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Flysofree
05-30-2015, 12:32 PM
Is it possible to buy a laptop running window XP? I don't want it for the internet only to run a couple of programs that won't run on Windows 7 or newer?

headhawg
05-30-2015, 12:54 PM
Probably a used one, yes. New? I doubt it. It's hard enough to find current machines with Win7.

DJofSD
05-30-2015, 01:05 PM
Is it possible to buy a laptop running window XP? I don't want it for the internet only to run a couple of programs that won't run on Windows 7 or newer?
Are you lacking the installation media for XP?

Flysofree
05-30-2015, 01:14 PM
Are you lacking the installation media for XP?

Iguess you're talking about Windows XP mode for Windows 7. Yes, I bought that for both my desktop and laptop running Windows 7. It cost $100 (twice) at Best Buy and I'm happy with it.. But when these 2 computers die and I use them often on the internet, I won't have access to my handicapping programs without an XP mode.. Thus I was looking for an old and used XP machine for use without the internet.. Probably a pawn shop may be the only place to look, I'm thinking unless there is some company, which may specialize in selling old stuff.

headhawg
05-30-2015, 01:32 PM
DJ was talking about the installation disks (media). Ebay and Amazon sellers will have laptops with XP. Buyer beware, though.

Some examples: XP laptops (https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001U5617K/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all)

Dave Schwartz
05-30-2015, 01:36 PM
What about running an XP emulation within Win7 or Win8.

You could, of course, buy a new laptop and install XP but may have issues with drivers.

I am under the impression that XP-in-a-window does not have those driver issues.

Flysofree
05-30-2015, 02:08 PM
DJ was talking about the installation disks (media). Ebay and Amazon sellers will have laptops with XP. Buyer beware, though.

Some examples: XP laptops (https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001U5617K/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all)


I don't think I will use Ebay.... Even PayPal as of sometime in June is stopping the use of Ebay and PayPal from my reading... I may have misunderstood what they were talking about in an email. I book marked your Amazon page thanks.

tupper
05-30-2015, 02:10 PM
There are two conspicuous, free, open source alternatives:
- use the Wine Windows emulator (https://www.winehq.org/) on Linux/Unix/Mac;
- use the XP version of ReactOS (http://www.reactos.org/).

These two free alternatives can be installed on most computers next to your existing OS -- you don't have to buy a separate, used computer with XP already installed.

In addition, you can run both Wine and ReactOS without installing anything, as both can run from a liveCD/USB. Furthermore, it should be trivial to create such a live CD (or live USB) that also includes your XP apps, so that all you have to do is insert the CD/DVD/USB and boot it, allowing instant access to your XP handicapping apps on almost any computer.

Of course, there is no guarantee that your XP programs will fun flawlessly on Wine and/or ReactOS, but since both alternatives are free and since neither needs to be installed, what could it hurt to try them?


But when these 2 computers die and I use them often on the internet...Not sure why one would expect computers to "die" nor what the Internet has to do with it. Computers usually malfunction because of either buggy/corrupt/crufty software or because of a single faulty hardware component. Often, both the troubled software and faulty hardware component can be easily swapped-out.

Tom
05-30-2015, 05:42 PM
Gee, I'm just getting ready to move to W7. :rolleyes:
All my offline computers will be XP, though.

Flysofree
05-30-2015, 05:54 PM
Gee, I'm just getting ready to move to W7. :rolleyes:
All my offline computers will be XP, though.

XP still remains my favorite over Windows 7.

MJC922
05-30-2015, 10:02 PM
Is it possible to buy a laptop running window XP? I don't want it for the internet only to run a couple of programs that won't run on Windows 7 or newer?

FWIW probably a safe enough bet since the build quality is pretty solid on these. I own one just like it that I also bought on ebay and haven't got around to putting Win7 on it. Don't expect miracles on speed the CPUs aren't great this far back but it will run XP-era software just fine.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PANASONIC-CF-74-TOUGHBOOK-1-83GHZ-2GB-TOUCH-160GB-WIN-XP-CF74-RUGGED-SERIAL-PORT-/131237359752?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e8e5b3088