Afraid I hardly understood a word of this! Not sure why unless it's my
increasing age and decreasing memory and undersanding.
On 06/04/2013 13:03, David Beakhust wrote:
Premature to compare 8 vs 7 as you have to bear in mind your computer
more than the main processor box.
How long the OS is supported for and availability of hardware drivers
are both issues you should check on. However well the computer can be
made to work in ways you like, if it won't drive the hardware it's a
brick. Mind You, Microsoft would say the hardware is a brick.
Visit your hardware supplier's websites for info on drivers, not
forgetting internal things like graphics card or anything plugged into a
Drivers for scanners and printers have notoriously short lives and even
on 7 I have to pretend my HP 7350 printer is a different model, and it
loses some functions (mostly ones that frequently failed to work -
perhaps HP knew something!). HP are reasonably helpful in identifying if
another driver will handle your product.
Scanners can be handled by Ed Hamrick's Vuescan. Even quite obsolete
ones. It seems to be actively supported.
Security updates for XP SP3 stop in 2014 and for earlier SPs already
have stopped, and Win 7 reaches the end of its first five years (full
support) in 2014 also (that really surprised me), but service packs
could change that. Security updates will continue to 2020.
Win 8 full support runs to 2018 and extended support to 2023.
I run Win7 Ultimate 64 bit on a fairly New PC; My brother recently
upgraded from XP to 7 (but avoided 8 for what I think were
He found that some programs (CAD software) need to run in XP
compatibility mode. With the higher versions of Win7 at least, you can
also install a full version of XP for those times when 7 does not play
nicely and compatibility mode is not the answer. This is AFAIK not
available in Win8. Somebody know if that is true or untrue?
If you don't like the "pad" style interface on Win 8 it can be changed
to look more like 7, but if I had 8 I would stick with the pads if I
could as I tend to have a cluttered desktop and I do have touchscreen
Probably worth visiting http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/
. from the latter,
select your windows version (XP, 7, 8). But first, look to your
peripherals and any software you rely on (Genealogy programs, databases,
mapping software, etc., especially anything not actively supported), to
see if it is compatible with Win8 (or 7, come to that).
Often as not, stuff built for XP will "just work" in 7.
Anything not compatible with 7 should be retired anyway, as it will
never migrate to 8 now.
On 06/04/2013 11:32, mwtre(a)aol.com wrote:
> I have been having increasing problems with my computer operating efficiently (or not
as is more often the case). As I am still using Windows XP, and this is no longer
supported by Microsoft, the man who sorts out my computer problems has advised that the
ultimate solution to my problems will be a new (& hopefully faster) computer. As all
of the new pcs now come with Windows 8, he has advised downgrading to Windows 7 - with
which he is more comfortable than the new design of Windows 8. Having been using XP for
so long (and never comfortable with the widely-disliked Windows system that followed it -
and which I have on a small laptop I never use), I presume I would be more comfortable
with the design of Windows 7. However, while the Mar 2013 Which reports that a "very
steep learning curve" is required for Windows 8, they also say is is "worth the
perserverance". Have any of the people on this list had experience with Windows 8?
Has anyone used both 7 & 8 - to have a !
> parative viewpoint? Spending a lot of time on my computer, but by no means an
expert, I would appreciate any advice or experience reports from the SOG members on this
list. Thanks in advance.
> Mary in London
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