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Tips For Users of Older Computers (revised 7-5-16)
you are using any older computer use caution installing newer software
and vice versa-
Many of the newer programs do not work well with older computers. Some programs will not install at all. Others are slow as molasses. Here are some of my experiences. The reverse is now true also. Newer Windows do not like some older programs. Windows will tell you it does not like a program when you try to install it. Listen to it! You may try Compatability mode. It works in some instances. Google it for instructions.
Here's some history about what Windows required in different versions.
Microsoft Office: Just keeps getting bigger as well.
Games: Many current games are designed for the newer computers and will not work on older ones, especially if your video is not up to date.
As a rule of thumb, never try to put any program on a machine that meets the minimum specs. At least double them.
Extra Tip: Buy all software from Costco. They are the only retail store that will allow refunds on opened software. Unfortunately their selection is poor. Costco On Line is now selling software for those who don't have a store close. You may need to buy a membership before purchasing. Another place to shop for books and software is Sam's Club On Line
If you really want to get away from this attempt by Microsoft to obsolete everything every two years, check out my discussion of alternatives.
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