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    Install Windows 8-64 on Dell Optiplex?


    I've been salivating at the idea on installing W 8-64 Pro on a Dell Optiplex 755 at work. But a sudden reality check came over me & I realize Windows 8 doesn't necessarily work on older machines. The Dell is a Vista era machine. So maybe W 7-64 Pro would be a better choice?

    Obviously I should call Dell. But I am hoping someone on these forums might have some experience with the machine in question.

    A Google search returned a lot of questions about installing Windows 7 which made me realize W 7 must had been a challenge 3 years ago.


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    I run Windows 8 32 bit on a gx755 at work...as it only has 2gb of ram. Everything worked just fine right out of the box, no Dell drivers needed. This is my primary Windows 8 machine.
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    Do you know if the same is true for 64 bits?
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    Having looked at dells spec for those machines. There is nothing that should be be a problem for windows 8 in either 32 bit (2gb ram or less) or 64bit (4gb or more).

    Windows 8 is supposed to run on any machine that was vista/win7 certified without issue.
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    Yes, sir, excuse me while I chuckle. I run Windows 8 CP 32 bit on a Dell Optiplex GX 260. Don't ask Dell for the time of day, ask the fine folks that moderate this site because they're much more plugged into the Stream than Dell is. My 260 is an XP model in every
    sense of the word and, with a little determination and feedback, I was able to interface WIN 8 into place on the unit. So, yes -
    you CAN do it. My unit is date coded in 2003. Nine years later, still going strong. Be optimistic and, have a goodday !
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    I will test with 64 but today on my 755 and I will let you know if it all works out of box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I will test with 64 but today on my 755 and I will let you know if it all works out of box.
    Hey that would be great...
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    I've got a spare hard drive in the machine right now, and booting up Windows 8 64bit enterprise eval for this box. Should know for you in about 20 minutes.
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    Ok, I loaded Win 8 64bit enterprise to my Dell Optiplex GX755 machine. It's a Core 2 Duo, E7200 @ 2.53Ghz, with 2.0GB of RAM. I installed from a USB key in less than 20 minutes.

    My video is running at 1920x1080 out of the box. It's connected to my network.

    There are 3 items in Device Manager with Exclamation points
    1). PCI Serial Port (go to dell downlods, pick vista 64bit, under chipset, grab Intel_AMT_SOL--LMS_A02_R255438)
    2). PCI Simple Communications Controller (go to dell downloads, pick vista 64bit, under chipset, grab the Intel_AMT-HECI-A02-R255437)
    3). Video Controller. (go to dell downloads, pick vista 64bit, under chipset, grab the Intel_AMT-HECI-A02-R255437, get R174616.exe)

    So, just get all 3 of the chipset drivers for Vista 64bit and install them. Device manager should be clean, and everything on the box should be working.


    Hope this helps. BTW: A GX755 isn't that old of a machine, I love these things for testing and playing around. It's a nice SFF box.


    With nothing loaded by Windows 8 and the 3 Dell chipset drivers, I boot to around
    41 running processes
    35% of physical memory in use (0.7/2.0GB)
    CPU idles between 2%-4%
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    Try it. A Vista-era PC is capable of running Windows 8 flawlessly.

    This is my lowest usable config on x64:
    I'm now on dual core E5200 + 1.5GB RAM (left -overs and spare parts from other pc's). Windows 8 x64 runs fine: a bit more than half of memory is available.
    It was first running with 1GB but some extra RAM lets you open some more browser tabs + a light VM or two.

    After I reformatted the RP install, I'm now on W7 and it seems it's using 100-150MB more for same usage.
    The important thing is that even a pc like this can run the os without problems. As they say: running on fumes.

    @pparks1
    Good review! It seems that your old rig works well. 0.7/2.0GB is a good balance for x64. This gives you about 0.5/1.5GB confirmed on my setup.
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