Dell Dimension 3100 compatible with Windows 8?

By martinlw ยท 7 replies
Jan 24, 2013
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  1. Hi I have acquired an old computer just for the internet for my daughter the question is is this computer compatable with windows 8.Regards Martin.
  2. electromagnetic

    electromagnetic TS Booster Posts: 208

  3. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    There's an upgrade assistant you have to use to buy Windows 8 which assesses your system and checks that you have a Windows OS to upgrade from. Today, 31st Jan 2013, is the last day for a cheap upgrade from Microsoft after which it gets very expensive - the price will rise by 5X.
  4. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 231   +14

    I wouldn't do it. I would probably be better if you got a new machine for a couple hundred bucks. You going to spend money uprading a computer that's not worth it.

    That's my opinion. If I were you id get a new one. Maybe one that already has windows 8 in it.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    It's probably not going to work. Also, as others have posted, it's a waste of money.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I don't know. I ran the CP of 8 on a P4 2.4 with 1 gig of RAM, it ran pretty well. If you have cheap access to 8 I wouldn't hesitate to put it on.

    I would not, however, pay full price to run 8 on an old system because as pointed out by HiDDenMisT the money would be better spent piecing together a new system. You can build a non gaming system that is pretty decent for really cheap.
  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,283   +242

    Run windows 8 upgrade assistant.

    if you think that windows 8 (core or pro) is worth the upgrade, try to dual boot instead of in-place upgrade.
    that way when installation fails or become problematic, you still have a working pre-windows 8 OS.
    if you are satisfied with windows 8 and all your previous programs are compatible or working fully under windows 8, then you can clean install or do in-place windows 8 upgrade install.

    unfortunately, the 39.99$ windows 8 pro upgrade offer is no longer valid.
    it ended on january 31, 2013.
    the current upgrade pricing is >100$ for windows 8 core and much more for windows 8 pro upgrade via online microsoft store.
    windows 8 pro system builder kit costs ~139$ via retail stores
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Windows Vista and above really need more than 2GB RAM to be on-par in terms of zippyness with XP running 512MB. This is personal opinion, but the 2GB thing can be pretty much proven by various sources.

    OP's computer has 512MB RAM by default. This won't run Win8 with any elegance at all. DDR2 RAM costs way more than DDR3.

    Bottom line: even a free copy of Win8 is going to cost you money and sanity.
    misor likes this.

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