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Is it a Bad Idea to Install Win 8 on My Laptop?

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    Is it a Bad Idea to Install Win 8 on My Laptop?


    I got an old gateway latop with 1.5 GB ram and 1.3 MGz processor. I read that many old computers can upgrade to Windows 8 depending on the processor and needs to support PAE, NX, and SSE2. I would like to know if my processor has support for PAE, NX, and SSE2. Here's the link to the specs to my computer.

    https://panam.gateway.com/s/Mobile/G...8255sp37.shtml

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    Run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It will tell you if your hardware is capable or not.

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP - Microsoft Windows
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It will tell you if your hardware is capable or not.

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP - Microsoft Windows
    I cant run the Assistant. I get an error stating that the platform isnt suppirted.
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    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Is it a bad idea to install win 8 ....
    Yes
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by koolx View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It will tell you if your hardware is capable or not.

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP - Microsoft Windows
    I cant run the Assistant. I get an error stating that the platform isnt suppirted.
    That answers your question.......yes, a bad idea.
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    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    very bad idea indeed. you already know the answer from the upgrade assistant.
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    Yes if the Laptop is several years old it is a very bad idea. It is also not the greatest idea to be installing windows 8 yourself expecilly if you don't know much about computers.
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    The East Coast
    Posts : 101
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 9926


    Install Windows 7, Windows 8 is terrible. Even 8.1 is a better choice.

    But seriously, the only thing I`d put on that is XP or Linux Mint or even Ubuntu.

    The cpu is just too slow and too little ram for 7 or 8
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    Posts : 22
    windows 8.1 core x64x


    if you want to or have the patience wait 10 minutes for a computer to start and then wait another 5 minutes to open a browser to surf the internet then by all means continue to use that older machine.
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