Are You Still Using Windows XP?

Discussion in 'polls' started by appster, Mar 8, 2015.

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Are You Still Using Windows XP?

  1. Yes, because of legacy PC support issues with Windows Vista/7/8

    6.9%
  2. Yes, because I simply prefer Windows XP to Windows Vista/7/8

    12.1%
  3. Yes, because of another reason (please reveal in post)

    21.6%
  4. No, I replaced/upgraded my legacy PC with Windows Vista/7/8

    41.4%
  5. No, I switched from Windows XP to Linux

    7.8%
  6. No, other (please reveal in post)

    10.3%
  1. Gullible Jones

    Gullible Jones Registered Member

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    It's likely that native XP will be slower, even with proper drivers. Low resource usage isn't the same as vertical scalability - sometimes they can actually be opposites.

    That's moot in any case, though, because XP 64 supports a maximum of two cores.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/888732
     
  2. MisterB

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    I was just stating that there is fairly new hardware that can run Xp, not that it had to be a laptop. A desktop would be easier to come by with a newer processor. You would have to buy a copy of Xp 64 bit.

    I wasn't aware of that limitation on Xp. An i7 dual would be as far as it could go. It would probably be better to use 64 bit Xp on one of the later Core 2 Duos. The attraction of 64 bit systems right now for me is more the large memory than the speed. In any case, I'm in no hurry to try Xp on that laptop. I prefer Xp for older hardware it was designed for. I'm going to give Ubuntu a try as the second system on it. I bought it specifically to play with Vms and emulation of other processors and systems.
     
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  3. chrisretusn

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    Tried with WINE. This program also needs Internet Explorer (ActiveX). I couldn't get it to work. I didn't even consider using a VM on that machine, a Pentium 4 with 1MB of memory.
     
  4. RJK3

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    Not bad. I can't recall what mine was at, but it's not that clean :)

    I forgot to mention that I checked later, and it turned out that I had effectively closed all the ports in my efforts to rationalise services and connectivity.

    Yes agreed. The XP machine I have was someone else's junk, too slow to be used. A few hours with me and it became a smoother experience than the Windows 8 laptops of most people I know, despite significantly worse hardware.
     
  5. J_L

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    XP virtual machine still going strong, albeit of very limited use.
     
  6. aztony

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    No longer using XP. Had it in a dual boot setup with Zorin, but decided transition solely to Zorin OS9.
     
  7. ArchiveX

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    Unfortunately, there are still many XP users like Hospitals etc. :(
     
  8. Jarmo P

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    Many expensive programs just won't run in Windows7+
    That is a good reason to run XP if you have one. They are not really all internet connecting ones. Sadly I am not having an XP computer to run them.
     
  9. Infected

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    Yep. I was just at my wife's job yesterday and the facility still had some very old desktops running XP.
     
  10. MisterB

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    The "unfortunately" is just from the general IT perspective. From the institutional budget perspective, that is just the way it is and they would probably prefer the IT industry develop products with longer life spans that fit better into their budget cycles.
     
  11. ArchiveX

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    No doubt...:thumb: Especially when the economic recession is still present...
     
  12. NT Five

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    Still using Windows XP here and I'm using it for all tasks, including online shopping and banking.

    I just can't run more recent Windows OSes on my *very* underpowered hardware.
    At the moment I'm living in an old barn in the French Pyrenees mountains without electricity, but there's a decent 3G network so I've got internet connectivity.

    Once a week I visit a friend to recharge all my netbook batteries (I've got 15 batteries at the moment !) so I'll have juice to run my machine 8 hours a day and 7 days a week just on battery power.

    I've been stockpiling netbook motherboards and other parts so I'll be fine for the next 10 years at least.

    I don't want to buy newer and more power hungry machines so I can upgrade my OS because that means more and bigger batteries to keep my PC running all week and that's just not going to happen.

    So at the moment I'm stuck with XP for practical reasons but there's another reason to keep it; it's the best OS MS ever made !
    I've tried Vista and 7 and I just hate em and I'm not even considering using the Win 8/10 spyware OSes.

    My current C partition size is only 721 MB and it contains a stripped-down version of XP, K-meleon web browser, PDF and image viewers, media players and some small utilities and shell extensions and there's 90 MB of free space left.

    No antivirus installed but I'm using Private Firewall, Sandboxie, Bouncer and AppGuard for for basic protection all installed on the 721 MB image.

    The whole C drive boots into RAM so all changes on the drive are flushed on reboot so no need to use system cleaners or defraggers on the C drive.
    Desktop and some other profile folders are relocated to other partitions so their contents survive reboots.

    Never had any malware infection with this system.

    XP is just amazing.
    I managed to strip it down to less than 250 MB and I've done crazy things like deleting unused bitmaps from system files with resource editors and UPX-ing files to squeeze the size down to the max.

    I keep my machine patched with the POSReady updates and I'm still playing with it to beef up the security.

    Windows XP forever !
     
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  13. Reality

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    NT Five, great post! XP is great.
     
  14. jadinolf

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    No, but I do have at least three copies of the RETAIL UPGRADE version.

    Maybe some day I will play with them.
     
  15. Aura

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    Yes, I still use it in a VM for testing purposes.
     
  16. Khzyvfonhes

    Khzyvfonhes Registered Member

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    XP, because one of my desktop computers, is an older gaming system. I have three desktop systems, and seven laptops.
    Desktops:
    1. XP
    2. Widows 7

    My Laptops:
    4. Win7
    1. WinX
    2. Win 8.1
     
  17. boredog

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    I had three unopened XP full installs with sp2 but may have thrown them away. can't remember.
     
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