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Old 07-15-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Some PC users want to downgrade their newer PC's to Windows XP and now Microsoft says OK.

Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020 | ITworld

Microsoft says 74 percent of work PCs still use Windows XP, extends downgrade rights (update 2) -- Engadget

While I'm a hardcore Mac user I've always liked Windows XP since in many ways it operates like Mac OS X. Vista & Windows 7.....nah, don't like'm
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Been using XP for a long time, and my new laptop came with 7. I don't use the laptop a lot, but I'm not thrilled with 7... I also paid an additional $90 to Micro$oft to upgrade to Pro, just so I could use "XP mode" to run our accounting software. "XP mode" is analogous to Virtual PC. That implementation of VPC is actually kind of cool - pretty much seamlessly runs apps in an XP sandbox but gives the appearance of running as a native 7 application. Nonetheless, I'd rather have had XP on the machine.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Long live XP. Microsoft is a marketing scrub joint.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I have W7 Professional on two desktops and my laptop.
It seems great to me. I don't really like using the wife's desktop with XP, or my old desktop with XP Pro.
Not picking, but what is the basis of the individual user preference for XP over 7?

I understand a business wanting to standardize OS, but for an individual?
If it is just aversion to MS churning in your wallet, I understand. But, I am looking for technical reasons.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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XP is one of those "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" sort of things. It's by no means perfect, but it's been working fine for many people and for many years already.

The biggest reluctance to change isn't the operating system - a new system with Windows 7 could be had for under $300, and the slowest computer these days is still faster than the fastest computer from five years ago - but for all the other applications that folks have invested in already. For a business, that expense could add up very quickly.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I am still using XP myself...heck I'd still be using Windows 2k Pro if it wasn't for the fact that most device drivers and software apps these days require XP and up to function. I sipped on the Vista/7 kool-aid months ago and I just couldn't stand the taste! Too many features that either I don't need or that doesn't make sense (Windows Aero + Taskbar + UAC = ). The pusedo-Mac KDE Linux desktop is kind of annoying too. The only reason I liked Windows 7 and would consider re-installing it on my machine is that it seemed to be just as stable as my XP Pro. Can't say the same thing for Vista though
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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I was hard core XP, tried Vista, gave it a fair shake, and dumped that pig after a month. Ran 7 beta and RC on an old machine, and it ran better than XP on the same machine, and installed 7 Pro on my primary machine, and have never looked back.
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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These articles have more to do with businesses and not the average consumer.

I think on average a lot of people like Windows 7.

I love it, used it in beta and RC, and got a free copy of Ultimate 64-bit from a MS event.

IF you don't like Aero or UAC you can turn them off. But the new task bar is really nice.

And if any OS acts like OS X its Windows 7.

I haven't run XP mode but I've heard good things. However I can see how it wouldn't work as well in a business situation.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:39 AM
 
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Very interesting, the big issue is no more patches or updates after 2014, so by 2020 that'll be one unsecure OS.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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Still running XP. Still Running Vista. Running Win7

Windows 7 hands down. My only real complaint is that they moved everything (again) so things are harder to find. Other than that it's a great system. I turn off what I don't want (UAC, etc) and place the task bar at the left edge of my 17" wide screen so I have max vertical viewing area.
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