Computer with XP AND Windows 7

Reply Mon 10 Jan, 2011 10:24 am
I'm in the market for a new computer. I understand that you can get a computes with both XP & 7 on it and I'd like any information any of you can give me.

I use my computer for email (I'm old-fashioned, no Twitter yet) and editing plus writing for a weekly newsletter as well as for research.

I'm currently using an HP Pavilion a1550y.

Looking forward to some nice helpful info!
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Reply Mon 10 Jan, 2011 11:59 am
You can partition your hard drive and install two separate operating systems on it, but I don't see any advantage to installing XP in one and W7 in the other, especially if you are getting a new computer. XP doesn't offer any advantages over W7 that I can see and W7 has a fast learning curve.
Reply Mon 10 Jan, 2011 12:09 pm
As far as I understand, Windows 7 is what Windows Vista was supposed to be. According to the tech gurus I pay attention to, it's more efficient then XP and Vista and it ties up the security issues of both OS's.

I'm not sure why one would need both OS's as far as I remember one can use Windows 7's specifically designed XP mode for operating XP compatible only software.
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Reply Mon 10 Jan, 2011 09:44 pm
I also don't understand why you would want both. I can't imagine that anyone who is not a software developer would want to go with anything other than the latest and greatest i.e. Windows 7.

It's doable. But, unless you have a good reason (i.e. you are developing software and want to make sure it works with older computers) it is almost certainly not worth the effort.
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Reply Mon 10 Jan, 2011 09:47 pm
Download Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC

Do I need Windows XP Mode?

Windows 7 has several built-in tools to help with program compatibility and Windows XP programs should be installed directly on Windows 7. Windows XP Mode runs many older Windows XP productivity programs and that are not natively compatible with Windows 7, thus helping realize cost savings and reduce possible operational downtime by extending the life of existing software. Visit the Windows 7 Compatibility Center to find software that works with Windows 7.
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