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Laptop upgrades
Sun 2-Feb-14
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Toffeeapple
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Does anyone know if it is possible to get a download to upgrade my old laptop from Windows XP (support stopping soon) to Windows 7?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, are there any totally free comprehensive security systems that you know of, since Microsoft Security Essentials will no longer be supported on XP - in fact it won't work on mine at all just now.   

 

I'll try that again!

Sun 2-Feb-14
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I don't know anything about upgrading from XP to W7 Toni, but the security system I use is Avast! (the ! is used by them ponder). It's free, although there is a pay-for super duper version as well (not that I've tried it, don't see the point, the free version has always worked perfectly well for me).  It was recommended to me by a computer techie friend a few years ago and I've never had any security problems - well, other than one email hacking attempt some time back.

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Sun 2-Feb-14
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Somebody wanted help on that in yesterday's tech column in the Torygraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10610.....rking.html

Hope it helps!wave

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Thank you Ladies.  Sue, I hadn't heard of Avast! until today when looking for freebies but an AVG free site turned up so, knowing the brand, I installed that.

An interesting article Jean.  I shan't bother trying to upgrade in that case.  My newest laptop runs W7, this is the one I use most of all but I do like to have the old one up to date just in case but it was running very slowly and not allowing Microsoft Security Essentials to update fully.  All seems to be hunky dory now and even MSE is working properly again.

I'll try that again!

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I have used AVG free edition for yrs TA, have never had a problem.

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I used to have AVG on my old deceased desktop, and thought it was fine.wave

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Also have free AVG, works fine for me.wave

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Moi aussi, I have AVG. big_hug

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On my HP laptop I run MSE but since today, I have that and AVG on the old laptop - like my old Uncle Tom Rosser, belt and braces. 

Actually, string and braces.  How I adored that man, he could grow fruit and veg from coal dust and show you where best to see the wild creatures, the free ones, he called them.  He had a spring, on his steep, mountain-side allotment - it was the sweetest water that I ever tasted, even though the water in our house came from a spring.

Oh dear, that was a bit of 'stream of consciousness' wasn't it?  I shall let it stand because I haven't thought of him in too many years and he needs a memorial.  I need it too.

Gulp.

I'll try that again!

Mon 3-Feb-14
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TA, my techie friend told me years ago that if you have two AV providers installed, they might sort of fight against each other.  I have no knowledge of this, I am only repeating what I was told.

Your uncle sounds a bit like my beloved Granddad (he wasn't Welsh though!wink)

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Lovely description of your uncle, Toni. I enjoyed that. big_hug

I too use the free version of AVG and it never casued any bother, unlike McAfee - for example.

(why is McAfee pronounced macaffey? In Ireland it's spoken as it says on the tin - mac a fee aargh)

Many thanks for that link to the Telegraph, Jean. My laptop is ancient and I did idly wonder about XP support and so on, without actually investigating it. This is the info I needed to know:

 You will still be able to carry out new XP installations and although many new programs and peripherals do not work on XP, this is nothing new and not really a problem if your present setup does everything that you want it to do. Looking ahead, and being practical, whilst XP can keep going almost indefinitely, your hardware is almost certainly on borrowed time. It wouldn't hurt to start to thinking about a replacement so you can make a smooth transition, rather than be forced into one by a major breakdown. Under the skin Windows 7 and 8 are not that different and with a little tweaking can be made it look and behave a lot like XP so the changeover need not involve too much upheaval.

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I have two on my desktop pc- one is the rough filter for bulk spam and the other is for intercepting any spam that comes in during the day, so they can work together.

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There is a small story behind why I have such an ancient laptop. It's a HP Compaq nc6000. What's yours, Toni?

Some years ago (5+) my ex employers rolled out a corporate laptop upgrade. I was working from home and they neither asked me to ship them my old laptop nor arranged to collect it. My newer laptop was returned to them when I was made redundant a year ago. This old one then became a lifesaver. It took me a week to clear down the old corporate settings and source & install the necessary software and rebuild the system. Luckily I had purchased MS Office 2010 for peanuts while still employed because MS had a partnership deal with my ex employers.

It does the job but the processor is now outdated. That really only shows up when I want to stream a movie or a football game. The video quality is really jerky and poor. I am looking forward to the day when I can buy a shiny new speed wagon laptop smile

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