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03 Jul 2012   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate x 32bit

...and no I wouldn't ever use WindowsXP without a virus protection. Just saying what I was told about how bad Windows XP is and that with Windows7 I wouldn't need it.

Taking notes and doing the best I can with what I have... like everyone.

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03 Jul 2012   #32

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

There is not an Operating System on the planet which is safe to use anywhere near the internet without Anti-Virus.

Certain users like to think that they are invulnerable - invariably they spend more time in avoidance than woulld be taken in prevention, and that fails eventually.

Windows 7 is less vulnerable than XP mostly because of the reduced exposure surface brought about by the existence of User Access Control. NOTHING will protect the incautious user, and no protection is perfect.
Always be wary when on the internet - an incautious click can result in an infection which can mean having to reinstall from scratch.

Always read warning messages from either your OS or security software - they are there for a reason, and if you just click through them you risk compounding an error or infection.
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03 Jul 2012   #33

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bluehue View Post
I am older and understood this to be 30 days and then activate and pay for it... Free to start it up. Not totally free. I have cleared it off of my pc... by totally clearing my pc. Now I have am stuck... and using a lil' Samsung netbook(now that's STUCK! lol). I does have Windows7 that a paid for.

I also see since checking for a new DeLL pc that all I can get is Windows7. I also see they offer right now for $15.00 to add Windows8... Then I read to save my money on the one they offer. I was told by someone that WinXP is sooo hacked... and to give up Norton. Windows7 comes with a virus protection... I'm truly no tech... I don't know how you figure it out

I tried to reload my windowsXP after clearing my laptop and that didn't happen. Files missing. So I burn a gparted-live-0.12.1-5 image(iso) to a cd and reboot with that. Nothing worked. WindowsXP would not reload.

I cant go buy another laptop right now... so I was trying to get things back working on my own by following leads from places like this. Since NOTHING seems to be working right I am afraid to venture out to buy a windows7 program.

Right now I have no reason to believe when I load it... that it'll work either. I don't know...

If I left some explinations out... sorry. Just ask.

I'm confused - in one sentence you say you have a Windows7 that you paid for - and later you say that you'll have to go out and buy one.
Which is it?

You can reformat and reinstall your XP using only the XP installation disk - unless you've done something silly with the gparted utility.
What exactly did you do?

Yes, Norton is over-rated as protection, and is extremely complex to use properly. For the average user, the Free Microsoft Security Essentials is far more appropriate, and just as effective.
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15 Jul 2012   #34

Windows 7 Ultimate x 32bit

nope... I said after 30 days I would then pay for the windows7.

but this case is now closed. I never got that computer working.
Better to work with one person to get it working. I can't do it with
what I am getting here. No one's fault but my own.

Thanks to everyone who tried to help me

Lil' Mrs

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16 Jul 2012   #35

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

You're welcome- good luck!
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