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OptiPlex 330 – Windows 7 and 10 32 Bit

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It is not advised to spend too much money upgrading this over a decade 2007 system, as it is cheaper to purchase a more capable Second Hand Business Desktop than a new OS License. This PC can run Windows 7 32 Bit pretty well. It can run Windows 10 32 Bit if this PC has enough RAM (4 GB) and a SSD. Without the SSD it may run but poorly as the Hard Drive is cranked up to continuous 100 % Disc Usage.

Minitower, Desktop

System Upgrades

Operating System License

Windows 7 is no longer for sale and it is not recommended to run Windows 10 on this model.

Service Manual

Dell Service Manual

Memory Upgrade:

This system supports 4 GB of RAM (2×2 GB Modules). The 32 Bit OS maxes out at 4 GB RAM.

amazon.com Crucial CT2KIT25664AA800

amazon.co.uk Crucial CT2KIT25664AA800

Solid State Drive 3.5 “

Upgrading to a Solid State Drive

Graphics Card

No Low Profile Bracket is required for the Minitower.

amazon.com HD5450 Graphics Card

amazon.com Low Profile Adaptor Needed for the Desktop model

amazon.co.uk HD5450 Graphics Card

amazon.co.uk Low Profile Adaptor Needed for the Desktop model

Legacy BIOS

Windows 10

If you have previously bought a Windows 7 Retail or Windows 8.x Retail License then your key will work with Windows 10. If you were an early adopter and had activated your system with Windows 10 Insider Build 10130 you can clean install Windows 10 Pro without a Product Key.

I advise installing Windows 10 without a Product Key before buying a License which will give you time to evaluate it. With Windows 10 there is no trial, instead your Desktop and Settings will be watermarked and you will be unable to personalise some user settings but otherwise it’ll be fully functional. You can also activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7 Key or Windows 8.x Key.

OS Updates

System Utilities

Chipset

Video

Communication

Not all systems will have a modem.

Ethernet

This has Broadcom and Intel variants. The driver is inbuilt for the Broadcom NIC. An older version of the Intel driver is also inbuilt.

Audio

See instructions on using the Microsoft Update Catalog and install drivers via the Device Manager.

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The Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide is an unofficial set of installation guides written and maintained by an individual Philip Yip. To support the running costs of this site, as well as the costs of test hardware needed to keep the guides up to date. Please consider leaving a donation or clicking on the affiliate link if you are planning on buying Office or a SSD Upgrade for your system anyway. I'd like to thank you in advance for leaving any donations or clicking on the affiliate links. Written in Scotland , Great Britain (GB), , United Kingdom (UK) and hopefully soon to be part of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (CANZUK).