A lot of this was covered in a reply
that I sent to Rowan this morning. I thought that it had gone to the
group but now realize that it was a pers com!
I am running two
computers at the moment.
All email is on an
old ASUS laptop which has full XP Pro and Office 1013; this is rock solid stuff
that closely parallels the original NT. This is passable but has
several problems. It could do with a clean install but this is now made very
difficult because of the amount of sequential stuff that has to be found on the
Microsoft website and installed. It can be done but it involves a couple
of days work.
I also have a
reasonable rebuilt PC that I obtained through a recycling scheme in Uralla that
is designed to help Uni of New England students (and old codgers) obtain stable
and functional computers at very little cost. The PC has Win 10 on it and
I am slowly coming to terms with the wall to wall kiddiewinkies that Microsoft
jocularly refers to as an operating system. The first thing that I did
with it was install Classic Shell, of course. This eliminates a lot of
glitz and bling that is designed to appeal to pimply kids but seriously impedes
discovered something highly interesting. It is possible to run Office Pro
and Office 2003 on the Win 10 OS. The Microsoft website hosts many
discussion groups and I happened on one that is specific to running the older
Office on Win 10; it does involve several work-arounds, particularly regarding
Outlook, but the outcome is very functional. This was largely of academic
interest until the donation from our group members was made but it is now very
much a live issue.
I am still
considering the best use of the donated money. The only thing so far
decided is that I will run NAS to whatever hardware I eventually select.
At the moment, I have stuff scattered over a heap of elderly hard drives, all
of which needs to be collated and stored on an NAS. Watch this space!!
My hardware is reasonable but could do
with some updating. Because I have a very large volume of stuff on Office
Pro and the next higher edition, I will run them as long as I can. As
detailed above, there are so many people doggedly running XP and Office that
there is even a highly detailed topic on Microsoft’s own website on how
to run full house Office on Win 10. This looks like a tacit admission on
their part that the glitz and bling went over like a lead balloon, particularly
with professional users!! With the donation, I can certainly go up to a
better box but, like millions around the world, I will continue to run XP and
Office. If any further confirmation is needed that Win 10 is a very long
way off the functionality mark, one needs only look at the millions who have
downloaded and installed Classic Shell!!
From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: 15 February 2016 15:33
To: Syncro Australia Forum
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Thank You
I was a huge fan of WinXP Pro, solid, dependable and the START menu was
so simple, practical and configurable to suit individuals needs. Then Microsoft
lost the plot in subsequent iterations. Fortunately, and this is what I use,
there is an excellent third party program that gives you back the WinXP style
START menu for use with later Windows versions ...
Given you are well and truly entrenched with running present older
software, I imagine it would be simpler for you to stay with WinXP Pro. It's
probable your present PC hardware resources would struggle to even run Win7.
Globally there still is huge support for WinXP, there are links that explain
what can be done to maintain a reasonable level of safety and security even
now, for example ..
Alternatively, if as you say you are considering options of upgrading
to new PC hardware like motherboard, graphics card and printer/scanner etc,
these now would be geared toward current Win8/Win10 systems and definitely
incompatible (unsupported hardware AND software) with WinXP (except browsers).
So generally, staying with WinXP, upgrading/changing hardware to suit would by
now only be found in the second-hand marketplaces.
I'd also imagine for simplicity, you'd prefer to use the same operating
system for both your main and backup PCs.
If you were to upgrade/change to newer PC hardware (2nd hand/used by
now) running a Professional version of Win7, then I believe its is possible to
run a virtual version of WinXP. I've not investigated nor done it myself.
So it is somewhat of a dilemma, one which we all face from time to
time, even more complex for you running the forum. Is there a local IT person
you could consult to help make a decision which way to jump?