Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:25 AM
<<...and would like to know if Windows 7 is any good or is it like Vista, which I found to be a failure.>>
I find that...relying on the opinions of other persons who are quite unlike me...is pretty foolish. Particularly when I can find out myself by a little effort. I suggest that you at least log some time on a system with Windows 7...and then make up your own mind.
<<If I build I can use Windows XP, if I buy I will have trouble finding one with XP as the operating system>>
Any one who buys a system that has Win 7 installed...can always delete that/reformat..and install a purchased copy of XP.
A bigger, more important consideration...IMO...is the fact that XP is becoming more obsolete/unsupported by its developer...by the minute. A user can probably use it indefinitely, just as some still use Windows 98 or Windows 95. I personally question the value of living in the past, just because it involves familiarity.
In reply to your topic title...I will say that any system that is built...offers much more flexibility and ease of use...than any system that can be purchased from an OEM (Dell, HP, etc.). Once a user purchases a system from one of these vendors/manufacturers, various options for repair, reinstall, updating, upgrading...become fewer than those existing with a built system.
OTOH...many users who take no interest in such...and who treat their systems in the same manner that they treat their autos (send it to the shop when something major goes wrong, no concept of preventive/normal maintenance)...these users probably benefit from purchasing OEM systems with extended warranties and reputations for "good customer service" when things go wrong.