My 20006 Dell E510 was getting pretty long in the tooth and when I saw that Dell had the Win7 family pack 3 upgrade license on sale this past weekend for $125, I bit the bullet. My next stop was the local Compusa store for a Galaxy 256mb PCI-E video card- with a NVidia 8400GS chipset for $19.95 after rebate. I installed it in on my old XP computer and then ran the WIN 7 upgrade advisor from Microsoft- showing-- a 3Ghz P4 cpu, 1.5Gb memory and the new video card passed the requirements for the Win7 Aero screen- all tests were in the green. I only have a 305 watt Pwr supply and this card was spec'd to need only a 300 watt power supply. Hopefully, time will show the manufacturer was being honest on that one.
My Windows 7 software arrived today and after watching a couple of YouTube videos showing how the upgrade was supposed to be done on an XP machine I was game for the installation. Maybe a just little nervous, as Bill Gates's Windows OS had flooged me before ( Windows ME anyone?), but I was very pleased how it went down. Seventy minutes later and some reboots, I was done- except the Nvidia Card was only giving me a 800x600 screen.
I installed the Win 7 drivers that came with the card and after another reboot, I had a beautiful 1280x1024 screen . One small issue with the Aero was fixed with the Aero troubleshooter.
Next up, I installed the Microsoft Security Essentials anivirus program. I'm done now!!
Anyone have any suggestions for good Windows 7 programs?