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Windows’ Compatibility tab contains lots of options for running legacy programs in Windows 7 and later.

The doctor tackles Upgrades and Sidegrades, TV Tuners, Missing Boot Managers, and more

Is My CPU Melting?!

I’m still running a 32-bit Windows XP system, and am looking to upgrade it to Win 7. The computer has an AMD Phenom II X4 965 on a Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 motherboard that is 64-bit ready, according to Belarc Advisor. I want to go with 64-bit Windows 7, but am at a loss as to what will happen if I try and save all my 32-bit software when I upgrade. When I’m told to save the files I want to keep before transfer, I have to save them as 32-bit files. How do I transfer them to Win 7 as 64-bit? I don’t think that can be done, so do I lose all that and have and start over? Can they be run as 32-bit in a 64-bit system? April 8th is coming all too soon and I want to make the change by then, or soon after.

Note: This article was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.


You can use Windows Disk Management to shrink full-disk partitions, enabling you to create another partition on the same drive.

The doctor tackles Dual Dual-Boot Questions, Ancient Computers, Router Confusion, and more

Dual Boot 7 and Linux

I am a bit of a newbie, but 76 years old. Can a Windows user install both Windows 7 and a Linux distro on a solid-state drive—particularly a Samsung 840 EVO drive?


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The doctor tackles Too Much GPU, Wi-Fi Upgrades, Disabling SkyDrive, and more

From Integrated to Top-Shelf

After almost 30 years developing software on stock PCs, I finally performed my first build from the pages of Maximum PC. I scoured your pages from many issues and planned a build during a long weekend and it’s been purring along for 18 months.


The doctor tackles Big Coolers, Old Motherboards, IVB vs. SB-E, and more

Too Big?

In the August 2013 issue you indicate that using a third-party, aftermarket CPU cooler is a good idea. I have always had a concern about cooler and fan weight damaging the motherboard. I build in mid- or full-tower cases and it seems that having so much weight hanging from the motherboard risks damage. Is this a valid concern? I would probably use one of the Thermalright coolers designed for an AMD FX-series CPU.

Note: This article was originally featured in our November 2013 issue of the magazine.


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Windows has built-in compatibility settings that can help fix problems with programs designed for older versions of the OS.

The doctor tackles Hot SLI Setups, Old games, 2.2TB Partition Limits, and more

2 Cards 2 Hot

I've got a solid gaming setup right now with a Core i5-750 at 3.2GHz on an Asus Maximus III Formula and 16GB of PNY Optima RAM. My problem is my two EVGA Superclocked GTX 550 Ti cards in SLI. Housed in a HAF922 chassis, I'm idling at 60 C and 40 C, and hitting 95 C and 80 C, respectively, under load, which is dangerously close to the 100 C maximum safe operating temperature. Ambient room temp isn't an issue, and the Core-i5 stays under 40 degrees. What would be the best option? I can go to a single GPU, though the 550s are super effective in gaming. I could get aftermarket cooling for the 550s. Or should I just get an even bigger tower?

Note: This feature was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.