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04 Oct 2010 01:42 PM   |   3182 clicks   |   Some PC
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HulkHands    [TotalFark]  
"No one uses XP anymore."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

"A lot of people still use XP."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

04 Oct 2010 11:59 AM
DarnoKonrad     
By the time SP4 comes out, they'll make sure it's too slow to be functional if you haven't figured that out by SP3.

04 Oct 2010 12:01 PM
alywa     
I dunno... would a headline of "Two Thirds of PC users still happy with their aging PCs thanks to the ruggedness and longevity of Microsoft's superb Windows XP" warrant a FAIL tag?

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess many home users surf the web, organize (but don't edit) photos, have moderately small music collections (on iTunes), and write letters with MS Word. Their circa 2005 Pentium is probably still doing what they need it to do. When they do go to Costco to get a new lappy or desktop, it will have windows 7.

As far as businesses / enterprise... I'm out of my league... I understand upgrading can lead to a lot of headaches, and considerable expense... XP is probably Good Enough to not go through the hassle until entire systems need upgrading / replacement.

/former XP user, now uses macs
//thinks windows 7 looks spiffy

04 Oct 2010 12:02 PM
jehovahs witness protection     
Still use XP at work, windows 7 at home.

04 Oct 2010 12:04 PM
stickmangrit     
typing this on my Windows 7 lappy, so i'm really getting a kick...

04 Oct 2010 12:06 PM
Skail     
I use XP at work (an old computer) and 7 at home. I like both.

04 Oct 2010 12:06 PM
Bukharin    [TotalFark]  
Pffft.
We still used Win2k at work.

04 Oct 2010 12:09 PM
UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     
I recently spilled water in my XP laptop and destroyed it. I'm typing this on my brother's Vista enabled desktop. I'd rather run Win98.

04 Oct 2010 12:12 PM
GAT_00     
I've gotten quite used to 7 and I like it. And it runs fine even on one of those little solid state computers, probably better than XP would.

04 Oct 2010 12:16 PM
FirstNationalBastard    [TotalFark]  
Can we all just agree that Vista sucked shiat?

04 Oct 2010 12:18 PM
tototototo     
MS clearly failed to deliver a product that would fall apart after 3 years and need to be replaced with the shiny, new product.

04 Oct 2010 12:19 PM
Superevil     
Until I can find a program like Picaview that works on Windows 7 I'm staying on XP until I absolutely have to upgrade.

04 Oct 2010 12:21 PM
namatad    [TotalFark]  
HulkHands: "No one uses XP anymore."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

"A lot of people still use XP."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."


why is it fail that people continue to use a working OS on a working computer?
why should you change something that works?

I dont use the OS.
I run programs.
All the software that I run on a daily basis runs on winxp.
why the fark should I care what OS I am using??

/fail is for subby who doesnt understand what a PC is used for.
/go back to recompiling your linux install which you have made custom mods to so it can zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

04 Oct 2010 12:26 PM
HulkHands    [TotalFark]  
namatad: HulkHands: "No one uses XP anymore."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

"A lot of people still use XP."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

why is it fail that people continue to use a working OS on a working computer?
why should you change something that works?

I dont use the OS.
I run programs.
All the software that I run on a daily basis runs on winxp.
why the fark should I care what OS I am using??

/fail is for subby who doesnt understand what a PC is used for.
/go back to recompiling your linux install which you have made custom mods to so it can zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


That was my point.

04 Oct 2010 12:28 PM
2wolves     
By contract one project is forced to use IEv6.

Tell me your tales of woe.

04 Oct 2010 12:30 PM
Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
Perhaps Windows 7 wasn't their idea.

/still waiting for my dead bird in a glass of Pepsi

04 Oct 2010 12:38 PM
namatad    [TotalFark]  
HulkHands: namatad: HulkHands: "No one uses XP anymore."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

"A lot of people still use XP."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

why is it fail that people continue to use a working OS on a working computer?
why should you change something that works?

I dont use the OS.
I run programs.
All the software that I run on a daily basis runs on winxp.
why the fark should I care what OS I am using??

/fail is for subby who doesnt understand what a PC is used for.
/go back to recompiling your linux install which you have made custom mods to so it can zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

That was my point.


