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February 16, 2013 at 10:48:22
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.2 GHz / 2047 MB
Stumbled across this blog:

Can't say I totally agree with everything written but it sure does jangle one heck of a lot of bells with me. In some parts I had to do a double take to make sure I wasn't the author.

Just wondered what others think.

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February 16, 2013 at 12:04:11
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Hey, you think this guy is upset with Microsoft? I have not tried Windows 8 at all so I can't comment on it.

That said, Vista was a pain, you know where. Constantly asking if you are sure you want to do this or that. Then there was the driver issue, or should I say, lack of drivers issue.

Windows 7 did seem to learn their lesson about drivers. I am using 7 daily and am still annoyed with many "features".

What I don't understand about MS is their need to fix what ain't broke. Change for change sake is stupid.

I don't really classify myself as a power user, although I don't run 7 as it installed out of the box. I still use the Classic Menu, for instance. Just my two cents.

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February 17, 2013 at 11:35:15
Seems to me that the days of looking forward to a new OS (expecting it to be better than the last) are numbered - unless you fit into the pattern of user that MS has decided you ought to be.

Remember the days when the whole philosophy of a computer was that it could be "all things to everybody", scientist, mathematician, artist, musician, business person, everyday home user, etc? Sure, you had to get software (and maybe hardware) to meet the more specialized requirements but it was possible. Frankly I don't need a darned great mobile phone.

This could be the time when Linux folk ditch their anti about Windows users and fill in the gaping hole that MS appears to be hell bent on making.

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February 17, 2013 at 12:04:55
Derek, you may be right. I have no intention of going to Windows 8 from what I have heard and read it isn't for me. I have been thinking about buying a couple of Windows 7 OEM versions to keep in reserve.

I missed the boat on doing that with WinXP. Problem is going to be how long they actually support 7.

On another note, have you noticed that some motherboards are coming with the newer (not better) type of BIOS (UEFI) that is controlled by the OS (Windows). This is by MS design because they can control what we do better. See the link below is you are not familiar with this.

One other complaint I have is the abandonment of PS/2 ports on motherboards. I think it is superior to USB for keyboards and mice, especially keyboards. Hard to find boards with even one PS/2 port, let alone two.

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February 17, 2013 at 14:34:21
I have seen some good reports about Win 8 speed and that the new interface is fine once you get used to it. Seems it all boils down to what you want. If you like clicking apps and are not fussed about more traditional computer aspects then maybe that makes all the difference.

I've noticed on these forums that things like folders, files, and their locations often leave posters cold. Maybe they are not particularly bothered about such things - horses for courses as they say. Maybe if offices have the right apps it will work for them too.

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February 17, 2013 at 20:39:29
Once you get used to it, it isn't that bad. I've been using Win8 Pro on my HTPC for about a month now and find it quite easy to navigate the Modern interface from my sofa. It isn't nearly as bad as the Internet says it is, and the improved speed and efficiency is great for a living room 'puter.

Having said that, I still prefer the Vista/7 Aero interface for getting any real work done. I'll continue to use Win7 Pro on my main rig.

I never really understood the XP craze. I tried to avoid it as much as possible by using W2k until 2005 and moving to Vista the day Nvidia wrote a stable display driver for it (which unfortunately was a few months after the OS was released).

HTPC/file server | Pentium M 780 @ 2.82GHz | 4GB | Radeon HD5750
120GB SSD + 2TB/3TB/4TB | Blu-Ray/HD-DVD combo drive | Win8 Pro

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February 18, 2013 at 03:51:36
It all started going downhill when they removed the support for program loading from compact cassette tapes on computers, didn't it? Since then they have dropped support for block graphics, crashes because only 640K RAM is available, MCA interface cards, parallel port zip drives, and goodness know what else.

And they never introduce any new features, do they?

BTW, I find it difficult to take seriously criticism of a user interface by someone who idea of sophistication is to imitate a spiral-bound notebook on their web site.

