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Will My Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7200 Support Windows 8.1?

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    Posts : 8
    Windows XP SP3

    Will My Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7200 Support Windows 8.1?


    I'm currently running Windows XP SP3 on a laptop with an Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7200 processor. I'd like to do a bare metal install of Windows 8.1 on this laptop if it supports it.

    I know that in order for the laptop to run Windows 8.1 the processor has to support SSE2, NX and PAE. I think I have the SSE2 and NX covered??? , but what about the PAE?

    Here is the relevant CPU-Z info I think ...

    Name Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7200
    Codename Merom
    Specification Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00GHz
    Package (platform ID) Socket 479 mPGA (0x5)
    CPUID 6.F.6
    Extended CPUID 6.F
    Core Stepping B2
    Technology 65 nm
    Core Speed 997.4 MHz
    Multiplier x Bus Speed 6.0 x 166.2 MHz
    Rated Bus speed 664.9 MHz
    Stock frequency 2000 MHz
    Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T, VT-x


    Also MS says it has to have a graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver. How can I tell if my card supports that? Of course if my processor doesn't support PAE I guess this is a moot point anyway.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Posts : 1,360
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    PAE is supported by Intel Pentium Pro and later Pentium-series processors.

    Here is the best way to check if the system is compatible.. Update to Windows 8.1: FAQ - Microsoft Windows Help

    Link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=261871
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows XP SP3


    Thank you for your response! I tried the upgrade assistant, but it failed near the beginning with this message:

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    Guess it's incompatible with the compatibility check!

    Does this mean it's not going to work?
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    Posts : 1,360
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    While I'm sure their are ways to make it work on this machine, the best advice I can give would be to purchase a new computer.

    In the long run it will save you time and hassle.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows XP SP3


    Having dealt with things like this before, I'm sure that's the right advice. However, it's not in the cards for me as I am out of work and can't justify the expense. I could do the hundred bucks for the Windows OS but the new machine isn't feasible right now. I don't really even want to give up XP, I can't see any compelling reason to leave my old friend. But sooner or later I will need to go to 64 bit and upgrade. I thought if I could do it cheap I'd do it right now. But I think you are right, it's just too much hassle.

    Thanks again for the help!
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    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro x86


    Your processor will probably be able to run the 32 bit version of windows 8.1 and not the 64 bit. It has to do with the processors command set.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows XP SP3


    Quote Originally Posted by thfechter View Post
    Your processor will probably be able to run the 32 bit version of windows 8.1 and not the 64 bit. It has to do with the processors command set.
    Thank you for that, that's useful information. If correct it clinches it for me. I can't see any reason to go from 32 bit Win XP to 32 bit Win 8.1. There isn't anything I want to do with win 8.1 that I can't do now (and frankly I like XP better). The only reason I would consider going to 8.1 is to go to a 64 bit system as I think 32bit will be phased out at some point and get less and less support. I think going to 64 bit would give me a longer time frame before I need to upgrade again.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 8 Enterprise


    Your Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 supports 64-bit OS and to check the other features install this program AIDA64 | PC Benchmark | System Diagnostics | Stability Test .
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows XP SP3


    Quote Originally Posted by werty View Post
    Your Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 supports 64-bit OS and to check the other features install this program AIDA64 | PC Benchmark | System Diagnostics | Stability Test .
    Thanks for that tip. That looks like an awesome program! I will consider it for sure.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    There's nothing wrong with 32-bit Windows 8/8.1.

    Unless you have a specific 64-bit application in mind, I don't think you'd be missing much in 32-bit. I'm currently typing this on a machine which used to have XP and has a Core 2 Duo T5500, and is now running Windows 8 fine.

    I can't see any reason why Windows 8.1 32-bit won't be supported until the lifecycle end date which is January 2023... I suspect my hardware will have died by then!

    However I would say that the problems I had on this laptop wasn't so much the processor, but finding drivers for other hardware.The laptop manufacturer didn't supply drivers more recent than Vista in some cases, so I did have a few problems, and also had to stop Windows from trying to find drivers automatically (as it found a bad one which caused Blue Screen of Death).

    Also the 1GB (which it came with originally) wasn't really enough for Windows 8 when that memory is shared with video memory.

    I think in your shoes, I would be looking for those log files mentioned by the error message for the Upgrade Assistant, to see if I can get that going and do some more checks on your computer.

    Edit: I don't know what it's like where you are, but here in the UK it's still possible to find retailers selling the boxed Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for less than the Windows 8 (non-Pro) upgrade and much less than 8.1. Also buying from Microsoft is generally more expensive than other retailers. So if you were in the UK I'd be suggesting the Windows 8 Pro upgrade as the cheapest route. But it may be different where you are.
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