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    Well, apparently at the time has come for this limited knowledge person to upgrade from Windows XP. Apparently, I have no simple upgrade path that will save my data, whether to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. So, any recommendations on which way I should go, and how to save my data so I can copy it back to my new set up, whichever turns out to be?

    Thank you
    Alan

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    #2
    Good luck! Been there...done that...got screwed...without a happy ending.

    Both Win 7 and Win 8-8.1 install/upgrades have built in mechanisms for copying your data off to a safe location (preferably an external drive) but neither transfer programs. If you want to move, say, Quicken from XP to Win 8.1, you'll need to find your original install CD and install Quicken in Win 8.1 and then copy the data back. With me...TurboTax also.

    The other neat surprise waiting for you in Win 8.1 is Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft decided to be a little more W3W compliant...so now, some features on websites you know and love no longer work.

    Do I sound bitter?

    Anyway, I went from Vista to 8.1 on this machine. I don't really like the minimalist tablet friendly interface. I'm going to try to take my XP machine to win 7...oh...yeah...first I'll have to see if that machine has enough horsepower to upgrade at all. The reason its still running XP is that Vista found it lacking.

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      #3
      Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This means that there will be no more security updates for XP. If you like Windows XP, I recommend Windows 7.
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        #4
        I have a new computer with 8.1...It's tricky...I'm almost ready to migrate my stuff from the old computer to the new. With 8.1 you just have change your thinking process

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          #5
          Originally posted by cbdives View Post
          I have a new computer with 8.1...It's tricky...I'm almost ready to migrate my stuff from the old computer to the new. With 8.1 you just have change your thinking process
          Actually, if you are using a desktop computer, you can buy Start8 for $4.95, and Win8.1 will be a lot like Win 7, and I feel it is a more stable system.
          Don - Grad Student Emeritus
          T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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            #6
            I'll be going to Windows 7. I've been trying to read up on the process. I downloaded the Windows Easy Transfer app, and ran the Win 7 upgrade advisor.

            I haven't found how to save my e-mails and passwords in Firefox and Seamonkey.
            Alan

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              #7
              Originally posted by PN View Post
              Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This means that there will be no more security updates for XP. If you like Windows XP, I recommend Windows 7.
              The late news had a lovely parting shot to this news. Most ATMs are running WINXP if they are in stores and bars. I'm heading toward another, lighter laptop that will have 8.1. Been a Dell fan since IBM quit making American machines. This one needs a new Video BIOS chip and warranty dies tomorrow. It is about 5 years old so right after taxes...
              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                #8
                I just got a new laptop with windows 8. I actually kind of like it. It is easy enough to get to a windows 7 like desktop and the touch screen stuff is nice if you are just browsing.

                Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                The late news had a lovely parting shot to this news. Most ATMs are running WINXP if they are in stores and bars. I'm heading toward another, lighter laptop that will have 8.1. Been a Dell fan since IBM quit making American machines. This one needs a new Video BIOS chip and warranty dies tomorrow. It is about 5 years old so right after taxes...

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by t8burst View Post
                  I just got a new laptop with windows 8. I actually kind of like it. It is easy enough to get to a windows 7 like desktop and the touch screen stuff is nice if you are just browsing.
                  If the desk top is closer to a MAC that's not a problem. The spouse has a iPad now and I've used it for checking email and taking notes when traveling. Did you get a Dell or ? And then I will take the hard drive out of the ancient back up Dell and go see how that HD crusher/degauser machine works the next time the UW has a free community day.
                  Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                  Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                    #10
                    I don't like dell laptops. I got a thinkpad X1 carbon, 2.8 pounds 2560x1440 screen resolution, 500gb ssd. I travel quite a bit and for size/weight/power you can't beat it. As for tablets I have a Kindle HDX, I am not a big fan of iPads.

