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spencer88

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I am buying a new business computer to use SAGE and Photoshop CS4. The man in PC World said he didn't think SAGE would work with Windows 7 so recommended i buy a HP with XP built in for £580 with 22" monitor. The alternative is Acer Aspire x1301 and get a graphics card for it... Which should i go for to avoid problems with my programs working??
 

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If you don't mind having to change your OS in 2014 (year where Microsoft will stop supporting XP), I'd say go with XP.
 

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Go to SAGE's website and find out if the product will run on Windows 7.
 

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It is the SAGE Start-up. I have just finished the free 3 month trial and now im am buying it off them for £6 per month. Im sure it would be ok to replace after 3 years. Does Windows 7 suffer with lots of problems? I remember when Vista first came out and it didn't half give me a headache!! :)
 
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No....I have Windows Ultimate and it is like XP but faster and not like Vista at all...which I have too but never use
 

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So if I buy the ACER Aspire that has Windows 7 it should be better than the HP with XP? The Acer is a lot cheaper :)
 

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You don't want to get a computer with Windows XP unless you know for certain that you must use a program that is completely incompatible with Windows 7. I don't see that you've determined that yet. What is "Sage"? An Internet search turns up all kinds of things. Did you contact them or look at their support site to see if the software is compatible with Windows 7? I wouldn't take the word of some guy at PC World who's only going off what you tell him.
 

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Point taken - Thank you, I have e mailed SAGE (Accounting program) and asked them so hopefully he will reply in the morning.
 

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I have been saving my files to an external hard drive. I took it to my Mums this evening to check all of my files were accessable and it wouldn't open them. Does the computer i connect it to have to have microsoft office word 97-2003 for example to open files that i have created on it? If i bought a new pc that has maybe a different updated office word on it would my files be useless?
 
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Do you mean you can't access any of the files on the external drive......and if so what does it say if anything?
 

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Are we onto a new problem? If the files were created with Office, they have to be opened with Office or a program that can open the Office file formats.
 

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Does the computer i connect it to have to have Microsoft office word 97-2003 for example to open files that i have created on it?
There are Free Readers that will let you read Office files ... Without Office installed .. You just can't Edit them.

If you don't mind having to change your OS in 2014 (year where Microsoft will stop supporting XP), I'd say go with XP.
By 2014 ... Windows 7 will be obsolete :D ... Like I've ever got support from M$ anyway (n) ... I'll probably still be on XP then.
The question is ... Will M$ stop providing XP updates in 2014 ???
 
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