Photos: How to upgrade your old PC to run Windows Vista and Windows 7

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PC upgrade: Motherboard

PC upgrade: Motherboard

Working on a flat surface take the new motherboard out of its anti-static bag. Attach the motherboard to the back plate of the PC case. Make sure you identify where all the main connectors need to go, and then gently drop the processor in the zero-insertion socket, and lock it.

 

Cliff Saran provides a step-by-step guide to updating an ancient Pentium 4 3.2 GHz XP-based machine with 2 GBytes of memory to an AMD Phenom Quad Core PC with 4 Gbytes of memory running Windows Vista.

The hardware is built around a Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 motherboard.

NB: PC components can easily be damaged by static electricity - I recommend you use an anti-static wristband.

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