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Leo Regulus
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10/25/2011 | 6:40:08 PM
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I have Linux loaded and ready-to-go on a separate partition on all of my XP Units. Just a minor transition any time that 'MS' is 'belly-up'.
MAMANTI5624
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10/25/2011 | 6:17:53 PM
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How long can MS be expected to support an OS that will be 13 years old at the time support ends? No one says you have to upgrade, they just won't support you if you don't. I understand the frustration, I just finished getting the remaining win2k machines out of rotation at my company, and we 'upgraded' them to XP, but are planning the switch to Win7 soon because we have the opportunity to, but everything has an end of life.
ThePrisoner6
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10/25/2011 | 6:12:59 PM
re: Windows XP At 10: No Life Support
As a beta-tester for Windows 7, I was surprised at how well it ran on older PCs. I even tested it in a virtual window on a P4 with only 1 GB of memory, and it was pretty responsive. For most basic productivity applications, if you had a decent graphics card and an adequate memory upgrade, there was no compelling reason to replace the PC unless you were running 64-bit applications. If the standard burn were just the OS and MS Office, a Windows 7 migration could proceed very quickly with few difficulties.

The big headaches arise from custom or legacy apps that there are few replacements for, which are incompatible with the new OS - but there ARE workarounds. Yes, you may need to replace or upgrade the software eventually, but a quick short-term fix would be to run the app in a virtual machine on top of the new OS. If your primary concern is to keep the app running through the transition, this could do the trick - at least until a suitable replacement can be found.
HMHGregL
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10/25/2011 | 5:35:29 PM
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MS is making more threats if we don't give them even more money. How long are we going to put up with this?
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