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Hello,

I have a Dell XPS 400 with a Pentium D 820 Dual Core 2.8 GHz. Bought this in 2006 and upgraded to 2GB RAM. Does this configuration supports installing Windows 8? Any major issues?

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  • It works but it is NOT supported for windows 8.

    If your CPU does not have Execute Disable Bit Security option in bios it will not install.

    Not all processors have this feature.

    All Pentium D Models seem to have the NX bit.

    So the latest bios would be recommended BEFORE the upgrade.

    VISTA will have issues before SP2

    SP1 is required before SP2

    Full install of SP1 and SP2 is recommended.  

    Drivers for XPS 400Dimension 9150

    BIOS - BIOS

    Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
    Dell Dimension System BIOS, A07
    Dell Dimension DXP051 A07 System BIOS
    Optional A07 1/16/2007 BIOS

    Audio - Driver

    Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
    SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio, v.6.10.0.5343, A02
    Sigmatel STAC92XX C-Major HD Audio Driver
    Recommended 6.10.0.5343 1/30/2007 Windows Vista 32-bit
    Windows Vista 64-bit

    Chipset - Driver

    Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
    Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility, v.8.1.1.1010, A01
    Software support for Intel Chipsets.
    Recommended 8.1.1.1010 1/22/2007 Windows Vista 64-bit
    Windows Vista 32-bit

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  • Hi Udayansh,

    You should run the compatibility check available on the Microsoft support website.

  • Thanks. I did run it and it seems supported. However wanted to check for any official word from Dell.

    The only things I can't have is Secure Boot for root kits etc.

  • It works but it is NOT supported for windows 8.

    If your CPU does not have Execute Disable Bit Security option in bios it will not install.

    Not all processors have this feature.

    All Pentium D Models seem to have the NX bit.

    So the latest bios would be recommended BEFORE the upgrade.

    VISTA will have issues before SP2

    SP1 is required before SP2

    Full install of SP1 and SP2 is recommended.  

    Drivers for XPS 400Dimension 9150

    BIOS - BIOS

    Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
    Dell Dimension System BIOS, A07
    Dell Dimension DXP051 A07 System BIOS
    Optional A07 1/16/2007 BIOS

    Audio - Driver

    Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
    SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio, v.6.10.0.5343, A02
    Sigmatel STAC92XX C-Major HD Audio Driver
    Recommended 6.10.0.5343 1/30/2007 Windows Vista 32-bit
    Windows Vista 64-bit

    Chipset - Driver

    Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
    Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility, v.8.1.1.1010, A01
    Software support for Intel Chipsets.
    Recommended 8.1.1.1010 1/22/2007 Windows Vista 64-bit
    Windows Vista 32-bit

    View the full details here

    Click here for all drivers (including historical drivers)

    Quick Links

    Report Unresolved Customer Service Issues here:

    Dell - Unresolved Customer Service Issues

    I do not work for Dell. I too am a user.

    The forum is primarily user to user, with Dell employees moderating.

  • hi daynash,

    if you go on ebay you can get a pentium d 960 3.6ghz processor very cheap $20 to 70 and it has execute disable bit. also it will have a big difference in performance. instal in 10 minutes very simple. i have the exact same system..!!!!!

  • Thank you SpeedStep. I have no intention of going to Vista but it is still very useful information.

  • Great idea, xpsconfigure. I will certainly go looking for this. Thanks!

  • In place upgrade requires AT LEAST VISTA SP1.  Otherwise the WIN8 upgrade is a Scorched earth install.

    There are no WIN8 Drivers and never will be which means you may need to install drivers in VISTA SP2 compatability mode.


    There are no 32 bit to 64 bit upgrades of any kind any version.

    You can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro and keep Windows settings, personal files, and applications from the following Windows operating system editions:

    • Windows 7 Starter

    • Windows 7 Home Basic

    • Windows 7 Home Premium

    • Windows 7 Professional

    • Windows 7 Ultimate
    Installation paths to Windows 8Keep Windows settings, personal files, and applicationsKeep Windows settings and personal files (data and system settings)Keep personal files only (data only)Keep nothing

    Windows XP (Service Pack 3 or later)

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Vista®

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Vista with SP1

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows Vista with SP1 or later

    No

    No

    No

    No

    Cross-language Windows Vista with SP1 or later

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows 7

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows 7

    No

    No

    No

    No

    Cross-language Windows 7

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows 8

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Cross-architecture installation (32-bit to 64-bit) Windows 8

    No

    No

    No

    No

    Cross-language Windows 8

    No

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Report Unresolved Customer Service Issues here:

    Dell - Unresolved Customer Service Issues

    I do not work for Dell. I too am a user.

    The forum is primarily user to user, with Dell employees moderating.