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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:15 PM

XP Pro 32bit to Windows 8?

I have an older desktop:

Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield @ 2.4Ghz
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
Zalman 9700 CPU cooler
4 GB G.SKILL PC2 6400
Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA
2 x Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA
XFX HD-4870A-ZHDC XXX 1G
16x Plextor DVD Burner
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 case
Antec True Power Trio TP3-550w PS


Any reason to upgrade to Windows 8 or just leave it alone?


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Reply XP Pro 32bit to Windows 8? (Original post)
SHRED Jan 2013 OP
discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2013 #1
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #2
Gore1FL Feb 2013 #11
liberal N proud Feb 2013 #14
PoliticAverse Jan 2013 #3
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #6
CPX7700 Mar 2013 #16
ManiacJoe Jan 2013 #4
Earth Bound Misfit Jan 2013 #8
Gore1FL Feb 2013 #12
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #5
Earth Bound Misfit Jan 2013 #9
SHRED Jan 2013 #7
KracevayaKoshka Feb 2013 #10
Mnpaul Feb 2013 #13
SHRED Feb 2013 #15
RoccoR5955 Mar 2013 #17
BlueJazz Mar 2013 #18
backscatter712 Mar 2013 #19

Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:18 PM

1. Leave it alone.

XP the devil you know...

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:20 PM

2. I like Windows 7 vs XP, but Windows 8 loses to both.

How long before Microsoft sees it sucks.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:41 PM

11. Check this out

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/35189-Windows-7-explorer-for-Windows-8

The Free one allows you to easily switch between a Win8 UI and a Win7 UI (logoff required). Either run with the "under the hood" benefits of Win 8. Metro is completely gone if you boot in Win 7 mode.

The best part: It uses Native Windows 7 files! I used a Win7 CD as part of the install and then replaced them with the same files from an W7-SP1 device.

It's like lightning.

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:55 AM

14. I will have to try this

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:34 PM

3. You're good to at least April 8, 2014...

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:25 AM

6. XP will not magically stop working on that day.

I know people that still use 95 and 2000. It works on their old computers and does what they want.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 02:56 PM

16. I agree

I personally use Windows 8 and enjoy it, but XP is still great and will still work for most after Microsoft ends support. All it does at the moment is release the occasional security fix. If security is not an issue, you will only need to switch when (or if) your favorite programs lose Windows XP compatibility. To be honest though, since Windows NT 4, Windows has not changed all that much, and since Vista it has barely changed at all on the kernel level. The GUI is a lot different now, but don't let it scare you. I was a Windows 8 critic, but I ended up using it. I can still play my Windows 95 games like Unreal Tournament and Quake 3. Give it a shot or even maybe play with someone's else computer. If you don't see a compelling reason to switch, you can stick with XP until you see a reason to.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:36 PM

4. On the older hardware, I would stay with XP.

On a home computer, Windows 8 is not going to gain you anything.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:00 AM

8. This ^^

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:42 PM

12. That seems like the only useful place for it. It isn't enterprise friendly. n/t

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:23 AM

5. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:01 AM

9. And that ^^

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:34 AM

7. thanks for all the good advice!

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:01 PM

13. I learned something this week

Upgrading that copy of XP with 8 will hose that copy of XP and you will no longer be able to use it. It will make that product key useless.

Hey Shred, how's it going. I knew you from Ed's board. My former screen name ended in "1000"

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Response to Mnpaul (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:02 AM

15. good to know


I am leaving it alone.


Howdy! Eddy sure has gone big time now. I appreciate about 80% of his work. The other 20% involving just bashing Republicans and cheerleading Obama I can do without.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 07:37 PM

17. Reformat it if you have to and load XP.

Don't do the Windows 8 thing, you'll regret it.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 08:20 PM

18. People on this forum know that I'm a fan of Windows 8 so having said that...

, Windows 8 will turn your computer into a "Babe Magnet" and it also comes with a serum that will cause you
to be young, very handsome and lucky (you'll hit the lottery tomorrow).

Regarding XP..it's been proven to explode your system at a moments notice and also hurt your dog/cat/bird/bunny..or whatever.

You're Welcome

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 08:07 PM

19. I'd say move up to Windows 7 not 8. n/t

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