need advice on operating system for new PC

  • From: "T Behler" <tombehler@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "jaws users e-mail list" <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 21:31:08 -0600

Hi, all.

Well, the PC I'm writing this e-mail on is almost 5 years old, and is giving 
me more and more fits every day, so it might just be time to purchase a 
newer and better PC.

I know I'll get a variety of opinions on this, so please understand if I 
don't acknowledge every e-mail individually.  I will certainly read them, 
and take the advice that seems best for me.

Here's my dilemma:

Currently, I am using Jaws 10.0.  I prefer to use Windows XP as my operating 
system, and office 2003 for my basic computer work.  Jaws seems to work 
quite well with these set-ups.  I have heard too many horror stories about 
Vista itself, and am not sure even how well that operating system works with 
Jaws.  I also have tried working with Office 2007, and find it a real bear 
to use due to the ribbons, rather than the drop-down menus which are so much 
easier to navigate.  I went to Best Buys today, and, of course, they now 
only sell computers with Vista, and a free upgrade to Windows 7, as of 
October 15.

Am I doing myself a dis-service by sticking to Windows XP, and Office 2003? 
Does Jaws work reasonably well with Vista, and office 2007?  Has anyone 
tried using Jaws with Windows 7?

I realize that for some, these are very elementary questions.  I also 
realize that software choices can boil down a lot to personal preference.

I'm just trying to get a feel for where Jaws is with the newer operating 
systems, and whether I'd simply be better off sticking with Windows XP and 
Office 2003.

I hope this quiry makes sense.

Again, I'm using Jaws 10.0 here with Windows XP and Office 2003.


Tom Behler in Colorado

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