Q.: I have an ASUS laptop with Vista on it that’s about 11 years old and it still works very well. Is it possible to upgrade it to Windows 10 without it costing me more than what it would cost to purchase a new laptop? (Photo: WUTWHANFOTO/GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO)
Q.: I have an ASUS laptop with Vista on it that’s about 11 years old and it still works very well. Is it possible to upgrade it to Windows 10 without it costing me more than what it would cost to purchase a new laptop?
— Darren B., Stuart
A.: It is certainly possible to do this but a lot will depend on how many upgrades your 11-year-old system might need in order to accommodate an upgrade to Windows 10 from Vista.
Currently, the minimum specs for Windows 10 are as follows:
- A processor that is 1GHz or faster
- At least 1 GB of RAM for a 32-bit system or 2 GB of RAM for a 64-bit system (the latter preferred)
- At least 16 GB of hard drive space available for a 32-bit system or 20 GB of hard drive space available for a 64-bit system (please note: this is only what is needed for installation of the operating system, so you’ll need more space for programs, storage and such)
- A graphics card that is DirectX 9 capable or later with at least a WDDM 1.0 driver.
- A display capability of at least 800 x 600 px
If you’re system meets or exceeds these specs at the moment, then the upgrade process should be simple and inexpensive, with the main costs falling into the price of the new operating system as well as any software upgrades that might be needed (since the versions you’re using on Vista will probably not work on 10).
To perform the upgrade from Vista to Windows 10, follow the instructions found at this URL: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-upgrade-windows-vista-windows-10
If your system doesn’t meet or exceed these specs, then you will need to look at each bullet point above, identify where you fall short and see what the cost would be to upgrade that specific piece of hardware so that it becomes compliant.
Some older computers are not capable of upgrading their hardware components to a level needed to run Windows 10. (Photo: DORIOCONNELL, GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO)
Keep in mind that in some cases there will be more involved that merely a hardware upgrade. For example, for a larger hard drive, you may need to budget not only for the larger drive itself but also for its installation and the cost to transfer your existing data over to it.
Also worth noting is that some older computers are not capable of upgrading their hardware components to a level needed to run Windows 10.
Without knowing your make and model, as well as your existing specs, it’s hard to determine if such move is possible or what the costs would be specifically. Thus, it may be best to take the computer to a shop and speak to a technician about what you’re trying to accomplish. This will most likely cost you nothing, or at the very least just a basic visit fee. In doing so, the tech should be able to tell you with confidence whether the machine can accommodate Windows 10 or not and what needs to be upgraded to do so, along with all associated costs, if it can.
Once you have this information, weigh it against the price of a new basic laptop, which should come in at around $500, give or take, and go with what works best for you and your budget.
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