costly.
 

Northwestern

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XP should run comfortably on that right now. Another 512MB or 1GB of memory could increase your functionality when using SP3. With that processor you could possibly run Vista comfortably but you would need much more RAM. A Core 2 Duo processor is best for Vista but Pentium 4 sockets aren't compatible with Core 2 Duo sockets so you'd need a completely new motherboard. If you're going to go that far then you might as well get a new computer with 7.