What OS do You Use?

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Real Estate Agent with Port St Lucie ReMax Properties in Port St Lucie for sale

Microsoft has announced that as of next month they will no longer sell PC's running the Windows XP Operating System.  They've said this before but apparently really mean it this time.  

Now I am writing this blog article on a computer running XP.  I like XP.  Last year I bought a new laptop that had Vista installed and pretty much gave it to my wife because I like XP.  This old computer, which I've had for almost eight years, runs great, does what I need it to do and fits me like a pair of comfortable, old, broken-in sneakers.  It has been almost completely problem free over the entire eight years.  

The 80 GB hard drive, small by today's standards, is still showing 58% free space when I defrag.  I have everything important backed up using Carbonite and have a clone of my C drive in a separate external disk drive.

So obviously I'm in no hurry to replace this computer any time soon.  But when it happens that I do need a new computer do I move to Windows 7?  Maybe a Linux machine?  Should I consider an Apple even though it's OS is not supported by my MLS?

What do you think?

Posted by

Bruce G. Hammond - Broker-Associate, REALTOR

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Comments (6)

Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I like XP too. We have a computer with vista and rarely use it. Thanks for the info.

Sep 13, 2010 12:01 AM
Rita Gibbons
MacDoc Realty LLC - Fredericksburg, VA
The Gibbons Group

As with all things electronic - computers are "old" in about a year.  Since you don't need a new 'puter yet, I wouldn't make any decisions until the time comes that you must.  My dad, who is not computer literate at all, had a PC, but decided he would get a Mac and while he seems to like it - he has no idea how to use it.  He calls me for help - but I can't really help him since I don't work on a Mac (I don't like Mac).  I would stay with the OS you know.  If you know how to operate Windows - stay with a Windows OS.  You'll hear a lot of loyal Mac users tell you that Mac is easier and more user friendly.  I didn't find that to be so, but I've worked on PCs for over 20 years.  More programs and web-based systems are Windows based than Mac based. 

I like Windows 7 - it operates very much like the old Windows XP.  I didn't care for Vista either.

Good luck!

Sep 13, 2010 12:08 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Bruce, I too still use XP.  Not sure what I'm going to replace it with, but I do believe that the MAC OSX is now supported by regional MLS.

Sep 13, 2010 12:33 AM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Hi Bruce, I use Windows 7 Professional on the primary and Windows XP on the back up.

Sep 13, 2010 12:50 AM
Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Hello Bruce:

It if works for you, keep it.  8 years old in computer years is like stone tablets and a chisel. I find the best time to buy a new computer is when I am not in a crisis and must have one.  I have had Vista on 2 computers and it has been fine. W7 is now on all the new PC's.  Good luck.

Sep 13, 2010 01:33 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

I have Vista on both my primary/backup.  When all my apps work with Windows 7, I'll probably upgrade to it.

Sep 13, 2010 02:11 AM