Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

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texas man
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Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby texas man » Wed May 19, 2010 11:09 am

Do you recommend using Windows XP or Windows 7 in law school?

Please give reasoning for your preference. Thanks!

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby yeff » Wed May 19, 2010 11:24 am

What's the situation? Are you buying a new computer regardless of operating system, or do you have an XP laptop you're considering upgrading?

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby texas man » Wed May 19, 2010 11:33 am

yeff wrote:What's the situation? Are you buying a new computer regardless of operating system, or do you have an XP laptop you're considering upgrading?


I currently have XP and am considering upgrading. Should I?

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby yeff » Wed May 19, 2010 11:43 am

how old is your computer?

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby TheReignmaker » Wed May 19, 2010 11:50 am

In the same boat. I have an HP Compaq laptop that runs XP pro. I always assumed it would be able to handle whatever, even though it's like 3 years old. Is there major software you have to run on these things?

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby texas man » Wed May 19, 2010 11:58 am

yeff wrote:how old is your computer?


It's three years old - but if there are benefits from Windows 7 (security, footprint, speed, etc) then I'd seriously consider getting a new computer with 7. Keep in mind, I am interested in the advantages/disadvantages of Windows 7 as an operating system versus XP; these differences will determine my decision to get a new computer, so for the sake of this question, consider the computer to be a new pc of your choice with the specs of your choice.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby GermX » Wed May 19, 2010 12:53 pm

It's only 80 bucks to upgrade to Windows 7. Do it. Its so much more secure and safe. Windows XP is seriously horrible, and you don't want to get a trojan or something just days before your final.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby 09042014 » Wed May 19, 2010 12:57 pm

GermX wrote:It's only 80 bucks to upgrade to Windows 7. Do it. Its so much more secure and safe. Windows XP is seriously horrible, and you don't want to get a trojan or something just days before your final.


This is bullshit.

XP is a fine, light wait operating system. Don't bother upgrading, it's a mess to do. On a three year old laptop 7 will probably run fairly slowly.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby slowdiver » Wed May 19, 2010 1:10 pm

Once you're registered for school, you'll likely get a discount at your IT or Bookstore on a Windows 7 upgrade. I go to a public school and got the Ultimate upgrade for $10. If you can wait until you qualify, you'll save money, and it's a good idea to backup and wipe your hard drive anyway, so you can be sure you've got a clean, stable computer when you're starting out. Windows 7 has a lot of good security features that are worth the upgrade, and I've found the stability and ease of use to be much better than XP or Vista. Highly recommend the upgrade.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby GermX » Wed May 19, 2010 1:12 pm

Desert, why don't you try Windows 7 then talk? When I had Xp, I would visit some random website to download a patch for a video game and instant trojan attacks left and right. Sometimes I wouldn't even have to do anything and I would get an attack. The fact is, XP has WAY too many trojans and viruses that completely obliterate your PC and you will have to invest so much money on security just to keep it running.

Windows 7? Not so much. So far, not a single trojan/virus and it so successfully blocks everything. Its an outstanding operating system. Seriously OP, get it.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby IzziesGal » Wed May 19, 2010 1:13 pm

XP crashed my laptop in the middle of my first semester. I hadn't backed up anything at that point (I know, I'm an idiot) and I had LRW assignments due. I ended up having to spend about $300 to "rush" the laptop repair. After that, I got the "blue screen of death" about three more times - and it was all XP related. Switched to Windows 7 and haven't had a problem since.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby kittenmittons » Wed May 19, 2010 1:15 pm

GermX wrote:Desert, why don't you try Windows 7 then talk? When I had Xp, I would visit some random website to download a patch for a video game and instant trojan attacks left and right. Sometimes I wouldn't even have to do anything and I would get an attack. The fact is, XP has WAY too many trojans and viruses that completely obliterate your PC and you will have to invest so much money on security just to keep it running.

Windows 7? Not so much. So far, not a single trojan/virus and it so successfully blocks everything. Its an outstanding operating system. Seriously OP, get it.

Limewire ftl bro

edit: I've run xp since release and never had a virus.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby cavebat2000 » Wed May 19, 2010 1:17 pm

GermX wrote:Desert, why don't you try Windows 7 then talk? When I had Xp, I would visit some random website to download a patch for a video game and instant trojan attacks left and right. Sometimes I wouldn't even have to do anything and I would get an attack. The fact is, XP has WAY too many trojans and viruses that completely obliterate your PC and you will have to invest so much money on security just to keep it running.

