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# 240851 29-Sep-2018 14:07
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As Windows 7 has just over a year of security updates to go I thought I'd re-install it from an image.  The restore failed with various error messages saying image or disk was invalid. So, I thought I'd re-install from scratch which went very smoothly.  Then the activation worked on the third attempt.  The updates server worked on the third attempt as well & downloaded about 1 gb of updates which installed o.k.

 

Then I needed to get a printer driver from HP.  For at least 30 minutes I got the bad gateway 502 error.  Once their website came up again the download was fine.  Printer installed fine.

 

This had all taken most of the evening & I started to think why am I wanting to use Windows 7 again?  Is there any good reason for me to use Windows when Ubuntu, Mint, or Xubuntu do everything I want with fewer hassles.  For example instead of struggling to get into the HP support site & get a driver download of 202mb, to install the same printer in Ubuntu takes literally 5 seconds from when you turn the printer on.

 

Anyway, this morning I have just trashed every copy & image of Windows 7 and W10 & even the motherboard drivers DVD.  The  whole lot has been put in the trash can literally.  I am now back to using Xubuntu 16.04.3 

 

Who knows if I will be forced to use Windows again when I get the next motherboard - I hope not!

 

 

 

 


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  # 2098529 29-Sep-2018 15:03
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So you switched to linux because you reinstalled an 8 year old OS and there were lots of updates that needed to be downloaded? Or was it because the HP web site was down for a while?

 

 

 

 










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  # 2098563 29-Sep-2018 15:40
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gbwelly:

 

So you switched to linux because you reinstalled an 8 year old OS and there were lots of updates that needed to be downloaded? Or was it because the HP web site was down for a while?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, I know it sounds foolish, but I had re-installed Windows 7 for no reason other than to give it another go before the security updates finish in early 2020. Anyway, unless I download Windows 10 which is digitally entitled for activation, I can't go back to Windows because I have also trashed my Windows 7 product code.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2098906 30-Sep-2018 20:07
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In contrast 16.04 LTS has less than a year of updates remaining to April 2019 if I'm reading it right.



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  # 2099066 1-Oct-2018 05:17
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gzt: In contrast 16.04 LTS has less than a year of updates remaining to April 2019 if I'm reading it right.

 

Yes, seems so.  I had not realised that Xubuntu 16.04 LTS had a shorter lifespan than stock Ubuntu.  May have to change to 18.04 around March.  The LTS distros do seem to improve with the point releases and regular updates anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Version

 

Code name

 

End of Life date

 

 

 

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS

 

Xenial Xerus

 

April 2021

 

 

 

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

 

Xenial Xerus

 

April 2021

 

 

 

Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS

 

Trusty Tahr

 

April 2019

 

 

 

Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS

 

Trusty Tahr

 

HWE August 2016

 

 

 


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