Well for starters, you really probably wouldn't be happy with the performance of Windows 7 on a P4 system in the first place, so this may be something of a blessing in disguise. Vista and 7 were very much designed with dual and quad core CPUs in mind. Even if you have a hyperthreaded P4, it's not going to be the same. The process scheduler was overhauled in a big way with Vista, and 7 just being a minor update to Vista, just has it tweaked and refined even more.
If you haven't activated that copy of 7, you should be able to get a refund off Microsoft for it. I'd do that, and just stick with XP or something else like Linux until you get a better system.
I just bought a refurbished Dell desktop PC that came with Windows XP Home preloaded.
I have bought the disc from Microsoft for Windows 7 OS and want to do a clean install on that PC.
When I put in the Windows 7 disc and restart the PC, the cursor will appear for about a minute flashing in the upper left hand corner of the black screen before the machine finally boots to Windows XP Home edition.
Things I've tried:
1. Reboot and hit F2 to check the reboot order which is already set to do "Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive" as the first choice.
2. Reboot and hit F12 to see if there are any other options that make sense (which don't to me).
3. Reboot in Safe Mode (and then what do I do?)
Here's my PC's configuration:
Dell GX280 DesktopPentium 4 2.80 GHz
750 Gb Hard Drive
2 Gb RAM
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