I know :D
it is actually a great tribute to MS that winXP is so stable and still in such great demand at this point in its life cycle.

goshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
winxp is SO bad that everyone has switched to apple OS or linux.
no wait, apple OS does run on PC hardware? who bright idea was that??

/wasnt there a lawsuit in the 80s about hardware companies forcing buyers to buy the OS when they buy the hardware??

04 Oct 2010 12:41 PM
elvisaintdead    [TotalFark]  
BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
*ding*

mmmm, popcorn's ready.....

04 Oct 2010 12:43 PM
labman    [TotalFark]  
namatad: I dont use the OS.
I run programs.
All the software that I run on a daily basis runs on winxp.
why the fark should I care what OS I am using??


Because the people who write spyware/viruses are more adept at getting around the systems in place to protect you in XP than they are at win7. When we see infected machines at work (Which is often, since I work at a college), the XP machines are always more screwed up than their win7 counterparts. Difference being the user still did something wrong to get infected in the first place, but not nearly as bad on win7.

04 Oct 2010 12:46 PM
TNel     
FirstNationalBastard: Can we all just agree that Vista sucked shiat?

OMG I hate this line! I'm sure it's a troll line but I'll bite. Vista was very good but MS expected people with decent machines to install it, not your POS computer with less than a gig of RAM.

At our shop its way to expensive to upgrade all computers to Win7 so we are waiting till we replace all computers and then migrate over.

I like Win7 a lot but XP was/is a great OS.

04 Oct 2010 12:49 PM
damageddude    [TotalFark]  
I have XP on a laptop and Vista on a desktop. The only reason I have XP is because the laptop hasn't died yet. The only reason I have Vista is because it was on the desktop when I bought it several years ago to replace the computer that died. When the laptop dies I'll probably get a new cheap one with whatever OS is around then.

04 Oct 2010 12:55 PM
Cyberluddite    [TotalFark]  
alywa: . When they do go to Costco to get a new lappy or desktop, it will have windows 7.

stickmangrit: typing this on my Windows 7 lappy, so i'm really getting a kick...

I just wanted to point out that "lappy" is, without any doubt whatsoever, the gayest sounding computer slang term ever. NTTAWWT, of course.

04 Oct 2010 12:56 PM
namatad    [TotalFark]  
labman: namatad: I dont use the OS.
I run programs.
All the software that I run on a daily basis runs on winxp.
why the fark should I care what OS I am using??

Because the people who write spyware/viruses are more adept at getting around the systems in place to protect you in XP than they are at win7. When we see infected machines at work (Which is often, since I work at a college), the XP machines are always more screwed up than their win7 counterparts. Difference being the user still did something wrong to get infected in the first place, but not nearly as bad on win7.


sureeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
but the arguement is for better virus protection, email spam filters and user training. plus, let's face it, there is no way to protect a PC from a stupid user who will click anything.

/when was the last time you got spam? when was the last time you clocked on a link in spam? yah, this is what I am saying.

04 Oct 2010 12:57 PM
Occam's Chainsaw     
TNel: OMG I hate this line! I'm sure it's a troll line but I'll bite. Vista was very good but MS expected people with decent machines to install it, not your POS computer with less than a gig of RAM.

Vista was bloatware. It used a far-larger footprint to do what XP already did: make programs go. It used more resources whether you had a top-of-the-line bleeding-edge PC or an older one; the higher demand was simply more visible on older PCs. Unless your hardware was explicitly not recognized by XP, you got worse performance out of Vista than you did out of a contemporary XP build.

My OS doesn't need to be flashy. It needs to run software. That's it.

04 Oct 2010 01:01 PM
namatad    [TotalFark]  
Occam's Chainsaw: TNel: OMG I hate this line! I'm sure it's a troll line but I'll bite. Vista was very good but MS expected people with decent machines to install it, not your POS computer with less than a gig of RAM.

Vista was bloatware. It used a far-larger footprint to do what XP already did: make programs go. It used more resources whether you had a top-of-the-line bleeding-edge PC or an older one; the higher demand was simply more visible on older PCs. Unless your hardware was explicitly not recognized by XP, you got worse performance out of Vista than you did out of a contemporary XP build.

