Laptop uggrade questions

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#1 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -

I have a HP laptop that I bought a few years back (Vista days). Never had a single problem with it and wondered why Vista was seen as being so bad, until I recently did a fresh install from the partition, which I have done 3-4 times before and now I feel like I have the glitchiest EVER version of Vista. I swear I have every annoying feature Vista has ever had reported, so I am looking at buying the upgrade to Windows 8.

What info do you guys need to tell me if my laptop can run it?

Can I wipe the Vista partition and reclaim the space or is this even necessary?

I have dual ram in my laptop (2x2G), can I replace this with 2 x 4G or do you need other info to figure out if the laptop can handle that?

If it can handle it, what am I looking for specifically when I buy the new RAM?

Any and all help appreciated.

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (30847 posts) -
1)It will run 3)Must check specs that it handles it,but most likely 3)Type of ram(DDR2,DDR3)
#3 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -
[QUOTE="MonsieurX"] 3)Type of ram(DDR2,DDR3)

If I currently have DDR2, then I cannot put DDR3, correct?
#4 Posted by MonsieurX (30847 posts) -
[QUOTE="Hawkeye747"][QUOTE="MonsieurX"] 3)Type of ram(DDR2,DDR3)

If I currently have DDR2, then I cannot put DDR3, correct?

You can't. Good luck finding decent priced DDR2...
#5 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -

Nothing to do with electronics is decently priced in New Zealand. Peter Jackson bought it all to make The Hobbit.

#6 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -
[QUOTE="MonsieurX"][QUOTE="Hawkeye747"][QUOTE="MonsieurX"] 3)Type of ram(DDR2,DDR3)

If I currently have DDR2, then I cannot put DDR3, correct?

You can't. Good luck finding decent priced DDR2...

I now see what you mean, my 2 best local options do not even stock more than a 2GB, and they are NZ$60+.
#7 Posted by superclocked (5831 posts) -
[QUOTE="Hawkeye747"][QUOTE="MonsieurX"][QUOTE="Hawkeye747"] If I currently have DDR2, then I cannot put DDR3, correct?

You can't. Good luck finding decent priced DDR2...

I now see what you mean, my 2 best local options do not even stock more than a 2GB, and they are NZ$60+.

You shouldn't need more than 4GB of RAM anyway, especially in a laptop...
#8 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -
Needs and Wants... still coming to grips with which is which
#9 Posted by bigfoot2045 (773 posts) -

Upgrade to Windows 7. 8 is going to be crappy unless your laptop has a touchscreen. 4GB of ram is fine. You don't need more. Just make sure you install a 64-bit version of 7 so you can use all of it.

#10 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -

Just noticed I only have 3GB of RAM. A 2GB stick and a 1GB. Will the increase from 3GB to 4Gb be noticeable at all?

#11 Posted by ULTIMATEZWARRIO (6026 posts) -
I say save up and get a new laptop! Sounds like you've had it for at least 3 years now, and well systems have become much more efficient since then, also if possible get Win 7 to replace Vista.
#12 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -
I say save up and get a new laptop! Sounds like you've had it for at least 3 years now, and well systems have become much more efficient since then, also if possible get Win 7 to replace Vista.ULTIMATEZWARRIO
You are completely correct, that is what I should do... but I am moving back to Canada in a couple years and everything is so much cheaper in North America so I don't want to shell out a ridiculous amount of money here. I was just looking at a couple of cheap things I could do to keep this one going at an acceptable pace until I can toss it.