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Windows 7: Still on Windows XP? Here’s Some Bad Advice

30 Mar 2014   #11
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

I think any advice that isn't "W7" or "W8.1" is bad advice for people needing the PC to work.

People that are capable of using Linux probably (or hopefully) don't take advice from such a website. People that use Macs don't really do serious work, and just spend a lot of money....


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30 Mar 2014   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No idea where you got that from. I sometimes run all day from my Linux in the virtual partition or my Linux from the stick. There is really nothing I cannot do.
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30 Mar 2014   #13
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I have been running all day with Linux Mint Mate from my USB Flash drive. If I wanted to stay on XP, that's what I would use for all internet work. You can create it with 3 clicks and easily set it up with the help of my tutorial.

There are a few advantages with that approach over e.g. a virtual system:

1. It is very fast, especially for the internet.

2. It uses your whole system and you need not share the RAM between the host and virtual systems. That makes it especially suitable for older modest PCs.

3. It is safe. Few pieces of malware exist for Linux Mint. But I still make images of my stick - just in case.

4. You can access all files of the XP system, So if you need to refer to something, that's easy to do.

I think this is a win/win for the XP users. All it costs is $7 plus change for a 16GB USB flash drive (16GB recommended).

I think I am going to make a tutorial for those guys.
Hi there
It's often MORE than just accessing the XP files -- there are some programs you might need that NEED an XP system to run -- for example I have some VINYL cutting hard and software that needs XP to run.

A Virtual system is actually the best way (under Linux Mate - or any other suitable distro). If you switch to UNITY mode you get all the XP items on your Linux desktop screens so you don't have to keep switching into the VM and out of it again. (Unity mode also works in the LATEST release of VMware player BTW).

I run the whole kybosh from an SSD -- I've got around 15 GB dedicated to the Linux system (single partition) and the rest of the SSD as an NTFS Windows partition which Linux cam access easily. My VM's are on the SSD too -- the response time is actually FASTER than the normal Windows 8 system booted from a typical laptops HDD.

Connect the SSD to the computer via SATA==>USB2/3 adapter or e-sata external connector if you have to.

(Storing the VM's on an SSD NTFS partition means I can also if I need to access the VM's from a WINDOWS Host).

Cheers
jimbo
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30 Mar 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have 6 VMware partitions on an eSata connected 240GB SSD. Those are 5 Linux and one 8.1. I run them from the Windows 7 host. On my 3 Linux sticks I was only able to install VMware Player on 1 stick. On the other two it would not install (although on of them is an image of the first stick). I have no idea why that did not work on the two other sticks. I (think) I used the exact same procedure which is this:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

Now download VMware Player from:

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/6_0|PLAYER-600-A|product_downloads

cd /home/mint/Downloads
gksudo bash ./VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.x86_64.bundle

If you have better commands, please let me know. I would like to get it on my 120GB stick because there I have a second 115GB partition on which I could even move the Windows 8 virtual partition. That folder needs about 42GBs. I also have Zorin and some other Mint distros. I guess I am a Mint guy.

PS: This post was sent from my 120GB Mint Mate stick.
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30 Mar 2014   #15
MrWhoopee

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64
 
 

I am regularly converting my XP users from IE 8 to Chrome, mostly due to page load or responsiveness problems. I recently serviced an XP machine for a new client which still had IE 6. The owner is on AOL dial-up (!) and, as far as I could tell, the system had not been updated since new (2003?). She had just fallen victim to the Cryptorbit virus. You can just never tell.
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30 Mar 2014   #16
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
I think any advice that isn't "W7" or "W8.1" is bad advice for people needing the PC to work.

People that are capable of using Linux probably (or hopefully) don't take advice from such a website. People that use Macs don't really do serious work, and just spend a lot of money....
Macs have long had the reputation of simply being the best tool for the job when it comes to picture and video editting. Sure, if you want Macs to act just like Windows you are barking up the wrong tree, but Macs do have their place and to deny that would be ignorance.

The same can be said for Linux, which is an awesome operating system to be running servers and whatnot, but leaves a lot to be desired in user friendliness and not breaking all the time.
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30 Mar 2014   #17
lehnerus2000

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I have been running all day with Linux Mint Mate from my USB Flash drive. If I wanted to stay on XP, that's what I would use for all internet work. You can create it with 3 clicks and easily set it up with the help of my tutorial.

...

I think this is a win/win for the XP users. All it costs is $7 plus change for a 16GB USB flash drive (16GB recommended).

I think I am going to make a tutorial for those guys.
Make sure to include a section on choosing the correct USB stick.

