Upgrading 32-bit Vista

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Ok, so I'm in a bit of a bind, and I'm hoping someone can give me some simple advice. I bought an old HP Pavilion a6400f PC for my 8-yo daughter just so she can play one of her favorite games. First obstacle, I needed to upgrade nearly everything except for the mobo. Ok, no big deal - still cheaper for me in the long run. I've built my own A/V rig in the past, so I figured it'd be fun to take this on. Researched everything - the GPU, RAM, CPU, PSU - to make sure it was all compatible, etc. However, the final obstacle that I haven't been able to figure out is what I should do about the OS in order to upgrade it to 64-bit. Like I said, this was cheap (estate sale), and there were no discs that came with it. So, I'm stuck with a 32-bit Vista OS. My question....

- Should I upgrade to 64-bit OS or 7?
- If 64-bit Vista, how??? I've googled it and I'm a little unclear on whether I can do this for free.
- If 7, my A/V rig has 64-bit 7 Pro, but I doubt I'll be 'allowed' to use that license to install it on a second PC.


Just trying to get by spending as little $$ as possible :) Thanks for your time!
 


ussnorway

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HP Pavilion a6400f PC
32bit system only... there is no path to a 64bit
driver page = support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Pavilion-a6400-Desktop-PC-series/3677047/model/3686669

- Should I upgrade to 64-bit OS or 7?
Yes 32bit is so far out of date as to be worthless for kids systems.
- If 64-bit Vista, how??? I've googled it and I'm a little unclear on whether I can do this for free.
you can't do it for free and should not give vista to a child... they need to learn modern systems or she will get left behind the other kids.
- If 7, my A/V rig has 64-bit 7 Pro, but I doubt I'll be 'allowed' to use that license to install it on a second PC.
No you can't use that licence.

imo this system is not worth spending time or money on... I know thats not what you want to hear but I'd trash it and get the kid a tablet until she is older (around 12-14) and will look after it then get her a laptop for the shool work.
 


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