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#1 Mameigwess

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:55 PM

Because I want to still be able to go on the internet with my desktop it looks like I'm going to install Windows 7 Pro over XP.  I'm wondering if it would be safe to use XP Mode if I don't use XP Mode to go on the internet?

 

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:36 PM

Hello :)

 

Please read here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

 

That will help you understand what xp mode is. Most software works fine in windows 7 that used to work in xp. Windows 7 is similar enough to xp that you shouldn't have much of a learning curve when you first start using windows 7. Honestly windows xp mode isn't necessary. 


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:45 PM

I'm more worried about my hardware such as my wired printer.  Upgrade Advisor says it doesn't have "compatibility information about this device".  I've heard that a lot of times Windows 7 doesn't have the proper drivers for older equipment.   I assume they would work in XP Mode.

 

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:51 PM

What printer do you have? I might be able to find you the drivers for windows 7. :) I do not think they would work in this way (using xp mode).


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:28 AM

Actually a printer will work in XP mode. Some hardware will work in XP mode but not in compatibility mode. I got a goofy wifi printer that has a windows 7 logo on it saying it works with Win7, but it doesn't the software to it is bugged beyond belief and there is no way to align the heads properly. It was a Lexmark printer. I went rounds with them and proving to them that their software was bugged even the latest greatest release was still bugged. It was easier to just shoo me away, end the life of the machine, kill the support and ignore everyone. That's Lexmark for ya. The printer works beautifully like it should in XP mode or shared from an actual XP machine to the Win 7. Crazy. So that goes to show you that just because there is a logo or seal of pass approval doesn't mean it works lol. They throw stuff out the door so fast they haven't got a clue what they are doing half the time.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:13 AM

What printer do you have? I might be able to find you the drivers for windows 7. :) I do not think they would work in this way (using xp mode).

I have a HP 952C printer.  I also have other hardware, such as an Epson 4180 scanner, that the Advisor said the same thing about or said nothing at all.

 

Back to my original post.  If I'm in XP and I don't open a browser but the computer is still "hooked up" to my internet provider, am I safe?

 

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:43 PM

No because the Internet is not the only method by which malware is placed on a system...it's just the most prolific and easiest method.

 

http://www.combofix.org/how-malware-attacks-and-spreads-in-your-computer.php

 

Note:  File-sharing still takes place on a person-to-person basis...it's not just accomplished via the Internet.

 

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