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Unpgrading Old Dell Desk Computer - Vista to Windows 10

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KRBLUCKY, Oct 17, 2019.

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  1. KRBLUCKY

    KRBLUCKY Thread Starter

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    Hi

    My Dell Computer had issues and I wiped it clean. Reistalled vista,
    Is there anyway to bring it
    Up to Windows 10, would like to do
    This as cheaply as possible.

    Would appreaciate anyones help.

    Thank you

    Kenny
     
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    Tell us the full model name of that Dell PC please, or even better the Service Tag if you can find it, could be on a label on the case or in the Bios.
     
  3. flavallee

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    Please provide your Dell's model name and model number and 7-character "service tag" number, as Allan requested.

    Until we know its description and what hardware it has, we won't know if it's a good candidate for Windows 10.

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  4. KRBLUCKY

    KRBLUCKY Thread Starter

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    Hi its a Dell
    Hi Windows XP Media edition
    Model Dimension E521

    Thank you Kenny


     
  5. KRBLUCKY

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    Windows Dimension E521
     
  6. bassfisher6522

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    The only way to upgrade that OS is to buy a copy of windows 10. Do you want a OEM version or Retail? While that's not a problem, the problem will be with getting drivers. That said, you could still install windows 1o and windows 10 does an outstanding job of finding drivers and using it's generic drivers to get the PC running correctly.

    What you'll need to consider is/will this be cost effective for you to do this or just buy a new PC or even a refurb PC.
     
  7. bassfisher6522

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    The service tag number is a sticker on the case somewhere.
     
  8. flavallee

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    Forget about trying to upgrade that Dell Dimension E521 desktop to Windows 10.
    It's at least 13 years old and has hardware that's too old and too slow to run it.
    Depending on what hardware it has, it may be able to handle Windows 7, but definitely not Windows 10.

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  9. bassfisher6522

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    I agree with frank. As an alternative you could install a Linux distro, specifically Zorin as it's the closest thing to windows you can get. There's 4 editions of it....I would use the core version or lite version.

    https://zorinos.com/
     
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  11. Cookiegal

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    I agree that it's too old to run Windows 10 effectively.

    Any new operating system installed other than XP would have to be using a retail license as OEMs can only be sold pre-loaded on a new computer. The link you posted only provides files and "guaranteed activation". It's too cheap to be an authorized version. I would run the other way.
     
  12. Cookiegal

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    Read their Terms of Service, in particular item no. 4. It appears they are used keys being sold.
     
  13. KRBLUCKY

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    I want to thank you and everyone for your responses, I cant believe how old
    This computer is, time goes by so quick.
    Perhaps its time to retire it.

    Again Thank you

    Kenny
     
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    You're welcome.
     
  15. flavallee

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    Kenny:
    Depending on where you live, you can buy a much newer and much faster refurbished Dell PC with Windows 10 already installed in it for $300 - $500.
    I speak from experience because I've bought several Dell OptiPlex minitowers in the past few years.
    Frank

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