re: Microsoft Starts Windows XP Deathwatch
Ok Microsoft, we get that you want everyone to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 because it is more secure, its better, etc. However, no matter how new the hardware you purchase, on every new system, Windows 7 is still slower than Windows XP on a 2 1/2 year old system (with same RAM, same speed/type and size hard drive, etc).
A lot of people want Windows XP's speed in Windows 7, but it just isn't there. :( I've deployed several new systems in the past 6 months to replace XP running systems 2-2 1/2 yrs old... and the older systems running XP behave faster than the new system with Windows 7 in it.
So Microsoft, stop trying to make Windows 7 very visual and competing with Apple's GUI. Concentrate on making Windows 7 as fast as Windows XP, with all your security enhancements already in place, and then you can ask us for quicker upgrades.