Solved What computer is best for me?

October 8, 2011 at 12:31:40
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Pentium 1.60GHz / M32.9 GB
I want to know what computer would be best for me. I need to choose between WinXP and Win7. There are a few other choices, too. E.g. MacOSX, WinVista, WinLonghorn (yes, Longhorn), and Win8.

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March 27, 2014 at 06:45:23
That has to be the most accurate and insightful statement I have seen on the internet for many months

Stuart



#1
October 8, 2011 at 13:05:38
Best for what purpose?

Since you have provided no information on which to base a decision (what you intend to do with the computer) only general comments are possible. Except for some very unusual situations there is no legitimate reason to choose XP or Vista over Windows 7. XP is no longer being sold, has only limited support, and may run only with difficulty on modern hardware. Why choose on OS that is essentially obsolete? Longhorn is simply the old name for Vista. Windows 8 has not yet been released and will not be for some time yet.


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#2
October 8, 2011 at 15:25:17
You would be better off asking what is the best color of a woman's hair or eye color. They have many variations and only you can decide.

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#3
October 8, 2011 at 19:52:23
If you choose Windows, you choose Windows 7. If you purchase a Mac, then you get the Mac operating system. Like was said, forget XP and Vista. XP was good for its day but would not get the most out of modern hardware,if you could install it. Vista was the first attempt at Windows 7, but it was not complete, it was partially baked, raw still, Windows 7 is the final product. Windows 8 is a work in progress for the future, when the hardware is 2 to 4 times the speed it is today.

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#4
October 8, 2011 at 22:23:15
"Windows 8 is a work in progress for the future, when the hardware is 2 to 4 times the speed it is today."

Not that it needs hardware 2-4x faster.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4942/...

But for now, Win7 is easily the best choice. And if Microsoft doesn't make Win8 any better for us poor desktop/laptop users, Win7 may remain the best choice next year.

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#5
October 9, 2011 at 19:50:08
Sorry, I was attempting to project what systems would be like when it is finally released, so I just assumed (wrongly, apparently) that any significant improvements in OS would be geared towards future systems. I have not been following it too closely, but it does sound like and ideal system for smaller laptops as well as tablet PC's. Desktops and larger laptops would get some benefits, but not as pronounced (except to give system makers an excuse to include even less memory).
Thank you for the link, it was informative. Again, I should not have extrapolated without double checking.

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#6
October 11, 2011 at 15:54:07
Longhorn is a different system, look at some screenshots then complain to me. Also, Windows 7 is unstable, got rid of some of my games, and is slower than a 32-bit XP. I like XP! Are you a Micro$oft employee?

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#7
October 11, 2011 at 15:57:51
WINDOWS 8 IS A WINDOWS PHONE. I will keep XP, thank you very much. WinXP, I choose you! BTW, Longhorn, Vista, Server 2008, 7, and 8 are the same.

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#8
October 11, 2011 at 19:03:52
Know that XP will not be supported by MS much longer.
Know that while W7 does not run well on older hardware, it DOES run well on modern hardware.
Know that MOST modern hardware does not have XP drivers written for it since it is a dead end for the manufacturers and there is no profit in it for them.

Most people who have bad experiences with Windows 7 (I have found) are trying to run it on hardware more suitable for XP. This is because Widows 7 does require more resources, but given a well built system with appropriate components (without excessive bloatware), Windows 7 is fast and stable, more so than even XP is (on appropriate hardware). XP was excellent for it's day, much better than anything else they had before, in fact I had an XP machine that with minor upgrades ran well for over 9 years (restarted 4 or 5 times a year). After I built a new system for W7, I am very happy with it, it is better than XP. Different in some ways, but better.

If you really do not like where MS is going, choose a suitable Linux distribution instead.

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#9
October 12, 2011 at 12:46:50
Win7 is slower! I was WWWAAAIIITTTIIINNNGGG for it to load! Plus, XP is good. Name something new and improved about Win7 WITHOUT saying "xp sux haha". I single-double-triple-quadruple-cherry-on-top dare you! BTW, for extra credit, name what is so perfect about Win8. >8D

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#10
October 12, 2011 at 21:56:15
WRONG.
Had both.
Right hardware, right drivers, enough memory, Faster.
Just do not try to put W7 on old hardware with limited resources.
Just do not try to put XP on new stuff since lack of driver support.
Clean installation or remove bloatware from factory installation.
I still recommend XP for those who are resurrecting a machine out of old hardware since it will be faster on THAT hardware.
For truly new hardware with enough memory, W7 is clearly better.
Enough school yard taunting, never worked on my back then.

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#11
October 14, 2011 at 20:44:18
Yeah, I agree! 7 IS better! IF YOU LIKE INCOMPATIBILITY WITH APPLETS FROM 1985 - 2005! I CAN ONLY RUN APPLETS FROM 2006 - 2011!!! Look, I know you are a Microsoft employee who is selling 7 to me, but please, DON'T LIE. 7 is NOT perfect because it is new! Say what is wrong with XP, and what's so GOOD about 7, and I'll leave you alone. XP is AWESOME. You can do so much on it, unlike 7.

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#12
October 14, 2011 at 21:44:59
There is nothing WRONG with XP. Used it for 9 years. It is/was much better than what came before it. If you really must know, I NEVER worked for any computer hardware or software company, I have never sold any computer hardware or software. I did learn computer programming WAY back in the 1970's in high school (Fortran, Assembly, and some Plago/PL1 in college) when we still used punch cards. I have had computers since Windows 95 (skipped DOS, W3.2, ME, & Vista), experimented with Linux some and even learned some MAC. I can tell you that Windows 7 is better. There is no reason for you to look back to any old programming, there is plenty of newer versions of nearly anything you need, including retro games if you are into those things. Look to the opensource movement for free replacements and buy only what you have to. Don't get stuck in the past, there is very little back there you really need anyway, look forward, not back. Who cares about something written for an early version of DOS or Windows 95? I certainly do not.
With XP you will be limited to socket 775 boards, probably with the earlier chipsets, P4's or early Core2's, DDR2, 32bit, and not much beyond. While Windows 7 DOES require more memory and a faster system to run well, but THAT really IS easy to do with currently available components.
While XP is reasonably stable, I bet you had to restart it or shut it down more than 5 times last year, and I bet you had more than 1 or 2 infections you had to remove last year (probably 2 or 3 times that many). Windows 7 does not allow early programming shortcuts to work because allowing them would leave the system open to infections, and to freezes and crashes due to programs taking manual control over system resources like blocks of memory (especially since they often did not release those resources after they were closed). Windows 7 insists on managing resources because it is safer and more stable. All early Windows systems, even XP has had problems of 'low memory' occasionally that closing programs does not fix and restarting is the only way to clear everything out and get a fresh start. Windows 7 does not have that problem that I have seen yet. Windows 7 does not need outside utilities for reasonable maintenance, the built in systems do this just fine.

This is the last I will say on this, so do not expect any additional comments. You choose what you like, I will choose what I like. I really do not care what you use.

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#13
March 26, 2014 at 23:25:45
I WAS SUCH AN IDIOT WHEN I WAS 12

WHAT THE CRAP


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#14
March 27, 2014 at 06:45:23
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That has to be the most accurate and insightful statement I have seen on the internet for many months

Stuart


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#15
March 27, 2014 at 20:25:57
Hi Fan... We were probably all like that to different extents. Over the years, we realize that we all can learn a lot still. I still share my knowledge and learn as well. Pop in once in a while and see if you can share and help as well, and if a post simply interests you, just read and learn something new. Welcome back.

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