Solved Win-XP & Win-7 Or An Apple Mac

April 3, 2014 at 23:15:41
Specs: Windows XP
XP is gone best O/S I've ever used. Now I'm starting to hear that Win-7 is going to be gone in 2015. Win-8 is OK for a tablet machine but it's a trash O/S for a desktop. If I have to go to Win-8 over $2.000.00 of my software [ some is custom software ] will be useless. Is there a fix in the works or is it time to make the switch to the Apple Mac?

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April 3, 2014 at 23:31:17
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Almost all software that works on Windows 7 will also work on Windows 8. None of your software would work on a Mac. The most cost-effective solution is to upgrade to Windows 8.

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April 4, 2014 at 00:33:17
I'm starting to hear that Win-7 is going to be gone in 2015

Depends on whether you are referring to mainstream support or extended support. Extended support for Windows 7 goes on to 2020,


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April 4, 2014 at 06:42:38
Upgrade to Windows 8 that supports Win 7 and XP software with almost no problem. Visit Start8 site ( if you want to dress your desktop as Win 7 (absolutly cheap and works great).

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April 4, 2014 at 14:58:36
I have used all of them. Windows XP was very good for its time. Windows 7 in my opinion is even better (I said IS, because it is still a very viable alternative). I used Mac's at work for over a year and became comfortable using them until they realized that they had a reasonable resale value). I now use Windows 8.1 at work. I can tell you that I can work well with Windows 8.1, especially since they are on tough screen all-in-one's and they are not at their core a system to sneer at or be afraid of, just get used to. There are significant differences that you need to become comfortable with and yes, learn a few new things. That said, I WILL be installing Windows 7 again on my next computer build for my personal use. You can still go with Windows 7 until you are forced to change over since 2020 is far enough in the future that by then, if your needs/uses have not changed by then, you will have the choice of upgrading the same system to Windows 8.x, a future Windows 9, or a completely new system (voice activated and/or possibly wearable?).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 4, 2014 at 16:02:40
"XP is gone"
Not really - operating systems don't "go" - some folk still use Windows 3.1.
Even after 8 April 2014 XP will still work but with no more security updates.

Windows 7 will have its final security updates in 2020 (assuming that date is not extended) and not many folk usually worry about mainstream support.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 5, 2014 at 17:02:50
Yes, we know that Windoz software is normally not compatible on a Mac unless the Mac is running " virtual machine " software.

Our problem remains that our software is *NOT* compatible with WIN-8 but [ according to M/S ] is somewhat compatible with WIN-7 except for a few custom programs which will have to be re-written.

We've looked at machines. desktops with WIN-8 & don't like them at all, WIN-8 is OK for a tablet but not a desktop. WIN-7 appears to be almost like XP.

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April 5, 2014 at 17:45:06
Personally, moving from XP to Win7 was pretty much uneventful. All software I ran had no problems with the upgrade, and even though my machine is somewhat antiquated (1.8GHz w/2GB RAM), I cut all the "bells and whistles" off on Win7 and it runs "almost" as fast as XP did. Still have an even older (866MHz w/512K RAM) Dell running XP; looking for a decent version of Linux to commit to it (trying various live CDs now)...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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April 6, 2014 at 12:26:37
Will your software run in an XP Virtual Machine - within windoze-7?

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