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Should I jump from XP to Windows 8?

By reesa ·
I'm a web designer/creative/business user ready buy a new computer to replace my current XP PC. Since the Windows 8 release is approaching, I am thinking about jumping straight to 8. Most of the software I run (MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Quickbooks, etc.) is the latest version. So I would use my current software on the new computer. What problems could I run into if I skip Win 7 and go right to 8?

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by zazimi In reply to XP > W7 = Good Move

I stopped reading at "have to upgrade your applications software to 64 bit...
Look further down on the thread and let me tell you why, for most people in your situation, it is entirely advantageous to upgrade to Windows 7 from an operating system that's been out over a decade, and I will give you cold hard facts, not vague and incorrect concepts.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to XP > W7 = Good Move

Zazimi,

It may or may not be advantageous to upgrade from an older Microsoft Windows version as there's a lot more to it than just how great the latest version is or supposed to be. The situation for a business is a lot different for an individual. I know people who refuse to dump their XP at this point in time because they can NOT afford to buy replacement peripherals they use a lot - printer, scanner, slide and film scanner and the like. This is because the gear works perfectly with XP but does NOT work with Win 7. One person can't switch as they use a special piece of hardware and software that works with their throat microphone to allow them to use their VOIP phone service - neither works with Win 7.

The peripheral hardware compatibility issue and cost is often overlooked by people until AFTER they get the new fancy computer and they get upset when their existing gear doesn't work with the new one.

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by DataPoint1976 In reply to XP > W7 = Good Move

You do really have to consider your existing peripherals when deciding whether to go with a 32 bit or 64 bit OS and whether you might need to buy new periperals if there are not 64 bit drivers available. Printers/scanners are notoriously problematic.

From Microsoft:
If I'm running a 64-bit version of Windows, do I need 64-bit drivers for my devices?
Yes. All hardware devices need 64-bit drivers to work on a 64-bit version of Windows. Drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows don't work on computers running 64-bit versions of Windows.

In addition, you should read this post in the Windows 7 forum regarding 32 bit vs 64 bit W7 OS decision:

http://www.w7forums.com/windows-7-64-bit-vs-32-bit-t484.html

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to XP > W7 = Good Move

Datapoint,

The concerns re current drivers for hardware are real, but not that big an issue IF the hardware was originally designed to use the Industry Standard Command Set and not a specific Microsoft Windows Command Set. If built to use a Windows Command Set out of the box then it needs drivers for anything except that version of Windows, if built to the Industry Standard Commands then it needs drivers for use in any version of Windows.

I have a colour laser printer that I bought in 1996 and was built to use the Industry Standard Command Set, it plugs in and works wonderfully with my current 64 bit Linux operating system - Zorin OS 5; 16 years old and still going strong. This just shows how important it is to check out on the out of the box compatibility of all your hardware

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by zazimi In reply to XP > W7 = Good Move

One must consider the fact that the new pc may not have drivers for xp, for its internal components. It works both ways.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to XP > W7 = Good Move

zazimi,
That's the point hardware built to the Industry Standards doesn't care what OS is installed as long as the OS is designed to the Industry Standards as well. The pity is that Windows isn't designed to the Industry Standards and they get some of the hardware manufacturers to design to the CURRENT Windows standard; that's what causes most of the driver issues. That and the fact Windows does not load their hardware command drivers for anything but the last couple of levels in their Current version of Windows.

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by reesa In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

This is some great advice. Thanks. Just to clarify my original question, when I said I'm preparing to "upgrade my Win XP computer," I meant that I will be buying a new computer. I will look into this Win 7 offer from Microsoft. Sounds like that could be a great option for me.

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by golddust In reply to Clarification of original ...

"upgrade my Win XP computer," definitely means you are looking to upgrade THAT computer. Should have said move up to a Windows 7 (or computer.

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Go for it.

by a.portman In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

Buy a new computer wi7 and the free 8 upgrade. BEFORE shutting down your old computer, recover any product keys from your old software. Adobe has a tool that uninstall the license key so you can reuse it. Belarc Advisor http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html can tell you what you have loaded. Make sure you have an install path for loading you current programs onto your new computer. If you go 64 bit, you may want to go with the 64 bit of your applications to take better advantage of the chip. Belarc will also list out any free programs you have loaded. You will want them too. Make sure to back everything up to transfer to the new computer.

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Go with Win 7

by sneymeyer In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

Just my opinion but go with Win 7 and 64 bit if possible. I doubt you will be disappointed. Approach Win 8 with caution. I just see no reason to use it on a non-tablet device.

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