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#4490095 - 08/16/17 11:45 AM Windows 10 download for USB..
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Registered: 02/23/09
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Excited, happy I got the old my desktop going.....even has internet now.

Wanted to do an upgrade from Vista to 7, so I could just keep what I have on it now (son will be sad about minecraft). But good ol' Windows Vista is turning out to be a PITA now matter what- so my only option is going to be a clean install anyways.

So, I figure if I have to do that, I might as well throw on Windows 10. But, while I have a code, I no longer have the USB that had 10 on it (back when you could get free upgrade) So, I need to find the software again so it will automatically boot right off of the USB (unless I have to to something special before- like F something it for example)

Tips on where I can go to get it (was thinking simple like windows site, but figure I should ask those who know)
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#4490103 - 08/16/17 11:52 AM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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Take a step back from that Windows 10 idea. Then turn around and run the other way! I want to upgrade my windows 10 machine to 7.
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#4490113 - 08/16/17 12:01 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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#4490127 - 08/16/17 12:14 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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Well, I would run the system readyness tool.

I would think that a Vista era box is not ready for windows 10.

Sure you can throw it on there, but everything might not work, and you probably will have poor performance.
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#4490163 - 08/16/17 12:51 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: JustinH]
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Originally Posted By: JustinH
Well, I would run the system readyness tool.

I would think that a Vista era box is not ready for windows 10.

Sure you can throw it on there, but everything might not work, and you probably will have poor performance.



This. Even if it was one of the very last new PCs with Vista, it's going to barely meet the 10 requirements.
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#4490167 - 08/16/17 12:58 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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Sorry, I disagree with you guys. We have Vista era PCs in our corporate fleet running Windows 10 and they're fine. There hasn't been any big technological shifts in the PC market in the last 7-8 years like in the past. The newer systems only offer incremental improvements on the older ones.

I will add the caveat that all of our desktops have a minimum of 8GB of RAM.
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#4490226 - 08/16/17 02:13 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: JustinH]
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Originally Posted By: JustinH
Well, I would run the system readyness tool.

I would think that a Vista era box is not ready for windows 10.

Sure you can throw it on there, but everything might not work, and you probably will have poor performance.


While true, this was a 1100 computer back in the day...so hoping it should-looks like it according to the website....let me know what you think:

https://www.cnet.com/products/gateway-fx7026/specs/

I just picked up another 4GB of G skill ram to bump it up to 8GB of RAM....though at first it may start at 4GB.

At this stage it it's life it is more of a web and paperwork kinda computer...so I do not expect much more than that anyways. It's to give me a break from laptops for a while, and help me save for a thinkpad sooner... cool Besides, I was just given a cozy chair to enjoy.....
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#4490229 - 08/16/17 02:14 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: dparm]
daves87rs Offline


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Originally Posted By: dparm
Originally Posted By: JustinH
Well, I would run the system readyness tool.

I would think that a Vista era box is not ready for windows 10.

Sure you can throw it on there, but everything might not work, and you probably will have poor performance.



This. Even if it was one of the very last new PCs with Vista, it's going to barely meet the 10 requirements.


KInda true...though my dad just threw 10 on his computer from late 09...and it took it okay. Hoping for the same here.
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#4490231 - 08/16/17 02:17 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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Yes, I think your Gateway will run Windows 10 fine.

The processor is one of the better ones from that era, and upgrading to 8GB RAM will help.

http://ark.intel.com/products/33922/Intel-Core2-Quad-Processor-Q9300-6M-Cache-2_50-GHz-1333-MHz-FSB
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#4490232 - 08/16/17 02:19 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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Registered: 04/28/08
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Originally Posted By: daves87rs
Originally Posted By: JustinH
Well, I would run the system readyness tool.

I would think that a Vista era box is not ready for windows 10.

Sure you can throw it on there, but everything might not work, and you probably will have poor performance.


While true, this was a 1100 computer back in the day...so hoping it should-looks like it according to the website....let me know what you think:

https://www.cnet.com/products/gateway-fx7026/specs/

I just picked up another 4GB of G skill ram to bump it up to 8GB of RAM....though at first it may start at 4GB.

At this stage it it's life it is more of a web and paperwork kinda computer...so I do not expect much more than that anyways. It's to give me a break from laptops for a while, and help me save for a thinkpad sooner... cool Besides, I was just given a cozy chair to enjoy.....


