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


PC upgrade: Memory upgrade

PC upgrade: Memory upgrade

I needed to reinstall all my old software, device drivers for the new motherboard, sound and graphics cards etc. Once I tested the machine, I realised 2 GBytes of memory simply isn't enough for Vista. To upgrade, I unplugged the PC, unscrewed the case and removed the two 2 Gbyte modules. The two-paired 2 Gbyte modules slotted in easily.


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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