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Need help selecting new small business desktop

by greekdancer2 / August 11, 2012 11:04 AM PDT

I am going to replace a Dell Dimension 8300 desktop that is about 8 years old and served me well but has gotten very slow over the years as I am maxing out on memory. I own a small accounting firm and use it solely for accounting and tax applications, word and excel. I also use a DOS based accounting application. Many financial applications still run in Windows XP and will not run above Internet Explorer 8. Graphics are not that important. What is a good basic workhorse desktop? I was looking at the Dell Vostro or Optiplex.

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by Bob__B / August 11, 2012 11:51 PM PDT

Just about any machine you buy today will come with W7.

If you have some XP apps or Dos apps you might find yourself with a headache.

Yes there is compatibility mode.......you can give it a shot.

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Here I have a newer laptop with 7 Pro.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2012 2:01 AM PDT

It's XP Mode allowed me to tap an old camera I would have had to find my old laptop.

For DOS apps I rarely have any trouble but then again I could put DOS into a VirtualBox (see google) and I'm good again.

For IE issues I rarely see those today but know to try Chrome first. It's very compatible.
Bob

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