Can I Upgrade my Windows XP Computer?

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With the recent news that Windows XP is losing support in April, a lot of you are wandering if you can just upgrade your current PC to Windows 7 or 8.1, instead of buying a new computer.

Hopefully with this post, we can help you find out!

The following information is the current system requirements for Windows 7:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Windows 8.1 requirements are as follows:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

 

Now, here is how you find your System Properties, so you can know what you’ve got in your Windows XP computer. (If you are running an OS older than XP, chances are that you can’t upgrade).

First click Start.

Start

 

Then, right-click My Computer.

Right Click

 

Then left-click Properties.

properties

 

Finally you’ll see this Window called, System Properties, that shows you a great deal of information about your computer’s specifications. If your processor isn’t very specific, Google it, and you will likely find more information on it.

system properties

 

 

If you have any doubts about whether you could or should upgrade, contact your trusted Computer Depot Technician! We always offer Free Diagnostics, and upgrades!

 

Sincerely,

 

Caleb Humphries

Seymour Store Manager

 

 

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