Edit: I've just realized that the web site is just a giant advertisment for a "Classic Shell" interface (the whole website is so badly designed that this wasn't apparent at first) - enough said.

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February 18, 2013 at 07:27:01
Hmm, yes, I think ijack makes a valid point there in his edit. Definitely some good old fashioned bias on that website. Probably also a good bit of "saying what what folk want to hear", which fits with me recognizing some parts as my own. Politicians do this all the time.

Just the same, I do think that the nonsensical file auto sort in Vista onwards deserves criticism and it is a pity that we have to use a third party program to get an option to turn it off. Anyone who does not think this is an issue does not do much file sorting.

Similarly I can't see the benefit of getting shot of the facility to stop CD/DVD autoplay by holding down the shift key (XP and before). But then CD's and DVD's seem to be shock horror these days - despite them still being readily available in so many stores.

There is nothing yet that XP prevents me doing, compared to using my Win 7. Obviously that time will come when new "must have" goodies come along with hardware advances, and/or nobody writes software for XP any more. Probably sooner rather than later because most folk abandon ship as soon as MS support finishes.

I'm glad I posted this - maybe the big lesson (despite some reservations) is to try to stay as open minded as possible. That however, does not mean I have to like Win 8, only time will tell.

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February 18, 2013 at 09:12:32
Also, PS/2 ports are not in the same league as floppy drives. Right now at least on a weekly basis I help someone here that can't get into their BIOS because it is not set to enable legacy USB hardware.

There is ONLY one reason to eliminate PS/2 ports and chip set support for them and that is a few pennies.

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February 18, 2013 at 09:55:27
Now now OtheHill - next thing you'll be telling me is that computers go wrong.

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February 24, 2013 at 07:11:18
I am still using xp pro, I know its a bit outdated and full of holes. I never understood the vista craze.

:: mike

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March 4, 2013 at 08:25:13
Found this, for those who prefer the Win 7 look:
Seems a lot neater than installing a third party program.

There are also a lot of other "old" things if you use the "previous" button (such as getting a Command prompt).

No doubt the Win 8 forum helpers will be well aware of all this. No idea if any it works or not so feedback would be of interest.

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March 7, 2013 at 15:12:01
Unfortunately Derek that registry hack only worked in the beta versions of win 8 and no longer works on the retail release.


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March 7, 2013 at 15:18:37
Aha, thanks for that - pity they didn't keep it there.

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March 9, 2013 at 09:14:35
"I never really understood the XP craze."

Actually, I did. Once MS finally got a couple of service-packs in the mix there were few computers (above 500MHz and 512MB of RAM) that it wouldn't run very stable on. Even new equipment that we've purchased at work within the last year has had Win7 removed (by the OEM) and replaced with XP due to compatibility/stability/driver issues with Win7. I'm still not convinced MS will completely abandon it come April, 2014. Seems to be installed on too many industrial systems.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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March 15, 2013 at 12:34:17
I work for a large company. While our IT has moved to Win7 as we install *some* new computers, there are proprietary applications we use on some workstations that have not been certified for and/or will not run on Win7. With these workstations we use still use XP Pro because TSG has not been authorized to replace these with Win7. If they ever will? Who knows, the machines are behind a corporate firewall anyway.

On another topic, my father uses a DOS-based (16-bit) loan origination and amortization software for his business, that he paid dearly for in 1996. I tried getting it to work on his Win7 laptop and had no success. It refuses to run and complains about CONFIG.SYS and other files.

In November, while installing new hard drive, DVD +/-RW DL and RAM, I did a clean install of Windows XP Professional SP3 on his HP desktop system that he bought in 2004.

I removed the hard drive from his Windows 95 laptop and hooked it up via IDE-to-USB connector to the XP computer. Then I cloned the program folder from his Windows 95 laptop to the fresh install of XP that I did. The program and printers run flawlessly. Also, the "HP-compatible" parallel printers that this DOS program prints to do not have any Win7 compatible drivers. They too run fine under XP.

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