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Windows 7: Still on XP ?!

08 Nov 2015   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Still on XP ?!

I was asked to look at a computer yesterday. The computer owner bought a new printer and couldn't insert the disk because the CD drive was stuck. I went there and realized that they are still using XP.

The computer no longer recognizes the optical drive so that's dead. I had my portable DVD drive with me and used that to load the printer drivers. I couldn't get the printer to work. I tried using the software to go online and see what the issue is but the browser is so outdated (IE 6.0) I kept getting errors and pages that wouldn't load properly. I just downloaded the newest driver on my computer (put it on a thumb drive) and might go back there today to try again. The printer does say it's compatible with XP.

Would it be a good idea to install 7 or get a new computer? I told the person that knows the computer owner not to do any personal/financial stuff because of the potential security holes.
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08 Nov 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Any computer still running x-p is pretty old
If not old look at the spec's and go from there on if it's 7 compatible/ ram.... ?
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08 Nov 2015   #3
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Just spoke to the person that knows the owner. He knows it's old and told me to look for a new one. They don't use it for much, it belongs to a Stoners club where they make/print flyers, type meeting notes, general browsing. I think it also has one security camera connected to it. I'll have to see if it does and it that software is compatible with the new computer before buying.
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08 Nov 2015   #4
GSWinMaster

Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
I was asked to look at a computer yesterday. The computer owner bought a new printer and couldn't insert the disk because the CD drive was stuck. I went there and realized that they are still using XP.

The computer no longer recognizes the optical drive so that's dead. I had my portable DVD drive with me and used that to load the printer drivers. I couldn't get the printer to work. I tried using the software to go online and see what the issue is but the browser is so outdated (IE 6.0) I kept getting errors and pages that wouldn't load properly. I just downloaded the newest driver on my computer (put it on a thumb drive) and might go back there today to try again. The printer does say it's compatible with XP.

Would it be a good idea to install 7 or get a new computer? I told the person that knows the computer owner not to do any personal/financial stuff because of the potential security holes.
Im running xp too.
btw: WERE ALL USA!


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08 Nov 2015   #5
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Found out it's not a security camera but there is a lock on the font door that requires a keycard. The computer is used to change the times people can enter the building. I'm waiting to see who the manufacturer is so I can see if the system is compatible with the version of Windows the new computer has.
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09 Nov 2015   #6
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

Might be easier to get IE8 from M$ and let the XP box find its own drivers. IE8 is a self extracting 16meg file so it goes on a stick easily.
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15 Nov 2015   #7
holt

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

^I didn't realize all those ins & outs, but I do still have an inactive WinXP Home OS on two 80GB backup HDs, and the reason I prefer my Win7 is b/c when WinXP gets a BSOD it does not recover and requires a backup HD clone recovery procedure, whereas Win7 -usually- recovers automatically.
Tnx for the ^info; good to know.
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17 Nov 2015   #8
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

The person bought a new computer with Windows 10 and I set it up over the weekend.
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04 Dec 2015   #9
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have a second PC running XP SP3. It's a 2007 Dell. SATA drive connectors, upgraded to the full 3GB of RAM that XP can use. I use it mainly for games that 7 can't handle well, since I seem better able to run DOS games on it(even with DOSbox, my 7 PC doesn't seem to like them as well), it can handle the 16-bit programs that 64-bit 7 can't run, and some other games have given me issues in 7. Firefox runs on it.

I'd wager though that if it's an early model PC from 2001-2004 it's probably no longer a useful machine, hardware or software.
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10 Dec 2015   #10
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Nope, XP is long gone here.

It was fun while it lasted.
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