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Old 11-29-2009, 08:34 PM   #16
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Most of the complaints about Vista were just BS. I have had at least one computer with every Windows system since Windows 95. Windows 2000 and ME were junk. Vista is really not much different than XP, once you turn off user controls. I have had no problems with Vista. Once Windows7 becomes commonplace people will talk about how much better Vista was. They have done that with every upgrade.

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Old 11-29-2009, 09:53 PM   #17
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I never heard anyone say how great ME was after they upgraded to the next OS
I skipped ME, I did get a copy & played with it, working in IT we had to "know" it
But it never made it as a Corporate roll-out anywhere I worked
Vista hasn't had as much Corporate roll-out as XP....once you turn user control off its OK
And turn off all the other garbage
Given the choice between XP & Vista I'd take XP any day
I'd also take XP over any prior OS

I've had kids on a PC as young as 3-4 years old
I'm already getting ready to setup a PC for my son....not 3 1/2 yet
There are very simple PC "games" which help them learn
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mid 50's OLD?? I guess I am not long for this world,damn
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:59 PM   #19
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Two programs I use every day is Outlook Express and Windows picture and fax viewer. Neither are available to use in Vista or 7. Big bummer.
Vista has something similar to Express call "Windows Mail", but still didn't like that. Will stick with the XP till its gone.
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Windows Live Mail really is better than Outlook Express. You get a ton of features OE never had. There is also an upgraded picture viewer in the Live package.
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:54 PM   #21
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One thing to consider is that it likely IS NOT the operating system causing your issues. All of the new computers you buy today come loaded with tons of bloat-ware and garbage. Usually that will be the cause of your trouble. Sometimes it could also be a bad device driver.
Vista was junk when it first came out. However since service pack 1 it has been VERY reliable. Unfortunately it has already earned a bad rep.
Windows 7 is a better OS in my opinion. However I believe it should be possible to “fix” your existing setup by updating all device drivers, updating windows with the latest service pack and patches, and removing the bloat-ware the computer likely shipped with.
When I purchase a new computer, I don’t even fire it up. I pull out the operating system disk, format and reinstall the OS before I even load windows for the first time. Lots of computers won’t give you the OS disk these days, but if you buy a “business class” computer, they still do, or they will provide it upon request, and a minor cost for the CD, (like 20 bucks)
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I have the RC version of Windows 7 and really like it. I've been taking classes to get certified in A+ building and repairing computers. I still have a lot to learn!
From all the information I've discovered - it is best to do a clean install of Windows 7 and NOT to upgrade from Vista.

I did not like Vista and when I used Diskkeeper defrag program and tried a fix disk on bootup...it actually deleted all my Vista files and gave me a non-working computer. I read on the internet that others had that horror experience, also. Not a good surprise to experience.

The nice thing about Windows 7 is it picks up drivers for your printer and other devices immediately without you having to manually install the drivers for them; although there are some programs and devices that Windows 7 is not compatible with.

Overall I am very pleased with Windows 7.
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My son still uses XP Professional to compose his music and play his games on his computer. I have XP Pro on another computer. XP is a very good and reliable Operating System!

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I had BSOD (blue screens) after upgrading from Vista 64 to Win7 64. I think I've managed to fix it all now. The problem seems to be that despite what the upgrade adviser tells you, you need to find the latest drivers for Win7 and install them. Even though everything listed as compatible before I did the upgrade I have to install all new drivers before the BSOD issues would disappear.
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OK, I have had 7 installed for a while now, for the most part I am pretty happy with it. My one complaint is the Dell web cam will not work with 7. I went online and it said there were no solutions available and to delete the program.

Does anyone know of a web cam program that will work with 7? Also, do all people you chat with have to be on the same program?

Thanks in advance, momma is missing the grandson.
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Does anyone know of a web cam program that will work with 7? Also, do all people you chat with have to be on the same program?

Thanks in advance, momma is missing the grandson.
I know Yahoo! messenger works fine with 7 and my old webcam. Win 7 even managed to find drivers for the camera after i went and lost the disk ages ago. If you go the Yahoo! route everyone needs the same software, but it's free at least.
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Have you been to Dell's support site to see if there are any updates for the software/drivers? All you need is your service tag to find downloads for your system.
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Also, do all people you chat with have to be on the same program?

Thanks in advance, momma is missing the grandson.
Skype and Gizmo are still free. I believe Gizmo will let you connect with other networks. Since they are free though? Why wouldn't you just have people join? Neither nags me with obnoxious spam or anything!

Both will let you get phone numbers for when you travel. Gizmo is cheaper. I don't use Skype for phone outgoing anymore since I reshopped my cell phone and get nice service, no contract for like $50 for unlimited. Skype to Skype, Gizmo to Gizmo, and I think Gizmo to Skype calls are free anywhere. If everybody has the bandwith neither cares whether it is voice or video cam. Plans to call land and cell phone lines are competitive with phone cards. $.01 to $.02 most anywhere in the World.

Skype calls are clear and nice anywhere to any landline and most wireless phones in the World (Mexico's wireless customers are still held hostage. It cost me $.02 to call a landline but there is a 400 year waiting list to get one. Wireless calls are like $.40/minute). You need a handset or headset though if the speakers and mic on your system bother you or others you are talking with. You can get a USB phone handset with nice audio quality for $19. A nice cordless combination that will combine your existing landline and new Skype/Gizmo phone will set you back $79? One part of its command center plugs into your phone jack and the other into a USB port. You will get a different ring tone depending on whether it is your phone or VOIP line trying to get your attention. Handset should work just like the cordless phone you already have and over the same range.

Skype does have a problem with generating touch tones every now and then so if you are calling something or someone that requires touchpad tones, you might use your conventional or wireless phone.

Skype used to claim to have encryption going on with its calls. More than one can say with a cellphone call.

Obviously you need highspeed bandwith to go with either Skype or Gizmo.

As for getting your webcam working? Hope you found something at Dell? If not try one of the independent driver search sites if the Microsoft Office site is of no help. I would have to look to see what I have, but I bit the bullet and subscribed to one of those services that checks my driver's and software versions on a regular basis. It may be total evil and looking for passwords and identity information but I store none such stuff on my machine. I have a program that cleans and reorganizes my registry too.

Still have not jumped to 7 yet myself. Vista has worked so flawlessly for me I am not anxious to change. Of course even with the dual processor I have and memory bleeding out the sides of this thing it takes forever to load from a start up state. My machine is on 24/7 unless I drag it with me though. I had so many problems with 98 and XP crashing I am going to wait a bit for 7 to get the you know what out of the diapers.

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Have you been to Dell's support site to see if there are any updates for the software/drivers? All you need is your service tag to find downloads for your system.
When rereading my complaint about the camera it is not very clear. My camera does appear to be working, it is the Dell program that allows me to connect with other members that does not allow the video.

When opening the program it warms you there is a problem and gives you an option to check for solutions. I have done this and it states there are no solutions available and to delete the program.

I think I will try one of the other programs recommended. It is usually only the wife talking to the grandson, so it is not like we have a large group of people we would have to ask to switch programs.

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