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Old 10-12-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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Dell Latitude d610

Not sure if this is the right place or not, but here goes...
I recently got my hands on a dell latitude d610 laptop. I was told it had issues withe the screen which it doesn't.
It originally had windows xp pro 32 bit, but the windows is corrupt and won't get past the logo screen and i don't have the oem discs that came with it. I increased the memory from the 512mb that it had to 2gb with the 512mb and bought the wrong xp disc. The os i bought was win xp home server, and as this isn't a server, of course it won't work and i can't find win xp 32 bit anywhere.
My question is this... since i'm stuck with the server software, and it won't load since it's not a server type laptop, can i put a full version of windows 7 32 bit on this? Someone mentioned that win 7 can only be upgraded to if the previous version was vista...I don't want to spend 200+ dollars on this laptop to put vista on it and just want this thing up and running.
I tried repairing the current xp version using a friends xp disc, but it won't accept the oem key that is on the laptop, nor the oem that is from the disc, and i really don't want to mess my friends xp support up... any suggestions here?
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You can put win7 on that laptop -- unlike Vista, win7 is pretty forgiving on low end systems.

And no, you don't have to upgrade to WIn7 from vista.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:50 AM   #3
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Thank you

Thanks Deluded. You've helped out tremendously where others haven't even tried... Much appreciated.
However.. a cpl more questions.. the bios from this laptop is dated to 2005, will there be any incompatibilities that i'm going to run into?
obviously there is nothing on this laptop that says it is win 7 certified or compliant? Just trying to work out any kinks i may run into in the process b4 i do this.

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Old 10-12-2010, 01:45 AM   #4
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Thanks Deluded. You've helped out tremendously where others haven't even tried... Much appreciated.
However.. a cpl more questions.. the bios from this laptop is dated to 2005, will there be any incompatibilities that i'm going to run into?
obviously there is nothing on this laptop that says it is win 7 certified or compliant? Just trying to work out any kinks i may run into in the process b4 i do this.
Not really. All BIOS does is to run POST and then hand over control to the OS. The date only means the last time the BIOS was updated.

So no, you won't run into any problem.

For optimal performance, have at least 1gig of ram. If you have less than that, stick with XP.
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I'd still check the manufacturers website to see if the bios needs upgrading, some latitudes overheated due to the way the fan was configured in the bios, they corrected this by updating the bios.

You will need to check the website for the Win7 drivers and utilities, if there aren't any you may have problems updating to win7, it will still work, but some hardware might not work properly.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:31 PM   #6
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thanks everyone

Thanks guys,
i installed win 7 32 bit on the laptop and am now on here via the latitude. works great. did the bios update, and installed all the drivers updates and works like a dream..
many thanks to all that helped.
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