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Postby Mark H » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:44 am

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.
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Postby evasive » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:14 pm

Best of luck and remember that quite a few of us have been there, done that. In case you encounter any mishaps...
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Postby Karlsweldt » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:57 am

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.
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Postby Mark H » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:06 pm

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.
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Postby Mark H » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:41 am

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?
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Postby Ripshod » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:41 am

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.
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Postby Mark H » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:30 pm

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.
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Postby evasive » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:28 am

and have this so your desktop is still there where you expect it:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... 8-tutorial
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Postby Mark H » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:11 am

Sorry, everywhere I wrote Windows 8, should be 8.1. :oops:
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Postby Mark H » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:41 pm

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)
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