The Mother Board

Motherboards.org forums. Free tech support, motherboard ID, and more.
It is currently Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:23 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 33 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:44 am 
Offline
Black Belt 1st Degree
Black Belt 1st Degree

Joined: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:01 am
Posts: 1911
Location: Reading the forums, where else?
Upgrading my XP boxes to Win 7. With the looming end of support, I have to bite the bullet and upgrade. Gonna buy 2 Win 7 boxes, and reinstall all my programs. What fun!! probably spend some time on the phone explaining why I need to reactivate a multitude of programs.....too bad I just can't use the Win 7 upgrade, and be done. Going from XP to Win 7 requires a clean install. On the positive side, all computers will now be 64 Bit.

_________________
I have a photographic memory, only problem is, I ran out of film.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:14 pm 
Offline
Mobo-fu Master
Mobo-fu Master

Joined: Sun May 06, 2001 12:01 am
Posts: 37464
Location: Netherlands
Best of luck and remember that quite a few of us have been there, done that. In case you encounter any mishaps...

_________________
We hate rut, but we fear change.
********************************
System error, strike any user to continue...


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:57 am 
Offline
Mobo-fu Master
Mobo-fu Master

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2003 11:57 am
Posts: 20868
Location: 07438
Sadly, no "easy" upgrade from Win XP to either Win 7 or Win 8. The only alternative is upgrading to Win Vista and then to Win 7 or 8. But a lot more expensive!
Sage advise is to do a full backup before starting a "fresh" install. Or get a new hard drive for the process, and keep the old drive as a 'backup'.
April 8, 2014 is the official end of support for XP and Windows Server 2003. Hopefully, browsers and security software will still honor its use for a few months.

_________________
F@H.. to solve mankind's maladies.. in our lifetimes!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:06 pm 
Offline
Black Belt 1st Degree
Black Belt 1st Degree

Joined: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:01 am
Posts: 1911
Location: Reading the forums, where else?
Plans are to buy 2 refurb boxes with Win 7 on an 80G drive, install applications, back up 80G drive, back up current xp drives (250G) to my external backup, wipe the 250 and clone the 80 to the 250.

_________________
I have a photographic memory, only problem is, I ran out of film.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:41 am 
Offline
Black Belt 1st Degree
Black Belt 1st Degree

Joined: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:01 am
Posts: 1911
Location: Reading the forums, where else?
Or, since we rarely use the desktops, looking at the idea of converting one to a file/print server, using Linux. Since neither one of us is command line literate, which distro would be best? And where would I find decent setup info?

_________________
I have a photographic memory, only problem is, I ran out of film.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:41 am 
Offline
Black Belt
Black Belt

Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2003 2:57 pm
Posts: 708
Location: Yorkshire, UK
I always use ubuntu for my file servers, so easy to work with. Can install ubuntu server then add the desktop part to make setup easier (I don't like the command line either).

Bonus here is there's so much info/help just by googling.

_________________
CALL &BD19 (If you need to ask you don't need to know)
Image


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:30 pm 
Offline
Black Belt 1st Degree
Black Belt 1st Degree

Joined: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:01 am
Posts: 1911
Location: Reading the forums, where else?
Just for grins and giggles, I ran the Windows 8 upgrade advisor on both boxes, and surprisingly, all hardware is supported, including my old AGP video card (which wasn't supported on Win 7), with driver updates. Actually cheaper to buy the Windows 8 retail than buy Win 7 boxes. Need to check for Win 8 drivers, and might just go that route.

_________________
I have a photographic memory, only problem is, I ran out of film.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:28 am 
Offline
Mobo-fu Master
Mobo-fu Master

Joined: Sun May 06, 2001 12:01 am
Posts: 37464
Location: Netherlands
and have this so your desktop is still there where you expect it:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... 8-tutorial

_________________
We hate rut, but we fear change.
********************************
System error, strike any user to continue...


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:11 am 
Offline
Black Belt 1st Degree
Black Belt 1st Degree

Joined: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:01 am
Posts: 1911
Location: Reading the forums, where else?
Sorry, everywhere I wrote Windows 8, should be 8.1. :oops:

_________________
I have a photographic memory, only problem is, I ran out of film.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:41 pm 
Offline
Black Belt 1st Degree
Black Belt 1st Degree

Joined: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:01 am
Posts: 1911
Location: Reading the forums, where else?
OK, gave some incorrect info, cannot run 8.1 with either current setup, so back to Win 7. I was able to find an AGP video card for my box (thanks NewEgg). Wife's is good to go as is, with a few driver updates. I can buy Windows 7 home premium for both, and save about $300.

While browsing at NewEgg, I found This and wonder if anyone has used it. It is supposed to install programs during the migration, saving time, and leaving the existing drive intact. I have a 320G and a 500G in mine, and a 250G in the wife's. (I have an old 80G to install OS and programs, then clone to the 250G)

_________________
I have a photographic memory, only problem is, I ran out of film.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 33 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group