WINDOWS 7

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WINDOWS 7

Post by Jimbo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:55 pm

There are still a few of us who are happy with Windows 7...
BUT
The word is out that next year we're on our own with no more support from "Uncle Bill"
Aside from that small detail and given the fact that I haven't experienced any real problems is there any other potential downside to keeping Windows 7? Frankly I
m a little old to start fooling around with new operating systems when what I have is giving me all that I need.
I'd have to think that any disaster would have taken place already.
Any comments?
Anyone?
Anyone?
Bueller?

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Still Linksing
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Re: WINDOWS 7

Post by Still Linksing » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:40 pm

Honestly imo, change to Win 10 when you have ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER CHOICE!
If you are only intending on changing operating systems and not buying a new computer (that needs Win 10), stick with Win 7.

Security updates, who cares, security updates are one of the most overrated topics on the internet.
You must look at reason regarding people insisting how important updates are. Compare against how many reports you have read from people who have said things like, "I turned off updates 6 months ago, forgot to turn them back on, now my PC has been attacked!"

I've NEVER yet read of one instance of a computer user suffering issues as say in the example above due to a lack of Windows security updates. Sure, it almost certainly has happened but the chances of it happening, well, you're probably more likely to get zapped by your PC when you push the power button due to bad wiring. haha

People still use Win XP today online, haven't had a security update in years. I'm yet to read of one XP user who has suffered a security problem. Windows updates are important to business or users not performing strictly legal activities, not the lone little computer user playing 2 decade old golf games and surfing some web pages. That's not who the bad guys are targeting.

Win 10 itself as an OS is fine as far as being friendly to use etc once you get used to the new layout of things. The issue with Win 10 is compatibility with old software now and in the future. It will constantly change, constantly evolve. Links 2003 on your Win 7 system will work until your PC itself no longer works. With Win 10, Links 2003 could stop working the very next Win 10 update.
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Re: WINDOWS 7

Post by Still Linksing » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:02 am

For anyone needing to purchase Win 10 or if you currently have say Win 10 Home and would like to go with Win 10 Pro, DO NOT buy Win 10 from stores.
Just Googling a local store, they want $308 AU ($209 US) for Win 10 Pro.

I got mine 100% legitimate for $5.29 AU ($3.62 US)

Hit Ebay! That's the place to go. Best to not spread such info around too much. The less people who know about eBay as an option (most don't or think eBay is a risk for such things) the longer you will get deals like this from eBay sellers before companies like MS find ways to shut them down. I mention this here because there will only be a handful of people reading this, not 500,000 potential people.

I know many here are on tight budgets, I am myself atm. For those thinking I just bought a reasonable PC, I didn't pay a cent for it, it was a gift so hope the info above helps out.
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Re: WINDOWS 7

Post by Still Linksing » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:26 am

Another good Win 10 option I didn't mention most don't know about.

You can download Win 10 from MS for free. Up to this point in time, you can fully activate Win 10 with an existing Win 7 serial key. You don't need to buy it, the Win 7 key will work. It's all totally legitimate.

The catch is, you can't upgrade Windows versions. If for example you have Win 7 Home, you can only install Win 10 Home. If you had say Win 7 Pro previously, then you could activate Win 10 Pro. You get what you had, you can't upgrade.

I had Win 7 Home on my last PC. I was going to just use the Win 7 key and get Win 10 Home. When I checked pricing on eBay for Win 10 Pro, it was just too cheap to pass up so I got Pro.

Jimbo, in your case you could always install Win 10 for free and go back to Win 7 at any time if you needed too at no cost. The same Win 7 key will work for both Win 7 and Win 10. Keep in mind, MS could change this at any time and prevent Win 7 keys from activating. I expect it won't change soon because MS are happy for people to still get Win 10 for free. They just want the entire world using it!

Any Win 10 Home users who have a Win 7 Pro key, you can get yourself Win 10 Pro if you like. :thumbup:
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Re: WINDOWS 7

Post by Jimbo » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:16 am

Thanks guys-I'm running WIN 7 with Office 10 and I guess I'll stay.
Life is too short-just remember to backup regularly.
Thanks again! :smile:

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Re: WINDOWS 7

Post by Danny D » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:47 am

I just hope MS doesn't pull the same crap with Win7 as they did with XP, such as disabling the activation function. Plus, if an upgrade in hardware is detected, it flags your OS as not being "genuine" and then deactivates it. I mentioned this in another thread recently. That's the exact situation I'm in with the machine I'm using now. I've used XP on it ever since I built it. Now I don't dare upgrade any of the hardware, such as video, CPU or RAM, because doing so will de-activate the XP installation, and then it can't be re-activated. (unless someone out there knows a crack to get around that). So I use swappable hard drives and switch back and forth between XP/32bit and Win7/64bit, as needed... I have a ton of XP programs, but XP limits the amount of usable RAM to just below 3GB, to where Win7 allows the usage of the full 8GB that's in the machine.

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Re: WINDOWS 7

Post by Still Linksing » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:47 am

Danny D wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:47 am
I just hope MS doesn't pull the same crap with Win7 as they did with XP, such as disabling the activation function. Plus, if an upgrade in hardware is detected, it flags your OS as not being "genuine" and then deactivates it. I mentioned this in another thread recently. That's the exact situation I'm in with the machine I'm using now. I've used XP on it ever since I built it. Now I don't dare upgrade any of the hardware, such as video, CPU or RAM, because doing so will de-activate the XP installation, and then it can't be re-activated. (unless someone out there knows a crack to get around that). So I use swappable hard drives and switch back and forth between XP/32bit and Win7/64bit, as needed... I have a ton of XP programs, but XP limits the amount of usable RAM to just below 3GB, to where Win7 allows the usage of the full 8GB that's in the machine.

Dan
There should be ways to get XP fully activated. I ran it on my VM on my old machine but it would only allow trial mode. After 30 days XP expired and you could no longer use it. I simply reset the trial with a few mouse clicks and got another 30 days. You could do this forever. I never looked into a permanent activation as I simply did not use the VM enough so it wasn't worth the fuss.

The same will likely occur with Win 7 one day but again, there will be ways around it.
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