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News Microsoft extends Windows downgrade rights

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 13 Jul 2010.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. LeMaltor

    LeMaltor >^_^

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    Go XP Go!!!!
     
  3. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    XP = epic OS

    Dare I say it - Microsoft was on to a winner with XP - TBH they still haven't topped it (compared to each new release's previous generation, like XP over 2000)
     
  4. Pooeypants

    Pooeypants New Member

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    I used XP until WIn 7 was matured but even I truly believe it should be confined to the archives. Time to let that old fossil lay to rest, because in computer terms, it is ancient...
     
  5. crazyceo

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    I have to say it but I feel this is purely down to lazy IT (so called) professionals who refuse to study up on Server2008 and Windows 7. Yes I know it costs money to take the courses but in this ever changing industry you cannot sit on the fence and grab your comfort XP blanket because you can't do your own job anymore!

    I've met countless businesses in my line of work who are using Windows7 friendly thirdparty software but have just been sold a new IT system with XP as it's foundation. That is an absolute disgrace and the sooner these dinosaurs leave the industry the better!
     
  6. eddtox

    eddtox Homo Interneticus

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    Shouldn't that be 7?

    Anyway, does this mean that you could downgrade to Vista as well? Sounds like a bargain - buy 7, get vista and XP free.
     
  7. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Windows 7 is much, much better than XP. I used to be firmly in the "I'm not leaving XP" camp, until I built my new machine and decided to try it. Windows 7 is much better, and nowhere near as bad as people think it is. It's got the stability of Windows XP mixed in with better user-friendliness and looks. Overall, Windows 7 is what Vista should have been.

    It's time to let go of XP, and with that, let go of 32-bit OSes.
     
  8. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    I bought Win7 Pro in last year's pre-order deal, but have yet to install it. While I generally find Win7 quite good and massively better than Vista there're some things (particularly in regard to the UI), which put me off Win7. I'm hoping SP1 will address them, but I'm not holding my breath...
     
  9. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Don't know what you're talking about. :worried:
     
  10. vampalan

    vampalan New Member

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    There's a whole host of reason not to upgrade, those with machines circa 2003-5 (P4/AGP), wont get much luck with *full* hardware compatibility. Two examples I have here at home is ATi 9800 XT, and a Logitech Webcam 3000Pro, no driver support.
     
  11. leexgx

    leexgx CPC hang out zone (i Fix pcs i do )

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    xp is only going to be supported for 5 more years (2015? I think support ends)

    do not see why this was needed

    vista I understand as it every bad on the system, where ad win7 works well on low end systems
     
  12. DriftCarl

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    I managed to get a new PC at work ordered and I have a nice quad core with 6 gig RAM soon to be ready.
    it even came with windows XP pre-installed already downgraded from windows 7.
    I had to ditch that and put 7 back on.
    XP has had a good innings and I know my way around the OS like the back of my hand. but it is indeed time to move on.
     
  13. rollo

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    vista isnt that poor i know most say its really made of epic fail but i used it for 2-3 years without issues. Its stable enough and driver support like all 64bit os can be a bit wierd but if your using mostly modern products

    vista is better than xp even

    win 7 is better than both
     
  14. Bauul

    Bauul Sir Bongaminge

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    Like many, I was firmyl in the XP camp all through Vista, but as soon as I tried Win7 there was no looking back. Trying to do anything on XP without Snap and auto-preview in Alt-Tab just makes me feel fustrated.
     
  15. mi1ez

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    Enough XP! Give it up businesses, it's time has gone.
     
  16. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    why give it up? it works for what most companies need from an OS,

    Outlook, Share Point, word, Excel, power point , printing and .net

    until something is no longer supported why migrate?

    i agree that any new computer coming to the office that has win7 should remain that way in theory, but it is easier to keep one client profile if your existing PCs are all xp (both in terms of maintenance and administration)

    Proudly posted from a WIndows 7 machine in an office :)
     
  17. frontline

    frontline Punish Your Machine

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    I'm not sure that XP is the main problem - rather the number of large organisations using out of date hardware and then don't understand why they have poor productivity or experience negative feedback from the users. Saying that, i personally think that WIn 7 is by far the best MS OS that i've used.
     
  18. LordPyrinc

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    XP Professional was great, but IMHO, Windows 7 is just as good if not better. I've had no stability issues and not a single crash since installing in December last year. I use my PC predominately for gaming.

    I did have problems trying to run one of my old favorite racing games, EVO2 4x4, but I think that's because of the 64 bit OS more than anything else. At least that gave me an excuse to hook up the HP Pavilion (Vista 32 bit) to my 40" Samsung 1080p flatscreen to play it. OMG! That game is so much better on the big screen. I can see why some people prefer consoles these days if they are playing on a decent size high def TV.
     
  19. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    I still don't see the point in upgrading my PC, I'll probably wait until I build my next PC to install Win 7


    Once I get a laptop for college I'll be running win 7, XP Pro and Ubuntu, hopefully I won't have any issues
     
  20. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    There are still plenty of companies using XP to run DOS-based programs.
     
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