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engco1020

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new the forum and I just bought Motorola cps software and cable for xts portable I was wondering what would be a good laptop to start with running the software and programming don't want to spend much thanks
 

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I know someone (not me) that got a HP laptop with Win10 off eBay for a couple of hundred dollars, works fine for them
 

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You can read the system requirements in the CPS_ReadMe file in your Astro 25 zip package.

The highest version of Windows officially supported is Windows 8.

From the file:
System Requirements:
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Operating Systems: Windows XP (SP 3 or higher)
Vista 32-bit (SP 2 or higher)
Windows 7 (SP 1 or higher)
Windows 8

NOTE: XP upgrade, Vista upgrade, Windows 7 upgrade and Windows 8
upgrade from other operating systems is not supported.


Hardware Requirements:
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Processor 400 MHz or higher Pentium grade Processor for XP
Vista, windows 7 and Windows 8 require 1 GHz

Memory 512 MB RAM minimum for XP
1 GB RAM minimum for VISTA
1 GB RAM for Windows 7 32-bit, 2 GB RAM for Windows 7 64-bit
1 GB RAM for Windows 8 32-bit, 2 GB RAM for Windows 8 64-bit

Hard Disk Space 1 Gigabyte Drive with 350 MB minimum free space
(for a Typical Installation, including Help
Audio-Visual Tutorials) or 150 MB minimum free
space (for a Compact installation)
40 GB hard drive for Vista
16 GB minimum free space for Windows 7 32-bit or 20 GB for Windows 7 64-bit
16 GB minimum free space for Windows 8 32-bit or 20 GB for Windows 8 64-bit

Peripherals Microsoft Windows supported Mouse or Trackball
Microsoft Windows supported Serial Port
for radio communication
Microsoft Windows supported Printer Port
for report printing
DVD-ROM for software installation

NOTE: For computers that are not equipped with
a serial port, radio communications may be
possible with the use of an off-the-shelf
USB to RS232 converter, such as the IOGEAR
USB to Serial/PDA Converter Cable.
 

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Probably be smartest to follow MTS's advice. I just went back and read my CPS read me file and MTS's post is correct.
I don't know why my supervisors HP with Win10 works, but it's probably a fluke.
 

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I don't know why my supervisors HP with Win10 works, but it's probably a fluke.
The difference between MAY work and SUPPORTED means the difference between being able to open a case if something goes wrong and getting support and being told to go away.

Astro 25 Portable and Mobile will run just fine on MOST Win10 installations, but it is not guaranteed by MSI.

Whether or not MSI will introduce a newer version of Astro 25 CPS is doubtful, being that the product line is already in extended support. The last HOST update was in October of last year (20.50.09)
 

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ME801;2721269 I don't know why my supervisors HP with Win10 works said:
HPs, Lenovos and Surface units seem to be the most compatible, but you are better off gettning something new with downgrade rights to Win7 for another year, at least.
 

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thanks for the help win 10 does work but I bought a cheaper windows7 to do my programming with just got it back from the 911 center and now to put channel announcement on it change a few things thanks for all the help
 
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