Solved I have a windows XP laptop.Upgrade or discard?

February 5, 2014 at 08:31:01
Specs: Windows 8.1
I have a windows X P laptop. Version 2002. Service pack 3. Intel Pentium. Processor 1.86 GHz. 335 MHz 2.00 GB of RAM.
Since XP will be losing support in April is it more economical to upgrade or buy new?
Thank you.

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#1
February 5, 2014 at 08:56:55
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With 2GB RAM, you should be able to replace XP with Win7 32-bit (provided you can find all the necessary drivers) or you're willing to give it a try, a 32-bit version of Linux. Mint & Zorin are my favorites.

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#2
February 5, 2014 at 09:24:56
Thanks for the reply. Do you have any idea what the cost for upgrading to Windows 7 would be? Would the Linux Mint and Zoren be in lieu of Windows 7? I've never heard of them before. How would I go about finding the necessary drivers? Would I take my laptop to Staples or a computer store for the upgrade or try to do it myself on line?
What does it mean when XP will be losing tech support? Can the computer still be used for watching DVDs? Will it still be able to go on the Internet? Thank you for your expertise.

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#3
February 5, 2014 at 11:16:58
You will still be able to go on the internet and watch DVD's after XP support ends. What you won't do is get any more Windows Updates, the patches that help prevent security issues.

Your computer should be able to upgrade to Windows 7 or greater (8 or 8.1). You can do the upgrade yourself or you can have it done for you. Costs vary. This tool from Microsoft can tell you what is/isn't compatible if you want to upgrade to 7.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Linux Mint is free and it is very user friendly. You'll have plenty of options for software as well. You can download a copy, burn it to a DVD or USB drive and try it without removing your current XP installation.

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#4
February 5, 2014 at 12:39:27
If you decide to stick with XP then see these to improve security:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

As regards the 2nd link I would now suggest you disable Java in your browsers if you can live with it (probably). Also install CryptoPrevent from here:
http://www.foolis---.com/vb6-projec...

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#5
February 5, 2014 at 14:29:06
Jeez, you sound like you think your computer will crumble into dust without continued support from MS. It'll work just fine.

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#6
February 5, 2014 at 15:57:03
I've seen the movies… after April 4th - it all turns to dust… Just like the world ended 12/12/2012

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#7
February 5, 2014 at 17:26:51
Thanks again for the replies.
My desktop is Windows 8.1 (recently switched from Windows Vista) If I do upgrade my laptop,would it be advisable to go to Windows Vista since I've used that the past several years? (As opposed to learning a whole new system?) Also, when an upgrade is made, do I lose all my apps and programs? Do I need to buy new or can they be transferred over?
Derek mentioned just upgrading security. Would that be sufficient? Should I not pay bills online if security is compromised? I'd like to keep it as simple as possible.
Respectfully,

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#8
February 5, 2014 at 17:38:22
After the end of XP support it will take some time before it becomes seriously vulnerable but we are in the hands of the hackers who might see a system with no further security updates a golden opportunity. The fact that a lot of folk are hanging onto it is another incentive to them.

I would probably upgrade to Windows 7 rather than Vista. The learning curve between the two is minimal. To some extent Windows 7 is Vista put right and it is less bulky. This might be of interest:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/...

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#9
February 5, 2014 at 17:51:47
Or you could try Linux like I suggested. No security issues to worry about there.

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#10
February 5, 2014 at 17:52:37
You may be able to update the laptop to 8.1. Microsoft has a different tool to test for compatibility for that:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...

Don't even consider Vista. Win 7 is vastly improved over it.

Going from XP you will need to save your files elsewhere, to an external hard drive for example, before you upgrade. The install process wipes the hard drive so if you don't save it you'll lose it.


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#11
February 5, 2014 at 18:07:32
If, as it seems, the learning curve is an issue then Windows 8 is currently vastly different to any of its predecessors. Beware of minimum requirements, computers have to be way above them if they are to do any more than crawl. There have been gigantic strides in hardware speeds since XP.

Linux is fine, and secure too, but you would find it a lot different to Windows.

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#12
February 5, 2014 at 21:52:23
Thank you all so much. I really appreciate the input. All the information will be taken into consideration.
Good night.

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#13
February 6, 2014 at 16:22:56
I suggest you download the Zorin ISO, burn it to a DVD, boot off it & take it for a test drive. No need to install, just run directly from the disc. It's about as Windows-like as it gets.

http://www.zorin-os.com/tour.html

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#14
February 8, 2014 at 04:43:40
Thanks so much. I just read over the information you sent. Looks excellent! Have a great day.

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