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Windows XP Won't Go Quietly

With Microsoft's end-of-life deadline for Windows XP just three months away, three out of four IT pros still must support the OS.
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anon4816484582
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7/13/2014 | 9:55:15 PM
XP will go away when we get a better OS!!!!
It's a lot more than that.  I support several hundred PCs and 99% of them are running XP.  Yes, this includes brand new computers.

The problem is that with each "upgrade" MicroSoft makes the OS worse and worse.  With Win7, they changed most names for commands, for no reason. Making it much harder to use.  Explorer much harder to use.  Networking far harder.  Most support tasks I can do in XP in minutes takes me hours in Win7.  Often without a satisfactory outcome.  I leave with my fingers crossed rather than confident in my work.  How can I charge $160 an hour for 4hrs when it should take me an hour?


Then, Win8.  Not even a PC OS!  Some crap for phones.  Nearly impossible to use.  This is the real reason for the crash in computer sales.  No one wants a PC with Win8.  MS must be run by a committees full of morons with their hair wedged up and neon colored clothes.  Geeze!

 

 
anon0747703888
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1/16/2014 | 12:32:54 PM
Re: Not broke then don't fix it
If Microsoft wants me to use Windows 8, they'll have to pay me, not the other way around.
mak63
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1/11/2014 | 10:48:54 PM
Re: New Computers Aren't Free
@6 one way half a dozen another

Unless MS wants to buy me a new computer, I will have to continue using XP.

I feel your pain. I was in similar situation not long ago, until one client gave me a copy of Windows 7 as payment a few years back.
My 2nd box still has XP, and call me crazy, it's running with no antivirus.
Gary_EL
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1/11/2014 | 2:41:55 PM
Re: Evolve, use a 'nux distro instead
The only problem with that plan is that sooner or later, you'll move a file to your XP system, perhaps via flash drive. It could countain a virus that that your XP system has no way to protect against. The computer will then become useless. Your only recourse will be to reinstall XP from the disks that you have, hopefully, saved. And, of course, the XP that you reinstall may or may not have the service packs, no longer available from MS, that your software might need.

I'm looking into chromebooks myself.
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1/11/2014 | 10:31:24 AM
Re: Not broke then don't fix it
I believe the same thing, I think Microsoft should sell Windows 8 and 8.1 at a massive discount like 20-40 USD to give us some incentive to just upgrade already. It is extremely cost prohibitive to upgrade. Meanwhile WineHQ gets better along with Linux and everything chugs away from Windows to a new platform. Android updates are free for mobile devices and they are porting Android 5 to PC soon. If I as a user can simply look at it from this stand point, an already well established OS, then I would be more apt to choosing it. If I as a developer look at it like this, then there will be a massive incentive to continue to program for Android and add some desktop support to their applications.

One could argue Ubuntu as well. Steam now runs on virtually every Linux OS out there provided that dependencies are met. While not as established as Android, many small business I know run Linux because the stock market runs it, entire countries run it, governments run it.

Apple are selling their OS for free now provided you buy a Mac. This is a purchasing decision a company can make for future computer upgrades.

I guess the point I am trying to make is this, the OS is becoming the next browser war. Free vs paid. And free seems to win out when it gets tight or cost prohibitive to continue paying for upgrades.
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1/10/2014 | 11:54:24 PM
Evolve, use a 'nux distro instead
Provided that the system is taken offline, XP poses absolutely no problem. In fact, I plan to keep my XP box indefinitely as it is the workhorse for the heavy lifting digital endeavors. OTOH, the abandoning of XP by MS has inspired me and millions of other power users to desert Windoze permanently in favor of 'nux distros and mobile devices. Windows has been becoming increasingly bloated with each successively dumbed down version since XP, and, Win8 is just a steaming pile of fail. Those who are tired of the MS OS treadmill and willing to learn will simply move on to the next step on the OS evolutionary ladder.
danielcawrey
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1/8/2014 | 11:16:41 AM
Re: XP Wont Die Easily
XP was a great operating system back in its day. But come on, seriously? We're still using this thing? Why hasn't Microsoft come up with better incentives to replace XP? After all, upgrades make Microsoft money. 

It's probably the support component of XP. Maybe the removal of such by Microsoft will aid in all of us moving on finally. 
BGREENE292
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1/8/2014 | 2:10:03 AM
Re: XP Wont Die Easily
But that is the point-- Microsoft does have a continued business case to make for XP suppport. The problem is MS wants to promote a newer Windows and boost profits, and so must deny XP a future for "business reasons".

Although you would credit Microsoft with implied generosity for continuing XP for more than a decade, the decision was based on user demand, not MS generosity. Again, the MS decision is based on the need to promote Windows 7 and 8, not a deficiency with XP, per se.
BGREENE292
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1/8/2014 | 2:00:16 AM
Re: windows xp
Launched in 2001, Windows XP is the most field-proven Windows OS ever, and Microsoft users, not Microsoft, made much of that possible. Windows XP users reported problems, they vetted solutions, and third-party developers formed a rich XP-oriented infrastructure that survives to this day.

Because of XP's sprawling, global user base, more hardware is ready for XP than any other Windows OS. That univerality, alone, permits us to stay with XP, and go on to more important things. After all, we run an OS to do work, and it makes no sense to "migrate" at Microsoft urging to anything else.
6 one way half a dozen another
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1/8/2014 | 1:54:48 AM
New Computers Aren't Free
Unless MS wants to buy me a new computer, I will have to continue using XP.
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