NET Framework v3.5.1 SP1 and v4.5.2 installed) so it almost seemed like the tool wasn't correctly detecting my Vista SP2 OS (patched to the end of extended support on 11-Apr-2017) and/or that this old tool wasn't compatible with my newer . ----------- Thanks for the replies, here are the specs on both.
I like the Linux idea but would need to do some research as its been literally decades since I have used it.
If your hardware meets the requirements and you want to proceed, you also have to buy a copy of Windows 10, which costs 0 for the home version.
(Some experienced users have wrestled Windows Insider Preview versions onto older computers, but this is not for the technically faint of heart.) Before you install Windows 10 on the old PC, back up your files to an external drive so that you can copy them back to the computer after the upgrade.
The free Windows 10 upgrade is available only to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users until July 29.If you didn’t get your free version of its best operating system to date, well, you were pretty much out of luck. Recently I learned that Windows 10 updates still work just as they always had, and I’m currently running a version on a pieced together PC after upgrading from a working version of Windows 8.1.It’s not as cut and dry, as Microsoft has deleted the tool that makes all of our lives simpler when upgrading, but with a tiny bit of work, you too can upgrade older versions of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to a fully-functioning version of Windows 10.However, keep in mind that Windows Vista, which was released in 2006, is approaching the end of its planned life cycle next year.Microsoft’s extended support for the system ends on April 11, 2017.
I may just part them out and use the $$$ for something new.