Windows XP vs Windows 7 vs Windows 10 Migrations

Many people over the years agonize over how and when to migrate computers and/or versions of Windows. Within the past decade or so, the popular Windows operating systems on desktops are Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 10.

I myself, must confess that I have a primary laptop that is still a Windows XP system but have supplemented it with a Windows 7 desktop. My expectation is that when time permits I will migrate and consolidate everything to a new Windows 7 laptop or upgrade the current laptop to Windows 7.

While Windows 10 is the most recent operating system from Microsoft for desktops, I do not see a real need for it at this time since Windows 7 will do everything that I need, and has most of the problems all worked out of it from the years of updates and service packs available for it. There also seems to be a ‘problem’ with the consumer version of Windows 10 where it is setup to constantly send data back to Microsoft about what the machine is being used for plus all kinds of telemetry from your machine about what you are doing online in an effort to target the machine for better internet ads. As you can imagine, a number of people do not like their Windows 10 machine being slowed down for all this advertising.

The easy way to migrate versions of Microsoft operating systems is to prepare a new machine with the operating system you want to go to, and then use PCMover to migrate from the old system to the new system. If the existing system is going to be the computer with the new operating system, then you can installed a new hard drive with a clean install of the new operating system, and then connect the old drive with all of your data to the computer and migrate everything from the old drive to your computer with the new operating system. I have done this on several machines and it has worked very well with only a few minor problems. In one case I migrated a Windows XP computer to a new computer with Windows 7 and the migration fixed a lot of the operating system problems that the older Windows XP system had. Specifically, in that situation it looks like the machine had gotten ‘mangled’ with a virus at one point plus one of the prior migrations, before I started to support the machine, made some kind of strange Window 98 or Windows NT upgrade that had taken place since I saw directories for Windows NT on the drive C plus the Windows XP was not installed in the typical folder where it would be normally installed. There were also strange problems where when I tried to do a repair install of Windows XP that the installer did not see any existing installation to repair plus some of the icons in the control panel did not do anything; i.e. you would click on the icon and nothing would happen. When I migrated that system to a Windows 7 system, none of the operating system problem could migrate, only programs and data, so once everything was migrated everything worked fine except for two old 16 but programs. That problem was solved by downloading Windows XP mode for Windows 7 and running them from that.

While PCMover has a few unusual problems at times, and sometimes you have to redo a migration, I have always been able to work through the problems and been very happy with the end results.

Hopefully, any of you doing a migration will have things go as well as I have.

Good Luck and Take Care,

Louis J. Desy Jr.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

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Would Economic Development Be a Better Use for Mexico Border Wall Funds?

            As I write this, 2pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018, parts of the US Government are still shutdown from since December 22 due to not passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund all of the government, that includes funds for a border wall with Mexico. While the House of Representatives did pass a CR with some border wall funds, there has been no vote in the Senate, plus the President has said that he would not sign any bill that did not have the border wall funds of around $5 billion. At the moment, it does not even look or sound like there are any negotiations even going on to resolve the impasse between the administration and Congress.

            While this has all been going on, it occurred to me that maybe a better use of boarder wall funds would be a program of development for the areas of Mexico that are next to the border with the US so that people would be able to find work in Mexico and not want and/or need to somehow get into the United States to survive. A border wall with Mexico, if and when built, will not really do much to help anyone get a job or develop anything and even cost money to maintain for the decades to come. Economic development on the border areas has the possibility of making the areas in Mexico much better off than they are now, and the program could even turn some kind of a profit if done properly. In some quick research on the internet, it looks like the cost of a border wall is on the order of about $21 billion USD and expected to take 3.5 years, but some sources seem to think the total boarder wall would be around $75 billion USD in total.

            It seems that with all of the money spent on various government programs, that maybe spending $20 billion per year to improve the areas of Mexico that boarder the United States would be a good program to try. The hope is that at some point people arriving in Mexico or in Mexico would be able to make a decent living in those areas, plus maybe once the areas are improved there would be demand for good and services from the United States to those areas at some point. I also expect that spending money in Mexico to improve the areas in Mexico would get a lot more purchasing power and benefit from the money than building a boarder wall with much more expensive labor and material sourced from the US side.

            While this may all take a while to see how it works out, I expect the end results would be worth the effort and settle the arguments on the issue instead of having  the current budget and legislative grid lock with nothing getting done by anyone.

Good Luck and Take Care,

Louis J. Desy Jr.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

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US Government Shutdown – as of 4:15pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018

Well, at the moment there is a partial shutdown of the US government due to the failure to pass a continuing resolution (CR) for the budget prior to midnight last night. Apparently, as I listen to C-SPAN yesterday and this morning, the problem is that the President will not sign a continuing resolution for the budget unless it included five billion in funds towards building a board wall between Mexico and the United States plus the Senate has not passed any legislation yet.

The CR bill did pass the House of Representatives, but has not passed the Senate so there is nothing for the President to sign yet. While it was originally thought that if a continuing resolution was not passed prior to midnight yesterday that nothing could be done until after New Years Day since members of Congress were expected to leave Washington due to the Christmas holiday.

I am surprised to see and hear that the Senate appears to still be in session right now. Efforts appear to be being made to pass some kind of bill and end the partial shutdown of the government this weekend.

At the moment it is 4:20pm so if any continuing resolution does get passed before Christmas Day I will not only be surprised but somewhat amazed since it had been originally thought that it would be impossible to get any bill passed once the day ended on December 21.

It will be interesting to see what the next several hours bring and if any bill is passed, what exactly is in it.

One thought does occur to me is the possibility that the administration is really only using the boarder wall as a ‘wedge issue’ or ‘negotiating chip’ to get other things from Congress. I find it hard to believe that with all of the money spent by the government, that the administration really could not get five billion or even fifty billion dollars if it really wanted to for a boarder wall with Mexico. It seems to me for the relatively small amount of money involved, that something else must be going on or some other kinds of deals are being made, with the boarder wall being used as something that the administration ‘rolls out’ when it wants to get other things done. In this line of thinking, the administration says it wants a boarder wall with Mexico, but then at the end gives that up to get something else legislated that it really wants. The problem is that without reading all of the legislation passed, or someone confessing to what was negotiated, it is hard to tell what those other items were that the administration got passed.

Good Luck and Take Care,

Louis J. Desy Jr.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 4:26pm

Update: Apparently, Congress adjourned for the day with no action being taken. While there will be a shortened session on Monday, Dec 24, Christmas Eve, it is not expected any legislation will be taken up so the shutdown is in effect until at least Thursday, December 27 when Congress will reconvene.

I also took a look at the total cost for a border wall with Mexico. From what I can see and alluded to by internal reports that some reporters have been allowed to view, the best estimates are that a border wall with Mexico would cost about 22 billion and take three years to build. Some people indicate the correct amount is really about three times that or as much as 70 billion dollars, but even that higher amount spread out over three years would be less than 25 billion per year. I think the fact that the amount is such a small amount overall of government spending on a per year basis lends more credibility to the possibility that the administration uses funding for a border wall with Mexico as a negotiating chip to get other legislative items instead of making a real effort to build a border wall with Mexico. Fact-checking Kamala Harris’ claim about cost of Trump’s border wall:

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