I am a damsel in distress right now!

By MysD
@mysdianait (63977)
Italy
February 19, 2016 6:20am CST
I am not techy. I am self taught on the computer and get along fine with everything that I need to do - but when it comes to formatting and the like, I am at a complete loss. I am still using XP For a few days now Google Chrome has been informing me that very soon (though it never syas when ) it will no longer be compatible with XP and several other programs no longer update. So what am I supposed to do now? I know that there is Windows 10 available but I have yet to see one person positive and happy with it. Do I switch to using a Mac? But that would be so expensive I have a friend who will do whatever needs doing when the time comes. My computer is quite new and running fine. The problem is that it will be me who has to decide what needs doing and what I should upgrade to - and I have no clue at all
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28 responses
@JolietJake (39613)
19 Feb 16
You could just go to Windows 7, that's what I am on
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@JolietJake (39613)
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait No, it came out later...I hated Vista...7 looks kind of like it, but it is a damned good OS.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
@JolietJake Ah! Thank you If that is a feasable option then I guess that is what I will be using next.
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@marlina (60634)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
I have been using Windows 7 too for years with no problem.
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@Asylum (46792)
• Manchester, England
19 Feb 16
I am perfectly happy with Windows 10, although I am aware that it is still unpopular with most people. If you are uncertain whether to upgrade to it or not, you could try using Linux instead. Linux is free, so if you know someone who will install it for you I would suggest Ubuntu. If you dislike it you can still try Windows 10 and have lost nothing.
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
I don't know why Windows 10 is unpopular, It may have taken 3 hours to install when I first did it, but I regard it as the best operating system for many years by Microsoft. There are also many free apps that are easily downloaded from the store.
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@Asylum (46792)
• Manchester, England
19 Feb 16
@pgiblett I am quite happy with it as well, but every time that Microsoft introduce a new operating system it takes time for people to accept it.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
Yes I have a friend who, in his spare time, fixes all sorts of computer problems and he will do whatever needs doing. I presume that he will aslo advise me as to whether I should change OP completely or not. I will contact him later this evening and see when he is available to help.
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@Orson_Kart (4021)
• United Kingdom
19 Feb 16
Windows 10 is working fine for me. I accepted the free upgrade from 8.1. It's not free from XP to 10, so you would have to buy a licence or a new machine. XP has been out of support from Microsoft for 2 years, so it's time to upgrade I would say. Onwards and upwards!
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
I hear so many who are not happy with Windows 10 that your comment makes a change and confuses me too. Yes it will be 2 years in April thatt here are no more updates and many programs don't run well anymore now. Always upwards indeed!
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• United Kingdom
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait All I have read is people not happy with the auto installs and the 'bugs' with certain programmes. There have been bugs with all OPs, and I have always just installed the updates when directed in the past. Doing it automatically is fine with me.
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
@Orson_Kart I have heard of bugs with certain programs, but I use those same programs and have no trouble using them on Windows 10.
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@Lucky15 (33714)
• Philippines
19 Feb 16
I am using windows vista. It is fine. Never wanted to have mine updgraded
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
Windows Vista has never been fine. I moves away from it as soon as Windows 7 came out. Vista will very soon be unsupported (if it isn't already).
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@paigea (21011)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
Oh I never liked Vista!
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
@paigea I was happy with it and with the netbook too. It was all I had for a year when I ws in UK in 2011/2012 and I really gave it a vbashing, using it like I use my desktop here at home but it never gave up completely, just got slower.
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@akp100 (13188)
• India
19 Feb 16
Well, the newer versions of chrome will not be available for windows xp in that case. But you can still carry on with your current version of chrome. It will work fine like it is working now. About news, I haven't read it anywhere so far. But then again I am using windows 7 so may be I am not getting any problem or messages like that.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
Yes @topffer left a link in his response so that I can stop the upgrades on Chrome amd maybe continue using it for a little while longer. The message does not state even when the change will take place which is very annoying too. I relly feel useless as I understand absolutely nothing about computers
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@akp100 (13188)
• India
20 Feb 16
@mysdianait No worries. @topffer has send you perfect link to stop the updates. You can do it to stop any further updates of Chrome. So you can continue using current version of Chrome without any problem.
