Still Rocking Windows XP? Start Planning an Upgrade

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Talcum X

Still got my old P4 3.2 GHz with 2GB and a N7600GS AGP w/ 256...  Runs fine as as...  I have win 7 pro (32 bit) on the shelf, but I'm holding off till I build a new rig and go 64bit.  Windows 8 will be out by then I'm sure cuz I be po...

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12yearoldpcnerd

My shitty AS HELL 512 MB ram MB rig from '05 crashed and the hard drive failed do to shitty treatment during moving.I now have a killer 64-bit 6 GB DDR3 rig running win 7.Overall vast improvement.Win 7 needs better specs to run great.Point blank!

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maxeeemum

At my company we are starting to upgrade to Windows 7. My 5 plus year old PC with Pentium D w/1GB Ram running XP pro was replaced with a new Core i5 w/4GB Ram running W7 Pro PC. Guess what it runs slower than my old PC. Not to mention the problems with some programs. I now have to use workarounds and additional work that I didn't with XP. And I work for a multi-billion dollar company.

Now the few employees who have been upgraded are complaining. You know like the start menu sucks. Why did they change that? How come this doesn't work anymore?

At home I still use XP to do certain tasks. My W7 laptop is just used for checking email and surfing the web. The important stuff I do on my XP computer.

Maybe it's time to write Congress to get MS to help the economy and support XP till 2020 or come up with an OS that is more easily to upgrade to from XP than the seriously different Vista based Win7 & 8. 

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maxeeemum

To clarify the slowness is so silght only a few notice. Most of the time it at least equal. But I have no control at work with how it was implemented. I only can point out problems to my company production support department. But my main concern is certain programs I use have issues that weren't there in XP.

I have to ask Win7 users out there do you experience what I call a"Windows7 moment". For some unexplained reason when I click on certain things or do certain tasks there is an unexpected pause were the PC just sits there and pauses while the cursor thinks (spinning icon) for 2 to 5 seconds or more that makes you think what is it doing now. It does this on all Win7 PCs I have used.

I prefer to use XP because it is lighter and faster. I just like the way it is set up and works. Win7 is more secure and looks much better but requires more power to run smoothly. I also don't like the Win7 start menu compared to XP. But it's just personal preference.  

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Still using XP untill Ubuntu gets the bugs out of their Wireless N detection and STEAM runs flawlessly on Linux!

Untill then, there is no reason to pay for an Internet OS

and even then, there's no reason to pay for an Internet OS!

 

 

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CalDrumr

I've seen a lot of businesses using XP, Windows 2000, 98 and even 95!  I can't imagine running my company on a ten-year old OS, but the use of outdated hardware and software is definitely not rare.

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Zoandar

For sure! Our company only upgraded from Windows 3.1 to Win 95 about ten years ago. :) I'll bet there will be plenty of companies still running XP when its EOL gets here no matter how long it gets extended.

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Breakingcustom

I've been pushing this issue to my boss and the development team.  I have to handle the migration to Windows 7 (anything new as of late is Windows 7).  A lot of our 3rd party applications seem to only work in XP and sometimes in Win 7 x86.  Who runs x86 anyways?

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Engelsstaub

2014 is still a good ways off. If you like XP you should just hold on to it until then, IMO

Being a closed-source OS, it really is the right of its creator (Microsoft) to stop supporting it after plenty of time. I'm surprised they've let it go this far.

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praetor_alpha

Not for anything critical, and only in VMs.

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joeyjr

I do like XP MCE for the media center betterover vista 64 for the way your recordings are displaded and 3d sound for my xfi extream music just sounded better. Still using Vista because it is officially supported by Steam, along with XP, I do like how I can add hard drives for stored media in viata though. Hoping XP only games will get an imulator some day. I did send a sugestion to Microsoft about having support in Windows 8.

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MrBlueCheese

Uhh, Steam is also supported by Windows 7 OS...just to let you know.

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joeyjr

Key word officially. I think I maybe running on out dated data about Windows 7 so please do not take my work on this. I did go to Steam support and it does stat that it is supported. Also, weather if windows & officialy supports yet. my bad.

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MrBlueCheese

I don't get what your getting at. Steam says it supports it offically. I don't think Microsoft needs to come out and say that a game is officially supported. I know that when Windows 7 is new, software had to have this  "Windows 7 compatible" somewhere on the box (to avoid confusion) However, since you can't buy Steam at a brick and morter store, it is up to the person who creates the product to educate their users about the compatibility of their product(s). Since Steam says it is supported, that should be enough?

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joeyjr

When something is in Beta or a release candident ( windows 8 beta for example), Windows will state that a program is not-supported, supported, and certified (Another-words testing phase or still working out the bugs) This is the a norm when new O/S come out. After that is countless critical updates. LOL

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biggiebob12345

At the end of the day the only thing 7 does better than XP is the kernel.  I've said a billion times 7's UI is XP with a bunch of garbage and tin foil wrapped around it.  The quickest example: what happened to the blinking network icon to denote activity?

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12yearoldpcnerd

Really?

