hello, i have a:
'Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 3"
there is a code:
"manufactured and supported by:
dell inspiron 530
intel(R) core(TM)2 Duo CPU
E4500 @ 2.20GHz
2.19GHz, 1.99 GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension"
when it started up, it said BIOS 2.0.1
i would like to upgrade BIOS (a link is what im looking for)
and i saw anopther post where it said something about upgrading an xp to a win 7.
is it possible for this system?
please it is kinda slow and i dont think this comp has ever got a BIOS update...
and for the win 7 update, if it is possible, would it cost, and would the harddrive be fully reset,(like all personal files be gone?)or not?
please let me know ASAP PLEASE!
Welcome to the community
The latest BIOS released last 2009. Here is the link ; http://dell.to/IPUkQW You can install Windows 7 on this computer but you need to buy that software. Plus you need to upgrade your memory to 3gb or more. Once you install windows 7, it will wipe out everything on your hard drive, if you have important files you need to back up those files.
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If you plan to install Windows 7 32-bit, the minimum is 1GB, not 3GB, and it runs just fine with 2GB.
If you plan to install Windows 7 64-bit, the minimum is 2GB, not 3GB, and 3-4GB would be recommended.
Since the 530 doesn't support more than 4GB of RAM, there is really no reason to install 64-bit.
64-bit is potentially faster, but probably the biggest difference is that 64-bit can use more than 4GB of RAM. 32-bit is limited to 4GB of RAM, with somewhat less as actually usable by the OS (usually 3-3.5GB).
Dell Inspiron Desktop 530 System BIOS
Dell Inc. Copyright (C) 2009, All Rights reserved. www.dell.com BIOS Release Notes =================================================================== ===================================================================
Systems: Dell Insprion 530/530s Version: 1.0.18
Build Date: 02/24/2009 Fixes/Enhancements:
1.Update new BIOS Power On Logo.
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um, now there is 2 different links on the post... whitch is the right one?