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Old 02-11-2014, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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What should I do?

Thanks for any thoughts.
Why not buy a new laptop with W7?

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Old 02-11-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I would if I had to. But I don't like the idea of throwing away a piece of equipment every 6 years--not only 'cause I'm frugal but also because of the environmental waste involved. If there were a computer I could buy whose manufacturer would guarantee functionality/durability for 15 years, and it cost $2000, I would buy it. A lot of things used to be just like that--TVs, cars, stereos, kitchen appliances.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Upgrading from XP to Windows 7 is a real PitA!!! It is not really an upgrade.
Read this: Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows


IMHO, You're better off keeping you old laptop with XP and buying a new laptop with win 8.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Upgrading from XP to Windows 7 is a real PitA!!! It is not really an upgrade.
Read this: Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows


IMHO, You're better off keeping you old laptop with XP and buying a new laptop with win 8.
The hardest part is gathering drivers* for an older system. The rest is easy.

* if there are no Win 7 drivers then Vista drivers should work.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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The hardest part is gathering drivers* for an older system. The rest is easy.

* if there are no Win 7 drivers then Vista drivers should work.
True.
The real problem in my poor little mind is that the "upgrade" is more of a chop job.
Bottom line, to install Win 7, you have to format the hard drive, and you must re-install any application/programs you were running.

That stretches the definition of "upgrade" to the extreme.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I would if I had to. But I don't like the idea of throwing away a piece of equipment every 6 years--not only 'cause I'm frugal but also because of the environmental waste involved. If there were a computer I could buy whose manufacturer would guarantee functionality/durability for 15 years, and it cost $2000, I would buy it. A lot of things used to be just like that--TVs, cars, stereos, kitchen appliances.
good luck on the functionality desire


I remember my computer from 9 years ago. It cost $900. Midlevel XP machine. My 1Phone 5 has twice the RAM and a processor that is four times as powerful than that old computer. That old computer was barely adequate when it died two years ago.

I replaced it with a custom built desktop from HP for $500 (I chose wisely-i core 3 processor, 6 megs of RAM, did not get stuff I didn't want). Yowzer! Like night and day in performance. Part of the issues you face with an old machine is the don't run modern programs very well. My old machine didn't have enough RAM to run W7, for example.

So why not donate your old computer to the local thrift shop (after wiping the HD)?
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:20 PM
 
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Or, if the laptop is still in good shape and you were able to find the critical device drivers for Windows 7 (chipset, video, sound and network card), then:

- You could buy a new much larger hd
- Create a virtual copy of your existing XP image using the free Disk2VHD
- Install Windows 7 on the new blank drive
- Create a separate folder at the root of C drive (preferably) or a totally separate partition (D)
- Copy over the XP.vhd image created on the old hard drive into either location mentioned above
- Run BCDedit with Admin access, first backup the existing boot file:
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md C:\SavedBCD & bcdedit /export C:\SavedBCD\savedbcd
Above will create a new folder on the root of C drive called SavedBCD and store a copy of the existing file in there so if needed it can be stored using:
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bcdedit /import c:\SavedBCD\savedbcd
- Afterwards, edit it to reflect the changes needed (copy the boot identifier name and VHD's path so it shows up during boot up and can be booted in to.

But above steps are definitely not for the computer novice and even for experienced people could be a bit tedious.

Easier way would be to use the free version of EasyBCD!

Now you got a dual-boot system with XP (with all your apps) running on a newer, faster hard drive and Windows 7!
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I would if I had to. But I don't like the idea of throwing away a piece of equipment every 6 years--not only 'cause I'm frugal but also because of the environmental waste involved. If there were a computer I could buy whose manufacturer would guarantee functionality/durability for 15 years, and it cost $2000, I would buy it. A lot of things used to be just like that--TVs, cars, stereos, kitchen appliances.
We'll be frugal. IMO you should just use your old laptop till it dies. Why spend $200 plus and a boatload of hassle to upgrade a machine that's worth maybe $50? And might last another nine months?

A classic case of being penny wise and pound foolish.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:46 AM
 
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It's still running?

Don't worry; be happy!!

In addition to my anti-virus pgm, I also have free Malwarebytes installed and scan periodically.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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You'd be ok as long as Avast keeps updating its dbase for XP viruses. It's not typical that an application would support an end-of-lifed OS, though.
Most browsers and AV continued to support Win 98 SE for several years after MS support ended. I would imagine XP would get more time than that given how large it's market share is.
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