If you've owned an HP laptop or workstation for several years, you may be considering a move to Microsoft's latest operating system. Changing operating systems means upgrading hardware. Adding memory, a newer video card, faster CPU -- all are options that will improve your computer's performance whether you end up making the move to the latest Microsoft OS. Using HP's website, you can quickly find the specifications for your computer, what upgrades are possible and which operating system is recommended for your computer.
Visit the HP support website. See link in Resources.
Enter the product name and model number for your computer in the search field. For example, enter "HP dc5800."
Click on the "Perform regular maintenance" link on the left margin of the web page to view detailed instructions for hardware upgrade options specific to your computer model. Choose from the list to view which hardware upgrades are possible.
Click on the "Upgrade and migrate" link underneath the "Perform regular maintenance" link to see if your computer can be upgraded to the latest Microsoft operating system. Depending on your computer model, you may quality for a specific free upgrade option. If not, general guidelines for upgrading to the latest Microsoft OS will be displayed.
- Links provided under "Perform regular maintenance" will include HP part numbers and component details you can use to order directly from HP or another online retailer. Detailed instructions are included about how to remove and replace HP components specific to your computer.
- If a Windows XP downgrade or Vista OS was pre-installed on your HP computer purchased on or after June 26, 2009, you qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 7 under HP's Windows 7 upgrade option.
- If an "overview" page option was not presented, the HP website may suggest alternative matches to the model number you entered. Select from the links provided that provide a better description of your computer. You will find the overview pages included with these models.
- Read the instructions provided in the "Perform regular maintenance" section carefully before attempting to perform the hardware upgrade. Note the skill level link listed at the top of the page. Use this link to read whether or not you will be able to perform tasks related to the upgrade. If you do not feel qualified, contact an HP authorized repair center to perform the upgrade.