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#1 trappermike

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:34 PM

My neighbor is going to buy a new,inexspensive desktop computer. Her old one has Vista and we both hate it,she likes using my XP. The question is- Can you buy a new setup with XP now,or is it better go with Windows 7 and learn how to use it?
The thing is niether of us are very experienced users and are familiar with XP.Isn't Windows support waning for XP?
I imagine most new systems are 7,and Xp may be an option or not now?

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:47 PM

Hi -
Install CDs are available for XP still - Having said that M/soft will only support XP for another year (approx-someone will quote dates) -
If you can try a Win7 unit at some place then you might eventually like it -
DO NOT get any thing with Vista as the support is running out the year after XP SP3 -
I think that they realised that Vista was and will be a flop - Most Vista users are upping to Win7 already -

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:47 PM

Windows 7 is the latest thing so I concur that newer PC come with windows 7 but i am not sure
Microsoft has stop Supporting Window XP Service Pack 2 so there switching to Vista SP2 or Windows 7.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:25 PM

I know Windows has stopped support for XP-SP2. I guess Going with Windows 7 is ok to do,I haven't heard much bad about it,although I do find it a bit disconcerting that they have Service Packs for it already...
As much as we like XP,I guess it maybe isn't wise to buy a new system with it,with support fading.
I'm keeping XP on this machine to the bitter end,and I will just repair or upgrade this system as I need.
I guess it's hard to "Teach an old dog new tricks".
My nieghbor buying the new computer is even "greener" than me as far as computer knowledge,she hardly knows the basics,but I think she would like 7 after she learns to use it.
Tell me what are some of the nice features of 7,that XP doesn't have? Don't really know anything about it.
Hopefully it's not bogged down with all the useless "Security" features and endless pop-ups Vista has.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:30 PM

from what i have heard xp will get support til 2014. what types of support, i don't know. probably security anyway, and that is the most important issue. i think that's enough time to say stay with xp.

xp is like the lazarus. it keeps coming back from the dead.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:00 PM

Why to opt for 9 years old operating system (XP)?

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 01:25 AM

I got one of the last XP operating systems offered by Dell in 2007. I had said to them that I was so displeased with VISTA, I would either buy a MAC or look to an another vendor besides Dell for XP. They sent out an email a week later offering 'INSPIRON 1520' laptops with XP pro; I jumped on it. My sister has VISTA & she finally got used to it but I can't.

Since "7" has came out, I have heard nothing but good things about it. Basically, from what I understand, it is a cleaned up VISTA? It doesn't matter because if it would have been an ailed system, as I believe VISTA to be, we would have to hear it.

Microsoft is offering to roll your system back for free if you'd prefer XP over WIN 7; that is what I read somewhere? XP will be supported for some time but if WIN 7 is what I've heard that it's a good system, I'd go ahead & get familiar with it. XP isn't going to be around forever.


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Posted 16 August 2010 - 02:00 AM

Vista , as a basic operating system , was never much good - Even SP2 of Vista only fixed a few minor bugs -
I am about to get a laptop to go with this desk top unit , so I have been looking and comparing many (cheap to mid range) and I have found that the only thing to use on them is 7 - I can then update to 8 (or whatever it will be) -
I love my XP and most likely always will , due to the fact that I learned so much from it , and have only touched the surface -
XP is (was) a great way for many of us to get very good information and learn , but , like my old car , ............... Sorry those were tears -

A long saga , Thank You -

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:25 AM

FWIW: I tend to survey new systems being offered...some vendors are still offering XP as an optional or dual install with Win 7.

As for your choice of O/S...it is up to you.

You might bear in mind...we all had to learn to walk when we were small...most of us did not view the change as something to be avoided merely because we were used to crawling :thumbsup:. Change is the most fundamental aspect of life, IMO, sometimes it's for the better.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 09:14 AM

Thanks for your viewpoints folks! :thumbsup:
So XP will be with us for a while,and 7 sounds ok.
I really like the idea of the dual install,if it's possible I'd go for it in a new system for myself.
I think I would sway my neighbor to buy Windows 7,she has lots to learn,so can learn on it.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 09:55 AM

I've used XP for years and loved it. Having said that, I have a dual-boot XP/Win 7 and I have not been on the XP drive for months. Win 7 boots faster, does exactly the same thing, and once you figure out where everything is and how to get to it, it is very nice to use. I won't be going back to XP.

With a dual-boot, you will also need an antivirus on both sides, which can also cause some issues if there is no separate boot manager.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

IMO, an AV program for each O/S has no impact.

Only one O/S is running at any one time, so there is no possibility of any file/functional conflict.

The only possible item that could occur...would be duplicate detection of malware which is stored in the vault of one system by the other...not even sure that can happen, since the other system won't be able to run any programs/functions on the other O/S.

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I have a dual-boot on this system with each and I've not noticed any such complication.

Edited by hamluis, 16 August 2010 - 10:26 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:43 PM

I finally went over to 7. There is some sort of remaining of XP, because I didn't reformat the disk. I went through the tutorial, backing up files to the hard drive, then loading 7 without taking off XP.

I like 7! So far so good. I haven't updated the drivers & I am having some minor faults, like the screen saver shuts the screen black. That is minor, better than if it didn't do anything.

The main reason I went over, is that iCloud doesn't support XP. Makes sense, if that system is going to be abandoned? Only a matter of time after, that the system won't survive the ever changing technology curve. So that in itself was reason for the move.

I just hope that the manner that I went about loading 7 over XP, without reformatting, won't come back to haunt. I know that in 7, I have 66 GB of HD free, but when it was in XP, it had all but 85GB free, out of about 239 GB total. There is something tying up the storage of that data & I want to make sure that I am taking the right stuff off?

Is an option to add storage to the laptop? Or, if going through that, just take it all off again from scratch, reformat the disk, throwing it all on again; leaving anything of XP in the trash?

Edited by mixpix, 05 April 2013 - 08:47 PM.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:52 PM

I moved from XP to Windows 7. I am not a computer genius by any means. Windows 7 is a little differant but it didn't take long for me to get used to it. You and your neighbor will have no problem...go for it


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:55 AM

As mentioned, XP support will end April 2014.  Vista will end in 2017, and Win 7 ending in 2020.






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