Solved Sticking with XP, or the looks of it..

December 14, 2011 at 14:30:02
Specs: Windows XP
Hello. As I'm a dogmatic XP-user, with close ties to this OS, and a problem with the way Win7 is set up and the way you work on that system, I'm in a greater problem here. Beause, as we know, the future hardware is only to be made compatible with the newer OS's, and the ones I'm having is gonna bust some day..
What do I do?? This situation is just saddening.

I've seen there is a supposed Windows XP mode for Win7, but that's only for the most expensive Win7 versions. Or can I tweak the win7 home to do and look the same?
Can I bring the visualization of XP and adjust the way of navigation to that of XP's? I really despice the way you navigate around in the Win7 explorer in particular.
Or... Should I rather go for Linux and find some kind of emulation and setting that's likewise to XP?


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December 18, 2011 at 13:07:53
Here is my info, links are like us, they die. If any of these links are dead or are no longer freeware, at least you have the name of the program which you put into a search engine like Google & maybe you can let me know the latest info.
I am not recommending anything, my list gives you a starting point to find something to suit your operating system & requirements/skill level. What will work on my computer, may not be happy on yours. What I can understand, re how to install & run, may not apply to you.

EasyVMX!
http://www.easyvmx.com/

Creating an XP Pro VM for the free VMware Player
http://johnbokma.com/mexit/2005/10/...

VMX Builder
http://petruska.stardock.net/softwa...

VMWare Player Image Creation
http://www.ffnn.nl/pages/articles/l...

Virtual PC ( VPC )
http://langa.com/newsletters/2004/2...

VirtuaWin
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Deskto...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
Portable VirtuaWin
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTAB...
http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/

Virtual Desktop
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Deskto...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://download.cnet.com/Virtual-De...
http://www.free-soft.ro/desktop/des...
http://www.fyxm.net/Virtual-Desktop...

Independent VPC FAQ and Link Collection:
http://www.robertmoir.co.uk/win/Vir...

Unofficial "What Works in VPC" Site:
http://vpc.visualwin.com/

Virtual Disk Driver
http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/v...

Dexpot
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Deskto...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.dexpot.de/index.php?lang=en

Virtualization (general):
http://www.virtualization.info/

vSubst
http://home.tiscalinet.ch/t.bigler/...

Returnil Virtual System Personal Edition 2009
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Intern...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.co...
http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.co...
User Manual
http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.co...

VirtualBox
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://lifehacker.com/367714/
http://www.virtualbox.org/
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Virt...

Desktra
http://www.download.com/DESKTRA-Fre...
http://www.desktra.com/

Windows Virtual PC
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...

VMware vCenter Converter
http://www.vmware.com/products/conv...

Finestra Virtual Desktops (formerly Vista/XP Virtual Desktops)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://vdm.codeplex.com/



#1
December 14, 2011 at 16:58:09
"future hardware is only to be made compatible with the newer OS's"
Just use usb devices, such as thumb drives.

"Win7 is set up and the way you work on that system"
W7 is super stable, with anything new, just a matter of learning your way around it, just the same for Linux, which at least is FREE.

"Or can I tweak the win7 home to do and look the same?"
Yes, google for it.

I use all my old XP programs on W7-32 bit, some are 10 years old.

"and the ones I'm having is gonna bust some day"
Yes, mine is now 6 years old & with prices so low, I will, once the machine starts to breakdown, CPU or motherboard ( I have spare power supply, memory, monitors, CD roms & hard drives from comps people have thrown out ) get a barebones system.

This system, I customize by taking out stuff I don't want, which gets the price down to A$382.00
http://www.ple.com.au/ViewKit.aspx?...
Or, this one for A$419.00.
http://www.stormcomputers.com.au/ca...

No doubt you have similar deals in your area.


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#2
December 14, 2011 at 17:45:23
I don't know what is so desirable with the feel of XP. I have XP, Vista, W7, and various variants of Linux on different machines and jump between machines.

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#3
December 14, 2011 at 18:05:05
You can easily set Windows 7 to look like xp.

You can get a free virtual machine from microsoft or oracle or vmware that will allow you to use an old copy of xp to run both windows 7 and xp at the same time.

You can try to use windows programs with wine on linux or with crossover office's product.

You can try to use reactos to run your apps also.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
December 18, 2011 at 07:17:13
Thanks for the answers so far.

"You can get a free virtual machine from microsoft or oracle or vmware that will allow you to use an old copy of xp to run both windows 7 and xp at the same time."

Now that sounds cool.
What virtual machine? There's an XP mode download from Microsoft here, but that's only for the more expensive Win7 versions (Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional).
Running an old copy XP and Win7 at the same time. How so? You don't mean by installing those two OSs on the same drive I suppose?

"W7 is super stable, with anything new, just a matter of learning your way around it"

- I've got Win7 on my laptop, so I´ve been testing it for quite a while. The ID3 tag system it uses for audio files, is horrible. The image viewer is terrible, the different system, program and user folders having 'skin' names is a bit irritating, and then the navigation.

"Yes, google for it."

- I have been, it didn't give an answer as to whether I can change the way of navigation in the OS, but I have been able to locate some infos on how to set up an XP desktop layout. It's a bit more tricky than so.

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#5
December 18, 2011 at 13:07:53
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Here is my info, links are like us, they die. If any of these links are dead or are no longer freeware, at least you have the name of the program which you put into a search engine like Google & maybe you can let me know the latest info.
I am not recommending anything, my list gives you a starting point to find something to suit your operating system & requirements/skill level. What will work on my computer, may not be happy on yours. What I can understand, re how to install & run, may not apply to you.

EasyVMX!
http://www.easyvmx.com/

Creating an XP Pro VM for the free VMware Player
http://johnbokma.com/mexit/2005/10/...

VMX Builder
http://petruska.stardock.net/softwa...

VMWare Player Image Creation
http://www.ffnn.nl/pages/articles/l...

Virtual PC ( VPC )
http://langa.com/newsletters/2004/2...

VirtuaWin
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Deskto...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
Portable VirtuaWin
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTAB...
http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/

Virtual Desktop
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Deskto...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://download.cnet.com/Virtual-De...
http://www.free-soft.ro/desktop/des...
http://www.fyxm.net/Virtual-Desktop...

Independent VPC FAQ and Link Collection:
http://www.robertmoir.co.uk/win/Vir...

Unofficial "What Works in VPC" Site:
http://vpc.visualwin.com/

Virtual Disk Driver
http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/v...

Dexpot
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Deskto...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.dexpot.de/index.php?lang=en

Virtualization (general):
http://www.virtualization.info/

vSubst
http://home.tiscalinet.ch/t.bigler/...

Returnil Virtual System Personal Edition 2009
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Intern...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.co...
http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.co...
User Manual
http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.co...

VirtualBox
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://lifehacker.com/367714/
http://www.virtualbox.org/
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Virt...

Desktra
http://www.download.com/DESKTRA-Fre...
http://www.desktra.com/

Windows Virtual PC
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...

VMware vCenter Converter
http://www.vmware.com/products/conv...

Finestra Virtual Desktops (formerly Vista/XP Virtual Desktops)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://vdm.codeplex.com/


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#7
March 20, 2012 at 12:45:45
Thanks for providing the list John. Sorry for not shouting back, but I will make use of this list when I'm about to figure out XP'ing the Windows 7 OS. Greatly appreciated!

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#8
March 20, 2012 at 13:17:10
YW Comrade, enjoy.

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