Computer geeks help!! Need to upgrade old computers

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    OKAY, I'm hoping some of you computer whizzes out there can give me some solid advice here.

    Mr. Foxfyre and I each have an aging PC both custom built at the computer store - both over 5 years old now - both have Windows XP.

    I have software that will scrub - i.e. erase - everything off our hard drives.

    If I do that can I then install Windows 7?

    And will that make these computers run like new?
     
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    Maybe, maybe not.
    The only thing you need to do is go to All Programs - Accessories - Command Prompt then type in format C:. That will reformat you hard drive, wiping it clean.
    What I would suggest is pick up a new hard drive - open your box, determine if the current hard drives are SATA or IDE - order a hard drive from Newegg or Tiger Direct. When it arrives install it as the master while making the old drive the slave then boot up with the OS disc in the optical drive. Once you're up and running you have a new OS and you can still access you old information on your old drive.
     
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    After 5 years it is time to do more than upgrade your OS.

    Windows 7 should run on anything that has at least 1G of RAM. You can check that it will work on your current computer by using upgrade adviser.

    Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows

    Will they run like new? Probably not, as 7 is designed to be run on today's processors, which are faster than the ones you have now. If you do not want to upgrade your hardware just reinstall XP SP3 from scratch and it will run just like new. Microsoft intends to continue supporting SP3 for at least another few years because businesses still use it.
     
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    QW is right. windows 7 w/ aero is going to own 5 year old hardware unless you had gaming rigs of that time. I say you just get new PCs, find some local nerd (friends kid or friend) to order you parts off newegg and build it for you. even paying the kid decently for his time you will save hundreds of $$ vs buying from dell or hp
     
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    no it won't all that does it delete some metadata while leaving all your actual data behind. data is completely recoverable even after 100s of reformats
     
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    Depends on the hardware, but probably not.


    No, it will run worse, since Win7 requires greater specs and WinXP can be tweaked for minimal hardware drain.
     
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    If windows is running, you can't reformat the system drive.



    You don't need a new HD to do that.
     
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    Sorry I didn't get back to you guys. We got company and they stayed late. Then I couldn't get into USMB until a few minutes ago.

    Appreciate the input. Some of you are talking in language I don't really understand, but I do understand that you all are pretty much in agreement that our computers probably won't support Windows 7 so I'm glad I asked before trying to go that route. Both computers have a gig of ram but I know my PC isn't as powerful as my Sony laptop that has Windows Vista that sucks. And Mr. F's puter is less powerful than mine.

    So back to the drawing board.
     
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    What do the machines not do that you want to do?
     

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