Solved I am looking for a SIMPLE stable reliable OS

August 10, 2013 at 19:51:02
Specs: Windows 7
Any suggestions?

I am a non technical person with a technical background (CSR/clerk/construction/et al.)

I've used wfw3.11 Unsuccessfully, windows 95 briefly
windows XP home extensively ( a nightmare)
now win 7 home (ick)
and dabbled with a Linux (mint)

is there a SIMPLE functional RELIABLE dependable stable OS out there???


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#1
August 10, 2013 at 20:14:26
is there a SIMPLE functional RELIABLE dependable stable OS out there??
Well, you've seemed to rule out all Windows Os's except Windows 8. Linux builds take some getting used to. I've personally never used window 8, but I understand that it's quite reliable. I personally use XP pro (phasing out), Windows 7 and I have a Macbook Pro with OSX Mountain Lion on it. I find the Mac to be stone cold reliable and have never had a problem with it. I also like my Windows 7 and have never had a problem with it either. Seems to me they are pushing Windows 8 now and it's hard to find a Windows 7 machine anymore. See what others say.

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#2
August 10, 2013 at 20:50:03
What do you want to be able to do with it & what are your system specs?

You mentioned a couple of very old OSes (Win 3.1 & Win95), was that just to show that you've had experience with them or are you seriously considering running them in 2013? And define what you mean by "stable".

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#3
August 11, 2013 at 07:29:52
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I am a non technical person with a technical background

The above statement is an oxymoron. How can you be a non-technical person when you have technical background?

SIMPLE stable reliable OS

Here's a list of OS's I have experience with that I consider simple, stable and reliable:

- Windows 98
- Windows XP
- Windows 7
- OpenBSD
- Linux (too many flavors to list)

At present there is no "simple, easy" OS. Unless of course you watch Star Trek. Yep, we'd all love an OS you could just tell what you want and it would make it happen. Sadly, that technology does not exist yet so we're forced to actually learn how to use our operating systems. You're going to have to suck it up and do the same or you'll have to pay someone else to learn it for you and do the work on the computer for you.

As for stability, if you have good hardware, and know your OS (or don't, but don't mess with it) then it should be plenty stable. I've run all the above, with the exception of Windows 7 for years (has only been about 1 year) and I found all of them to be very stable..........if you know what you're doing and don't mess with things you don't understand and have good hardware.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
August 11, 2013 at 10:28:01
As far as MS is concerned XP (nearing end of support) and Win7 are about as simple and easy as it gets. If they are not to your liking I doubt Win8 will be either.

EDIT:
Both are reliable if you steer clear of viruses. Linux is generally better from the virus point of view.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#5
August 11, 2013 at 12:56:17
I don't believe there is such a thing as a SIMPLE OS. Maybe simple to use..Perhaps that's what the OP means. :)

I've used:

Win 3
DOS
Win 95/98
Win ME
Win NT
Win 2000
Win XP
Win 7
Win 8
Variations of MAC OS's (BIG ick.)

From strictly a user POV, I liked ME. Being a little more technical :) I prefer XP, although Windows 7 is being forced down my throat due to work requirements. It takes come getting used to, but it's okay.

Jury is still out on Windows 8.

I would say that "Stable" is relative. Too many variables... Whether the system is used hard, continually updated, reliable hardware. Lots of factors.

My advice to OP, is work with Windows 7 since it will be supported for quite awhile. Unless you're not getting online, then stick with 95 if you still have it.

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#6
August 11, 2013 at 20:52:20
Every time an OS approaches stability--through fixes and updates--MS decides it's time to move on to a new one. And like Elvis, 'simple' has left the building a long time ago.

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#7
August 12, 2013 at 13:22:45
Where's the "Like" button? :)

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#8
August 12, 2013 at 14:05:11
Elvis ended up fat and bloated, full of stuff that he didn't need. A very apt analogy.

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#9
August 13, 2013 at 03:16:28
OK

so you are telling me that it is me, not the OS

since i keep messing with stuff I don't understand

how the !@#$!@ am i supposed to figure out how it works??

school just made me stupid
electronics degree
computer classes
etc.
ALL USELESS

and yes I have a technical background
but i try very hard to avoid using it (for personal reasons)

but in reality I am an ex professional entertainer/ and semi pro audio engineer/technician
and retired telecommunications mutant

not a computer pro

this is the one technical field i know nothing about

and I am a clerk and an Administrative employee in the regular workforce, not a tech
(though i did admin work for the telecomm industry et al. a bit briefly) just to clarify

....

i am a robotics tech/ and was a mechanical/vehicle operator /radio operator (military)
so understandably computers kick my butt

....

thank you all of your input however
it was all very useful

i don't know if i will be able to use any of it as one of my online stalker friends shoved an android tablet down my throat (thank god) and hopefully i won't have any issues with it

i am considering going 64 bit if i acquire a new laptop or PC
but i want to go MAC (if i can afford it)

i don't have to use computers at work anymore

and when i did it was CINCINNATI BELL information systems (mono text) interface
never a microsoft or gui / ...

that is why the old OSes

i've been using other peoples old obselete junk at home
and cheap stuff i acquired

a trend i believe must end for me as it is not realistic or practical for me

thanks anyway


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
len


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#10
August 13, 2013 at 05:32:44
no

it wasn't me

apparently i am in a very bad heavy hacker zone

i am near a very large public university (5th largest in US)


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#11
August 13, 2013 at 05:41:16
correction

i am about 12 miles from the 8th largest public university in the US


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#12
August 13, 2013 at 07:21:42
Man, all that schooling and your use of capitalization and punctuation is nonexistent. But hey, your spelling is pretty good! You're not texting on a phone here friend so you should at least attempt to be seen as an intelligent, literate person by following some grammatical rules when typing.

so you are telling me that it is me, not the OS

since i keep messing with stuff I don't understand

how the !@#$!@ am i supposed to figure out how it works??

Well, you could try cracking a book. A "Windows 7 for Dummies" book would help you learn all you need to know about that OS without messing with the wrong things and breaking it. It's worth noting that the "for Dummies" people makes books on just about every OS available.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#13
August 13, 2013 at 18:52:23
sorry for my grammar and sentence structure etc.

i can write quite well

i just don't bother anymore in most circumstance especially online

i tend to be a rule breaker rather than a rule follower

the only book i every had was a windows 3.1 book acquired from someone else several years after i had been using wfw 3.11

I have an VHDL book that I acquired just to see if it was something I could do
but I quit reading it once I realized that it was Ph.D. level electrical engineering stuff and I would never use it

Excellent suggestion though

I need to get a good book on the next OS I actually park on since I tend to hop onto whatever machine is available and use whatever OS it is running

My choices now are this Windows7Home machine (laptop) or installing a flavor of Linux mint (which happens from time to time for me)

I generally don't go dual boot though

maybe I need to learn how to do the stuff between the OS and machine so I can dual boot and stay with a fixed configuration for my laptop until I replace or upgrade it

thanks again folks

what are you complaining about??

not everyone can be a computer geek


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#14
December 14, 2013 at 17:20:06
Mmm. DOS was pretty simple - and reliable... Once you had learnt a few basic commands etc., it was really just that "simple and reliable"... And it needed so much less in terms of RaM, hard drive space and the like... As i recall the first missions - to up there beyond the troposphere and onto the moon was almost DOS driven (he sed - tongue in cheek...).

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