I Need A New OS, Which One Do I Choose?

I have dilemma. My Dell XPS 420 is 12 years old, and the hardware works great! But the OS is Microsoft Vista (yes, really). I know the I really need to get a newer OS, but continue to hear a lot of hate for Windows 10.
This computer actually got me thru college, and also we started a business (lakefront lots for sale) and it has all of those files as well. Sine they all are in Office, I really cannot afford to lose them.
So what should I do? Has Microsoft *finally* got the bugs and glitches and demanding updates our of 10, or do I get something else?
Thanx In Advance,
Jamie Rich

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Re: new OS

It's not sure that Windows 10 will run flawlessly on such an old machine. Do you find Windows 10 drivers on If not, it's an interesting experiment.

Losing Office files (losing any files) is only an issue if you don't have a backup of them. But since you can't afford to lose them, I'm sure you have a perfect backup system, so that part of your requirements isn't relevant.

Since MS Office doesn't run on Linux, I'm afraid your new laptop will be a Windows 10 one. But - apart from sometimes lengthy updates - that's not a problem for the large majority of users.

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Our office moved to W10 and have few issues.

But folk do have opinions and they should use what they want.

There is no bug and glitch free OS. Even Linux. If you are looking for the perfect OS you may have to wait a few more decades.

Frankly I'd move to W10 but in your case why not Linux? You have Chrome, Firefox and Libre Office for those Word and Excel documents. As to losing files, that's never a problem unless the user is not keeping backup copies.

PS: For clarity we are having less issues than any prior Windows from Windows 3.0 through Vista.

Post was last edited on March 15, 2019 10:10 AM PDT

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Windows 8.1

I recommend Windows 8, my PC is 10 years old and it supports it perfectly. Regarding Windows 10, my personal comments are their updates, arrive the next day and continue installing things that nobody knows.



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Operating System

I think you should install linux based operating system like ubuntu, because Windows 10 will probably not work on your system and installing windows 7 is a lost cause as Microsoft will shutdown Windows 7 updates soon.

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How do you determine if W10 will work?

My mom's laptop was a 2006 Dell Inspiron with a 32 but dual core Centrino, 1GB RAM and 120GB SSD. Windows 10 booted and you were on a web site like Yahoo in about 35 seconds. It ran great for months until it was stolen.

Who would steal that?

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Play Smart

Dell XPS is a hybrid model, even though it is a old one, it has lot of potential.

Start by installing the windows 8.1 and use it for few days. it should be working all fine. Then go ahead and use microsoft windows 10 comaptible tool and see if it will support all the features of windows 10.

Key points to remember :-

Windows 7 Starter/Home Basic & Premium –> Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Professional & Ultimate –> Windows 10 Pro
Windows 8.1 –> Windows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 Pro/Pro for Students –> Windows 10 Pro

Minimum Requirements

RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit, 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard Drive: 16 GB for 32-bit, 20 GB for 64-bit minimum
Graphics: DirectX 9 support with WDDM 1.0 driver support
Display: 1024×600

I have been you are windows since a long time and even ron really old systems so i believe that really should have no issues

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Suitable OS.

No Doubt Windows 7 is also awesome.

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