XP-Replacement for Parents

Smylers Smylers at stripey.com
Fri Mar 28 15:02:41 GMT 2014

Gordon Banner writes:

> > I do not use Windows, but AFAIK XP->Win7 is an upgrade, not a wipe
> > and re-install.
> From the back of the Win7 upgrade pack:
> "If you are upgrading from XP, you will need to back up your files
> and settings, perform a clean install and then reinstall your files,
> settings and programs."

Good to know. Thanks.

> If your scanner doesn't have manufacturer drivers for newer Windows
> versions, try VueScan.

That, too.

> +1 for the live-CD/USB test.  You could actually give your parents a
> chance to say "that's horrible/fantastic" before committing, as well
> as testing scanner drivers.  User-focus!

Yeah, it seems like a good first approach.

> Re the security fears: I think the logic is not so much that XP will
> suddenly fall apart, but that whenever MS publish fixes for Vista or
> 7, blackhats will look to see if the same holes exist unpatched in
> XP.



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