Will my XP programs still work after a Windows 7 upgrade?

By eyemfedup2 · 13 replies
Nov 22, 2009
  1. hey
    im getting ready to invest in an win 7 laptop
    question: will my xp programs still work not a upgrade reinstall old programs

    example: fab 5 or i still use tune up 2008
    i like it better just me

    thinking about a HP G71-340US 17.3-Inch

    Product Features
    2.2GHz Intel Core2 Duo T6600 Processor (2MB LS Cache, 800 MHz FSB)
    4 GB DDR2 RAM (2 Dimm), Max supported 8 GB
    320GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive, LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
    17.3¿ Diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (shared) with up to 1.7 GB total available graphics memory
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, *Up to 4 Hours of Battery Life
    Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6600
    Memory (RAM) 4GB
    Memory Type DDR2
    Memory Expandable to 8GB
    Hard Drive Size 320GB
    Hard Drive Type SATA
    Optical Drive LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVDñR/RW with Double Layer Support
    Display Size 17.3"
    Display Type High-Definition HP LED BrightView
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium-Ion
    Network Card Intel WiFi Link 1000BGN
    Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
    Other ports 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
    # of USB slots 3
    Bluetooth Enabled No
    Dimensions 16.24"(L) x 10.90" (D) 1.42" (min) - 1.77"(max) (H)
    Weight 6.72lbs
    Warranty 1 year
    Extra Features HP Imprint finish & HP Webcam with integrated microphone; 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader

    anyone have any great advice :)

    have always had good luck with hp laptops

    as always thank you
  2. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Enthusiast Posts: 52

    HP laptops have been deemed most likely to fail in 2-3 years, according to a column on this website last week. If you're looking for a solid laptop, go with Asus, they rated the best.
  3. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Enthusiast Posts: 52

  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    The biggest potential conflict between XP and Win 7 are drivers. Not at all unusual for some XP drivers to not work in Win 7 (just as they didn't in Vista).

    If the program doesn't require any special drivers it will probably be compatible.

    Now one interesting feature in Win 7 is something called "Virtual XP"

    This allows you to run XP within Win 7!
    > You essentially have a window that provides you the XP desktop
    > You can run your XP programs within the XP window
    > You can move data between your XP and Win 7 hard drives as they just look like network mounted drives

    However, to run virtual XP you must
    > Buy a CPU that supports "virtualization" (this is a CPU hardware feature) and
    > Run Windows 7 Premium, Ultimate or Enterprise Editions
  5. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Enthusiast Posts: 52

    ditto to LookinAround.
  6. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    dazed and confused

    so since every computer laptops seems to come with home premium
    all my software is probably useless?

    man mac is sounding better and better

    it almost seems like it would be better to buy a high end vista machine and
    then buy the ultimate

    i sold all my xp laptops to come up with the cash for a high end win 7 machine:(

    everyone and i mean everyone i know was preaching how pc finally got it right
    so i went for it

    ok should have asked you guys first

    guess its time to make lemonade

    could someone kinda explain the process of finding 64 bit programs
    i'm sure they do rock and the change will eventually be the standard

    don't shoot me but i'm not a gamer.
    and i still prefer office 2003

    but program downloads don't specify very often win7 compatible

    so if someone could enlighten me on the finding win 7 compatible programs

    sounds like a good way to get you to either buy premium and clean install

    or replace all my other software

    or i could just hunt down a kick xp machine which still would be much better than what i have had and wait until I'm forced to change

    but since 7 seems so great and although kinda plain Jane compared to xp
    ill probably still buy the 7 machine and upgrade the os

    or maybe buy the vista machine high end upgrade and save some money

    man this is worse than trying to buy a house :)

    help I'm dazed and confused
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Several older Adobe programs will NOT work at all... in Windows 7. You will have to buy the upgrades for several others that were designed for W2K and WXP... and WXP modes doesn't yet work nearly as well as promised... working well only on certain computers of a certain motherboard age and design.
  8. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    i'm looking at a hp HP G71-340US
    maybe??? :)
    is it worthy
  9. dhanushka83

    dhanushka83 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    i thing upgrading is possible. Windows 7 in-build all new drivers. Without any problem drivers will work, But Problem is Windows 7 and Windows XP is based on two different NTFS file systems. So softwares and files working may be problem. I heard early age of windows 7 said clean installation will be superb. So too collect maximum performance windows 7 clean install is suitable.
  10. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    is it safe to order off ebay if they have 100% rating
    in box never opened 1 yr warranty manufacturers
    if not where do you shop for laptops online?
  11. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    what do you guys think of the Lenovo laptops
    also still inquiring your opinions on the ebay thing in previous thread
  12. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    Anytime Upgrade

    No. Use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade.
  13. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69


    so what do you guys think about purchasing laptops from ebay
    if seller is 100% and all that

    if still in sealed box and 1yr manufacturers warranty?

    im really considering doing so very soon

    so i would appreciate your advice
  14. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    It's hard to say if ebay is best option or not... :(

    I think there are a number of variables that go into making the personal decision.

    If they're rated 100% then you can probably be confident they live up to their ebay ad..

    However, i'd say also consider the price on ebay (which i'll guess is the ebay motivation) vs

    > I know direct purchase from Dell and HP offer 30 day returns for any reason
    >>> Do double check above fact for yourself before relying on that fact
    >>> But that does let you install your programs and "try it out" with assurance you return it if you don't like it

    Plus, you might want to check out Dell Outlet store
    > Outlet PCs come with the full standard warranty
    > They're PCs either returned or with cosmetic dings etc.
    > You can get some good savings on these pre-assembled models
    > My brother and i have both purchased through Dell outlet w/o any regrets
    > So check it out.. and check out the warranty and return policy there as well
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