Technology : Old Laptop

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Dean204
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:48 pm

I have an old laptop running on Windows Vista, will BetAngel work on this OS.

Dean


Derek27
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:17 pm

Dean204 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:48 pm
I have an old laptop running on Windows Vista, will BetAngel work on this OS.

Dean
Hi Dean, welcome to the forum. :)

I have an old laptop running Windows Vista which is fine for connecting to the internet, watching live video, etc. But I'd be wiery of keeping sensitive information and documents on it. Windows Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft so there may be many known security vulnerabilities by now that haven't been fixed.

If it's your main computer upgrading to Windows 7 might be a good idea.

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BetScalper
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:22 pm

You will have the same problem in 2020 as Microsoft will be dropping all support for Windows 7 too.

Derek27
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:33 pm

That still gives over a year and may not cost anything/much if you can get a licence for Windows 7. Upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 10 is often beyond the specification of older computers.

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BetScalper
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:36 pm

You can get a Windows 7 Professional license + download link + key for GBP 9.95

Dean204
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Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:22 am

Thanks for all of the above information, especially the security post. Does having security software installed like McAfee help?

Cheers,

Dean

Dean204
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Derek27 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:17 pm
Dean204 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:48 pm
I have an old laptop running on Windows Vista, will BetAngel work on this OS.

Dean
Hi Dean, welcome to the forum. :)

I have an old laptop running Windows Vista which is fine for connecting to the internet, watching live video, etc. But I'd be wiery of keeping sensitive information and documents on it. Windows Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft so there may be many known security vulnerabilities by now that haven't been fixed.



If it's your main computer upgrading to Windows 7 might be a good idea.

Does having software security like McAfee help, it isn't my main computer l was just thinking about using it to display BA charts while l use my new laptop to trade on the ladder.

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Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:36 am

If the purpose is just to have more monitor space a freestanding second monitor and a cable can be very inexpensive and would be much more convenient for you. You might even find you have an old tv kicking about that you could press into service for now.

Derek27
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Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:48 am

Dean204 wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:30 am
Derek27 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:17 pm
Dean204 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:48 pm
I have an old laptop running on Windows Vista, will BetAngel work on this OS.

Dean
Hi Dean, welcome to the forum. :)

I have an old laptop running Windows Vista which is fine for connecting to the internet, watching live video, etc. But I'd be wiery of keeping sensitive information and documents on it. Windows Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft so there may be many known security vulnerabilities by now that haven't been fixed.



If it's your main computer upgrading to Windows 7 might be a good idea.

Does having software security like McAfee help, it isn't my main computer l was just thinking about using it to display BA charts while l use my new laptop to trade on the ladder.
I'm far from being an expert in computer security but I believe when Microsoft stops supporting an OS, most software vendors follow suit. If the underlying operating system is unsafe, software running on it will be unsafe.

Having said that, I don't believe Windows Vista is completely riddled with vulnerabilities as software publishers would like you to believe. When Microsoft patch a vulnerability, that vulnerability didn't magically appear last week - it was always there and our computers were always vulnerable to it, it's just that it's only been discovered. So we're all vulnerable to next month's fixes. :lol: My guess is that Microsoft will often fix problems after it's been discovered and exploited.

But if you want to be as safe as possible it's not a good idea to be bashing out passwords frequently on an outdated OS.

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