OptiPlex 745 – Windows 7 and 8.1 32 Bit

This model and Operating System is not supported by Dell.

Hardware Upgrades

SSD – Solid State Drives

RAM – Random Access Memory

Its recommended to upgrade to 4 GB of RAM:

Crucial Part: http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Dell-memory/OptiPlex/OptiPlex+745+Series+(Desktop+Mini-Tower+and+Small+Form+Factor)-upgrades.html

Video Card:

Refer to the User’s Guide when upgrading components.

Legacy BIOS

See Updating the BIOS.

Windows OS

Windows 7 and 8.1 are now obsolete if you have these Operating Systems you should use them to take the Free Upgrade to Windows 10.

If you don’t have a Windows 7/8.1 license you have until the 2nd of October 2015 to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using the Windows 10 Insider 10130 as a stepping stone. See Free Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 10 (also works with Windows XP).

OS Updates

System utilities




Not all systems will have a modem.


Follow instructions here for using the Microsoft Update Catalog then follow instructions here for driver installation via the device manager.

Card Reader

Dell Media Card Reader with Integrated Bluetooth Module (CAB-200), Media Card
Reader 19-1 with Integrated Bluetooth*

Not all units have a card reader.


Dell Backup and Recovery

Note this system won’t be able to boot from a Rescue Disk (external hard drive) so make a Factory Backup (Bootable USB Flash Drive).

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