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Will My Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7200 Support Windows 8.1?

  1. #11


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    Windows XP SP3


    More great info thank you!

    Yes, getting drivers for things is always one of my biggest fears when upgrading my OS. I still have an expensive hardware junkyard in the basement of barely used beautiful things that had to be abandoned because there were no drivers for them in the new OS. Some of them are so shiny and new I can't bring myself to part with them!

    That's good info and promising. And you are right, that if I don't have any apps that need 64bit then there isn't much reason to go to it. But I see even less reason to update my OS to another 32bit OS since I can't think of anything I can do (that I want to to) on Windows 8.1 that I can't do on Windows XP. Some of the more resource intensive apps ... like video and audio editing ... can benefit from 64 bits... and as a matter of fact some developers are only developing for 64 bit in that world. I do not do anything but casual audio editing so 32bit still works for me.

    Last point... is anyone else bothered by an application like the MS Windows 8.1 Compatibility test that crashes in two seconds but apparently not before it has time to leave unknown files and changes on your system hidden in unknown places without a way to remove them or even know they are there? If it dropped some kind of log somewhere (and it doesn't even tell you where to find it) then what else did it do to pollute my system.

    They should call the file RUN_THIS_SO_THAT_IT_SCREWS_UP_YOUR_CURRENT_OS_AND_YOU_HAVE_TO_UPGRADE.exe

    With software like that, who needs viruses?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    That MS compatibility checker is not so great. It tells wrong info lots of times, usually saying not good when it can be good.

    You need to know some things, sometimes. Sometimes, it's easy.

    Drivers are easy to find and install for anything, no matter how old. An exception here or there to stay away from is old wireless USB devices. There are other exceptions too, but mostly anything can be made to run well on any MS OS.

    If you need any help with anything, let us know, but the system is good to go for sure.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 8
    Windows XP SP3


    Thanks to everyone for all the great info. I guess the main question I am left with now is why upgrade to 8.1 from XP? What will I be able to do or do better that I can't do now? So far I can't think of anything.
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  4. #14


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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    7 is the way to go on that machine (even considering what I said above) - it runs extremely well on XP hardware and is a vast improvement overall from XP.

    Hell, if I was given a brand new $10,000 system for free today, I'd put 7 on it.
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  5. #15


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    Windows XP SP3


    Don't want to put you on the spot because I realize it might be hard to explain... but what improvements would I enjoy if I went to 7 or to 8.1 for that matter?
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  6. #16


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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    This gives you a general idea: Video: Windows XP vs. Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

    There are way too many enhancements to name them all. Video abilities in 7 include new Aero capabilities and the audio stack has been completely rewritten since XP, making it a perfectly viable solution for even the most professional of audio studios. (They all inexplicably still use Macs though lol.)

    7 is like XP on enhanced steroids.
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