Windows XP Diehards Face The Music
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/7/2014 | 3:35:02 PM
Show Windows the Door
I have thousands of dollars of quality studio software that ONLY runs on XP, and it works well. 

When the time comes I feel I am being pushed too hard and not getting support from Microsoft, I'll simply show Windows the door and get a Mac. 
User Rank: Apprentice
4/7/2014 | 3:39:54 PM
Windows XP and Windows 7
We primarily use Windows XP in our office and keep one machine with Windows 7 installed on it.  We have found no real benefit from Windows 7 and only keep it on the one computer to read the occasional document that we receive that is sent as a .docx file.  
User Rank: Apprentice
4/7/2014 | 3:42:30 PM
I don't get it. I wouldn't use Win XP anymore that I'd use a 12 year old processor. It was great when it came out, but MS has provided low cost upgrades to W7 and now W8. In the computer industry something 14 years old is more than ancient. I would be embarrassed to say I was still using XP.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/7/2014 | 3:57:15 PM
In defense of XP
XP was the first operating system that Microsoft got right.  Now, it want to pull the plug and leave millions of users without support.  I think that's just wrong... and leaves the entire online community more vulnerable to attack, regardless of what operating systems are in use.  In fact, I would still be running XP except the 32 bit flavor couldn't access more than 4 GB of memory (unfortunately, the 64 bit version had too many issues to make it worth the migration).  I finally moved to Windows 7 and have been fairly happy with it, but I realize some hardware that runs XP may not have the horsepower to effciently run Win 7.  Those folks shouldn't be abandoned just because it doesn't fit Microsoft's business plans.  By the way, has anyone noticed that Microsoft seems to get it "right" with every other version of Windows.  XP, good - Vista, bad - Windows 7, good - Windows 8, horrible.  Here's hoping Windows 9 gets it right again.  By the way, I got my wife a new laptop with Windows 8 and she's tried very hard to adapt to it.  So far, she's had to re-image the machine twice from backups because Windows 8 becomes just about unusable, with things like the control panel disappearing and reappearing (plus a host of other weird stuff).  She's very computer savvy, but Windows 8 has become a huge frustration for her.  Now she's asking me to put Windows 7 on her machine.  I can't say as I blame her.  I did the same thing with my new laptop after spending some time with Windows 8.  So, I don't blame XP users who want to keep it.  I'd go Mac or Linux if i was forced to move to something as bad as Windows 8... and, believe me, I'm no fan of Macs.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/7/2014 | 3:58:00 PM
Re: Ancient
I have a 5 year old, 8-core 24GB workstation that does not run Win7 or 8 because neither support physical CPUs with different steppings.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
4/7/2014 | 4:18:19 PM
Re: In defense of XP
When XP ends, take the opportunity to go open source.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/7/2014 | 4:39:44 PM
Windows 7 backward compatibility
I have not found any "XP Only" software that would not run on Windows 7 in compatibility mode. Hardware drivers, of course, are a different matter and have had a few issues. Also, try Start8 or Classic Shell as add ons to Windows 8 to bring back not only the Start button, but classic menus and appearance as well. Classic Shell has worked flawlessly for me on many machines both W7 and W8.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
4/7/2014 | 4:48:51 PM
Quarantine your XP machines?
I just heard from Unisys about a way put all your XP machines behind an encrypted network, which makes them invisible to the malware that's looking for an easy mark. It also, I suspect, walls them in -- they can't communicate out except with other XP users with the same encryption key. But it's a solution of sorts.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/8/2014 | 3:47:47 AM
Re: Show Windows the Door
Are all these 'doomsday' articles on XP bordering on FUD? Have no fear Linux is here.

Why waste that old Hardware, its bad for Planet Earth.
Get the most worth out of your PC as long as it works well.

How to Break free from the cycle of Planned Obsolesce?!!??
Stay safe with Linux.
There is a very good chance Linux OS will run well with older hardware with lower specs
Switch to the free, safe, secure & awesome OS:
Its the worlds most popular free OS. It has free upgrades & security updates. It has a free office suite, LibreOffice that comes standard along with other great apps/programs.
For those who like the Windows look, I would recommend: & for older computer with lower specs or
Or try Linux Mint:
Because the Linux option is free & now so easy (user friendly) one must give it a try. You have so much to gain.
Lots of people give their time, effort & money to make these great products that they just give the world for free. So they may not have the huge ad budgets & would need users like us to spread the word. Although its free, you are welcome to donate if you like the software.

For those worried about Office 2003 support ending try LibreOffice or OpenOffice.
Time to check out the free, safe, secure & feature-packed LibreOffice. Its truly multi-platform & takes just a few minutes & clicks to install.

Try it now you have so much to gain:

Thunderbird is excellent as well.

I feel most people should find it great. All they need to do is try it out 1st in a LiveDVD or LiveUSB.
User Rank: Ninja
4/8/2014 | 6:39:36 AM
Re: Show Windows the Door
Linux, regardless of the distro, will always be a hard sell for businesses unfortunately. You're just never going to convince non-savvy decision makers that a free product is better than a commercial one. 


That said, this is a scary time for Microsoft. If a big portion of those XP users went elsewhere, perhaps to Macs, it would tell us a lot about Microsoft's immediate future. 
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