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Author Topic: 10 things you should know about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7  (Read 6290 times)
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3catkidneyfailure
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« on: September 14, 2009, 10:17:05 AM »

10 things you should know about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=1000
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 11:24:15 AM »

Windows 7 release date: October 22, 2009

Windows 7 upgrade advisor by Microsoft:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx

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catmom5
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 01:01:08 PM »

okay, stupid question from a technologically impaired person -
do i have to change to windows 7? can't i just keep xp? Huh
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2009, 01:41:02 PM »

XP will be supported by Microsoft until 2014. So yes, you can keep it. Practically speaking,
XP will be able to do less and less online, as web sites update to Windows 7. Other devices,
phones, TV tuners, bluetooth, wireless, cameras, iPods will no longer be compatible. Planned obsolesence
I believe is the term.

Your Windows XP programs will be good as long as you have XP device in working order, maybe not online,
but to use at home.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/
Welcome to Windows 7

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pc-scout/laptop-set-criteria.aspx?mode=landing
Windows PC Scout
(helps you figure out which laptop to pick. Right now set up for Vista only. Not Windows 7 yet.)

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009, 01:48:39 PM »

catmom5,
     As far as I know, one never has to change operating systems if they don't want to.  There are still people running Windows 98SE and 2000, albeit without support and updates from Microsoft.  I don't think there is any plan for Microsoft to stop supporting XP or stop issuing updates any time in the near future.  If anyone else has different information, I hope they will weigh in.  Windows 7 is just an updated operating system that I really think has been developed because Vista was such a flop and riddled with problems.  I never updated from XP to Vista, and I doubt that I will update to Windows 7 in the near future.  Until there is a danger from running an operating system because of there being no security updates, which makes one's computer vulnerable to to damage from viruses, hackers, etc., I don't see a reason for change at this time.  I think it is a personal decision to change or not.


ETA:  Thanks 3cat. We were posting at the same time!        
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2009, 03:01:58 PM »

I also have no plans to change in near future, I am running bootcamp on my Mac and have Win XP for just in case. It was a pain to install it, my computer is much slower when running under XP and it is actually faster to use Crossover and run PC programs under Mac OS, so I haven't rebooted under XP for quite some time. I would have to be throughly convinced that new operating system is better to change, especially after a mess with Vista, and problems for any specialized software, control of the lab instruments, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2009, 03:02:49 PM »

okay, stupid question from a technologically impaired person -
do i have to change to windows 7? can't i just keep xp? Huh

I was a tech boom professional (90's) . . . now that am no longer a tech boom professional (exited the "biz" in May 2002) . .
. . . I personally will stick with XP . . . I have no desire to keep up with the geek's, to have the latest and greatest,  nor do I need a "new engine" since mine is running fine, well maintained, low mileage, well oiled.

 Grin . . . The fact is some people want (got to have it) the latest and greatest some need it to remain current with the new stuff that's okay but my suggestion is "save your dough" and ignore the "Buzz Factor".

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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2009, 03:08:24 PM »

Sometimes, when one operating system becomes so outdated that its usefulness is in doubt, it may just be easier to buy a whole new computer system rather than upgrade to a 'bigger, better operating system'! In my experience, the older computer was also seriously outdated by that time too.

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2009, 03:18:27 PM »

Sometimes, when one operating system becomes so outdated that its usefulness is in doubt, it may just be easier to buy a whole new computer system rather than upgrade to a 'bigger, better operating system'! In my experience, the older computer was also seriously outdated by that time too.

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There you go very true and most people should just learn some basics to keep their OS-computer running smooth. A firewall and anti virus program, know how to defrag, clear your cache,  know what not to click on and what attachments to stay away from you do these basics and your fine.  Add memory if you want more pep and speed and your machine will last a long time. Use a faster browser Firefox is a good start.

One of the big problems is not so much the machines but bloated software and the tons of stuff web sites are loading up into your temp and cache what have you devouring your system resources.

Ad's, pop ups, etc. Arggggggh!
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2009, 03:34:27 PM »

My laptop self limits at 2GB of RAM [which it has installed running XP Pro SP3] I'm already running into problems keeping up with
Adobe 9 and Adobe Air. I can't increase my RAM laptop slots, can I, Steve? ty
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2009, 03:59:46 PM »

My laptop self limits at 2GB of RAM [which it has installed running XP Pro SP3] I'm already running into problems keeping up with
Adobe 9 and Adobe Air. I can't increase my RAM laptop slots, can I, Steve? ty

LOL if you know a genius geek it might be possible. Otherwise a new motherboard would be the one option but I've totally lost track of what the latest hot stuff is and whats available in the way of upgrade slots, etc, etc.  My only advise would be when using any heavy duty programs is to run them only with a minimum of other programs running. In that case though you need to now what your doing and what and how to disable programs and other resources.  The basic fix would be to just run Adobe and forget running anything else multitasking etc.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2009, 05:16:34 PM »

I'm already running into problems keeping up with
Adobe 9 and Adobe Air.

I'm curious now so I have been looking around there is apparently memory leak issues with Adobe Air.  This is also a fairly new platform with the initial release on February 25, 2008 and supposedly the stable release 45 days ago.   Roll Eyes

Just remember these developers will always try to convince you it's your computer and not their software that's causing problems.  Cheesy

Computer hardware and software has become so complex it's impossible not to have problems.

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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2009, 05:32:29 PM »

Blank stare..... Shocked Grin  You guys have my deepest admiration when it comes to all this stuff.
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2009, 05:34:18 PM »

I just finished reading the article at the link in the first post - uh huh - my advise is WAIT until enough geeks out there do the upgrade and report to forums and such about any problems they are having with Whine-doe's 7 [not a typo]   Grin .  I remember all too well the hype just before the release of 'wonderful, super great Vista' ! After it was installed - all H@@@ broke lose on their computers - they were wanting to return to the good ole days of XP!

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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2009, 06:10:29 PM »

Thanks for advice. I do know an MIT geek. But the processor here is AMD Turion single core, 1.8 in speed. So I think rather than
investing, for about $900, plus memory upgrades, of course, I'll be looking at Win 7 soon. Want compatible phone and wireless laptop
and dual core (or quad core in my dreams) and dedicated gaming  VRam card, none of which I got in 2006.

Anyway, Windows PC Scout link is not too bad for pointing at new computers.
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