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@yugocean (4279)
• India
20 Feb 16
Windows 7 is fine for some time, after XP and Vista Chrome will also exclude Win 7, and perhaps Win 8 too.
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@fishtiger58 (30279)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Feb 16
For sure don't do the Windows 10 it's a hot mess. I would suggest Windows 7 or 8
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
Windows 8 is the worst mess of an operating system that Microsoft ever came out with. No sane person like the Metro interface. I have been upgraded to Windows 10 for more than 6 months and have to say it is the best upgrade I have ever completed. Windows 10 is the O/S that Windows 8 should have been.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
@fishtiger58 @pgiblett This is my problem. I am hearing so many conflicting reviews of Windows 10 that I really don't know what I should do for the best. I hope my computer friend, who knows that I am ignorant about the techy side, will put me on the right track and do what he thinks is best. If he does soemthing that then does not work he will be here often so it is in his best interests to choose the best option methinks.
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@fishtiger58 (30279)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait I have heard good and bad about windows 10
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
I don't know who you are talking to about Windows 10, it is by far the best operating system Microsoft have had out in a long while. It is clear you need to migrate away from XP. I wholly recommend going to Windows 10 and doing it as soon as you can, you will not regret it.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
Offline and online friends, and some of the responses here as you have seen, are not as enthusiastic about Wondows 10 as you are and this is what is making any decision impossible for me. I have contacted my computer doctor friend and he will see what is best and I will just have to hope that whatever he decides will indeed work with no fuss and bother for me or he might have to move in
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@pgiblett (6649)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait I know they are not. You have been given a lot of choice, but your computer doctor should be able to assist.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
@pgiblett Yes it will definately be him who will sway the boat one way or the other. I should hear from him over the weekend, having called him earlier.
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@Daljinder (19767)
• India
20 Feb 16
What should I say now? I am a bit late it seems.... I will just tell you what I know. Vista and XP have been outdated a while ago. When we had our PC back in 2009, they were only installing Windows 7. We have had Win 7 since then. Win 8 we tried but reverted back to win 7 as it suited better to us. Windows 10 that has come out would surely be better version. I mean soon all those I had mentioned above would soon have to be upgraded to that. So, why not just do it now than wait and do it all over again later. I know that there are bugs being reported with this OS but it will only be removed if we use it and report them just like we had reported bugs to new my lot, right? We are still using Win 7 but I know my brother would upgrade it to Win 10 when he likes it. I have left it to him.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
20 Feb 16
I am totally ignorant about all of the OPs and what is good about them and what is bad. There are so many differeing opinions here in the responses too that I am even more confused and the final decision will be left to my computer doctor friend. He has always done the right thing for me up to now and I am sure (I hope) that he will this time too as I haven't a clue what to do for the best
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@Daljinder (19767)
• India
20 Feb 16
@mysdianait You know the saying "Hear all but do what your heart says" lol Just do what you feel is right. The truth is we all can advise you on many things but we aren't physically present there. So, we can't see the issue and help you out. Don't get confused. I hope that your friend will help you out.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
20 Feb 16
Yes @Daljinder he will be the one to make the final decision as he has done in the past. I trust him and as I have also reccomended him to others too, I am sure that he will do what he thinks is the best for me. Ijust hope that upgrading will not be expensive.
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@amadeo (46040)
• United States
19 Feb 16
same here.I have use Apple most of my time here.Nothing else.I love apple products.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
My son uses Apple since forever and is hapy with it but from a precious resonse here, there is some conflicy woth Apple + mylot. As I spend all of my online time here that os not an option anymore.
