Originally Posted by herk7769
My son said to skip Win 8 just like he recommended skipping Millennium and Vista. He has never steered me wrong. Win 9 is just around the corner.
I ran my own side business for 25 years fixing and consulting for small business and residential Windows PC repair. When you download and install the service packs for Win ME and Vista, they work just fine. Vista got a bad rap as Microsoft was all about security and dropped support for older hardware as they did not include the drivers. Again install the service packs and then Vista works very stable and it supports old hardware. Not all of it, but most of it.
At home I have a still in running condition, PC turbo clone dos 6.2, lotus 123, word perfect 5.0 10 meg hard drive, black floppy disk drive and one of the first color screens to ever come out. Also have a Texas Instrument laptop running windows 95 or 98 and Microsoft BOB. BOB is some funny stuff to look at - good for a flashback experience. Also have a pc with dual partition hard drive running Windows ME or XP depending on boot choice. My specialty was keeping old computers running smooth.
My first system was a Commodore 64SX. This is a 20 pound portable computer the predecessor to a laptop. Dragged it around airports with me as I was a traveling service tech. Read about it here and other old vintage systems. Commodore SX-64 portable computer
I retired in 2009 as the future was throw away laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Nobody is going to pay very much to have their computer fixed when they can spend a few hundred bucks to get a new one. So like cell phones, many people new get new laptop and tablets every 2-4 years.
I just bought a 9" droid ice cream 4.0 tablet with micro usb keyboard and booklet style cover/case. Brand new $125 bucks. This has no support for 4g or 4g-lte. Wifi only or you can add in a usb 3g dongle. Everything I do on a windows pc or laptop, I can do on this tablet with the exception of using a mouse. Once you get used to droid operating system, touch screen instead of mouse, and using google play store to download software, you will really think twice about blowing hundreds of dollars on a new windows 8 rig. On the flip side, I hear win 8 runs really well on old xp computers as it's not a resourse hog like vista and 7.
Sorry no experiance with Apple on my end. Must be good however as Microsoft has been trying to emulate Apple since Windows 3 came out back in early 90's. Most people thought their price was too high, so they went the less money route via Windows.