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Wiping HD: Reinstall XP Pro or buy Win 7?


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#1 McLiam

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:27 PM

My local computer tech says to go on with XP, but I'm concerned that I'll be left out there without security updates etc.

 

Any thoughts?

 

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:12 PM

XP has less than a year of updates so going to 7 is not a bad idea.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:24 PM

I second X. XP was very good operating system, I used it for years, but support for it ends in April 2014. I switched over to Win 7 about December 2010 and have never regretted it. That is not to say it has not had its moments, but most of them were self inflicted.

 

It also has the advantage that some surprisngly old software will run on it. It is quite different in appearance from XP, but the learning curve is not that steep. I would not be surprised if after a month or two you wondered why you hadn't changed earlier.

 

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:44 PM

I am using XP, and frankly before I'd switch to Win 7, I think I'd switch to Linux 



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:03 PM

I am really happy with 7. I also like linux for certain things.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:09 PM

Well I have found that every new version of "Windopes" is bigger, more bloated, and slower than all the versions that came before.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 02:04 AM

Well I have found that every new version of "Windopes" is bigger, more bloated, and slower than all the versions that came before.

Same is true of Ubuntu and Mac OS. In the case of Windows 7, you are wrong. It is less bloated than Vista :-)



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:38 AM

Only because "Vista" was super bloated. If you skip "Vista" and go from Win3.1, Win95, Win98, Win98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP, Win7, what I said was true. 



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:20 AM

Admin note:  Can we stick to answering the questions/issues...raised by the OP...please?

 

Unless I've misread...the OP didn't ask for a debate re the various O/Ses available, past and present.

 

Thank you :).

 

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:02 AM

Firstly, run the windows 7 upgrade advisor to see if your pc can actually run Windows 7. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor

 

If it can run Windows 7 at a decent speed (you will need 2GB RAM to get decent performance) then I would go with that. If not, put XP on it, or you could try a lightweight linux variant, eg lubuntu. Bear in mind that come April 2014, any XP system will be vulnerable to exploits on web pages etc.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:15 AM

It could be time for a new PC if your current PC can't run Windows 7. Those advising the use of Linux should keep in mind that it's not really an option for the average user. 



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 02:02 PM

Support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014. If you're running this version after support ends, you won't get security updates for Windows.

Support is ending for Windows XP
Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8, 2014


An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information...

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