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L0rDT1On

My XP partition never goes online, wireless is off by default but I can't let go of it because it's great for managing large file batches. The interface is simple and easy. I have all kinds off issues scrolling, copying and viewing file details within Windows 7. In XP I can still double click a .gif file and surprise, it runs the way it's supposed to. I can use Folder Size and find out how much space a folder takes without being forced to alt click for properties. I can't run Picaview on Win7, sweet little app that lets me preview or convert image files by right clicking on them.There isn't much wrong with Windows 7 really but it seems like that effective simplicity will slip even further away once the newer version ships (I am not feeling excited about Windows 8 AT ALL). My XP is a pleasant time capsule, I am not letting go.

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MrBlueCheese

If you feel that strongly about it, you can still use it after the deadline. The OS won't be supported at all after the deadline though.

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jaqian

My company recently upgraded all their pc's to, you guessed it... winXP (from win2000).Probably have to wait till 2014 for the next upgrade :(

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snoopkeith

Yep I'm still on ole reliable. What the real clincher is; is that everyone in my family has a new laptop, PC or both. Wife, son, daughter, in-laws etc. But who is the one they call nerd and always call to fix their computing issues? I should start telling them if they want their problems fixed the repair guy has to get with the times, so get together some $$$ and I can build my new gaming PC. 

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MrBlueCheese

That's the way to do it. Charge them less then taking it in to getting it fixed at a repair shop, and use the money to pay for your gaming rig.

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keyzs

 

One thing I’ve learnt over the years about upgrades is not to update and or upgrade unless there is a change in hardware and or software.

The problem with some older hardware is there may be no drivers available for the newer OSs and on the software side; some companies just refuse to allow older software to be compatible with the new OSs. This may be evident sometimes during the installation stage while others will allow the install then prompt for some error of sorts when the programme is being run even with Win7 compatibility mode.

it seems that the most common method of updating software is usually done behind the scenes on auto mode, however, i am sure some of us out there would have at least experienced once: after an update, certain functions which were working perfectly before, just don’t work anymore; or worse, running certain software(s) prompts unknown error. As for power users, they tend to disable the auto update function and update whatever and whenever needed.

On the other hand, if you are buying a brand new computer, Win7 x64 should be the way to go.

Two cents… Cheers!!!

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Blues22475

I have a friend who still uses XP. He's thinking that Windows 7 is no better than Windows Vista. I tried to convince him otherwise, but he doesn't seem to care at all (though he went though the same tech training as I did).

I've upgraded from Windows XP Professional 64-bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I have not regretted the change (considering I was a heavy Windows XP user).

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Xyphus

Blues22475 -- XP Professional 64bit is actually based on the Server 2003 code base...  Different animal compared to the 32bit of XP...

 

Anyway...  Where I work, there are hundreds of workers spread over various departments and there is really no plan to upgrade the existing XP user base.  New PCs will be deployed with Windows 7 as we get replacements in, but for the forseeable future, we'll be forced to support (in house) whatever OS is on their machines.  (we still have a few users running Windows 98 in some cases.  Their proprietrary software won't work on XP or newer, so we've been using band aids and dental floss to keep them running the best we can until the machines finally keel over and won't boot anymore...)

We'd love to get everyone into the same century, but the bodies in charge are very tight with the purse strings...  So we make do as well as we can.  (I've even brought in my own PC from home running Windows 7 64bit in order to at least try to support the newer PCs that have been deployed.)

My company workstation PC is still running XP on old original Core 2 hardware.  At least that is still a step up from some of the other PCs out there being maintained by us...  As for an upgrade, we've been shot down twice so far since it is not 'in the budget'...

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Blues22475

"Blues22475 -- XP Professional 64bit is actually based on the Server 2003 code base...  Different animal compared to the 32bit of XP..."

How so? I went from 32-bit Windows XP professional to the 64-bit and did not see that many differences (aside from program compatibility).

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Slugbait

The original XP64 was based on XP, but I don't think you could have installed it...it was designed for Itanium.

The second release of XP64 was based on SRV 2003, which added support for Itanium 2.

But I digress, we're talking about the third edition, known as XP Pro 64...and Xyphus is correct: it was also based on SRV 2003, and supported AMD 64-bit processors, as well as Intel EM64T. Besides program compatibility, there was also a plethora of consumer hardware devices that could not be installed because the manufacturers refused to spend money writing drivers for such a small installed base.

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Blues22475

You could not install Windows XP 64 bit unless you had an Itanium/Itanium 2 processor I already knew that (had a computer that came in with that and had a RAID 1 while we're talking) which is why I mentioned Windows XP Professional 64-bit and not just Windows XP 64 bit edition.

And I figured at the  time Windows XP Pro x64 was released, 64-bit computing was relatively new at the time and the rest of the world can't caught up to it yet. It wasn't til Vista that 64-bit computing was actually looked at by driver makers. I learned these basics once I had installed an 64-bit OS pre vista and learned the hard way that Driver makers were lazy.

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keyzs

errr.... i was able to install WinXP x64 on the old Intel E6600 processor. however, as mentioned, the biggest issue i had was not being able to install drivers for some M-Audio and Pinnacle products...

however, within the M-Audio community, a genius and super helpful fella was able to hack the .EXE file and finally the rest of us were able to install the M-Audio hardware on WinXP x64.

shame on most manufacturers... in this case!!! :-(

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