Downgrade: Win 7 back to XP

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  1. TomVols

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    I want to go back to XP from Win 7. I just don't see enough benefits. The compatability mode doesn't work for me, and Win 7 seems too much like Vista.

    Okay....either talk me out of it, or tell me I'm doing the right thing. I have way too much software (and some hardware)that wont work with Vista or 7, and XP still does what I need it to.
     
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    In my mind as you use 7 more and more it will grow on you. It is just simpler than vista though very similar. Seems much more stable. Have let my desktop run for a couple weeks at a time and no glitches. Vista would give problems

    To go back I would stick the disk in and see if you get that option. First go to control panel/programs/add remove and see if there is a remove for win 7.

    I doubt it will in add/remove or will give you an option to revert.

    I'd guess you would have to wipe the drive and start over.

    Could be wrong .... waiting to see if someone smarter knows.

    7 home premium does not have the true xp mode - you have to go with one of the upper versions. Go to MS site and snoop they have a chart of features each version offers.

    7 has a lot of little features that are nice but they are not all that evident. For example move a window to the top of the screen and it maximizes. Move it away from the top and it reverts to the before size.

    If you have lots of windows open and want to remove the clutter, take the top of the window you want and click and shake and all other windows will minimize.

    If I had choices of xp or vista I'd go with xp - in fact I have on one computer. If I had a choice of xp, vista and 7 I'd take 7 for sure.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx

    Professional and ultimate have the true xp mode. Home premium only has what vista had for xp mode. The others have a true mode to run xp programs in.
     
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    Have you tried running the software in compatibility mode, Tom? And/or running it as administrator? I have found that thse solve 90% of the problem.

    If your computer is a new one then you may have a hard time finding XP drivers, if at all.

    Win7 came from Vista. MS took what worked and streamlined it and added in what people said they wanted. in other words, they actually listened to us. It looks similar to Vista, and has some of the same stuff, but it is miles beyond what Vista was.
     
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    One thing to remember...security updates will no longer occur once a version of Windows reaches the end of its lifecycle.
     
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    Compatability mode doesn't work for me only about 10% of 20 programs I've tried. On the laptop I have running 7, I tried Microsoft's utility to see if the ultimate version of XP cm would work. It says it would not.

    I couldn't care less about the security patches anymore. seems like they just slow my pc down.

    The laptop is a Dell 1545, about 8 months old. Not too worried about drivers yet. I cant see XP being abandoned entirely just yet since too many users still hold to it, personal and commercial.

    I've had many problems with 7 as it pertains to software since installation. That said, I do like it better than Vista, but like XP better than all.
     
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    We are now implementing W7 in several computer labs in our school district. In our area (SE MO), we are the only school district that is taking the plunge right now. School districts, as well as big businesses, kept XP going longer than what Microsoft wanted. Summer 2014 will be the end of XP support, so in order to keep up with updates, we had to start switching over.

    Like all other OS's, software tends to stop working correctly and it's time to look for an upgrade that's compatible..... and teachers will have to realize that Reader Rabbit from 1997 just doesn't want to work with the new stuff.:smilewinkgrin:

    Our biggest battle has been to copy default user to all users when setting up a profile for everyone. I believe we have that figured out. Finally!

    David

    Also, if your computer is built to run with Vista or 7, its better off staying with 7. XP is actually slower than 7 and on some of our computers that we revved back to XP from 7, we noticed performance issues. Just a thought.
     
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    What I haven't tried is running as administrator. How does this work?

    My laptop will not run compatibility mode, darn it.
     
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    You can right click the icom and choose "Run as Administrator, or you can go to where the program is installed and right click the exec > Properties > Compatibility > check the box under Privilege Level for "Run the program as administrator". This is also the screen where you can choose which compatibility mode to run the program in (from 95 to Vista SP2), plus other oprions.
     
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    Even if Win 7 won't install it to begin with?
     
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    Run the installer as administrator by right-clicking the file and choosing "Run as Administraotor". That sometimes works.
     
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    This brings up another thought. Windows 7, by default, will not elevate your administrator privileges even though you are logged in as one. What Trotter said to do is what you will need to do to run the program that once ran in XP.

    What are you trying to install?
     
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    A host of Bible software programs: Word Commentary series, Expositor's, Baker Reference Library, Ages Software....just to name a few. Thousands of $$$ worth and thousands of volumes now sitting in cd cases. Wish I'd never had to downsize my library :BangHead:
     
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    On Ages, the files are all in .pdf format and if you go into the directories you can figure out the books - it is a bit of a pain, but works.
     
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    Here are some questions that come to mind:

    Do they all have to be installed? Can some of the titles be ran off of the cd? What errors do you get when you try to install? Is it a generic error or does the software/OS give a reason for why it won't install? How old is the software? You will find that some software just won't work on a newer OS, especially if the software is 10 years old.

    Have you tried to look up an updated version of the software? Is there a website to look up what the company suggests to use with Windows 7?

    David
     
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    Most of the Bible software guys have used vista as an opportunity to getcha for an upgrade price.

    If you do not get them installed some thoughts.

    1. Ages database is used by Complete Christian dvd and is fairly cheap on ebay. Ages works on windows 7. Runs in my mind you have to stick with adobe reader that Ages installs and not let adobe upgrade you. You might find a way to use the new reader while leaving the old one installed.

    2. Baker's works in another Bible program, can't remember which one but older bible program upgrades are on ebay for relatively cheap if you take some time looking. (Let me know and I can dig around and find out which one.)
     

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