Can I upgrade from vista

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  1. G T and Dottie

    G T and Dottie Funster

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    I have two older laptops, one is a compaq pessario at about eight years and an Acer Aspire at around four years.
    The Acer had W7 installed and I upgraded to W10. I must admit I've had little problem with the upgrade.
    My question involves the older machine. Can I upgrade to W7 from vista?
    Both machines are lightly used, certainly not for anything approaching their potential, and I would like to carry the compaq in the Moho.
    If yes, where would be the best place to get W7 from.
    I'm not 'frightened' by computers, but would come in the "basic" grade on the ability scale.
    Thanks for listening
    Geoff

    As an afterthought, most of my playtime is on an iPad again at a low level.
     
  2. Boringfrog

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    The Compaq would run a lot slower on W7 if it did manage to install. Stick with Vista.
     
  3. magicsurfbus

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    Do you have the Windows 7 operating system CD from the Acer that could be installed on the Compaq? I know CDs aren't as common as they used to be.

    Failing that there's a completely free OS called Ubuntu that works in a similar way to Windows.

    Your Compaq might run more efficiently if you increased the amount of RAM by replacing the card(s).
     
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    Might be better to change OS from Vista to XP ?
     
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    Agree.
     
  6. G T and Dottie

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    Just insert XP discs? Automatic from there, or is input needed from me( other than the normal 'wiizard' )
     
  7. Boringfrog

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    Install from disc but do a clean install that will delete all your files and start afresh.
     
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    But what if @G T and Dottie (and myself, in exactly the same boat) want to keep all past files?
     
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    No MS support any more. I say get Linux installed. Put Lubuntu 15.10 in one of my laptops last night and its a whiz. As yet i have had no drivers issues. Linux mint and Vectorlinux are two that are easy to use and almost windows like in looks and user interface, and they are free.
     
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    Thank you all for your replies. Everything is backed to an external hard drive. (Samsung 1 tb). I'm tempted by @Notakwak suggestion. I have Windows on the other laptop, no nothing ventured nothing gained. Again thanks.
    Geoff
     
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    What i put it in was a wee netbook as i wanted fast boot up time. Its getting plumbed into my hi-fi and home network for listening to my backed up music. It also is getting used to listen to DAB radio online so linux is ideal for that. A lot come with free versions of office pre installed and is compatible with Microsoft office so no problem reading and writing documents. I am enjoying this so much i may replace my two windows 10 laptops.
     
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