We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize
on Aug 14, 2013 -
I'm currently filling out a profile on elance.com for web development jobs and am being asked to indicate which skills I possess. Some of the choices include MacOSX and Windows. I've also seen people list these on resumes(used to work in HR) in the same section where they list proficiency in MS Word, or even in a separate section for operating systems, for pretty much every kind of job, not just tech-related. [more inside]
posted by fromageball
on Jul 23, 2013 -
I just bought a new iMac for home. I use one at work(Boot camp Windows 7) with programs like Maya, After Effects, Premiere etc and love it. Now with one at home I would actually like to use both Mac and Windows OS but have a hard time deciding what software to put where... Can someone help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on Jun 16, 2012 -
I have a guest staying with me who suggests that Apple uses PCs and PC-based CAD software for doing the mechanical design of their products. I'm skeptical, and consult the mighty and infallible Oracle of Metafilter for first hand verification. Anyone know what they use... for real?
posted by FauxScot
on Feb 2, 2011 -
i've given up on windows, and i'm enthusiastic about not dealing with its security issues ever again. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents
on Sep 9, 2010 -
I'm currently running Windows 7 x86 fine and everything runs great. I did however run a routine pc audit with Belarc Advisor
and noticed my PC was "64-bit ready". Here are the details of my dv6700 (dv6780se as stated on the bottom sticker)
--1.67 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo--
--64 kilobyte primary memory cache--
--2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache--
--3072 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory--
System info does state I'm running a 32-bit OS. I have access to a win 7 x64 and would assume a performance increase.
Also HP dropped all support of windows 7 drivers on older machines.
posted by isopropyl
on Jun 28, 2010 -
I'm an advanced computer user and would like to know how Windows 7 compares with XP Pro. I'm clinging to the latter like Dagon to an emaciated villager but I know the time will come when I'll have to move on.
Basic info about install size, resource hogging, software compatibility (particularly MS Office versions) and tweakability in terms of Windows' always annoying "security" functions will be greatly appreciated. I have tried Vista, only to run away from it screaming. I'll be sitting round the fire in the trashcan, looking forward to reading your thoughts.
posted by New England Cultist
on May 22, 2010 -
I want to upgrade my HTC Touch HD GSM Windows OS from 6.1 to 6.5.
What is 1.56.OliNex simple comprehensive English?
what is the difference between upgrading through HSPL and USPL?
I don't really know the meaning and the difference between HSPL and USPL, and which one is recommended and less risky?
I went to xda-developers.com and couldn't comprehend there well.
posted by omaralarifi
on Oct 6, 2009 -
Where can I find estimates of server operating system market shares? To be concrete, I'd like to know what percentage of web servers, either by absolute numbers or popularity, use Linux, Windows, etc.
posted by espertus
on Sep 6, 2009 -
I used to feel pretty confident with computers / IT in general (80s child). Now I need a boost to get back up to speed, especially digging around in the OS / filesystem. Recommend me a good book / website / hands-on project? [more inside]
posted by KMH
on Aug 6, 2009 -
Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server? [more inside]
posted by wastelands
on May 29, 2009 -
Is there any way today to run a mac application on windows? (without the whole mac OS, preferably, though I'd consider that too). [more inside]
posted by jak68
on Mar 28, 2009 -
How do I do Windows in Chinese? I don't have the original Windows XP discs, and when I try to install the Chinese characters add-on from MSFT -- the laptop says I need the original XP discs.. do I really need them? [more inside]
posted by mhh5
on Aug 6, 2008 -
What Linux Should I Use?-Also need advice/help setting up drivers/random linux stuff? for my computer
I'm a pretty knowledgeable guy about computers. I also want to be able to have vista on my computer, and hopefully keep my laptops extra functionalities such as fingerprint reader. [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed
