What You Need to Know About Upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8

win xp to 7Wondering if you can Upgrade your current Windows XP computer to Windows 7 or 8 ? No need to wonder any longer, because  we are going to tell you what it would take to make that happen.

First a look at Microsoft’s imaginary world of requirements to upgrade a XP machine to Windows 7 or 8:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)



In the real world this is what it takes to upgrade outside of Microsoft’s cloud of fluff, so that you don’t feel like shooting your computer or cuss Microsoft.
Windows XP machine newer than 2006
Dual Core processor
4 gigabyte (GB) RAM
500 GB available hard disk space

So will you be able to Upgrade? Let’s break it down further.

  • Processor: unless you purchased a business version with XP Pro or XP Media Center installed it is very doubtful it came with a dual processor. At this point consider it not an option to upgrade. The processor must be dual core at the least.
  • Memory: Most Windows XP computers came with  between 512 MB’s(.5 Gb’s)  to  2Gb’s of memory. Go ahead and assume you are buying memory as part of the upgrade and we will price it at only needing 2 more GB’s of memory. Pricing further below. (note that some XP machine wont allow for 4Gb’s of  memory to be added)
  • Hard Drive: Most XP PC’s came with a drive starting as small as 20GB’s up to 180GB’s. Anything larger than that was special. So an upgrade of the hard drive would also be needed.

Lets say you really do have the dual processor needed. What is this going to cost me to upgrade the Windows XP machine?

$95 – Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation disk
$90 – New 500GB Sata hard drive
$80 – 2GB’s of additional memory to make a total of 4GB’s
$60 – Install new Windows 7 or 8 operating system
$15 – Backup files
$340 Total

At $340 you are using a computer with old components and could stop functioning at any time.
At $350 to $420 you could own a new computer, with new components and a warranty.

What can you do with the old XP computer if you are not upgrading. 

  • Take  it off of the internet and use it for everything not web related
  • Install a Linux operating system, such as Ubuntu, Lubuntu, or Mint (we can help you with that)
  • Donate  the computer to families that don’t have a computer (we can help you with that)
  • Have it recycled (we recycle computers, printers, tablets, phones, etc for FREE)

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