End of an Era: XP support ends Today

What OS are you using?

XP
12
29%
Vista
5
12%
Windows 7
14
34%
Windows 8
3
7%
MAC OS
3
7%
Linux
4
10%
 
Total votes : 41

Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:18 am

SMITTY wrote:Nothing like forced obsolescence to rape your wallet .... :mad:


In the software world 12 years is ancient, they actually extended the length of time for support. You can't expect them to continue to support old software.
Richard S.
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:22 am

lsayre wrote:I played with version 8 on a friends laptop for only long enough to feel like I was in a different world. One where everything was vastly more cumbersome and confusing than it ever needed to be, and where code bloat bogs down everything. If Windows 8 doesn't singlehandedly destroy Microsoft, I can't imagine what would.


I haven't really used 8 much but anyone will be right at home with 7. As I pointed out before.....

Windows 95/98 = Good
Windows ME = Bad
Windows XP = Good
Windows Vista = Bad
Windows 7 = Good
Windows 8 = Bad

Windows 9? They'll take the lessons learned with 8 and probably produce an excellent piece of software.
Richard S.
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:24 am

dcrane wrote:I'm just gonna throw my 2 cents out their... Windows XP was the closest thing to perfect Microsoft ever got (idiots... my mom always said, if it aint broke dont fix it) :mad3:


Windows 7 beats it easily, Vista wasn't bad but too many computers they were putting it on were simply not up to the task of running it.

The problem with 8 is there is a fundamental switch from what everyone is used too. No start button? Who's the lame brain that decided on that. :lol:

That said the PC market is dying and that is the direction 8 is going in, computers are going to move off the desk in the not so distant future as they become integrated in practically everything.
Richard S.
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:30 am

Windows 8 is not bad... Its not too User-friendly, but its not bad.
It takes a lot of tweaking to get rid of all the APPs stuff, if you don't want it. I got mine to look just like 7.
First thing is upgrade to 8.1. This gives back some functionality that 7 has.
Then set "Boot-to-Desktop" so you bypass all the APP crapp.
Then I installed a small program that I downloaded from the Microsoft store. It gives me back the real "Start" button that 7 has.
Yes, I did not need all that extra aggravation of massaging it to my taste, so shame on MS for that.
I believe they should offer an option during boot-up....
"Win 7 desktop or 8 APPs".
That should satisfy everyone.


Richard S. wrote:I haven't really used 8 much but anyone will be right at home with 7. As I pointed out before.....

Windows 95/98 = Good
Windows ME = Bad
Windows XP = Good
Windows Vista = Bad
Windows 7 = Good
Windows 8 = Bad
009to090
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Lightning On: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:17 am

I'm using Windows 7 Pro on my desktop computer.
I really like it... :)
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:58 pm

I have 7 on the newest laptop and Vista on the laptop that gets used the most for service work and demos. I still have the XP laptop just in case I need to connect to some real old equipment that Vista didn't like. I also have a desktop that is occasionally powered up that runs Windows ME.
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:49 am

There is a way to run XP forever with virtually no threat of attack from hackers or malware, etc... Run it easily and painlessly from within a virtual memory window within Linux (which shields it from all of the malicious stuff that is out there). And best of all, its free.

There are many ways to accomplish this, but this might be the easiest, and it is certainly the most effective at protecting it against all viruses and malware, both the nasties that are known today, and those still being dreamed of today and in the future (and therefore not covered by anti-virus or anti-malware software):

http://www.robolinux.org/

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