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

26 Mar 2016   #71
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
What I probably end up doing is dual booting with windows 10 and unfortunately getting rid of windows 7
You could just run W7 in a VM on Linux.

I run a W10IP VM using VMware Player on Linux Mint.


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28 Mar 2016   #72
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
I would of said, disable the network connection in windows 7 use Xubuntu 16.04 LTS but some issues have or will be a problem. Google Chrome no longer supports 32 bit in Linux. In 2017 adobe flash will not be supported on Linux at all regardless of architecture. Which means you might have trouble watching protected content in Linux unless something new pops up. When I was testing a daily build of Xubuntu 64 bit, I couldn't get the EPSON printer working with the deb file, hopefully this will be fixed by release time.

What I probably end up doing is dual booting with windows 10 and unfortunately getting rid of windows 7
I was going to say, using Google Chrome gives you Flash in Linux - I didn't know it wasn't being supported in 32 bit any more. They had better get writing their own flash program or something.
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28 Mar 2016   #73
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Why html5 is getting more of a reality.
Most browsers give stern warnings to activate flash player
Only Microsoft has embraced flash player I kind of wondering if Microsoft plans on buying it from Adobe
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28 Mar 2016   #74
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hazel123 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
I would of said, disable the network connection in windows 7 use Xubuntu 16.04 LTS but some issues have or will be a problem. Google Chrome no longer supports 32 bit in Linux. In 2017 adobe flash will not be supported on Linux at all regardless of architecture. Which means you might have trouble watching protected content in Linux unless something new pops up. When I was testing a daily build of Xubuntu 64 bit, I couldn't get the EPSON printer working with the deb file, hopefully this will be fixed by release time.

What I probably end up doing is dual booting with windows 10 and unfortunately getting rid of windows 7
I was going to say, using Google Chrome gives you Flash in Linux - I didn't know it wasn't being supported in 32 bit any more. They had better get writing their own flash program or something.
I use 64 bit system anyways but I do test out 32 bit system at times. They actually have replacements but they are in early development. Even if it worked, it still might not work in Firefox due to the new add-on signage requirement. When adobe flash support ends on Linux, it will take awhile before sites refuse to play on systems that have the old flash installed.

I would put the retail version of windows 7 in VM and use Linux as my main system but I couldn't get windows 7 sp1 activated in Virtual Machine. I will probably end up biting the bullet and upgrading to windows 10. My system already has digital entitlement.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Why html5 is getting more of a reality.
Most browsers give stern warnings to activate flash player
Only Microsoft has embraced flash player I kind of wondering if Microsoft plans on buying it from Adobe

Microsoft buying flash

Comcast, Hulu, IMDB needs to get updated to html5. Note, IMDB free movie are not all flash based.
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18 Jun 2016   #75
colt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I'm going to Ubuntu (Linux) with a Windows 7 virtual machine (already using this setup on my secondary computer). I'll pass on MS telemetry in Windows 10 and their heavy handedness in general.

I think Windows market share (as the main OS; lots will use it for a virtual machine) is in for a serious and extended decline, and lots of people will have moved on to something else by 2020 - Mac, Linux, Chrome and whatever else sprouts up. And that means lots of developers will write for other operating systems.

By 2020, I'm hoping most of the apps I use will have been ported over to Linux or have good alternatives, and at that point, I can eliminate even the Windows virtual machine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hazel123 View Post
They may annoy a lot of people and lose some respect but they've got us over a barrel really! What alternative is there but to get the next version of Windows :-) They know that some people can't afford Macs and don't understand Linux. But it would be nice if they could 'sell' Windows 10 rather than push it.
Linux has come a long way. I looked and passed on it a decade ago. I revisited recently and now run Ubuntu and love it. And with the free virtualization software, it's inexpensive and easy to run a Windows virtual machine for those Windows-only apps that you need.
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22 Jun 2016   #76
genetics73

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hazel123 View Post
My gut feeling was to get an Apple Mac, even though I'm not keen on them - but they're too expensive for us lol. I already use Linux on another computer but like to have Windows as well. I like that Windows 10 seems to have made laptops more popular again (rather than everyone going tablet crazy), but I don't like the uncertainty over user control and all the advertising thingies.
My advice, and it's just that, is to get a Linux distribution. Almost every version of Linux is now capable of reading, writing and using Windows programs of all kinds. The LibreOffice suite of programs is fully compatible with Microsoft Office; the browsers and the mail programs also are fully compatible. The only exception seems to be that of games - there, Windows is still incompatible.

I have 3 different Linux distros (basic and advanced) installed on my machine, alongside Windows. My preferred Linux is PCLinuxOS, which comes in various flavors. It is quite Windows-like, and if you want to use it on a laptop, an LXDE or XFCE version should be suitable.
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22 Jun 2016   #77
FerchogtX

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by genetics73 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hazel123 View Post
My gut feeling was to get an Apple Mac, even though I'm not keen on them - but they're too expensive for us lol. I already use Linux on another computer but like to have Windows as well. I like that Windows 10 seems to have made laptops more popular again (rather than everyone going tablet crazy), but I don't like the uncertainty over user control and all the advertising thingies.
My advice, and it's just that, is to get a Linux distribution. Almost every version of Linux is now capable of reading, writing and using Windows programs of all kinds. The LibreOffice suite of programs is fully compatible with Microsoft Office; the browsers and the mail programs also are fully compatible. The only exception seems to be that of games - there, Windows is still incompatible.

I have 3 different Linux distros (basic and advanced) installed on my machine, alongside Windows. My preferred Linux is PCLinuxOS, which comes in various flavors. It is quite Windows-like, and if you want to use it on a laptop, an LXDE or XFCE version should be suitable.
I agree, getting a Linux will become a must...

I've been using Linux Mint KDE, no regrets here. I know what to do when Windows 7 support finally ends...
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22 Jun 2016   #78
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I`m gonna have a party
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22 Jun 2016   #79
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I`m gonna have a party
Me too because when Windows 7 ends, I'll be 86 and if I am still around I will be happy to install a new operating system.
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22 Jun 2016   #80
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I have already transitioned from sonar to reaper (music creation software). I'm currently running Ubuntu, but will return to Zorin when their next LTS comes out. The fact that reaper is working on a Linux version was part of my rationale. In fact, it's already in pre-release. Their software developer is tops. Reaper will definitely be running flawlessly on linux long before Windows dies it ignominious death.
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