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• Japan
20 Feb 16
@mysdianait I don't seem to have a problem on myLot on my Mac or iPad either.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
20 Feb 16
@petatonicsca There seems to be conflicting opinions about how well or not myLot works with Mac. It is so difficult to understand which OP is best
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• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20 Feb 16
It's good you have a friend to help with your computer. I get anxious every time I see UPGRADE, and it seems everyday the laptop and my phone tells me one app/program or another is being upgraded.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
20 Feb 16
yes I am nervous about touching that 'upgrade' button when it appears too. I am always afraid that I will do some damage which canot be undone so I know wxactly how you fell too. Thankfully I do have that friend who knows so much about computers and there are always many here who will offer advice too
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• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20 Feb 16
@mysdianait. Yes, exactly! I always think the computer will "break"
@Bluedoll (17053)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
I still have a win98 floor door stop model that works but hasn't seen the internet for years.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
I had one but it crashed when lightening struck six or seven years ago. I am insured for those events though so it was no expense to get the one that I have now. Maybe I can hope in another storm soon again
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@Bluedoll (17053)
• Canada
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait Well that's one way to upgrade.
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@EddieHands (32137)
• United States
19 Feb 16
I know chrome will not work with some older systems or other systems now. I run Linux and it told me chrome would no longer be supported soon! Well I think that in the end maybe getting the new Windows is s good idea jsut to have chrome. I am not sure. Chrome is not wise to not support new systems. But I bet they are trying to get people to buy their Chrome book laptops.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
In an earlier response @Asylum mentioned Linux too but there was no mention of Chrome not updating there too. This is really complicated for me as I undertsand nothing about OPs and I will have to trust my computer techy friend and put myself in his hands I think.
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@EddieHands (32137)
• United States
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait Yeah sadly they will stop support on Linux in March. I am kind of sad about it. Because I was just getting used to having fun on chrome.
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@Asylum (46792)
• Manchester, England
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait It would be far easier just downloading and installing Firefox instead.
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@KristenH (19783)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
19 Feb 16
You do what's right for you, when the moment comes and if you can afford it. I never had Windows, since I've used Apple all my life.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
My son has been using Apple forever too and Iknow he never has problems with anything but it is just sooo expensive
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@JolietJake (39613)
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait P1kef1sh runs a Mac and he has horrible problems with myLot
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
@JolietJake Ph really! Thank you for that information and I have immediately crossed that off the list of options!
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@Mike197602 (13473)
• Worcester, England
19 Feb 16
I'm using windows 10 on this laptop and have been for a couple of months. I'm finding no issues whatsoever but I only use the net for mylot and looking at videos and newspapers.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
I don't do a lot therse days either like in the past but I hope I will make the right choice and that it will last forever this time as updating is becoming an expensive game. This computer was brand ew made to measure six or so years ago and in such a short time it is out of date. So sad.
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@Mike197602 (13473)
• Worcester, England
19 Feb 16
@mysdianait 6 years is a long time in computer terms. People do seem, on here, to not like windows 10 but they aren't saying why or what they're doing. I've not had a single problem. Maybe time to get a new computer? There are plenty of second hand ones available from reputable places. I don't think you can get the free update to windows 10 so after paying for the new OS I think it'd maybe be a better idea to buy something new? I'd be happy to help you research for the best price on a new/second hand one although it'd have to be UK based as I don't read Italian....I'm a good researcher though and am a good bargain hunter.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
19 Feb 16
@Mike197602 My computer doctor assembled this one He already told me on the phone today that this will not support Windows 10 therefore a new one will have to be on the cards. The only downfall is that I would rather wait for a thunderstorm as I have insurance which covers electrical damage
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• China
20 Feb 16
I haven't received training on the computer too,so my knowledge in computer is fragmentary.Just as you,mine is Windows XP ,but so far it seems not to have had any problem.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
21 Feb 16
@changjiangzhibin89 I was hoping to be able to wait too. Maybe, if it worls well, I will move to Firefox and wait a bit more before changing too.
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• China
22 Feb 16
@mysdianait I don't know how the windows 10 works ,but Xp suffices me now .
