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    Where to buy a new laptop with XP rather than Vista?

    I seem to be having great difficulty in locating a laptop to buy, but with XP rather than Vista on it.

    Looking to spend £300-£400 for a new laptop with a half decent spec.

    Anyone got any ideas where to get one ?

    Thanks,
    Kevin.

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    i am told that if you buy from dell they will allow xp instead if you ring them? worth a try?

    louloo;2355562

    i am told that if you buy from dell they will allow xp instead if you … i am told that if you buy from dell they will allow xp instead if you ring them? worth a try?



    what you ave to do is purchase it through business rather than home user on the dell website and the XP down grade option is available.

    Alternatively you can buy Toshiba laptops with the downgrade and cash refund available here: ]http//uk…als

    Original Poster

    Some good suggestions there, thanks very much.

    At the moment, I am looking at the Lenovo at Ebuyer. Gets quite good reviews, but it would have been nice if it had 2Gb RAM, but I suppose 1Gb for XP is sufficient.

    I couldn't, unfortunately, get the Dell below about £422 but it looked nice and had 3Gb ram, but £400 is my top limit. I'm afraid

    Thanks for the help.

    Kevin.

    Banned

    Why would anyone XP rather than Vista are you totaly of your head

    XP has seen its day it old and out dated

    Like they say its out with the old and in with the new .

    I know alot of people moan about Vista but its all nonsense , they probably havent even got

    Ive been using Vista Since it came out and iv had no problems what so ever with it .

    And if your determined not to buy Vista why not just wait to next year , Microsoft will release there new operating system Windows 7

    Windows XP is Jurassic Park

    Original Poster

    That whole statement is so full of nonesense, I am not even going to bother respnding to it :whistling:

    KevinM;2357350

    That whole statement is so full of nonesense, I am not even going to … That whole statement is so full of nonesense, I am not even going to bother respnding to it :whistling:



    You do appear a bit silly insisting on XP if you are buying a new computer.

    Can you explain why?

    Vista has very few useful new features, uses a huge amount more resources, costs alot and although nearly all new hardware is supported now there are alot of small specialist programs that only work on xp (and vista's compatability mode is useless).
    Just a few reasons I ran into when I used vista, must be alot more...

    I have an email address of the guy who rang me when i built my dell computer, i too changed too XP rather than Vista cos Vista is *****! But on dell website it wanted £50 extra to swap to XP which didnt make sense so i emailed and he rang me, if you want his email address so that you can email and ask him to ring you id be happy to give it to you Mwah...x

    termite;2357387

    You do appear a bit silly insisting on XP if you are buying a new … You do appear a bit silly insisting on XP if you are buying a new computer.Can you explain why?



    Hiya termite i agree with him, vista is **** i bought a new pc cost me £630 from dell, due to spec etc. And i changed from vista to xp, vista wouldnt allow me to do certain things, i.e upload pictures using easy uploader on asda, tesco, facebook etc! they might be minor but stuff i tend to use alot! And everytime you try to install or go on certain websites youd get a stupid pop up thing did my head in (brothers computer) so i changed my new computer to have xp Mwah...x

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    termite;2357387

    You do appear a bit silly insisting on XP if you are buying a new … You do appear a bit silly insisting on XP if you are buying a new computer.Can you explain why?



    Seeing as you have asked nicely, then yes, of course.

    I have a (not even) 2 year old canon printer/scanner/copier and there is no Vista driver for it and Canon say that they have no plans to release one. I think the hardware support for Vista when it was released was appaling, and isn't that much better now (for 2 year old peripherals).

    It works perfectly well, and I don't see why I should have to spend another £60-£80 to replace it just because I am buying a new computer.

    Vista (and I have tried it on my desktop for about a month) runs my games about 10% slower than XP does.

    I have used XP for 6 years now, and know it very well and know exactly what I can and can't do with it. Familiarity is very comforting.

    Isn't it funny how Microsoft were adamant that XP support would cease this Summer, and now they have realised that A LOT of XP users are staying with XP, and a significant number are reverting to XP from Vista, and so they have been forced to continue support for X for another 5 (I think) years. Doesn't instill confidence in Microsfts new baby.

    As someone said earlier, Windows 7 is due out next year, I don't quite understand all of the hype for Vista. Why spend the time/effort and money to write a new operating system that you only ever plan to be your main one for two years ?

    Vista appears very resource hungry, and to run smoothly needs 2Gb RAM (although I admit it will run with 1Gb, albeit not as efficiently). XP is more than happy with 1 Gb RAM to run in.

    I do have other reasons, but I feel that I have explained myself more than adequetly, I simply like XP more than Vista.

    Kevin.

    Thanks Kevin, I have been convinced.
    If XP is as good as Jurassic Park, it must be OK.

    Banned

    OMG You just dont have a clue
    You want 2 use an ancient operating system go for it

    On other words it would of been easier for you to say i cant afford a decent system to hold Vista

    that seems more like the problem from were im sitting

    Btw you can easly just go into vista "services" disable the ones you dont need or use and that sorts your resources simple it only take a couple of minutes
    i could tell you a few more tweaks but what the point , And these days anything under 2GB Ram is embarrassing

    i actually really like vista. had no problems of as yet.

    but then again i have 4 gigs of ram.

    Original Poster

    PurpleElephant;2358623

    On other words it would of been easier for you to say i cant afford a … On other words it would of been easier for you to say i cant afford a decent system to hold Vista that seems more like the problem from were im sitting



    What a crazy, inane thing to say for someone who signs up to a deal site, whose primary purpose is to allow people to purchase things as cheaply as possible.

    You've really made an impact in your 2 weeks here and your 11 posts.

    Kevin

    Mclovin;2358791

    i actually really like vista. had no problems of as yet.but then again i … i actually really like vista. had no problems of as yet.but then again i have 4 gigs of ram.



    Yes I agree, with a fast dual core processor and 2gb+ of RAM Vista performs pretty well, but for low spec entry level PC's XP is still the better choice.

    Steve
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