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mel3986 March 12th, 2017 08:42 PM

Changing operating systems
 
Hello there,
I don't know if it's the right forum post this. But here goes. I have a Dell Inspiron 531 Vista operating system. It has been working well for my use. But I believe by the end of this month I will be vulnerable because I can't get any updates.

My question is can I change the operating system in order to get the updates needed on this computer, to give it a longer life.

The security that I have on this computer is what comes with the Windows Vista security and through my cable company. Is the security from the cable company sufficient? Providing they keep up-to-date.

Anything you have to say would be greatly appreciated.

SpywareDr March 12th, 2017 09:21 PM

Upgrade Options for Windows Vista as Support Expires in 2017

IPR512 March 12th, 2017 09:42 PM

As far as installing a new operating system on your computer I think you would run into problems in finding drivers for it. Dell has drivers for XP and Vista for it, and doesn't mention Windows 7 for that computer.

mel3986 March 12th, 2017 10:52 PM

Changing operating system
 
Thank you for answering so quickly.

I ran the Windows 7 upgrade advisor, and it told me I have an upgrade option available, but I can't seem to get Windows 7 to install. Maybe I'm going about it wrong.

renegade600 March 12th, 2017 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mel3986 (Post 1297523)
Thank you for answering so quickly.

I ran the Windows 7 upgrade advisor, and it told me I have an upgrade option available, but I can't seem to get Windows 7 to install. Maybe I'm going about it wrong.

the upgrade advisor is worthless for most older computers. it only checks some specs not all specs or if drivers are available. that is what you really need to look at. as previously stated, if the manufacturers do not have drivers, it is usually best not to upgrade.

as far as vista not being supported anymore, as long as you practice save surfin, keep your antiviruses uptodate, you can continue to run vista.

if you are bound and determined to upgrade to win7. make sure you have a copy of vista or a good backup or clone of it in case win 7 does not work. you want to make sure you have something to go back to.

as far as the problem of not getting win7 to install. you need to provide more detail. at what point are you having problems with. any error messages. is it a legit copy of win7. you are only eligible for an upgrade version. you cannot use one from another computer.

mel3986 March 13th, 2017 03:12 AM

Thank you again for answering so quickly.

I think I tried to install Windows 7 from the file I have on file. I think I was supposed to use or reboot from a disk with Windows 7 on it.

I try to surf safely and keep my antivirus up-to-date through my cable server.

Maybe I will hold out to the very last before I try to install Windows 7

Thank you for all the information I will put it to good use. Thank you again

IPR512 March 13th, 2017 12:12 PM

You will need a Windows 7 CD to install it, and you need to boot your computer from it.
It's your computer, but as I told you Dell doesn't show any drivers for Windows 7 for it.

Appzalien March 14th, 2017 11:54 PM

Here is some reading for you:
http://en.community.dell.com/support...514/t/19299756
and
http://en.community.dell.com/support...514/t/19357374

mel3986 May 7th, 2017 10:22 PM

Thank you all for your response I have done the upgrade which I accidentally did a wipe and install . There was a few problems but they all got worked out. Problems I had worked out I believe in software forum.I have been up and running for on Windows 7 professional about 5 to 6 weeks, some problems which Are a work in progress.I am getting comfortable with it.Now the fight is between which browser do I use each one has its problems ,right now I'm settled on Internet Explorer browser. Thank you again you guys are the greatest.

SpywareDr March 15th, 2019 09:18 PM

:confused: You're about two years late with a reply there mino40. ;)

renegade600 March 16th, 2019 12:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SpywareDr (Post 1304951)
:confused: You're about two years late with a reply there mino40. ;)

you replying to a ghost ;-P

smurfy March 16th, 2019 03:54 AM

spam magnet thread closed.


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