'Tech Vets' Host Shows How to Build a PC with Maximum PC Recommended Parts

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Regarding the 3TB Seagate Drive

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A 3Terabyte drive isn't going to work in XP by the way but we should be over that

From Seagates Website on that very drive

Seagate SmartAlign™ technology for no-hassle transition to Advanced Format 4K sector technology
Free DiscWizard™ software enables 3TB drive use on legacy PC BIOS as well as Windows XP-based systems
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How come every tech site on the planet wants everyone to stop using XP even if it's an offline system that will never get Gov't Sponsored Spyware or Malware from Microsoft?

Oh, I guess I just answered my own question

Nevermind

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Carey934

I actually still use Windows XP on my personal system. However, when making YouTube videos for the masses, I get bombarded with nasty comments that suggest I'm not a very smart tech because I still use a 10 year old OS and Internet Explorer and therefore, I'm an idiot.

The trolls come out of the wood work when you use XP or IE in any YouTube video.

That said, I'm still waiting for someone to show me something Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 can do that my XP can't do. And I don't need 64-bit or Direct X 11. How do I tell a business client they should upgrade their PCs hardware and memory and spend to buy Windows 7 and teach their employees how to use it? What does the customer get in return for this investment that they didn't already have?

Unfortunately, with XP support ending in April 2014, I have to start transitioning my clients now for no other reason but to ensure the latest software they need to run their businesses will still work after XP support ends and the software no longer supports it. And if they buy a new printer or other new hardware soon after that, it most likely won't include XP drivers. So, to prevent that happening, they need to upgrade before support for XP expires and all the third-party hardware and software vendors also stop supporting it.

Carey Holzman

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roleki

While I can understand your rationale for not encouraging BUSINESS clients to upgrade, you've only managed to paint them into a corner where the only option is to upgrade all machines at one time and have the entire user base undergo that learning curve in one shot. If you don't encourage them sooner rather than later, their options of getting Win7 will also dry up, forcing them into Win8. Not that Win8 is bad, per se, but if you think the transition from XP to 7 is a big one, wait'll you see an average user try to leap from XP to 8.

As for consumers... if in the course of doing business as a computer repair shop you advised average Home users not to upgrade to 7, that's almost criminal. Corporate users at least have the benefit of an active firewall, web-blocker, AD, backup protection, and so on. Your average home user has the router their ISP gave them and whatever antivirus came pre-installed. That's it. The average user is ill-equipped to run XP in such an environment without risking some form of malware infection.

As consumers continue to expand their use of online services, it is more important than ever for them to be proactive about secure computing. Nevermind that they know a great guy down the street that repairs computers, a good number of threats these days aren't meant to disrupt the operation of a consumer computer, but rather to obtain information from them. IF their computer ever lands on your bench, no matter how good you are at what you do, you will never be able to make things right if a user's financial information is compromised.

Win7 isn't invulnerable - far from it - but it is fundamentally better than XP at protecting the average user from the average bad guy. It's one thing to tell people they can save money by not upgrading, but if you aren't telling them the risks as well, you aren't doing them any favors.

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j_j_montez

I agree for most consumers, they should have upgraded to Windows 7 long ago. Carey's view on companies upgrading, so far as I can tell from the podcasts, he is telling companies to get the process started now, so they don't go through what you just mentioned. Start upgrading or replacing hardware bit by bit, and training your employees, so you don't need to do a massive adjustment. Windows 7 is still readily available through many sources, so Windows 8 doesn't need to be forced on anyone that doesn't really want it.

Regarding XP again, I still run it on some computers in my home, on machines that would be too sluggish on 7. They're doing well, up-to-date, low-hassle antivirus installed, the same I suggest for my clients still running XP. In my experience, installing a good antivirus, and disabling ads and non-youtube flash will do well with protecting non-savvy consumers.

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big_montana

I can tell you one thing that Win 8 can do that XP, Vista or 7 cannot do, and that is it supports wireless sprinters much better. By support I mean from installation through use, as wireless printing is more reliable as your printer does not disappear or just quit working like it did under the other mentioned OS;s. Setup is a breeze, just turn on your wireless printer(s) and the install is done without you having to do anything, as Win 8 configures everything including the IP address automatically. I know, I am easily impressed, but it is a feature that works unlike in XP, Vista or 7

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aaronh713

Drop the HDD and buy a 4gb 670...

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lordfirefox

Well that's the nice thing about building a PC yourself. You get to pick the parts you want. Not what some random person on a website comments section wants.

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j_j_montez

I came across Holzman's Youtube channel a few months ago, and have been listening to his potcast since then. The podcast covers a lot of various tech talk, but is geared towards informing would-be or current IT employees and entrepreneurs. I knew of his history with MaximumPC, so it's nice to see you guys giving him some love.

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