Advice Requested on Life Expectancy of a PC Windows System

william degnan billdegnan at
Tue Jun 30 10:08:51 CDT 2015

Finding this ironic thread considering we here keep machines waaaaaay past
their freshness date going.  Work with whatever and be prepared to migrate
to another machine as needed.  I never set in stone "this is my xzy machine
forever"... see my point?  Use whatever is the least hassle now, and will
be the least hassle when it's time to move to another machine.

In short I think your backup and recovery strategy is more important than
the machine, when running old hardware that is not CPU nor RAM dependent.

On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Fred Cisin <cisin at> wrote:

> On Tue, 30 Jun 2015, Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>>         I don't think this qualifies as answers persay, but more just
>> data points really...
>>         I have successfully installed & run Win7 x86 & x64 on Dell
>> Latitude D620, D630, D820 & D830. Not sure on the age, but they gotta be
>> getting on to around 7 years. The RAM they have varies between 2GB & 4GB.
>>         I have also installed Win8 x64 on a Latitude D830, then proceeded
>> to swap that drive into a D620. Yesterday, I just "upgraded" a D820 from
>> WIn7x64 to Win10 x64 preview; 3GB RAM, we'll see how that goes...
>>         In other words, you should not be using WinXP anymore unless you
>> have an app that just won't work with Win7.
> Why not??!?
> Why do the experts advocate not using something that had been working?
> The fact that you CAN "upgrade", doesn't seem to imply that you SHOULD.
>  In that case, ditch the program or run  in a VM.
> Why?
> If the hardware is becoming too unreliable, . . .
> If you need some sort of unavailable support, . . .
> Otherwise, WHY change?

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