                    Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                    If the desk top is closer to a MAC that's not a problem. The spouse has a iPad now and I've used it for checking email and taking notes when traveling. Did you get a Dell or ? And then I will take the hard drive out of the ancient back up Dell and go see how that HD crusher/degauser machine works the next time the UW has a free community day.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by alan View Post
                      Well, apparently at the time has come for this limited knowledge person to upgrade from Windows XP. Apparently, I have no simple upgrade path that will save my data, whether to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. So, any recommendations on which way I should go, and how to save my data so I can copy it back to my new set up, whichever turns out to be?

                      Thank you
                      Do you have McAfee as your security? Their total protection package can save your stuff to their cloud and the basic package covers up to 3 units. I think mine ran about $85 or $90. If you run at 64 bit I'd try upgrading to 8. If you still are at 32 go to 7.
                      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by t8burst View Post
                        I don't like dell laptops. I got a thinkpad X1 carbon, 2.8 pounds 2560x1440 screen resolution, 500gb ssd. I travel quite a bit and for size/weight/power you can't beat it. As for tablets I have a Kindle HDX, I am not a big fan of iPads.
                        What is their support like? I'm not a road warrior user and won't take a laptop on vacations because they are still too large to stick in a room safe. I loved the IBM desktops and borrowed a Thinkpad once for a few weeks and just remember it ran cooler. Oh, Dells do seem to acquire grit and dirt in the CD/DVD slot that causes real problems. My only complaint about the iPad is how slippery they are. I have quad fingers so the grab and other touch screen features don't get much use from me. And reading how Barnes and Noble is on several lists predicting bankruptcy I wish I had gone for a multi use Kindle instead of the HD Nook. But with an add on textured cover I do get a lot of use out of my Nook.
                        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                          #13
                          I pay for the on site 2 year support. Works great, I had the cable from the motherboard to the display come loose and the screen went all wonky, some dude (actually dudette) came out the next day and fixed it. Thinkpads (at least mine) with Windows 8 comes with Dragon built in (there is even a hot key for launching it).

                          Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                          What is their support like? I'm not a road warrior user and won't take a laptop on vacations because they are still too large to stick in a room safe. I loved the IBM desktops and borrowed a Thinkpad once for a few weeks and just remember it ran cooler. Oh, Dells do seem to acquire grit and dirt in the CD/DVD slot that causes real problems. My only complaint about the iPad is how slippery they are. I have quad fingers so the grab and other touch screen features don't get much use from me. And reading how Barnes and Noble is on several lists predicting bankruptcy I wish I had gone for a multi use Kindle instead of the HD Nook. But with an add on textured cover I do get a lot of use out of my Nook.

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                            #14
                            Is there such thing as a Windows upgrade?

                            Originally posted by PN View Post
                            Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This means that there will be no more security updates for XP.
                            Now if for every known security exploit they fix they create ten more unknown ones then this new stability will be a good thing.

                            If the security exploits are known then they can be mitigated at the firewall without creating any more.

                            If the security exploits are unknown then you can not mitigate them. However, those in the know will exploit them without your knowledge. The Chinese are in the know.

                            Windows machines should not be connected to a network. If you need a particular app on one to talk to a particular app on another then allow just that communication and also validate the protocol.

                            I was shocked to find defence run Microsoft Windows XP, but they do it this way with one machine for each app with its own Oracle license.

                            In our corporate SOE we had Windows XP and recently went to 7. We do not run masquerading NAT and force use of proxy to validate and log traffic. Many new problems have found and stopped with this.

                            Install Linux or get a Mac. I refuse to use my credentials on any Windows machine. I used to always used change my password after on a clean machine, but now I just don't use Windows. {
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                              Do you have McAfee as your security? Their total protection package can save your stuff to their cloud and the basic package covers up to 3 units. I think mine ran about $85 or $90. If you run at 64 bit I'd try upgrading to 8. If you still are at 32 go to 7.
                              I have Norton. And I'm a 32-bit, but my computer knowledgeable friend says I should upgrade to 64-bit Windows 7.
                              Alan

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