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29/01/2020

Support for Windows 7 has stopped.  Before it did I installed all updates, but it appears that the system, even after all this time has security risks. (Basically it is too complicated). 
I use the laptop for banking and I am worried that, if I get robbed, the bank will blame me for running an out-of-date operating system.  So I had to change to Windows 10.

But I followed my usual cheapskate style.
The Lenovo Thinkpad I am typing on now has been trouble free since I bought it from ebay five years (Jan 2015) ago for around £100. It would have been made between 2008 and 2010 and sold for $2078.

But it is too old to update to Windows 10, apparently due to the graphics card. So, using the same philosophy of buying an old business type of machine I ordered an old HP EliteBook 2540p with Windows 10 Home edition installed from ebay for £120. It would have been made in 2010 and sold for $1629.  Last time I bought a 6 year old machine and used it for 5 years, and now I am buying a 10 year old machine!

So a couple of days work to get to get to where I was before Microsoft scrapped Windows 7


 The Red Queens race

I may be wrong, but I don't really think using windows 7 is a threat if you are sensible.  I have been running it with no anti-virus and updates disabled for two years.  I have had no issues.  I run msert  regularly and it has never found anything wrong. But being a cynical paranoid, I think a bank would try to blame me for their shortcomings.

The laptop arrived around eighteen hours after ordering from ebay.
Battery was flat, but charges OK
Windows 10 last updated May 2019.  So it took 2 hours to download updates and three and a half hours to install.

It's difficult to believe how slow the software is on a machine that operates at  2,700,000,000 operations per second. 

The Hardware Engineers main role in life is to develop faster and faster hardware to compensate for the incompetence of the Softare Engineers.

After that it seems to be working fine.  I've installed all my old go-to software. 
Microsoft Office 2003 (only Word and XL) - thats when I bought it
Microsoft Expression Web 4 - free download
Ice Mirror - for back ups
Firefox and Brave Browsers
Fast Stone Image viewer
xplorer2 lite
Adobe Photoshop CS2 (bought many years ago)
Tiny Cad, VeeCad, and LTSpice IV for my electronics
FileZilla for FTPs.

I don't find the HP any better or worse than the Lenovo. It has a disc drive which is handy, but it seems to pop out so easily which is a pain.  I taped it in.
It has a mouse pad and a tracker ball.  The Lenovo only has a tracker ball and I am very used to it.  If I need a proper mouse (for photoshopping) I use a wireless mouse.
The HP is heavier than the Lenovo (and I thought the Lenovo was heavy) 

So how do I feel about the change?
Not impressed to be honest.  The HP running Windows 10 is no better to use than the Lenovo running Windoows 7.  It has taken me two days work and cost me £120 (much lower than Microsoft advised for a new PC).
I have had to change (I refuse to say upgrade) because Microsoft software is full of bugs which need constant changes to keep secure.
Windows 10 does handle updates better.  I suppose that is an acceptance that Microsoft know their software is bad. They have reached the second stage of competence.

  1. Rubbish, but don't realise it
  2. Rubbish, but they know it
  3. Good, but have to constantly work at it
  4. Good, and it just comes naturally. (Maybe by Windows 20?)

So I now have two machines running the same programs one in Windows 10 and the other in Windows 7. 

But in a few years Windows 10 will go obselete and I guess I'll start again. I suppose if Microsoft  managed to bring out a completely safe and bug free operating system that would be their job finished and they would get no more sales. 
Someone WILL come along with a better system though, thats how free markets work, but the entry barriers are huge in this case due to the massive installed base.


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