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Windows 8 on laptop previously had Vista

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    Windows 8 on laptop previously had Vista


    I have a Compaq Presario f500 laptop which had vista on it when I bought it a few years ago. It currently has Pclinuxos on it, but I'd like to install Windows 8, if possible, so I can run Photoshop and lightroom. It's marginal in terms of specs for Windows 8 I think, in that it only has 1 Gb memory. The problem is I don't know if the processor supports PAE/SSE2, or how to find out.

    I'd reinstall Vista and then do an upgrade, but don't have a disc unfortunately.

    I will be upgrading my desktop in a month or so, or having a new system built, and will be putting Win 8 onto that.

    Many thanks.

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    Windows 8.1


    Buy Windows - Microsoft Windows
    If you chose to not buy a DVD, it downloads the upgrade advisor that tells you if your system is compatible.

    Don't worry about the wording, the advisor runs WAY before you need to consider payment.
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    I can't run the 8 advisor on the linux machine unfortunately, as it's an .exe file. I will buy a DVD for when I upgrade or get my new desktop build early December.

    I don't suppose you happen to know whether Photoshop CS2 and Lightroom 3.6 will run nicely with Win 8?

    Thank you
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    Windows 8.1


    Enter this in the commandline:
    Code:
    cat /proc/cpuinfo
    It will telt you for sure if SSE2 is supported, not sure about pae or nt-bit.
    It will also tell us the specific CPU model, and we can look it up.

    This is a more clear utiolity, but has to run as root
    Code:
    dmidecode -t 4
    Identify the processor
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Enter this in the commandline:
    Code:
    cat /proc/cpuinfo
    It will telt you for sure if SSE2 is supported, not sure about pae or nt-bit.
    It will also tell us the specific CPU model, and we can look it up.

    This is a more clear utiolity, but has to run as root
    Code:
    dmidecode -t 4
    Identify the processor
    Thanks for all the help. I've decided to stick with Linux on the lap and have Win 8 (or 7) on the desk top when I get it early December. Thanks all for your help.
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