Windows 7? Not so much. So far, not a single trojan/virus and it so successfully blocks everything. Its an outstanding operating system. Seriously OP, get it.


lol that's not how desert operates. Look at his # of posts. :-p

Windows 7 is great. Its side-by-side window feature alone makes it worth getting. Add in the many other improvements, such as the improved security and you have a compelling reason to upgrade.

That being said, if you have a 3 year old computer, it may be so crappy and old that Windows 7 will be sluggish. It may be worth $500 to just buy a new computer that comes with Windows 7. Laptops/netbooks are extremely cheap right now. GL.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby chitown825 » Wed May 19, 2010 1:17 pm

you would seriously limewire an operating system? what rock do you live under? btw this threat is BNN

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby djgoldbe » Wed May 19, 2010 1:42 pm

Go with win 7 unless you have less than 2 gigs of ram.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby texas man » Wed May 19, 2010 2:00 pm

thanks for the input...

looks like the consensus is 7 - I was planning to get a new computer anyway, but this question was considering the pc of your choice with the specs of your choice, so, with everything equal, which operating system is better -- the security/stability issues seem compelling.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby 09042014 » Wed May 19, 2010 2:03 pm

GermX wrote:Desert, why don't you try Windows 7 then talk? When I had Xp, I would visit some random website to download a patch for a video game and instant trojan attacks left and right. Sometimes I wouldn't even have to do anything and I would get an attack. The fact is, XP has WAY too many trojans and viruses that completely obliterate your PC and you will have to invest so much money on security just to keep it running.

Windows 7? Not so much. So far, not a single trojan/virus and it so successfully blocks everything. Its an outstanding operating system. Seriously OP, get it.


I run Windows 7 on my desktop, and I like it. It's just not worth the pain in the ass of upgrading or spending money.

You shouldn't be getting viruses on either.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby GermX » Wed May 19, 2010 2:13 pm

Pain in the ass? Just put the cd in and press install. Pronto, its all there. Reinstall some shit you wanted and you're back in the game. As for money, its $80. Come on. Its a good investment.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby 09042014 » Wed May 19, 2010 2:15 pm

GermX wrote:Pain in the ass? Just put the cd in and press install. Pronto, its all there. Reinstall some shit you wanted and you're back in the game. As for money, its $80. Come on. Its a good investment.


Installing over an OS is always sloppy. I usually format. Though I hear 7 has a good upgrade process.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby beach_terror » Wed May 19, 2010 2:18 pm

GermX wrote:It's only 80 bucks to upgrade to Windows 7. Do it. Its so much more secure and safe. Windows XP is seriously horrible, and you don't want to get a trojan or something just days before your final.


Quoted for idiocy.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby kalvano » Wed May 19, 2010 3:58 pm

Windows 7 is awesome. Way more awesome than XP. It has all the utility and stability of XP combined with good looks and lots of entertainment features.

Bonus - it doesn't suck terribly like Vista.


7 is lightweight, user-friendly, more secure, and 1000X better overall.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby jepoy » Wed May 19, 2010 4:03 pm

Definitely Windows 7. Besides, I think Microsoft is ending support for XP this year.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby GermX » Wed May 19, 2010 4:05 pm

Installing over an OS is always sloppy. I usually format. Though I hear 7 has a good upgrade process.


It's awesome. Compiles all your old stuff into a folder and basically formats the PC for you with a backup. It took me 1 hour to upgrade it. Best decision ever btw.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby JWicker10 » Wed May 19, 2010 4:08 pm

Just got a new Sony Vaio--fast, light weight, great features, inexpensive. I'd highly recommend it, as well as Windows 7.

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Re: Windows XP v Windows 7: Which One for Law School?

Postby uwb09 » Wed May 19, 2010 5:57 pm

they are both solid honestly, i'd only upgrade if you can get it on the cheap (at UW we could get windows for 5 bucks)

not worth spending a bunch of money on, maybe get a new laptop with windows 7 already installed? i'm contemplating that, i have a 3 yr old laptop with XP pro




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