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Old 08-15-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: New York, NY, USA
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has downloaded, ran for 45 minutes, and the only information I received was to search online for a program that I can use to view website content. I did that, but could not find a specific program for that, even on forums that is geared for people that know little about computers.

It was suggested by Windows Live One Care Safety Scanner that I need to upgrade my pc. I assume it means Windows 7................So how a computer neonate gets this information? thank you,
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:02 PM
 
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What is your goal? "Upgrade your computer" could mean a bunch of different things. Windows Live One Care is obsolete, dead, and buried so I wouldn't take anything it says too seriously. I've installed Windows 7 on a few XP and Vista PCs and generally had easy success. The biggest hurdle is always drivers and Win7 has so many built in that I have to spend little time tracking them down. But as always, you'd want to reformat the hard drive before upgrading for best results. If you really need or want Win7, I suggest having a local shop do it for you given your skill level.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I have run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor several times on different computers. It looks at your current computer's hardware and software to identify how compatible your system is with Windows 7.

It generally has taken 5-10 minutes to run, not 45 minutes. And it downloads very quickly.

It produces a report that identifies which hardware and software programs are good to go and which ones might need updates for Win7. I think the report is simply a web page - so it should automatically start Internet Explorer to read the results.

Microsoft OneCare was a decent product. I used it for two years. But it is discontinued and Microsoft has been very diligent sending notices that it is going away. I would uninstall it and install the free Microsoft Security Essentials.
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