How I ended my life with Windows XP !

  • Hey guys,

    Sorry I’ve been away for the last two weeks :-(( I was trying an express training to Windows 10, on the new laptop that I ( finally ) bought !

    To give you an idea of the beast, click on the link below :

    Then close the windows This product is currently out of stock ( Still available in France ! )

    This is a HP ProBook® 450 G8 model, almost similar to the model displayed, without the "Intel® Optane technology* but with one additional USB-A port !

    Click on the Specs link to see the main specifications, which, on my French model, are the following :

    Product Name                                HP ProBook 450 G8 Notebook PC
    Product Number                              2W8T5EA#ABF
    BIOS version, date and mode                 HP T70 Ver. 01.04.01, 26/05/2021, UEFI
    Operating system                            Windows 10 Pro 64
    OS Version                                  21H1
    OS Build                                    19043.1110
    Processor family                            11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
    Processor                                   Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 2.80 Ghz (up to 4.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology ) 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores 8 logical processors
    Graphics                                    Integrated: Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics, 1 GB Memory
    Intel vPro technology                       No
    Intel Optane technology                     No
    Memory                                      16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 × 8 GB) - 15,7 GB usable
    Memory slots                                2 SODIMM
    Internal drive                              SSD 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ ( SAMSUNG MZVLQ512HALU-000H1 )
    Optical drive                               Not included
    Display                                     15.6" diagonal, FHD (1920 × 1080 × 60Hz), IPS, narrow bezel, anti-glare, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
    External I/O Ports                          3 × SuperSpeed USB Type-A, 5Gbps signaling rate (1 charging, 1 power)
                                                1 × SuperSpeed USB Type-C® 10Gbps signaling rate USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2, Max 15W (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort™ 1.4)
                                                1 × Stereo headphone/microphone combo, female jack Ø 3,5mm
                                                1 × RJ45 female connector
                                                1 × HDMI 1.4b
                                                1 × AC power
    Expansion slots                             1 microSD
                                                Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC
    Audio                                       Dual stereo speakers, dual array microphone
    Webcam                                      720p HD privacy camera
    Keyboard                                    HP Premium Keyboard – spill-resistant, full-size with numeric keypad ( KBC Version 33.0C.00 )
    Keyboard backlit                            No
    Pointing device                             Clickpad with multi-touch gesture support
    Finger print reader                         Not available
    Wireless technology                         Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2x2) 160 MHz ( Bandwidth 2.4 / 5 Ghz, Speed 866,7 Mbps ) and Bluetooth® 5 combo, non-vPro®
    Wired technology                            Realtek 10/100/1000 PCIe GbE NIC ( 100 Mbps )
    Power supply                                HP Smart 65 W External AC power adapter
    Battery                                     HP Long Life 3-cell, 45 Wh Li-ion
    Color                                       Pike silver aluminum
    Dimensions (W × D × H)                      14.14 × 9.2 × 0.78 in
    Weight                                      Starting at 3.83 lb
    Warranty                                    1 year (1-1-0) limited warranty and service offering includes 1 year of parts and labor
    Office 365 provided                         No
    Software included                           HP Connection Optimizer
                                                HP Image Assistant
                                                HP Hotkey Support
                                                HP Noise Cancellation Software
                                                HP Support Assistant
                                                Buy Office (Sold separately)
                                                HP Power Manager
                                                HP Privacy Settings
                                                HSA Fusion for Commercial
                                                HSA Telemetry for Commercial
                                                Touchpoint Customizer for Commercial
                                                HP Notifications
                                                Xerox® DocuShare® 30 day free trial offer
    Manageability Features                      HP Driver Packs
                                                HP System Software Manager (SSM)
                                                HP BIOS Config Utility (BCU)
                                                HP Client Catalog
                                                HP Manageability Integration Kit Gen3
    Security management                         Absolute persistence module
                                                HP DriveLock and Automatic DriveLock
                                                HP Secure Erase
                                                Preboot authentication
                                                TPM 2.0 embedded security chip shipped with Windows 10 (Common Criteria EAL4+ Certified)
                                                HP Sure Click
                                                Windows Defender
                                                HP BIOSphere Gen5
                                                HP Sure Sense
                                                BIOS Update via Network
                                                Master Boot Record Security
                                                Support for chassis padlocks and cable lock devices
                                                HP Client Security Manager Gen6
                                                HP Sure Start Gen6
                                                HP Sure Run Gen3
                                                HP Sure Recover Gen3
                                                HP Sure Admin

    For further information, if desired :

    and click, either, on Product Information > Components or on Manuals > User Guide

    In France, this model is worth 1,300 €, which seems a bit more expensive. However, it is slightly different from the one presented. Anyway, I don’t care ! And I also bought an external 24" inch screen

    Now, I’m still using N++ v7.9.2 ( last N++ version working with Win XP ). I haven’t tried the new versions yet, especially the Dark mode. I hope it will be soon ! I’m going to read all the posts I missed, first !

    Best Regards


    P.S. : I did some speed tests of my home network and I get, in my living-room :

    • With a direct RJ45 connection :

      • Download : between 650 Mbps and 950 Mbps

      • Upload : between 350 Mbps and 480 Mbps

    • With a Wi-Fi 5 Ghz connection :

      • Download : between 540 Mbps and 560 Mbps

      • Upload : between 200 Mbps and 230 Mbps

    Upstairs, at my desk, I used the PLC technology and I must change my old HomePlugs, limited to 100 Mhz. So, I presently cannot get more than 95 Mbps, both, in download and upload modes. With the Wi-Fi, because of the attenuation, it’s not better : between 80 Mbps and 110 Mbps ( download ) and between 140 and 160 ( upload ) !

  • Congrats on the upgrade!
    Maybe, ending Windows XP support wasn’t the best thing.
    But if we look at it from another point, it prompts people to use better hardware.🙂

  • @guy038 - I hope your new laptop is one that is certified for the new upcoming Windows 11.

  • @mere-human said in How I ended my life with Windows XP !:

    But if we look at it from another point, it prompts people to use better hardware

    and throwing away working computers :-(

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