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
22 Feb 16
@changjiangzhibin89 I thnk, after the advice here, that I will continue using it too for as long as possible, and avoid the expense of upgrading for a while longer
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• Yantai, China
20 Feb 16
Forgive my understanding and vocabulary.i want to ask What is XP?Wow,I know!u mean Windows XP?Right?
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
20 Feb 16
Yes Windows XP. I know, it is very old, a bit like me
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• Yantai, China
20 Feb 16
@mysdianait NO,really not.Do you know in many university in China ,it is still very usual to find many XP system available in many teaching room.And we wont mind the system which one we are using.What we focus on is whether it can be used swimmingly.
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• Yantai, China
20 Feb 16
@mysdianait Maybe u have a little self-abased (hoping you wont mind these words I used)psychology.Just stop keeping it right now.It'll be okay.
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@rosekiss (30152)
• Eugene, Oregon
21 Feb 16
Wow, XP? I stopped using that verson a long time ago. I have had windows 8 windows 8.1. and now windows 10. I like windows 10, as I haven't had one problems at all. i have had windows 10 since early last summer, and I am glad that i upgraded. It does everythign that I need it to do.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
21 Feb 16
It is impossible to upgrade as my computer is not big enough so the advice that I was given by my computer doctor friend was to continue with XP until it no longer worls. That is what I have done/am doing and probably now the end is in sight. It will be him though who will make the changes as I have no idea about how to go about that.
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@rosekiss (30152)
• Eugene, Oregon
21 Feb 16
@mysdianait At least you have someone that can do it for you. I installed windowns 10 myself, as I got a notification on it, and when I got it, I didn't do it right away, but after I had seen others tlk about it, I decided to put it on my computer too. I have not regretted it at all, at least not so far anyway.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
22 Feb 16
Oh yes @rosekiss I have no clue at all about the tecjy side and could not do that by myself
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@else34 (13666)
• New Delhi, India
22 Feb 16
@mysdianait,My problem is the same too.I am not a techy either.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
22 Feb 16
I might do like you and get a laptop and just keep the desktop for things offline. We'll see ho wmuch all this will cost before I decide.
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@else34 (13666)
• New Delhi, India
23 Feb 16
@mysdianait So,you too don't have a laptop?
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
23 Feb 16
@else34 No only a desktop and a very old (now slow too) netbook which I haven't used for a long time.
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@yugocean (4279)
• India
20 Feb 16
I know that, and because of this I uninstalled chrome. I am having Vista. Now I use Mozilla for most of the things including myLot. Rest is Opera and Maxthon browsers.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
20 Feb 16
I love Chrome. I used Mozilla when I was working in the hotel years ago and was onmyLot fromthere but I was not happy using it. When I first started I was told ti use Explorer but I soon discovered that Chrome was better. Fortunately I have a computer doctor friend who will advise and decide what is best to do and presumaby he will opt for Windows 10 and then I will just cross my fingers and hope that all will be well.
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@yugocean (4279)
• India
22 Feb 16
@mysdianait What did he said?
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
22 Feb 16
@yugocean He hasn't called back yet. I will call him again this evening if I don't hear from him before them.
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@Shiva49 (9201)
• Singapore
22 Feb 16
I am not a techie but I am managing well with Windows 10 now after a couple of months of teething troubles. I have Windows 7 on my laptop and that is slowly being neglected I think - siva
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
22 Feb 16
I too have a netbook with Windows 7 but I have not used it for a long time as it became too slow (it required formatting which I don't know how to do). After the advice here I will probably continue with XP for a while longer and jusy change browsers when/if Chrome stops working
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@Shiva49 (9201)
• Singapore
22 Feb 16
@mysdianait Surprised that XP works better as it is a much older version than Windows 7 with MS no more supporting it. I think Windows 10 bugs have been fixed now - siva
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
22 Feb 16
@Shiva49 Some programs no longer update but I guess they are things that I don't use as I have not had any problems up to now.
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