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I have managed to avoid installing Vista and have not missed it one bit. However, I am hearing that Windows 7 will be better and I guess I will need to upgrade when it comes out officially. Does anyone know if I will be able to go directly from XP to 7? Somewhere I heard that I may need to go to Vista first and then to 7, which would seem to be a waste of effort and money. Anyone know the answer to this? Thanks.

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This is a link to the 12th February issue of Windows Secrets Newsletter, which includes an article called 'What you should do about Windows Vista' It considers the differences (and similarities) between Vista and 7 (the author thinks 7 should be considered as Vista SP 2, so it will be as demanding as regards hardware etc.); http://WindowsSecrets.com/comp/090212
 

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do a fresh install of 7 as upgrades arent always without bugs
You can upgrade from xp pro to vista so therefore it will probaly be the same for w7 will more than likely need xppro
But if you didnt like vista you wont like 7
I am on it 7 now and it is very much the same as vista with a few changes
 

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I'd think you should be able to upgrade XP to W-7.
Might want to wait and see when it comes out.

I've read that it's supposed to be able to run on any computer now.. and it looks a little faster.
As far as user tools or anything to get excited about .. I don't see anything new in the W7 beta ... It looks like Vista to me.
 

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Thanks Brett. I am only wondering about upgrading since historically, MS stops supporting old OS's eventually and new third party software stops coming out so I figured I had no choice.

Togg, I cannot locate any info on that link you sent me. Hard to figure out.
 

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I'd think you should be able to upgrade XP to W-7.
Might want to wait and see when it comes out.

I've read that it's supposed to be able to run on any computer now.. and it looks a little faster.
As far as user tools or anything to get excited about .. I don't see anything new in the W7 beta ... It looks like Vista to me.
Its faster but not like xp..i still boot to xp just for a fast ride from time to time.
As before they have taken away some of what is in the prior os and added other things as well
 

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Noyb,

So, can I avoid upgrading once again or will my XP eventually become so outmoded that I will be forced to. Is Vista as bad as its rep?
 

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Thanks Brett. I am only wondering about upgrading since historically, MS stops supporting old OS's eventually and new third party software stops coming out so I figured I had no choice.

Togg, I cannot locate any info on that link you sent me. Hard to figure out.
I dont remember what the deadline is for when Microsift stops updates etc for xp.
I am sure it wont be real soon and will more than likely get extended when it reaches the end,
Xp has been around for a long time and software is still being created for it.
There is no rush to have to move from xp if it is your preferance...but sooner or later you will have to get under vista or 7 and get used to the new GUI...its not that bad....nothing to give awards out to either
 

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There's a guy in our computer club still running ME.
He says it does all he needs .. why switch.

From my point of view .. M$ removed some good XP tools that I use many times a day.
Then they replaced them with gadgets, and eye candy.

I'm working up a new XP computer .. While I can.
It also has Vista and W-7 (a.k.a. Fixta) in it .. Guess what I'll be using.
 

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Jacjon:

I highly suggest before you make the upgrade from XP to 7(no matter which way you make the upgrade) that you obtain the current XP drivers for the display adapter, network adapters(wired and wireless), chipset, and sound device and then burn them off to a CD-R for safekeeping.

If crap happens and you decide to revert back to XP, you'll be glad you have those drivers handy.

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Thanks Guys. I think I will just stick with XP until they pry it out of my dead, cold hands!

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It's still to be decided ..
But I'm thinking now's the time to spend some money elsewhere .. slowly ..
and update some of the hardware in my current working computer ..
My new RAM was supposed to arrive today.

Maybe when Windows 9 comes out .. They'll put the user tools back in that I need.
 

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It's still to be decided ..
But I'm thinking now's the time to spend some money elsewhere .. slowly ..
and update some of the hardware in my current working computer ..
My new RAM was supposed to arrive today.

Maybe when Windows 9 comes out .. They'll put the user tools back in that I need.
If you hang on long enough maybe it will roll around back to 95 again.

Icons?
 

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.. Icons?..
What can I say about an OS that doesn't know the difference in, or the purpose for ..
Icons and Thumbnails ???
Since when .. is a Thumbnail of the contents of a pdf file .. an Icon ??
 
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