The last time I tried this, the end result was worse than running the OS from my Live CD (Ubuntu 10).
The USB stick would get to the splash screen almost instantly, but from that point on it would get "run down" and overtaken by the Live CD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post
"Microsoft really wants you on Windows 8, obviously. A Microsoft spokesperson took pains to remind me that Windows 8 is more secure, faster, and uses less energy than Windows 7."

Um, that's a fail: Testosterone Pit - Home - LEAKED: German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 ? Links The NSA
They probably meant something like, "The collected data is encrypted and sent invisibly to the appropriate collection point."
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30 Mar 2014   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Make sure to include a section on choosing the correct USB stick
This is probably a good idea. It is difficult though to judge from the info at Newegg or Amazon because they rarely give you any performance information. I got this one for $49.99 on sale. I also got two 16GB sticks for $7.99 and they work well too.

Ideally you would want this one but that is a lot of money. I am waiting for the day that Newegg is putting it on sale. They also come in 240GB and 480GB, but there you are talking real money. It is probably better to go with a SSD in that case.
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30 Mar 2014   #19
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
Macs have long had the reputation of simply being the best tool for the job when it comes to picture and video editting. Sure, if you want Macs to act just like Windows you are barking up the wrong tree, but Macs do have their place and to deny that would be ignorance.

The same can be said for Linux, which is an awesome operating system to be running servers and whatnot, but leaves a lot to be desired in user friendliness and not breaking all the time.
that reputation was from 20 years ago when some of their hardware may have been better for graphics. But many years ago Macs started using the exact same hardware as PC (with an artificial limitation that can be hacked... so you can install OSX on any PC if you know how). Today where PC and Mac use the same Intel platform, there is not speed difference for the few software that exist for both. And Photoshop , Dreamweaver etc. are the few professional software that actually exist for Mac. 99% of professional software exist for PC only (making nice pictures and websites is not the majority of professional computer work!)
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31 Mar 2014   #20
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I have been running all day with Linux Mint Mate from my USB Flash drive. If I wanted to stay on XP, that's what I would use for all internet work. You can create it with 3 clicks and easily set it up with the help of my tutorial.

There are a few advantages with that approach over e.g. a virtual system:

1. It is very fast, especially for the internet.

2. It uses your whole system and you need not share the RAM between the host and virtual systems. That makes it especially suitable for older modest PCs.

3. It is safe. Few pieces of malware exist for Linux Mint. But I still make images of my stick - just in case.

4. You can access all files of the XP system, So if you need to refer to something, that's easy to do.

I think this is a win/win for the XP users. All it costs is $7 plus change for a 16GB USB flash drive (16GB recommended).

I think I am going to make a tutorial for those guys.
Hi there
@WHS

My Linuxes usually always use the KDE desktop -- I don't like GNOME at all and with LXDE there's too much hunting around for stuff that "should work straight out of the box". I haven't yet have any problems installing VMware on any of them -- however I'm trying Linux Mint (KDE desktop) today and will see if VMWARE installs on it. XFCE is nice and lightweight but again if you want a decently featured system then again a lot of hunting around too. Most modern hardware is perfectly up to running things like KDE efficiently even from a USB stick - but with Linux -- YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE.

Unetbootin works fine for making USB bootable isos from most distros I've been playing with although click the Bottom section to refer to your downloaded iso -- don't use the defaults at the top. Screenshot shown.

Quite liked the videos but for Tutorials I still think it's easier - especially for "First time" or "Noobie" Linux users to have a "Static" presentation such as a Powerpoint session or even a PDF / HTML / Word doc with pictures.

The problem with Videos and You Tube is that you are forced to go over at the Tutors rate -- with a document (whether on the screen or a printed doc) you can go at your own pace, make notes and easily re-review stuff you might have missed / not understood first time round.

A combination of BOTH would be ideal - so I'd review the Video first then use the "hard copy" docs to perform the tasks.

@HerrKaLeun

Macs / Apple machines have LONG been used almost exclusively in the Professional Press / Publishing / Advertising businesses - don't get me wrong - I'm not an apple user but they certainly are used in some professional industries almost exclusively. Broadcasting is another one -- next time you see a presenter on say SKY NEWS (or is it ARD / ZDF where you are) with a laptop you'll probably see the "Fruit Company's" Logo on it.

Hardware wise these days there's not much in it -- have to admit though Looks wise Apple have it by a universe -- although whether the high price is worth paying for - that's another matter.

Apple machines - even running iOS can run Windows VM's (VMware fusion / parallels) but it's not true (Legally) the other way around although I believe there is a "Hackingtosh" site that tries to get OSX VM's to work on standard PC's.


(sent from W8.1 VM running from Debian Wheezy 7.4 Host running on external SSD from quite an oldish clunky HP laptop which does boot from USB device - not using the internal HDD at all !!).

Cheers
jimbo


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