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Windows 7: I want to use win7 "forever" and never upgrade to win10

4 Weeks Ago   #51
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

Classic shell isn't being updated anymore due to all of the changes that M$ makes. Classic Shell • View topic - Classic Shell no longer in development. Source code released Any change M$ makes could break Classic Shell and cause stability issues. Using it on 8.1 and earlier should be safe but not 10.


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4 Weeks Ago   #52
unaulindvii

Windows 8.1 x64 + Ubuntu 18.04 Dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
I have a W7 VM and a W8.1 VM. Both Windows installs are 32-bit. My Linux host is 64-bit. The W8.1 VM is slower than the W7 VM; the W7 VM runs fast. The computer has 4 GB total of RAM, and I have allocated 2 GB to the W8.1 VM. If I work only in the W8.1 VM (i.e. if I don't switch back and forth between Linux and W8.1), the W8.1 VM runs reasonably well. But I am convinced that if I had more memory in the computer, and therefore could allocate more memory to the W8.1 VM, the VM would run a lot better.

I will soon be adding 8 GB to my computer; once I have done that, I will allocate 4 GB (rather than 2 GB) to the W8.1 VM, and 4 GB to the W7 VM. I believe that once I have done that, I will be able to run both VMs at the same time, and freely switch between W7, W8.1, and Linux Mint without any noticeable problems with performance.

Once all that is done, it won't matter what I run - Linux Mint, W7, or W8.1. If you are looking for a way to continue with a version of Windows that is older than W10, this seems like the most promising way to successfully do that.

Wow, bless you, you're really cool! I think that's what I'll do when I get a new computer again.
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4 Weeks Ago   #53
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unaulindvii View Post
Wow, bless you, you're really cool! I think that's what I'll do when I get a new computer again.
Make sure you get plenty of memory - 16 GB minimum. And get a big (at least 500 GB) PCI3 NVM3 SSD (Solid State Drive) rather than a mechanical hard drive. Both the memory and the SSD will hugely speed up everything you do local on the computer (i.e. everything except for what is done online). So not only will the Windows virtual machine run fast because of the memory, but it will load and save fast because of the SSD.
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4 Weeks Ago   #54
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
anyone who wants to add links to other items needed below is welcome. Looking for constructive additions, trying to see what's possible rather than just throw in the towel.

how to make windows 10 run like windows 7

1) Install Win10
2) Install classicshell
3) How to Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7
4) O&O ShutUp10
5) ?
6) ?
The trouble is that MS keeps deliberately changing W10, to make it more difficult for users to apply workarounds.

I also have W7 & XP VMs that I can run using VMware Workstation (in W7 & Linux Mint)
I also have a W10 VM that I can run using VMware Player in Linux Mint.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unaulindvii View Post
Wow, bless you, you're really cool! I think that's what I'll do when I get a new computer again.
Make sure you get plenty of memory - 16 GB minimum. And get a big (at least 500 GB) PCI3 NVM3 SSD (Solid State Drive) rather than a mechanical hard drive. Both the memory and the SSD will hugely speed up everything you do local on the computer (i.e. everything except for what is done online). So not only will the Windows virtual machine run fast because of the memory, but it will load and save fast because of the SSD.
The amount of RAM you need depends on what you want to do in your VM.

4GB (Host OS + Guest OS) won't be enough for smooth running, unless you are using a lightweight Linux VM.
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My main PC has 12 GB of RAM.

My W7 VM that I used for my Software Development course (VS2015, Netbeans,etc.) has 6 GB allocated to it.
Last weekend (for the first time ever) I managed to trigger a low RAM warning when I was playing around with MySQL Workbench (I'm not sure what caused it).

My XP VM that has my old games installed in it, only has 4 GB of RAM allocated to it.

When a new version of Linux Mint is released I create a VM to test it and I normally allocate 2 GB of RAM.
However if I plan to use it regularly, I up the RAM allocation to 4 GB.

The important thing is to remember to leave a couple of GB of RAM for your Host PC.
One of my friends allocated all of his RAM to a VM and his Host PC suffered "brain lock".
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4 Weeks Ago   #55
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
One of my friends allocated all of his RAM to a VM and his Host PC suffered "brain lock".

I momentarily considered doing that, then I realized that if the host doesn't work, the VM isn't going anywhere.
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4 Weeks Ago   #56
txangel

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
 
 

When Windows 7 dies. I'll have no choice but to switch to a Linux version. There are no other options. IOS & WIN10 are pure garbage.
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4 Weeks Ago   #57
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Backup and Convert to VM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by txangel View Post
When Windows 7 dies. I'll have no choice but to switch to a Linux version. There are no other options. IOS & WIN10 are pure garbage.
Another option is to convert an existing W7 install to a VM.
Macrium Reflect Backup Images can be converted to VMs.

VMs can be easily copied to external storage.
Obviously people should only run copies of their VM.

VMs can be easily isolated from networks, so they should be protected from malware and rogue updates.
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4 Weeks Ago   #58
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Win 10 can't be the last one. MS makes its best income by brainwashing everyone to buy a new OS every few years.

What's the general opinion of 8.1, without going too OT here?
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4 Weeks Ago   #59
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
Classic shell isn't being updated anymore due to all of the changes that M$ makes. Classic Shell • View topic - Classic Shell no longer in development. Source code released Any change M$ makes could break Classic Shell and cause stability issues. Using it on 8.1 and earlier should be safe but not 10.
I have Classic Shell making my Win7 UI look like XP. However, I tweaked XP to look like Win98.

I've heard CS can be used on W8.1.
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4 Weeks Ago   #60
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
Win 10 can't be the last one. MS makes its best income by brainwashing everyone to buy a new OS every few years...
Actually, MS can and will. MS has abandoned the idea a new OS every so many years and is making continuous changes to Win 10. In fact, I'm amazed they even bothered to number it. They will still make their money because a Win 10 license is only for ten years, then one will have to shell out their shekels to renew it.
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