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Why does my new laptop look weird?

March 5, 2007 by Sue Weier

Because it has the new Microsoft Vista operating system on it!

It was 2002 when Microsoft XP came out, and since that time, Microsoft has been developing a new operating system to fix and improve upon issues in the previous version.

The result is Microsoft Vista.

Microsoft has been working with hardware manufacturers and the result is that more and more new computer equipment has been changed to only function with Microsoft Vista.

As a result, your new computer might look and function differently than your previous computers. No, it is not a good idea to erase and reinstall to your old operating system.

Why? Drivers don't exist for some of the software in earlier versions of Windows. In fact, you will likely lose functionality by doing that.

However, there are ways to make Windows Vista look a little more like XP, and there are even ways to run a sub section of the hard drive as a separate XP installation.

If you would like to discuss ways to use Vista in different ways, please stop by and see us.

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