on May 1, 2008 -
Help me flip the switch that keeps my RAM freed up on my pain-in-the-backside MS Vista O/S machine! [more inside]
posted by tosteka
on Mar 26, 2008 -
Has anyone tried installing Windows Vista in BootCamp (On a Mac) using an upgrade disk? I've installed Vista perfectly using this
guide on a computer I built myself, but I want to do it on a new Mac. [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on Dec 18, 2007 -
(Geekfilter) Can I convert Earthlink TotalAccess (WinXP PC) Email (.dat or .csv) mailboxes to Apple Mail (.mbox) mailboxes on a Mac? (AKA: How can Earthlink be this stupid?) [more inside]
posted by spitbull
on Jul 9, 2007 -
I want to upgrade to Windows Vista, although I've got a few important questions I can't seem to find answers to... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal
on Jun 11, 2007 -
I am going to be buying/building a new computer soon to replace my Powerbook G4 and I am debating whether to get a Windozer or a new Mac. I thought I might be able to build my own X86 machine and install OSX on it using something like OSX86
. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on May 30, 2007 -
Seeing that it's now free
, can Microsoft's Virtual PC 2004 work with Windows Media Center Edition 2002 - sp2 as the host OS? [more inside]
posted by Jhaus
on Jul 12, 2006 -
What to do with eight free, unused, uneeded and perfectly legal discs of Windows ME? [more inside]
posted by Chorus
on Jun 4, 2006 -
This may be slightly premature, but would it possible to install Windows onto one of the new Macintel platforms and so have an OS X/XP dualbooting machine? [more inside]
posted by Tikirific
on Jan 11, 2006 -
My laptop's hard drive is reaching capacity. How can I install a larger hard drive without having to buy a new version of Win XP Pro (which was pre-installed on the laptop when I bought it, and IBM will no longer send me a CD-ROM version of the OS at a reasonable price, since the machine is long out of warranty).
If buying a new version of XP is the only option, how do I install it on the new hard drive (or will the laptop just boot to the installation CD-ROM if there's no OS installed when the power is turned on?)
posted by twsf
on Dec 27, 2005 -
I'd like to password protect the contents of a USB thumbdrive that will be accessed from an OS X and Windows platform. [more inside]
posted by jaimev
on Dec 7, 2005 -
I'm about to get a brand new PowerBook and would like to be able to run OSX, Linux, and run Windows applications. VPC is one option, but isn't there a Linux version that will run Windows applications? If so, what is it, how well does it work, and how best should I setup the computer to use it? Dual boot? Boot from within OSX? Multiple partitions, one for each OS? Since this laptop will be brand new, I'd like to take the opportunity to get everything setup right. Oh yeah, I'd also like to give OpenOffice a try (on the OSX install), any words of wisdom for me there?
posted by pwb503
on Nov 12, 2005 -
Can anyone advise a non techy person of an open source OS that I can use?
I want it to be reliable, easy to use and intuitive.
I know I am asking a lot but it needs to suit all the family.
I currently use XP.
posted by ClanvidHorse
on Jun 28, 2005 -
Once upon a time there was a Windows 2003 Standard Server. Then one day an automatic process filled the System Disk (C:) until it was 0 bytes free. The system still works, but login is busted. What can I do to fix it? 30k gifs inside. [more inside]
posted by cavalier
on Apr 5, 2005 -
OS-less laptops: I'm in the market for a new laptop computer, and I've got a couple of unused XP licenses currently going to waste. Where can I buy a reliable laptop computer without paying the Microsoft Tax? [more inside]
posted by gd779
on Jan 11, 2005 -
Laptop Clean XP Install:
1] My (on board?) sound card is unrecognised. How do I find out what drivers to use?
2] What programs do you really think I need? I already have VNC, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird and AVG installed. What else should I add? (Freeware/OS appriciated but not needed.) [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Dec 16, 2004 -
My wife's Dell Inspiron 3000 (200 Mhz, 96Mb) does not play well with Windows ME, crashes, slows down, etc.
What OS would work on this old but trusty laptop?
posted by signal
on Jun 14, 2004 -