Replacing a Dell Vostro 1710

My Dell Vostro 1710 has been performing poorly, and not responding to maintenance directed at software issues.  I'd like to replace it with something contemporary, of similar size, and similar cost.  I don't do gaming, but I work with high resolution photos, and sometimes there are many applications open at once.  I'd like a machine which will work with both Windows 7 and Windows XP, and would appreciate recommendations.
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Satheesh AgatheeswaranIT ManagerCommented:
Try Dell Optiplex 9020
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
HP still sells some very nice laptops with Windows 7.

But installing XP on a contemporary laptop is going to be very problematic.   I'd simply install it in a virtual machine running under the free VMware Player -- or upgrade the OS to Windows 7 Pro and use  XP Mode.

For what you've outlined, I'd get this:  http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/G1V32AV?HP-Pavilion-15t-n200-Notebook-PC-with-Windows-7-ENERGY-STAR-

The i5-4200u in that unit scores 3299 on PassMark's CPUMark -- more than triple the 1020 that the Core 2 Duo T-5670 in your Vostro scores.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
FWIW, I prefer the Probook line from HP. I've bought a few dozen over the years with very few problems.

The best feature: access to hdd/ram/wifi card etc without screws. You just press the battery hinges and the whole back comes off.

HTH,
Dan
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all Experts.  Gary:  Is there a comparable model with a 17" screen?   My interest in Windows XP is to avoid reinstalling over one hundred applications from my Vostro.  How would it be problematic to install XP on the laptop you recommend?
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
How big is the hdd of the actual laptop and how filled it is? If you don't want to reinstall all your apps, you might try a P2V migration: use disk2vhd to create an image of your laptop, then use that vhd as a hdd for a virtual machine (using Virtual PC, VirtualBox etc).

This way you can have all your apps and a clean Windows 7 environment.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Here's one with a 17" screen, a Core i7 that scores 7992 on PassMark [almost 8 times your current performance :-) ]; and comes with Windows 7 Pro, so you can use XP Mode if you want (you can also elect to use VMware Player if you'd prefer a more isolated VM).

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/J8L28AV?HP-ENVY-17t-Windows-7-Laptop

The issue with installing XP on modern systems is that there aren't XP drivers for the chipset (and possibly not even the video adapters).    I'd use the physical-to-virtual conversion utility already noted and run the resulting virtual hard drive under VMware on the new system for your XP applications.   Note that with this CPU, a VM will run XP significantly faster than it runs natively on older hardware (like your Vostro).
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
This looks like a good one -- thank you.  Just two more questions, if I may.  Can I install Windows 7 Professional 32-bit on this machine?   And, using VMware Player, can I simply copy my XP applications without needing to install them freshly?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
You certainly COULD install Win7 Pro x32 on the system ... but it comes with Win7 Pro x64, and as it has 12GB of memory, you'd be "wasting" 8GB of RAM with the 32 bit version.

If you have some applications that only run in 32-bit systems (I've seen several of these), then I'd be more inclined to install Win7 x32 in a VM and just run those specific apps in that virtual machine.    Using "Unity" (a VMware feature),  the "feel" would be very much like they were running natively.

You can't just copy your XP applications to a new XP install;  but if you used a physical-to-virtual convertor (as discussed above), you could create a virtual hard drive, and then just "boot" to that hard drive in VMware, and you'd be running your original copy of XP in the virtual machine.
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
You're most welcome.

Note another big advantage of getting your XP system (and its apps) virtualized:  Once you have a virtual machine that runs this, you can then TRIVIALLY move to ANY other new machine with no hassle.    Same is true for any 32-bit Windows 7 apps that you might run in an x32 Win7 system.     If you move to a new system, you simply install VMware Player;  copy the virtual hard drives for your VM's; and then "boot" them in VMware Player.   It will ask if you copied or moved the VM's ... just tell it you moved them and there won't even be any re-activation issues [If you copy them, then it's treated as a new machine, and the activation check will fail and require re-activation).
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the head's up on that!
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