Install Windows 7 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M

You can easily install Windows 7 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M and this article will show you how easy it is and give you insight on how it performs.  Your organization may have a few of these DX2400’s left around and when these machines were deployed most of them were probably downgraded to Windows XP as that was the dominant business operating system at the time.  Now Windows XP has less than a year of security updates left and a lot of businesses are looking at finally moving off of the now ancient Windows XP to something else.  Now I have written about how to install Windows 8 and 8.1 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower but many businesses have been reserved about Windows 8 however I do feel like Windows 8.1 is the best choice for businesses as Microsoft has lessened the learning curve and added many features for businesses to manage the operating system. So what about Windows 7 as that is quickly becoming the replacement to Windows XP in the enterprize.  Well I did a clean install, keeping nothing, of Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit (however you can do an upgrade from Windows Vista keeping all your files, settings, and programs.  If you are coming from Windows XP you need to do a clean install or upgrade to Windows Vista first.

I booted off of the Windows 7 DVD and did a clean install and after the installation was complete I did not have to install any drivers, Windows Setup took care of that for me.  There were some driver updates in Windows Update so I do suggest doing that as soon as you are done installing Windows.  Below is the System Properties and the Device Manager.

HP Compaq DX2400 Windows 7 System Properties and Device Manager

HP Compaq DX2400 Windows 7 System Properties and Device Manager

As far as performance goes the HP Compaq DX2400 holds its own but I will say if you are going to run the 64 bit version of Windows 7 you might want to consider upgrading the ram to 4 GB.  I ram the PassMark Performance Test and the machine got a score of 148.7 and I also ran Futuremark’s PCMark 7 Basic which got a score of 1152.  Below is the Windows Experience Index.

Windows 7 Experience Index on HP Compaq DX2400

Windows 7 Experience Index on HP Compaq DX2400

For those of you that do not want to go the Windows 8.X route and wish to stay with an operating system that more people are familiar with but need to move away from Windows XP I think Windows 7 is your best bet and it works well on this machine.  It is also easy to install Windows 7 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M and I highly suggest the upgrade just consider the ram upgrade if you are going to run 64 bit.

 

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