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  1. Joined : Nov 2013
    Land of 10,000 lakes
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    W10 Pro, W10 Home
       19 Feb 2014 #11

    The people I know, who are still running XP frankly don't care about the "potential" security issues, or keeping up with the latest technology. They only use their computers for basic things like word processing and e-mail and they don't see any reason to spend money on new hardware/software, until the old computer dies.
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  2.    19 Feb 2014 #12

    Can't remember where I saw it now, but I saw this morning a report that 7 would go longer because of the poor performance of 8.
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  3.    19 Feb 2014 #13

    LittleJay, post: 15737, member: 114 said:
    The people I know, who are still running XP frankly don't care about the "potential" security issues, or keeping up with the latest technology. They only use their computers for basic things like word processing and e-mail and they don't see any reason to spend money on new hardware/software, until the old computer dies.
    Agreed. My stepmother, bless her soul, can see no reason to change OS's. She's still on XP and probably will be until she dies. Everything I tell her about the advantages of a newer OS (yes.... I recommend 7 for her) falls on deaf ears. Shes TERRIFIED of 8/8.1 and will not touch my nieces lappy because of it. I finally got her to try my 7 machine a little last fall but you could see the sweat beading on her forehead from the anxiety. Theres many people in the same boat I would assume and no matter what we more technically adept think about them they are out there and still computing.
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  4.    19 Feb 2014 #14

    I have an old XP Tough Book. But I only utilize it when I need to use software programs to connect to equipment that requires a DB9 Serial port with legacy software. My main computer runs Windows 7 so the Tough Book is just for special purposes. The company wont let us connect any XP machines to the network which is fine, I dont need it to connect to the company network. Most people in the company are on Windows 7 with some moving to Windows 8. My only complaint with any OS is when they hide things where you need to type a command in a search function instead of having it as part the menu structure. Why make it hard to find features. Maybe they are concerned someone will accidently change a parameter that will cause performance issues.
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  5. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,226
    Windows 10 IoT
       20 Feb 2014 #15

    Some of the Metro settings are a PITA to find. Some of that has to do with Metro specific settings being in the Metro interface and the other settings still being in the desktop interface. I've found that the more I use 8.1 the less irritating it gets and things do get easier to find.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    N Calif
    Posts : 659
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)
       20 Feb 2014 #16

    The "average" computer user, for the most part, doesn't care what OS is on the computer. They buy a computer and use the OS that came with it until they buy a new one, if they don't buy a new one, they don't change OSes.

    My sister, for example, has a desktop that runs XP because that's the OS that came with it when she bought it. Her laptop is newer so has Win 7. They both work so why change anything?
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  7. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       20 Feb 2014 #17

    Can someone please explain to me who the average computer user is for some reason this concept escape me. Along with the average user another one is the senior user seems to always come up as another individual who has no concept of how to use a computer, yet at present it would seem that at least 80% of those on this site are seniors (me included). . .
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  8. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,226
    Windows 10 IoT
       20 Feb 2014 #18

    The people were talking about likely aren't on this forum. The ones I'm talking about only know the very basics to get by at using their PC. They know how to turn it on, open IE, hit Facebook etc. If it won't turn on or BSOD they call me to figure it out. They don't know what a hard drive is or does, or what RAM is and how much of it they have. To them the CPU is the tower. What's in it is magic.
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Land of 10,000 lakes
    Posts : 10,346
    W10 Pro, W10 Home
       20 Feb 2014 #19

    alphanumeric, post: 15890, member: 152 said:
    The people were talking about likely aren't on this forum. The ones I'm talking about only know the very basics to get by at using their PC. They know how to turn it on, open IE, hit Facebook etc. If it won't turn on or BSOD they call me to figure it out. They don't know what a hard drive is or does, or what RAM is and how much of it they have. To them the CPU is the tower. What's in it is magic.
    I hear that!
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  10.    20 Feb 2014 #20

    A great way to put it!
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