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Windows 7: New computer with windows 7 is it possible to use xp

11 Mar 2010   #11

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First, hello Kperki, welcome to the Seven Forums.

To the topic:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by riotkayak284 View Post
You could install VirtualBox and use that as a VM for an XP install. I have it on mine and it works great.
I do not think this would be a good idea, nor think I upgrading to Professional to be able to run XP Mode would be. You told openly you don't know too much about computers. Admitting that is honesty, so I believe you have nothing against me being honest with you: Virtual Computing (XP Mode and Virtual Box) would be more confusing and complicated to you than to learn to use Windows 7.

For your domestic peace I have to agree with my fellow gurus here above. Stick to Seven, and before you even notice it you have learned it.

Outlook Express is history. You don't like Windows Live Mail, so I think a good compromise would be the Microsoft mail solution between these two, called Windows Mail. Read this tutorial, see if it gives you some ideas: Windows Mail

I wish you good luck in learning. Come back here whenever you need answers.


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11 Mar 2010   #12

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

One option would be to install Microsoft Office, which would get you your Outlook and Word back. Just because it has windows live mail on it doesn't mean you have to use it.
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11 Mar 2010   #13
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit

Sticking with Windows 7 is the best way to go. The biggest problem is the things you are familiar with have been renamed and moved around. But once you use it a while I think you will like it. I bought a copy of a book called "Windows 7 Simplified" and it has step by step instructions with great screen shots to do most of the basic things and would be a help. It also covers the Windows Live Mail.

Click on "Read a Chapter Excerpt" to view one of the chapters.

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12 Mar 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kperki View Post
we just purchased a new toshiba laptop satellite A505. It has the windows 7 home edition on it. We are not computer pros and are having a hard time getting used to the new windows and windows live mail. We honestly hate it and would like to just be able to have our new computer operate like our old one with windows xp. It was easy for us and the mail on outlook express worked great for us. We really would like to use windows xp on our new computer. We have been getting mixed info on if that is possible. We are hoping someone can tell us if it is possible to have windows xp and outlook express on the new computer? If so what do we need to do?
Give it some time, you will learn to like it. And if you don`t like the email program, don`t use it. Go to your service providers website, whether it be comcast, verizon, yahoo or whoever. I never download email to my computer. I just sign in to comcast, read it , delete it, send, whatever.
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12 Mar 2010   #15


be careful and make sure you can find the XP drivers for that particular Laptop, Toshiba does support some laptops who have wiped and down graded back to XP
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12 Mar 2010   #16

Windows 7 Professional

Just hang in there--Windows 7 isn't really too hard to get used to. I just upgraded my XP to 7 today and I've already got a pretty decent handle on it, though I'm pretty computer savvy as well.

If you're interested, try watching some short overviews on youtube to get the hang of some of the new features, such as this one here. YouTube - Windows 7 Overview: Better than Vista?

Good luck.
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12 Mar 2010   #17

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Don't worry about asking what you think are simple questions. Remember, there's no such thing as a silly question, just silly answers and everything is easy if you know how. Even the most knowledgeable member on this Forum started somewhere
You will learn to like Win 7 really!
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12 Mar 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Quite honestly, if you say yourself that you are not a computer pro, than I would argue that it should not make much difference for you, XP or 7 or even Vista. From the purely end user viewpoint, where you basically read email, surf the web, type some texts, look at photos and play games - I'm not saying this is you, not sure what your particular needs are - it's just the same. You simply need to adapt to few minor changes in the user interface, just read the Tutorials here and you'll be all set.

If you are missing Outlook Express - I've never used it myself though - you could try Windows Mail, or install Office in order to get Outlook, or try something similar, like Thunderbird, or something more radical like webmail. The possibilities are infinite.

Just take a deep breath, try to look at things with an open mind and ask questions here, if you need help.
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12 Mar 2010   #19

windows 7

Thanks everyone. I am going to start doing the tutorials and just go with it. I do like the idea of windows office for the word and mail. I will see first if I can get used to this before I try that tho and maybe before I know it I wont remember what I think I am missing!
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12 Mar 2010   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kperki View Post
Thanks everyone. I am going to start doing the tutorials and just go with it. I do like the idea of windows office for the word and mail. I will see first if I can get used to this before I try that tho and maybe before I know it I wont remember what I think I am missing!

That's good thinking mate, you can do it, you'll be better off in the long run.
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