Author Options:

Can this computer support Windows 7? Answered

Hey, I've been shopping for a new computer and over all of the results, the cheapest most powerful one I've found is the HP Envy H8 with a AMD 6 core processor at 3.8Ghz (4.1 max). I will put my Radeon 7750 into it too. Anyhow, here is the one I want (Hopefully it hasn't sold yet, but there are many people selling it for this price too): http://www.ebay.com/itm/360718941425. So my question is, if I buy the Windows 7 OEM from Amazon.com (Shipped and sold by Amazon), would this system be able to run it correctly? If not, could I make any adjustments to make it run correctly? Thanks!

(Hoping to run Battlefield 3, Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, Roblox, Minecraft, Halo Combat Evolved, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Need for Speed World on it at about medium graphics with at least 30-40FPS).



Best Answer 4 years ago

The county library just bought a dozen of these models, the specs are a little different as they got Intel processors but basically the same thing. I am currently installing them in the different branches. We ordered them all with Win 7 64 bit pro version, so it works fine. They run very quiet. How much extra they could handle is hard to say. HP has been using a lot of standard over the counter parts so it should be upgradeable. I don't remember if I opened the case on them, I usually do just to see what they have.
Its a little bit smaller case than normal.
I would look for one that already has Win 7 on it as you save the money of buying it extra and it takes a lot of time to install it.
The county paid about 700 each for theirs but they included a copy of Office 2013 with them and probably got the school rate rather than the full commercial rate.

Have you thought about just building your own from scratch?

Some OEM PSUs may allow more power to be drawn and may support the card but you run the risk of the PSu blowing which in turn can damage everything else int he system.

Yes that will support Win7. Any system with a multi core CPU and at least 4 Gb of RAM will run Win 7. Once again investigate the system's PSU and make sure it can support the GPU upgrade. Chances are it can't as most OEM systems keep there PSUs just big enough to support the main system and won't support a power hungry GPU.

Well after some frustration with closing my case for my desktop I've found out that my computer runs at a mere 220W while my GPU recommends 400W. :P The Envy I believe is 300 or 330 watts so I think that's fine.


4 years ago

It should, but my concern would be whether the Win 7 drivers will work with all of the hardware on a Win 8 PC. I would suggest you do a little research on the driver compatibility issue first.

From the specs on the Ebay page it definitely should! It says it comes with Windows 8 and anything that supports 8 should work for 7:) Good Luck!