|There is nothing WRONG with XP. Used it for 9 years. It is/was much better than what came before it. If you really must know, I NEVER worked for any computer hardware or software company, I have never sold any computer hardware or software. I did learn computer programming WAY back in the 1970's in high school (Fortran, Assembly, and some Plago/PL1 in college) when we still used punch cards. I have had computers since Windows 95 (skipped DOS, W3.2, ME, & Vista), experimented with Linux some and even learned some MAC. I can tell you that Windows 7 is better. There is no reason for you to look back to any old programming, there is plenty of newer versions of nearly anything you need, including retro games if you are into those things. Look to the opensource movement for free replacements and buy only what you have to. Don't get stuck in the past, there is very little back there you really need anyway, look forward, not back. Who cares about something written for an early version of DOS or Windows 95? I certainly do not.|
With XP you will be limited to socket 775 boards, probably with the earlier chipsets, P4's or early Core2's, DDR2, 32bit, and not much beyond. While Windows 7 DOES require more memory and a faster system to run well, but THAT really IS easy to do with currently available components.
While XP is reasonably stable, I bet you had to restart it or shut it down more than 5 times last year, and I bet you had more than 1 or 2 infections you had to remove last year (probably 2 or 3 times that many). Windows 7 does not allow early programming shortcuts to work because allowing them would leave the system open to infections, and to freezes and crashes due to programs taking manual control over system resources like blocks of memory (especially since they often did not release those resources after they were closed). Windows 7 insists on managing resources because it is safer and more stable. All early Windows systems, even XP has had problems of 'low memory' occasionally that closing programs does not fix and restarting is the only way to clear everything out and get a fresh start. Windows 7 does not have that problem that I have seen yet. Windows 7 does not need outside utilities for reasonable maintenance, the built in systems do this just fine.
This is the last I will say on this, so do not expect any additional comments. You choose what you like, I will choose what I like. I really do not care what you use.
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.