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Windows 7: What will you do when Windows 7 ends?

20 Mar 2016   #31
Emmar

W 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks LF for your reply. I heard more positive comments here about desktops versus laptops, than I have heard anywhere and I agree. I would really hate to have to rely only on a laptop.


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20 Mar 2016   #32
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Emmar View Post
Thanks LF for your reply. I heard more positive comments here about desktops versus laptops, than I have heard anywhere and I agree. I would really hate to have to rely only on a laptop.
I agree about having to rely only on a laptop, even if only because I'm spoiled by having three 24" monitors.

While I much prefer a laptop (actually, what I have are little 15" notebooks) over a tablet, I still much prefer a desktop over a laptop. I only use my notebooks (one at a time, the other two are spares I bought while I could still get them at a good price with Win 7 installed on them) when travelling or, very occasionally, if my desktop rig is down for maintenance or mods.

This isn't intended to put down tablets and laptops. They do have their uses and accomplish those uses very well. Many people have tablets, laptops, and desktops; some have only one or two of the three. It all depends on each person's own needs and preferences. Many people also use their smartphones to replace computers, often having the smartphone only.
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20 Mar 2016   #33
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

For my 4 PC builds running Windows 7 I'll worry about the OS upgrade ~2019. One PC is a mothballed Core 2 kept as an emergency backup. The Core 2 probably wouldn't even run Windows 10 or a VM so it will keep Windows 7 and maybe dual boot a linux for internet. If I need to build another PC it will be the most current MS OS - Windows 10 at the moment.
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20 Mar 2016   #34
sgage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If this 2008-era rig is still running in 2020, I will be delighted! It runs Windows 7 to perfection. To be honest though, it runs Windows 10 perfectly well, too, though I don't much care for it on many levels. But I can live with it.

But as long as this rig keeps running, it will have Windows 7. After that, we'll see. I'm also very comfortable with Linux... I'm not stressing, one way or the other...
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20 Mar 2016   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Emmar View Post
Thanks LF for your reply. I heard more positive comments here about desktops versus laptops, than I have heard anywhere and I agree. I would really hate to have to rely only on a laptop.
I think it depends on the person. I am a desktop guy. I need a big monitor because of my poor eyesight.

My wife is a laptop person. All she ever uses is one of our laptops. I quasi never touch those because the 15" screen is just too small. I do use my 7" tablet though - especially for navigation. But for that I use special glasses.
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20 Mar 2016   #36
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Personally, I love my desktop, but I left it for my mom, and she's quite happy with it... she loves W7. Now I use my laptop, almost... aaaaalmost as powerful as my desktop, does the job quite well, I can carry my Wacom with it and I can move it anywhere in the house I want or need. That's why I became a laptop guy... yeah, diffucult to open and clean, but patience is the key :P

If I ever replace this laptop, it will be with another one, laptops have the best of two worlds nowadays: mobility and power...
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21 Mar 2016   #37
Emmar

W 7 Home Premium
 
 

I bought my Acer convertible, a laptop to tablet because it is so adjustable, it's great for my eyes. I can pull the monitor part toward me and I don't need my computer glasses.
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21 Mar 2016   #38
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Emmar View Post
I bought my Acer convertible, a laptop to tablet because it is so adjustable, it's great for my eyes. I can pull the monitor part toward me and I don't need my computer glasses.
We all do what we have to. I'm far sighted (presbyopia) so there is no way I can do without glasses. I wear prescription trifocals most of the time (and love them much more than the progressives: I hated them the two weeks I tried them) but find it's easier on my neck if I use a pair of drugstore readers when at the computer (I don't have to twist my neck to get the correct lense on my trifocals into play). When I'm laying in bed watching the TV (or reading a book off the TV screen), I have the same problem so I have another pair of cheaters readers I keep on the night stand by my bed for use when watching TV.

Still, I'm spoiled rotten by having three fairly large monitors. It's so convenient to have multiple windows open at once without any of them obstructing the view of anything else.
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21 Mar 2016   #39
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

I hate tablets - I know they are very popular, but I also like a keyboard. I used to like netbooks, then they stopped making them. Now people are buying tablets and attaching keyboards to them. What do you get? An expensive heavy netbook that's top heavy ha ha. Ok they are touch screen - I'm not keen on that either. We did get our son an ipod touch (couldn't afford an ipad) for Christmas after he pestered a lot and because they use ipads in school and he's been a nightmare recently - we have to keep banning it. He has a nice little windows 7 laptop that he was much better with and actually did other things as well as playing games, like learning to type.

TBH the issues with Windows updates are nothing compared to the issues of 'in-app purchase' ads and video ads in childrens games. Scary.

Problem is - some people - like us - have only been using Windows 7 for a couple of years after leaving it till the last minute to upgrade from XP. I loved XP - it was simple. I grieved and grieved! But we liked Windows 7 and were happy with it. Windows 10 is probably ok and will probably have to be our next upgrade - but once it goes into the realm of apps and adverts and flashy things - ugh. My other half has only just worked out how to empy the recycle bin on Windows 7 It would be a nightmare if he had Windows 10 - I think he'd just give up having a laptop and get me to do everything on his email lol. His XP laptop had 4 years of stuff in the recycle bin! He just likes to check his email, google the odd thing and look on ebay. So I might just put Linux on his if Windows 7 stops being supported (we're not confident enough to use it after support stops). I'm the techie in the family - he likes to use them and I fix them ha ha. (With assistance from this forum often).

I think Ios would be good for us, on that basis - but the idea of spending that much money on a computer is out of the question. We like value for money - and that means something affordable, and nice to use. I think I could probably set Windows 10 up to work how I want it (ie keep it simple). I've only tried it for a short time after accepting the upgrade on my laptop - which didn't work well and had to reinstall.

I agree that Windows 7 might be seeming a bit tired in comparison to the newer ventures - but it does the basics in the background and allows you to run the programs you want, so it doesn't need to be flashy really. The first thing that put me off with Windows 10 was the app centre and all the X-box options for apps - it's bad enough having to tell a child we are not getting an x-box.
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21 Mar 2016   #40
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I've cut back on hardware recently, Current count is

2 Desktops
1 Laptop
1 netbook
2 tablets
3 android phones (2 are spare but usable)
My Media centre in the car is wireless, controlled from my phone and reads texts and such
My TV's are smart TV and can accept content from any of my devices

My phone and Tablets run Tapatalk so I am always on-line at all the DM sites

but as this is my profession I suppose this is to be expected
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