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Computer Advice

Postby Zambo » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:58 am

I'm a plug and goer and would not be offended to be called a techy pigmy, particularly as I spent most of my career at Big Blue, as it's pretty much on the mark, so looking for some advice.

My PC is over seven years old, and it takes longer to boot and shutdown these days, regardless of all of the advice taken to make those tasks quicker. However, it still is working fine on 100mpbs. I'm also running on 7 which I like, but am mindful that Microsoft will withdraw support next January. So on the face of it, it would make sense to wait a few months and then get a new PC with 10 on it, unless there is an 11 on the horizon.

Question is, is it easy to get all my stuff off my current PC and stick it on the new one, as I don't want to have to start from scratch. I currently have docs, photos, music, PC based email, saved passwords and bookmarks backed up on external plug ins, but I've never had to import, but guess that is fairly straightforward.

Another question is, what is the impact of carrying on with 7 without Microsoft updates?

Any advice, general or specific would be appreciated.
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Re: Computer Advice

Postby m4rkb » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:03 am

Take the old drive out and put it in the new machine as a slave.
When it's up and running gradually delete all the crap.

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby m4rkb » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:09 am

Actually here's another useful tip. When you get new computer let it install as as many updates as pos, install as little software as possible and use the old drive for a back up of the entire system in good working order.
Very handy for the occasional declutter and start from fresh again.

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby Zambo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:06 pm

Cheers, can you still get Windows 10 free from any safe place?
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Re: Computer Advice

Postby Vespa » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:09 pm

Sign up to a cloud storage provider for a month. Push all the stuff to the cloud and then drag it down again. I don't keep anything local anymore.

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby The Ghost of Alex Higgins » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:31 pm

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby Zambo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:01 pm

After giving it a good hiding. :D

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby Vespa » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:04 pm

Zambo wrote:After giving it a good hiding. :D

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That's me after I joined a company that used Macs.

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby Zambo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:33 pm

What is an SSD and how do they work? Under what circumstances would they be of benefit? Do they work alongside an HDD?

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby The Ghost of Alex Higgins » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:05 pm

Zummers i told you to get an ssd ten years ago. What in the god damn hell are you doing
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Re: Computer Advice

Postby antdad » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:34 pm

Solid State Drive, no spinning platters to access like a conventional drive so quicker (like RAM) and therefore less likely to fail however more difficult to recover data should you need to and yes they can work in tandem with old drive.

Are you very reliant on MS support as you don't seem to do anything unconventional or resource hungry? Just wondering why the need or desire for the latest OS, I have 10 on my laptop and it's ok but more a MS exercise in unifying an OS across all platforms, if I can find my old copy of 7 I'd stick that back on in a a heart beat.

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby Zambo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:10 pm

No, 7 works great for me, never had any probs with it. Just wondering what the impact would be post Jan 20 when the Windows updates stop.
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Re: Computer Advice

Postby The Ghost of Alex Higgins » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:24 pm

Just get a dell with latest 10 and stop fighting it you lunatic
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Re: Computer Advice

Postby Zambo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:45 pm

A Dell?

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Re: Computer Advice

Postby antdad » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:40 am

Zambo wrote:No, 7 works great for me, never had any probs with it. Just wondering what the impact would be post Jan 20 when the Windows updates stop.


Not much, mainly security updates for Windows defender which you could replace quite easily, I think what Ghost is getting at is whatever you buy now will have Win 10 on it and no point waiting for a new OS. New OS's are inherently buggy and it usually takes a while (usually at users time and expense) for MS to iron them all out, that's why 7 works so well (now) it's had a decade of MS "updates" to sort out any bugs.


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