Friday, August 23, 2013

It May Be Time To Upgrade To a Newer Computer

I am using an HP DV5126 which I bought in 2007 (and it was a refurbished model even then).  It is running Windows XP, and to be blunt, I am a bit scared of what is going to happen when Microsoft drops support for XP in April.

But just about everything seems to come with Windows 8.1 now.  I have heard some criticisms.  Is anyone using Windows 8.1 out there?

UPDATE: It does appear that HP has some quad core laptops with Windows 7 Home Premium still.

8 comments:

Dave said...

If I were going to get a new machine, I'd build it with Windows 7. Actually, I built a new machine in January and used Windows 7.

Nathan Mates said...

I have Win8.0 on a scratch box at home to test application compatibility. If you've got a Win8 box, the best thing to do is immediately download and install http://www.classicshell.net/ . 100% free, and gives you a start menu back. As a bonus, the start menu can be styled in XP, Vista, or Win7 look for whatever you want. Not what MS wants for you.

I've appreciated a number of under the hood performance enhancements and tweaks in Win8 -- process explorer is elegant *and* useful! -- but mixed in are a bunch of horrible UI designs. Making it difficult to shut down from the UI -- something people have been conditioned to do for 18+ years -- is just plain "we know better than you" arrogance.

Moose said...

Windows 8.1 has a number of improvements over 8.0 based on user feedback making it an excellent choice. Also runs better on lighter hardware than Windows 7.

David said...

Windows 8 might make sense if your laptop screen was tough sensitive. If not, I'd pass on windows 8 and stick with Windows 7.

John Cunningham said...

a computer store here in cincinnati is still offering their builds in desktops and laptops with Win7. it is Fuller Computers.
I would also imagine someCS students at Boise State could build a good machine.

Sebastian said...

Get yourself a modern PC that has a motherboard capable of running Mac OS X with not much in the way of hacking :)

Mauser said...

I built a new desktop from components and I was able to buy Windows 7 on Amazon. Be very careful to NOT get the cheaper "System Builder Edition" because that's a one-shot install. When it registers, it ties itself to one computer only.

LCB said...

Dell also offers Win7 on it's "work" desktops, the Optiplex's.