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Old 13. Jun 2013, 11:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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remember everyone complained about xp at first.
did not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 13. Jun 2013, 11:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I respectfully disagree. The i3 processor is outdated having been released 3 years ago.
No. The i3 is no older than Intel's other lines of processors. It's just their low-end desktop line. i5 is the sweet spot. In fact, Intel's top-of-the line series, i7 came out before i3.
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Windows 8 is an act of Microsoft abusing their customers. It is inappropriate on a PC, unless you fix it with one of those start-menu replacement programs.
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Old 13. Jun 2013, 11:24 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My questions
1) Which Windows OS should we get for a new computer, 7, 8, 8.1, or wait for a few more months?
2) Since we use our appliances, cars, etc until they become unreliable, what is a reasonable amount of hardware to have on a new computer (probably laptop)?
3) Any other comments would be appreciated.

Note: I'm slowly moving to a LINUS distro for my use, so our current computers will work for me until they "die" and I do keep their data backed up on an external HDD.
1) Go ahead and get a windows 8 laptop now. It'll automatically upgrade to 8.1 when that's released (i.e. 8.1=sp1).

2) All but the cheapest laptops are great performers, and will probably be all you will ever need. An Intel i3 with 4GB will be all you need. If you want to spend some extra, an i5 with 6GB .

3) I hate laptops. Everything about them is too small to be my main PC. And, laptops are less reliable as those charger cords tend to break. Also, get a "start menu" program to make Windows 8 function more like Windows 7.
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did not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well yes, Windows XP SP1 was too buggy for general use, and SP2 resolved all of this, and became one of the best O.S to date.
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Old 17. Jun 2013, 02:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Well yes, Windows XP SP1 was too buggy for general use, and SP2 resolved all of this, and became one of the best O.S to date.
Windows XP was received like it was a cup of ice water by a man crawling out of the desert. XP wasn't buggy. It was a mature and polished OS based on the NT line, preceded by the highly liked Windows 2000. It replaced the highly hated Windows ME of the highly unstable 9x line.

SP2 wasn't released until XP had been out for three years. And, it was mostly security enhancements, not bug fixes.

Windows 8 is bad because MS is trying to push a tablet interface onto a desktop OS.
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Thanks to all y'all.(Joeguru, I would appreciate more hardware advice and comments.)All of these comments and advice are invaluable. Since everything is running well now (and well backed up), we've the luxury of time to do more research and wait for articles on the more reliable computers and additional software. As well as watching and hearing about friends and other forum contributors complaints and praises as well as watching for sales. And the different views here are really helpful. I am registered on MSFN, Gizmo Richards, PC Pitstop, and several Linux forums as well as being a member of our local Greensboro Linux Users Group (GLUG).

If anyone on this forum is a Linux media player/guru, please let me know. I badly need some advice on Linux software in that field. I am currently only staying with Windows XP on my personal computer because of the lack of a Jukebox program for Linux which will equal the features on the 10 year old JRivers Media Jukebox 8.
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