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Windows 7, or wait for 8?


stlucia2

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I've been away a while, but just before I left I was having a problem with MS Office (http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/1/helproom/4086010/avg-2012-problem/) which seemingly can only be cured by reformatting my HDD and resinstalling everything (unless anyone has found a simpler solution in the meantime).

Anyway, I've stuck with Windows XP all the while, because some of my software and hardware was incompatible with Windows 7, but in recent months I've been updating the old stuff for various reasons, and now I believe everything could run under Windows 7.

What advantage(s) will I see if I update to 7; and should I wait for 8, which I believe will be available shortly? My PC has an Athlon 64 X2 dual core processor 4600+ and 3GB RAM.

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stlucia2

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That's my inclination too, Strawballs, especially with memories of ME and Vista, both of which seemed to be marketing ploys rather than meaningful upgrades.

Anyway, this morning MS Office is still working okay alongside Avast, so it seems that maybe the bug, whatever it is, is ironing itself out gradually as I install, unininstall, and reinstall Office and my anti-virus protection. In fact, I noticed that doing a registry check with CCleaner last night after reinstalling Office, it deleted several references to Q: drive. That apparantly is something that Office sets up, and is where the problem that started this saga (see http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/1/helproom/4086010/avg-2012-problem/ ) seems to lie.

So, keeping my fingers crossed that there's now no need to reformat and reinstall. So I'll be keeping XP.

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