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

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PC upgrade: Attaching the fan

PC upgrade: Attaching the fan

You will need to apply thermal paste to the top of the processor and then attach the fan. There should be lugs on the motherboard to secure it firmly.

 

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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