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Discussion in 'Software' started by pidgeon1, 31 Mar 2014.

  1. pidgeon1

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    We have a 7 year old Dell desk top with XP,
    As XP is now not being supported after april, would it be worth updating to windows 8 on this machine or replaceing with new desk top or laptop ?
     
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    If there's nothing wrong with your existing machine then stick with it. How many times in the past 7 years have you contacted MS for technical support.

    The main ramification from they no longer supporting it is that they will no longer bother you with "pointless" updates.

    XP was a pretty good operating system and Vista and its followers simply prove just how reasonably good it was.

    My old machine still chugs along quite happily on XP.
     
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    We had a info message from Windows pop up.

    Offering a upgrade to windows 8

    After the checks our machine coulds take this, would it be worth the money to upgrade or stick with XP ??

    Dell Dimension C521 only failed twice in the 7 years.


    Cheers
     
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    I would be very surprised if a 7 year old machine would run Win 8 all that well but I suppose it depends on what the spec of that machine was.

    Ok.. I just googled your machine... Geez it's only got a 3800 and a X1300 and ONE gig of RAM in it.

    UP to you if you want to Guinea Pig yourself, Your wallet etc.

    Personally I wouldn't bother.

    Run it till it dies and then stick a Linux distro (they're free) on it !
     
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    This what the machine has


    Dimension C521
    Service Tag
    Express Service Code -
    Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+
    Processor Speed 2.74 GHz
    Memory (RAM) 2048 MB
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Operating System Version 5.1.2600
     
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    My inclination, with a machine of that age and specification, would be to stick with XP. If you can get hold of a "used" Certificate of Authenticity for WIN7 (around £40 on e-bay) then that might be worth a punt, but £100 or thereabouts for WIN8, no chance!

    BTW, with only 2GB RAM, I would stick to a 32-bit version of the O/S. I only go 64-bit if the machine has over 3GB RAM. You may even find that the COA on e-bay may have come from a Dell PC!
     
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    There is nothing wrong with XP per say. The problem you will have is when a serious flaw is patched in Vista / Win7 / Win8.

    Hackers reverse engineer the fixes to find the exploit, then will see if it affects XP.

    Get a good AV product, as that will offer you some protection, but be more cautious if you do online banking for example.

    I'd suggest you ditch IE and switch to firefox / Chrome as IE is constantly being patched
     
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    I am now waiting for Windows 9

    Been told can't be long as W8 has its problems with company/ business not liked by them.
     
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    Rumor is 9 to be released in 2015, I was going to hang on but after reading up on the risks of continuing to use XP I bottled it and went for 8. Not intuitive by any stretch of the imagination and simple things like right clicking to print have gone, but the new pooter is a dream to use, boots up in less than a minute unlike my old one where you could boil the kettle while you waited :D
     
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    I hope that when Windows 9 does appear, it will be a big improvement on 8. My wife got a new laptop, so I've had the chance to try it, and I think it's cr@p.

    Mine uses Windows 7 which, again, was a big improvement on Vista. XP was good too but, of course, support is ending.

    What is it with Microsoft?

    XP - good
    Vista - bad
    7 - good
    8 - bad
    9 - ?
     
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    Thanks, JBR for reminding me. Funny how history repeats - and Micro$oft never seem to learn!

    DOS 3.3 GOOD
    DOS 4 Rubbish
    DOS 5 GOOD
    DOS 6.0 BAD
    DOS 6.2 GOOD

    We are talking here 1986/7 to 1994 approximately.
     
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    There used to be a rumour that the version number for Windoze NT X was the number of processors it would scale to.
     
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    Your PC is easily capable of running either Windows 8 or Windows 7.

    I would advice you to upgrade to Windows 7 (not:cool:.

    No advantages, really, to Win8 unless you have a touch-screen (which you don't), quite the reverse, if you don't - it's a bit of a ruddy nuisance.

    XP has always been my preferred OS but, since MS stopped their Service Upgrades, it is becoming a nightmare. More security holes in it than a Swiss-Cheese. And it is being attacked, accordingly, by the "Bad-Guys".

    I have a network of 6 PC's. 4 used to be XP (with one Win7 and one Win8 (but I always used XP for my work, the 7 and 8 machines being purely for investigative purposes, with regard to client problems) - (I'm a computer technician since 1982). Now, 4 on my network are Win7, one Win8 and only 1 WinXP (further, I will not allow the XP machine Internet access. Sad but true). To allow it Internet access would be like sending the British Tommy's over the trenches like a line of dominoes, as in WW1, to face the Hun's machine-gun nests.

    Replace your XP with Win7.......

    NOW!!!

    (otherwise you will just end up paying someone like me to sort it out for you and we are not cheap).

    Why do I offer this advice, which is counter to my interests?

    1) You are not in my jursidiction and there exists no "Brotherhood" of IT Technicians.

    2) If you are "normal", you will either ignore the advice or keep putting it off "until tomorrow" and end up in the mire, in any case.

    Do it.

    Hope that helps you. A Windows 7 upgrade is cheaper than a new PC (of your specifications. It's a good machine).

    I would agree with an earlier poster in that you should stick with the 32Bit version, due to your RAM (Win7 32Bit runs fine on 1Gb for most stuff so your 2Gb should be more than fine. If you are a serious Gamer, it's probably not enough....But if you were a serious Gamer, you would be advising me, not the other way around).

    Best intentions in my reply as I just received stellar advice from some guys in the Auto section and like this site with its pooled experiences aimed at helping out each other.

    If you need any further help, please ask.

    Best wishes.

    Jib. :)
     

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