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Thread: Just a rant

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana

    Just a rant

    Last week I got a virus on my computer (and NO...I was not looking at porn). Anyway to make a long story not so long I ended up buying a new computer. I had been thinking of replacing my 7 year old machine anyway but the time just didnt seem quite right yet. My old one ran Windows XP and the new one runs Windows 7. It has been a total nightmare trying to learn a new operating system. I had many programs including a $699.00 Photoshop program that will not work now on Windows 7. My printer and scanner will also not work. I have Microsoft office files that I cannot read unless I buy the latest software.

    I have 500 gig of personal family photos and videos on an external hard drive that is also non compatable with Windows 7.

    To the makers of Microsoft....You are not making things easier to use by updating your operating system. Having to relearn how to do things all over again is not better or faster.

    Ok...I'm done......if there are a lot of mis spelled words in this rant it is because I no longer have a spell checker installed. One more thing to do.
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  2. #2
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Bummer Tom, I don't mind learning a new OS, but not being able to use app's & printers etc. just isn't right IMO...greed of the big dogs... I'll stop now before I get started
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  3. #3
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    Jan 2011
    Tacoma, WA
    The Penguin is calling, the Penguin in calling!!!!

    (translation, Linux) yeah, not the easiest solution either, but....

    Sorry to hear about the computer problems... I always thought computers were supposed to make out lives easier, not put us in the loony bin!

    Oh, and don't worry, just about the time you get it all figured out and new software bought, you'll need to upgrade again!

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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    tom speking out of turn sorta but can you put xp on the new box? sometimes you can and if so that would help solve some of your to brent dowel or darren on it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    tom speking out of turn sorta but can you put xp on the new box? sometimes you can and if so that would help solve some of your to brent dowel or darren on it..
    Yup....that was what i was going to say. Put in a clean copy of xp......but just make sure your hardware will support xp first

    Also..please buy an external hard drive.....they are about 50 bucks on newegg. Back up your system regularly. Then if it ever happens again....just load your back-up

  6. #6
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    Apr 2007
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    I've gotten a lot of my older software to run under Win 7 using their compatibility engine; some just won't. I did go back to XP on my laptop. There were just too many drivers that I couldn't get.

    XP's curse is that it was stable (for Windows that is) for so long. I've been running it since 2002 or so IIRC. It also started out as a horrible mess but, I gave it a year or so for the unsuspecting public to Beta test it for Microsoft and then moved onto it. I ran it up till just a few weeks ago on one machine; still run it on the other.

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  7. #7
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    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I looked real close at getting a MAC but it occured to me that none of my software would run on it so I opted for another pc. I knew that Windows 7 might be different but never gave it a thought that all this software would be useless on it.
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  8. #8
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    I'm really curious as to why your external drive won't work? I've got lot's of old drives and they all work fine. The only thing I've had so far that wasn't compatible was a web cam, and that's primarily because I went with the 64bit version of Win7.

    Do you have access to an xp machine you could make sure your drive is actually still working?
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  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Tom I feel your pain, I've had similar problems, and then you can add in the frustration of wanting a multi-lingual computer. We switched to Mac almost two years ago, the stress level in our house and business over them darn computers, has gone down so much, it is hard to remember what I used to get so frustrated at Really, ask my wife!

    Is Mac perfect, no, of course not, but man it is so much better than what I had with Windows, YMMV.

    Yes them windows machines are CHEAP but I know that in many cases the Mac machines seem to just keep on chugging away, while similar older win machines give up the ghost. Last year my daughter's MacBook had a HDD failure, we were within a week of the free one year warranty from running out. I'd bought the Apple care, but I forgot to register it Still one week to go, took it to the local apple certified shop (no "Apple Store in my hometown) and the guy looked up the serial number and user info an said "No problem have it back to you in a few days". Well a few days was a day and a half, they even loaded her OS for her on the MacBook, all for free, love that warranty! Then I registered the Apple Care and she has another two years of warranty, and that is an international warranty too.

    I'm just sold on Mac, I'm not anti-windows, I'm just not going to willingly give them my money anymore.

    I do feel your frustration on the Windows upgrading problems, been there done that, with the added frustration of older Japan only printers etc not wanting to work without "English" drivers

    Hey, is this familiar........

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  10. #10
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Tom, with all you have invested in older software (like Photoshop and older versions of Office), my recommendation would be to wipe the drive and install XP on the new machine.

    I recently upgraded to Windows 7 and really like it, but I had relatively new peripherals like printers and external drives so compatibility wasn't a problem. I did have to upgrade my version of Photoshop Elements, but I was running V4, so it was quite a few generations behind the times. I also upgraded my Office suite, but that was going to happen whether I upgraded the OS or not.

    I've been running Windows NT-based machines since NT was in beta. (We were source code licensees with Microsoft back then, so we were doing our own builds.) Windows 7 is so far the best one yet. But XP is also a good, relatively stable OS, and having a lot invested in legacy software and peripherals would be a good reason (in my opinion) to stay with it instead of upgrading.
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