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Steve Mills

The NEXT Window upgrade, is constant change worth it?

Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 10:09 AM
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  • Just wondering: Do Mac users have as many upgrades (as often) as Windows users? I'm not familiar with Apple/Mac enough to know.

    -- Posted by onenamil on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 10:30 AM
  • Interesting question. I hope some chimes in for us.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 10:40 AM
  • Windows 7 is very nice and stable, I don't think I would upgrade to 8 unless it was more streamlined and had solutions instead of creating more stuff to know.

    Macs updates are spread out but normally pack a few features into it depending on their version. Once in awhile you need to purchase a new type of their OS when the number. For example, when OS9 went to OS10.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 11:13 AM
  • I managed to buy a computer the year millenium and vista came out, they both we're awful.

    -- Posted by bellbuckletn on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 12:34 PM
  • I have Vista on one computer and Windows 7 on the other. I find that Vista is great for everything that I need to do. Windows 7 is good as well, but it is more for entertainment purposes. I think that Microsoft seriously to focus more on security instead of all of the fancy game programs, and such that comes with it.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 12:55 PM
  • I don't think Windows 8 is that close to being released. According to this story, there's a rumor that they'll have a preview of it ready to display at a big consumer electronics show next year, but even that rumor is disputed, and it still sounds like it will be 2012 before the final version of Windows 8 is actually released to consumers, as predicted by the ancient Mayans:


    -- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 1:26 PM
  • I had Vista on my computer and it caused a lot of problems - computer freezing up, blank screen - lots of trips to the repair shop. I was advised that most likely the updates on Vista were causing the problems. I got 7 about six months ago and no problems at all. It does all I need for my work.

    -- Posted by ILoveRoses on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 2:37 PM
  • I can wait 'til 2012 or later.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 9:34 PM
  • Windows 7 is a good replacement for XP. Both Windows ME and Vista are, for lack of a better term at almost 11pm, turds. Microsoft should be ashamed for even putting those things out. If they do come out with another OS in just two more years, I think I would hold off and continue to use Windows 7 until the version after 8 (9?) comes out. That's assuming that the world doesn't end in 2012. If it does, then I would just use Windows 7 until then.

    -- Posted by Thom on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 10:56 PM
  • It's important to keep up with the various service packs and upgrades to your existing operating system, but I think most people do their version-to-version upgrades when they end up buying a new machine. That's what happened to me; I got a new computer in August, after six years or so with my last machine.

    My new computer came with Windows 7, and I have to say I'm very happy with it. I have read that, after a long-standing trend of each new version taking more memory than the previous, some of the inner workings of Windows 7 are actually better-designed and use less memory than Vista.

    I'm sure Win 7 is still bigger than XP, of course, and I doubt it would have run on my old machine. So there would have been little point in me trying to upgrade. The upgrade took the form of new hardware, once my needs outgrew the old machine.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Dec 16, 2010, at 8:19 AM
  • I'll be sticking with XP until Micorsoft stops supporting it. Right now I've got one desktop and a laptop runing Pro and one desktop running Home, so I can't afford to upgrade; besides, you can't install Windows 7 over XP, and expect it to work right. I suppose if I ever build another computer, I guess it will have to go 7,8, or whatever.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Dec 16, 2010, at 10:55 AM
  • I currently use Windows XP on all of my machines, although we're seriously considering switching to Windows 7 because of the 64 bit OS and the ability to utilize more than 4GB (well, really 3.5 GB) of RAM since XP really only recognizes 3.5 GB of RAM regardless of how much is actually installed. After the changeover to Windows 7, we'll probably stick with that one until Microsoft has a replacement that's been on the market for at least two years.

    -- Posted by Thom on Thu, Dec 16, 2010, at 9:03 PM
  • I, too, have a computer running Windows 98SE as I have a couple of apps that will lock up a XP machine.

    Unique-Lies, who signed off on HJR 192?

    -- Posted by Tyger on Fri, Dec 17, 2010, at 9:48 PM
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