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Question DetailsAsked on 2/25/2015

Will windows 8.1 run on my older computer?It came w Vista and now has 7.I'm worried 8.1 will be too much for it.?

I installed windows 7 myself a few years ago. I really don't want to buy a new computer. I have taken care of this one and done as much proper maintenance to keep it going as I know. Have had times when I let the amount of music and movies get out of hand but it's been cleaned up. It is a HE Pavilion "m8100n" with AMD Athlon 64 X 2 dual core processor 5600+. 3072 mb system memory with 500gb Hard Drive.. any help would be great! !!

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First and foremost, you are in all reality ahead of the game if you have a Windows 7 system as opposed to a Windows 8 system. Stay with 7.

Thing is if the system you have is older than 4 or 5 years it would be extremely slow with any version of Windows 8 on it no matter what anyone tells you.

Secondly, toward the end of 2015 Windows 10 should be out, and I would suggest waiting until then and purchasing a new system altogether and keeping your current system as a backup.

Eventually, Windows 7, just like XP, will be no longer supported by Microsoft.

I can say in no uncertain terms that IF you place Windows 8 on an older system you will regret installing it. Windows 8 has numerous problems even on brand new systems, albeit Windows 8.1 is somewhat better than Windows 8. On older systems Windows 8 is extremely slow even on its best day..much slower than Windows 7.

There will be a hundred people that know absolutely nothing about computers and they will tell you Windows 8 is the bomb. Ask any true computer technician and 90 out of 100 will tell you its one of the worst operating systems Microsoft has ever dropped out.

Stay with 7 until Windows 10 comes out and then purchase a new system. If your current system is giving you problems, then simply back it up, and reload it fresh. I believe you will be much better off in the short term as well as the long term.


Answered 4 years ago by mitekcomputers


Unless you have a specific reason for upgrading to Windows 8.1, I'd say leave Windows 7 on it for the remainder of the machine's life. Windows 7 will be in extended supported by Microsoft until January 20, 2020, so you shouldn't be concerned about end of support for Windows 7 with this computer, as Windows 7's end-of-life will about coincide with the expected end-of-life of the hardware (in the sense that the hardware will be obsolete 5 years from now). Also, OEM hardware profiles are generally matched to the "native" OS, and upgrading a machine as old as yours (eight years) to Windows 8.1 when it natively shipped with Vista could run you into hardware compatibility issues (a call to HP and/or Microsoft might answer this question definitively, but you cannot always trust phone support these days; again, unless you have a very specific reason for upgrading to Windows 8.1, I wouldn't bother trying to find the answer to that question, and would simply recommend that you buy a new machine). As for performance issues, I can't speak to that. It might be able to run Windows 8.1 fine. But you also have to take into consideration your peripherals such as printers, which may also run into hardware compatibility issues with Windows 8.1. The bottom line is that to extend a machine's life, one OS upgrade may be called for, but upgrading it twice becomes cost-ineffective; it's usually better to just get the bundled price for the latest OS when you buy a new machine.

Source: Paul Ronco, Computer Technician

Answered 4 years ago by paulronco


On January 13, 2015, Microsoft will stop mainstream support for Windows 7--which is still an extremely popular operating system. But you'll still be able to use it safely for another five years. However Windows 10 is commimg out the beginning of July 2015 and you have a year to upgrade if you have registered Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Windows 10 looks as it is reverting back to windows 7 with the start button. You will still find some windows 8.1 features. I have been running the test version of Windows 10 for about three months on a older Dell laptop with no problem.


Answered 4 years ago by devildog71

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