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Windows 7: Activation of XP for Dual Boot

24 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit), fully updated

.........................unless Linux might offer a suitable secondary platform.

Anyone care to venture a view?

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24 Mar 2011   #12

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Just going back to your previous post, many older hardware are supported splendidly in win7. You can check whether your printer and scanner are supported.

Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs & Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads

Even more importantly, XP drivers can be installed in compatibility mode.

Compatibility Mode

You can also ask for help in the SF drivers subforum.

As for linux, this is a win7 forum but Ubuntu is awesome! I'm running 10.10 (maverick) on one of my machines and loving it. Its a breeze to get running and excellent for long-time windows users because it has the same look and feel.
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24 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit), fully updated

Hi Bill2,

Yes, I have looked at 7 compatibility and regrettably my scanner is not supported.

The printer actually functions very well, but I have been unable to load the toolbox so some of the little extras are missing ( e.g. approx ink levels, head cleaning command)
I will however double check loading in compatibility mode.

I accept the admonishment for raising a non-form topic - but thanks for the comment anyway!

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24 Mar 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Sorry to intrude, and if a discussion of prices is not allowed, I apologize in advance. Basically, a quick look on Amazon reveals an OEM XP Home for 85 bucks. Google claims to find a shop which sells it for 70. I would think one can trust Amazon to sell legitimate software. This is certainly less money than a good scanner. However, I can't advise any further since I don't know how you are using your equipment.

I should notice, that while the idea that an OS license is tied to the motherboard irritates me a lot, these OEM licenses (including the one sold by Amazon) are way cheaper than their "full retail" counterparts, for which there is no such restriction. Of course, when you're buying a new PC from a large manufacturer you don't typically have a choice of what kind of OS (OEM or full retail) is pre-installed. But then I guess for the majority of customers a "computer" is just a "single" appliance, as opposed to a bunch of parts bundled together, in which case the OS would be just another part. Hence the manufacturers and Microsoft are treating these licenses this way.

Finally, if you are thinking about actually buying an XP license, why not get yourself a Technet subscription? It costs about the same as the full version license, but you get so much more.
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24 Mar 2011   #15

Windows 7 Pro (64 bit), fully updated

Hi Unifex,

I have used Microsoft products for longer than I care to remember, and readily acknowledge the problems of piracy, but I have to say I feel that this is taking advantage of a situation. They no longer market Xp directly, but have failed to ensure that their new operating system (s) adequately caters for the needs of long standing customers.

Yes, they are acting legally and within the letter of their contract but their atitude sends any thoughts of loyalty right out of the window (no punn intended). They have already had my money for the W7 product but if I can find a way of doing without XP and thus avoid parting with any more of my "hard earned" in their direction that will be my preference.

Just leaves a nasty taste in the mouth!

Thanks for sharing your views - and giving me another reason to sound off!

Also thanks to fafhrd - food for thought - I'll do the background!

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