- What PC Operating System?
I need to replace the XP64 OS on my Dell laptop as there’re just too many things it can’t do, like run newer Flash versions, connect to my wireless printer etc
So, do I go to Windows 7, or consider Ubuntu, which is something I’ve only ever heard of and haven’t a clue what it is.
Laptop gets used for occasional web-browsing and office type stuff, but mainly for using Autocad, Inventor and Memory Map.
Incidentally, the XP64 may be a little, ahem, warm as it was installed for me by friendly IT guy as it originally came with Vista Basic, which I didn’t fancy. Any issues with an upgrade? I think I need to do a full clean install anyway.Posted 5 years agocpSubscriber
Stick with Windows. The fact you don’t really know much about linux suggests you should really be going down the windows route. And the fact you need to run AutoCAD and memory map ties you to windows.
Getting ubuntu to talk with wireless printers could be interesting as well.
Just get an upgrade to windows 7. Google ‘windows 7 double install’ to see how it works as an upgrade but doing a clean install….Posted 5 years ago
As I’m getting fed up with waggling the cooling fins on the graphics card to make it go again, my faithful old PC may finally have reached the end of its life. Most of the replacements I’m looking at have Windows 8. Could someone who’s used it for more than a few minutes give a run down on why it’s horrible without a touchscreen.Posted 5 years ago
It’s not just the touchscreen thing, the way you have to dig around to do simple things like shutdown, the way the start screen seems to be a separate entity to the desktop, the lack of a start menu, there are lots and lots of little iratating things.
I think they have just tried to be fashionable in creating a new IOS type interface, but its change for the sake of change, the desktop is very much a matter of form created by functionality. The requirements for usage of a desktop haven’t changed and windows 8 just doesn’t fit right.
Hopefully MS will come to their senses and offer the metro interface as an option rather than a requirement.Posted 5 years ago
Edukator. I don’t think it’s horrible without a touch screen. For me, it works with the mouse to the corners, and there’s an awful lot you can do by just starting typing – stuff appears as you type.
Or, just try these instructions to make it look like W7
I’d always recommend going for the latest version of Windows. Aside from UI changes they also incrementally improve and streamline the underlying OS, which is always worth it imo.Posted 5 years ago
It is 30 euros for the pro version to download from Microsoft at the moment, plus a free media center upgrade license is available. So its not a massive loss to backup you current system and upgrade just to try it out.
I think most drivers will be compatible, again if you go to the offer page on microsoft you can run a compatibility test before purchasing.Posted 5 years ago
Umm.. I dunno if the drivers themselves will work (they might – Vista drivers usually worked with 7), but for most things I would expect there to be new drivers for W8 included with it.
I would say be open minded though and give 8 a try. It may be different, but don’t let the small niggles put you off ocmpletely. There is good stuff in there; and MS UI people do know what they are doing, so even if it seems weird at first there’s (usually) a well thought out set of ideas behind it.Posted 5 years ago
There is good stuff in there; and MS UI people do know what they are doing, so even if it seems weird at first there’s (usually) a well thought out set of ideas behind it.
I think they have got it wrong this time, and I am usually quite a fan of Microsoft stuff. I think they will have problems persuading corporate customers to adopt with the metro interface.Posted 5 years ago
It is 30 euros for the pro version to download from Microsoft at the moment.
Only for an upgrade, and if as the OP says his XP is a little dubious the upgrade may not work so he’ll have to pay full whack. Even so, going to Win 7 would be a bit perverse given that Win8 has several improvements under the GUI, and as others have pointed out you can always remove “metro” if you don’t like new things and put it back again if it becomes the norm. In practice although I was a hater at first I’ve found it only takes a couple of days to get used to it after which the old ways seem a bit clunky.Posted 5 years agoleffeboySubscriber
Windows 8. Could someone who’s used it for more than a few minutes give a run down on why it’s horrible without a touchscreen
Windows 8 is fine, you just need to change the way you work a little. Key to making it working is putting the things you need often on the start screen. After that you just need to press the Windows key to flip between the start screen and your regular ‘desktop’. If you need to search for something press the windows key and start typing. If you want to bring up the ‘charm bar’ on the right you can either mess around dragging your mouse up to the top right hand side or press Win-C.
It will make you swear a little to begin with but it isn’t all badPosted 5 years ago
if you’ve still got the Vista basic it came with
I doubt it. 🙁 i bought the laptop as a full refurb from an online shop on ebay. Had Visat installed, but no backup disk. When I got XP put over the top, I’ll have effectivly lost it.
ah well, found somewhere selling 8 for £68, which isn’t too bad considering.Posted 5 years ago
Well, it’s not really (just) a client for The Service Formerly Known As Hotmail, it’s a general email client. Works just as well for Gmail or anything else. It’s the successor to Outlook Express (or if you’re old, Internet Mail and News). The naming systems are confusing, though.Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Our desktop is an old Dell Optiplex, running XP with 3g P4 chip & 1gb Ram. I’ve just ordered 4gb ram to go in. I know its not going to set the world alight, but do you chaps with a bit of knowledge think it will be ok with W8 ? It’s only doing web browsing, kids homework etc. (I’ve a Precision 6600 i7 laptop for work.)Posted 5 years ago
The £25 upgrade seems good value…
Also, will it work ok on a “normal” screen…all the screenshots show a “wide” screen.
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