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    Should I upgrade from XP to Windows 7?

    I have a windows 7 computer, my main one, which I built in March 2012. (I was a bit too slow adopting Windows 7!). My old 2006 build still runs XP, but it has issues; I should upgrade the OS. I have seen, and don't like, Windows 8.1. I think I should just upgrade to Windows 7. I have Win7 Pro on my main desktop so I will go with Win7 Pro on the old one. (The 2006 build it is still fast enough. I use it mainly to scan slides and photos; I have a lot to do, and it is slow. I switch between the two with a Tripp Lite USB KVM.) Thanks for reading; I suspect I am not alone.

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    Bob,

    The first step is to run the Win 7 compatibility checker on that old machine to see if it will support it. Pay special attention to your peripherals as drivers could be an issue you'll need to check manufactures sites if the checker indicates that Win 7 doesn't have the drivers. If you can solve all the issues IMHO upgrade. HTH
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    The build is probably compatible with W7 but you should run it through the Win 7 upgrade adviser Microsoft has available to be sure. Also if you are not going to replace any of the peripherals at the same time, you should verify there are W7 drivers (32 or 64-bit) for them.

    Otherwise, if that system is more or less a dedicated purpose unit with minimal or no online connection, and it's doing what you want it to do, there isn't much compelling an upgrade. I'm still split about 50-50 between W7 and XP and I don't see that changing anytime soon. XP is the perfect combination of functionality and stay the heck out of my way for me!

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    There is one major advantage to XP over Windows 7, in my view: It is extremely easy to share a printer which is installed on an XP computer. It is more of a challenge to share a printer when it is installed on the Windows 7 computer.

    That said, I recommend that you look into upgrading to Windows 7. Things are beginning to be unavailable for XP, such as decent antivirus protection.

    What I personally would do would be to put a new hard drive into the computer and then do a clean install of Windows 7; I would then install all of my apps. If everything works, then I'm done. If things don't work out, I would put the previous hard drive back into the computer and be back in business with XP.

    As a bonus, by installing a new hard drive, you will set the hard drive failure clock back to zero; it will be that much longer before it eventually fails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    There is one major advantage to XP over Windows 7, in my view: It is extremely easy to share a printer which is installed on an XP computer. It is more of a challenge to share a printer when it is installed on the Windows 7 computer.

    That said, I recommend that you look into upgrading to Windows 7. Things are beginning to be unavailable for XP, such as decent antivirus protection.
    Printer is difficult only if Win 7 is 64-bit (and assuming XP is 32-bit). Antivirus protection will indeed decline but I predict there will be several excellent providers like Malwarebytes for several years to come (as long as there is profit to be made). One only has to look at the browser supply for XP now, however many years it's been now since Microsoft cut off IE. Since XP will more or less be a constant (if fully updated) after update support ends, adjustments to scanning behavior will be minimal and easy (less expensive) to maintain. I imagine there are some pretty significant adjustments from time to time for OSes still being updated/upgraded, though none more noteworthy probably than for the 64-bit Win 7 hardened kernel when it was introduced. That one had all the security software companies scrambling to catch up.
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    I have my printer on my PC which is Win 8.1 64 bit. My wife's laptop is win 7 32 bit and I had no problem sharing the printer. I was forced to do this as my previous solution via a NAS drive stopped working for her and I can't be bothered to find out why! Perhaps it's easier with 8.1, but it worked fine (if I remember correctly) when my PC was Win 7.

    YMMV!

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    Windows 7 isn't going to be a whole lot faster than Windows XP.
    If your problem isn't hardware related you'd be better of just formatting and reinstalling the XP.
    If your XP issues are a combination of both software and hardware, max out the motherboard's
    hardware capabilities and clean install Windows XP.
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