Upgrade to WIN 11 from Win 10


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  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
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    Google Chrome
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    WiFi 6
upgrade from xp to win10 ?

What does it mean "upgrade"

I never had xp, but was under the impression it was supposed to be
XP>Vista>7>10.

how does that end up with a licened win10, unless buying a win7 license and doing it within whatever that time frame was.



Memory fails me at times. :rolleyes: It WAS 7 to 10, rather than from XP. I skipped Vista altogether.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
I wondered whether a motherboard of that age would have an M.2 NVME slot. I'm impressed that it does.
Yep. That m'board is a 2016 vintage. I'm amazed that after 8 years, I was still able to find the microscopic M.2 hold-down screw that came with it.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
I just assumed, and you know what that brings on, that my Win 10 license was already linked, especially because I upgraded from XP to 10 directly from MicroSoft.
Correction . . . WIN 7 to 10 :rolleyes:
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
My current desktop (custom build) is not upgradable to WIN 11. I'll only be able to re-use the case, PSU and disk drives (SSD and SATA). I want (think I should have) a Win 11 desktop PC to keep things simple and consistent on my home network. Its current Win 10 license is based on a previous free upgrade from WIN XP.
Correction . . . I upgraded from WIN 7, not XP :rolleyes:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
Its current Win 10 license is based on a previous free upgrade from WIN XP.
I never had xp, but was under the impression it was supposed to be XP>Vista>7>10.
I did have XP, and when my XP laptop's motherboard died on me I lost a licensed copy of MS Office 2003.

The only remaining working part of my old XP laptop was it's IDE HDD. Some years later I decided to rescue it. I took a system image, restored it to a VM, where I upgraded in sequence, first from XP > Vista, then Vista > Win7, then Win7 > Win10. Today I have that W10/Office running on one of my laptops.

There's no upgrade path to 11 though, as the original XP was the 32-bit version.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
The last I've Upgraded couple months ago is a Dell Inspiron 3521 x64 with a Celeron CPU that had come with Win8 then to Win8.1 and now with Win10. I have 2 unsupported Notebooks from 2014 running Win11, don't have any on hand as x86.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
I did have XP, and when my XP laptop's motherboard died on me I lost a licensed copy of MS Office 2003.

The only remaining working part of my old XP laptop was it's IDE HDD. Some years later I decided to rescue it. I took a system image, restored it to a VM, where I upgraded in sequence, first from XP > Vista, then Vista > Win7, then Win7 > Win10. Today I have that W10/Office running on one of my laptops.

There's no upgrade path to 11 though, as the original XP was the 32-bit version.
Right you are. I just corrected my earlier posts, to reflect that my upgrade to 10 was actually from WIN 7, not XP. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but I won't let that fact stop me from doing it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom (2016 build)
    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 AM3+ 95W 6-Core
    Motherboard
    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    Memory
    16GB EVGA DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia GeForce GT1030
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2421HS 17-inch (almost new)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus M.2 1TB NVMe (almost new)
    SeaGate ST35004 500GB SATA
    PSU
    Corsair CSM 650
    Case
    CoolerMaster N400 full ATX Mid-Tower
    Cooling
    CryoRig H7
    Keyboard
    LogiTech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    LogiTech M325 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    593 down / 572 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Ver 23H2 Build 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 16AHP9
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 5 8645HS Processor (4.30 GHz up to 5.00 GHz)
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5X-6400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon™ 760M
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC
    PSU
    110v AC Adapter
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Logitech M325 Wireless
    Keyboard
    Backlit w/10-key numeric pad
    Internet Speed
    594 down / 485 up (ATT Fiber)
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6
Right you are. I just corrected my earlier posts, to reflect that my upgrade to 10 was actually from WIN 7, not XP. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but I won't let that fact stop me from doing it.
The only version of WinXP that was available as either 32-bit or 64-bit was Pro. Now Win11 is not 32-bit capable but can run many x86 programs.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
The only version of WinXP that was available as either 32-bit or 64-bit was Pro. Now Win11 is not 32-bit capable but can run many x86 programs.
I'm not sure what you mean. "Program Files (X86)" is the normal installation folder for 32 bit programs.

64 bit Windows 10 won't run 16 bit software. (Windows 11 is 64 bit only.) Some old 32 bit software used a 16 bit installer, which prevented installation even though the software itself should have been capable of running under a 64 bit OS.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
I'm not sure what you mean. "Program Files (X86)" is the normal installation folder for 32 bit programs.
Only on x64 install of Windows, will have C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86). If installing on x86 machines there will only be C:\Program Files.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
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