That system will run 10 without issue, 10's requirements are not out of this world crazy by any stretch of the imagination.

HOWEVER, 10 IS in a constant state of flux; sort of a permanent beta test. So you may be better served using Windows 7 if that bothers you.

I'm still deploying Windows 7 boxes for clients, particularly those with legacy software whose vendor doesn't support 8 or 8.1, let alone 10. 10 has proven to be a significant obstacle with vendors, as it is the furthest thing from a static product, with a rolling build cycle making it a moving target, which is a significant support hurdle. I'm interested to see how that works going forward and 7 eventually goes EOL.
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#4490236 - 08/16/17 02:25 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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Memory will be key for you on Win10. 8GB i would say as a minimum. If you don't/can't have it then get a new PC with Win10 on it. The free period for Win10 install is OVER so unless you PREVIOUSLY registered your key to Win10 then it will not work as an upgrade. The ONLY free upgrade path left is for Challenged/handicapped and you can google the website.

As corp IT i Used to Hate win10 and now have it on everything with ZERO issues. One awesome thing it does well ...IPhone pictures no longer are stuck upside down. Win 10 can flip them over and often automatically.

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#4490259 - 08/16/17 03:09 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: JustinH]
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Originally Posted By: JustinH
Well, I would run the system readyness tool.

I would think that a Vista era box is not ready for windows 10.

Sure you can throw it on there, but everything might not work, and you probably will have poor performance.


It has been my understanding - possibly wrongly - that the last few versions of Windows have been *less* resource-intensive than their predecessors. I can absolutely see drivers being an issue; but I have an old laptop here with 2GB RAM and a very pedestrian Intel video chip that runs Win10 better and faster (Almost approaching "usable". Of course, it screams running Linux with a 2D desktop...) than it ran Vista, which was its original OS.

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#4490289 - 08/16/17 03:44 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: uc50ic4more]
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Registered: 04/17/04
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: uc50ic4more
Originally Posted By: JustinH
Well, I would run the system readyness tool.

I would think that a Vista era box is not ready for windows 10.

Sure you can throw it on there, but everything might not work, and you probably will have poor performance.


It has been my understanding - possibly wrongly - that the last few versions of Windows have been *less* resource-intensive than their predecessors. I can absolutely see drivers being an issue; but I have an old laptop here with 2GB RAM and a very pedestrian Intel video chip that runs Win10 better and faster (Almost approaching "usable". Of course, it screams running Linux with a 2D desktop...) than it ran Vista, which was its original OS.


I would worry about the onboard wifi not working, may want to check that.

Yes it runs acceptably with dual core and 4gb ram. The system requirements are quite low.
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#4490335 - 08/16/17 04:30 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: Kawiguy454]
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Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4742
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: Kawiguy454
Memory will be key for you on Win10. 8GB i would say as a minimum. If you don't/can't have it then get a new PC with Win10 on it. The free period for Win10 install is OVER so unless you PREVIOUSLY registered your key to Win10 then it will not work as an upgrade. The ONLY free upgrade path left is for Challenged/handicapped and you can google the website.

As corp IT i Used to Hate win10 and now have it on everything with ZERO issues. One awesome thing it does well ...IPhone pictures no longer are stuck upside down. Win 10 can flip them over and often automatically.


I think one little known secret is that a fresh install will just work. I seem to recall reading a few articles to that effect and I just upgraded a Dell to Windows 10 and it didn't ask for anything. Although I don't know if Dell registered anything in advance. Came with 7 and I just downloaded the image mentioned earlier, did a few bios changes and installed 10 from the USB. Worked fine without requiring registration. And of course there's also free disability path too.

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#4490651 - 08/16/17 11:25 PM Re: Windows 10 download for USB.. [Re: daves87rs]
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Registered: 02/23/09
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Loc: Michigan
Yep, sounds like it could...and my product key is not and upgrade key either...


Though I stopped into best buy quick as a needed a new usb drive, and he suggested throwing 10 on an ssd drive to really make it pop since I still have a bay in there yet....he said something in any size (like 120GB) would really speed it up nice.

Tough as I don't want to put too much money into, but curious on the other hand to see how it does.....
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