My OS doesn't need to be flashy. It needs to run software. That's it.


this is the REAL nightmare of bad software these days.
give me a MUCH better/easier way to turn things ON when I need them. before that, why the fark are you loading services for shiat I could care less about?

talking to apple ... iTunes on a PC is such a POS bloatware turd.
/alas, I love my iphone 3 ..... and until it dies ... sigh

04 Oct 2010 01:03 PM
2wolves     
It's a tool, not a religion.

04 Oct 2010 01:10 PM
Babwa Wawa     
TNel: OMG I hate this line! I'm sure it's a troll line but I'll bite. Vista was very good but MS expected people with decent machines to install it, not your POS computer with less than a gig of RAM.

That was Microsoft's miscalculation. They assumed that just because faster computers would be available that people would buy them. Turns out that people put more of a premium on cost, size, and battery life than they did on performance. Hence the advent of the super-cheap PC and netbooks.

Microsoft failed to understand the market and therefore failed to offer an OS that met the needs of a significant percentage of their supposed target customers.

The thing is that they knew they were going to have problems with the performance of the HW well before they launched Vista, but they collectively put their heads in the sand.

This purely Microsoft's fault. Your argument that it's somehow the consumer's fault is similar blaming the consumer for GM and Chrysler's failure to develop fuel-efficient vehicles. Microsoft (as well as Chrysler/GM) misjudged the market and failed to have a ready alternative when the market changed.

Oh, and just because a computer doesn't have gobs of RAM and CPU doesn't mean it's a POS. It just means that it's less performance capable (but more portable and less costly) than other computers.

04 Oct 2010 01:38 PM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  
GAT_00: I've gotten quite used to 7 and I like it. And it runs fine even on one of those little solid state computers, probably better than XP would.

Did your previous computer use glassfets?

04 Oct 2010 01:49 PM
BKITU    [TotalFark]  
GaryPDX: Umm..I mainly use Linux. I do have Win7 and XP running around here somewhere.

My parents were using a bootleg copy of XP on their system, and it was so thoroughly hosed with malware/spyware/viruses -- and I was so thoroughly pissed about having to fix it every two weeks because they just had to click every free piece of shiat toolbar/popup they came across -- that the last time I visited them, I backed up their documents and installed Ubuntu.

They complained for about a week. However, once they realized that it pretty much screams on a 1GHz chip with 512MB RAM, they got over it.

/cool story, me

04 Oct 2010 01:49 PM
pudding7    [TotalFark]  
We're just starting the Win7 upgrade process at my company. Me and the other IT guy have been using it for a while, it's solid. We're upgrading two normal users this week to see how it goes.

WinXP has had a great run, one of the best. But it's time to say goodbye and move on.

04 Oct 2010 01:50 PM
meat0918     
I still have to run an XP VM on my Windows 7 machine in order to due my work.

Where do I fit in this result?

04 Oct 2010 01:50 PM
LeafyGreens     
XP on work and home computers. No reason to go through the headache of installing a new OS when all I do is watch pr0n, read Fark, and play itunes, SC2, and Civ V. Does all that well enough!

04 Oct 2010 01:51 PM
Valarius     
TNel: FirstNationalBastard: Can we all just agree that Vista sucked shiat?

OMG I hate this line! I'm sure it's a troll line but I'll bite. Vista was very good but MS expected people with decent machines to install it, not your POS computer with less than a gig of RAM.

At our shop its way to expensive to upgrade all computers to Win7 so we are waiting till we replace all computers and then migrate over.

I like Win7 a lot but XP was/is a great OS.


That's bullshiat. Have you TRIED using Vista? Seriously, open Microsoft Office with it. Just TRY. You click on a button that brings up a vague menu that brings up submenus that I have to navigate very slowly and carefully with my arrow icon or it falls off and every menu vanishes.

I'm using XP for the next decade.

04 Oct 2010 01:52 PM
Valarius     
2wolves: It's a tool, not a religion.

And like all tools, I expect it to work or I get a refund.

04 Oct 2010 01:54 PM
LouDobbsAwaaaay     
People upgrade when they need to. Abandoning Vista like rats from a sinking ship was FAIL. This? Not so much.

04 Oct 2010 01:55 PM
2wolves     
Valarius: 2wolves: It's a tool, not a religion.

And like all tools, I expect it to work or I get a refund.


Too many people want to use a rotary hammer to put up picture hooks.

04 Oct 2010 01:58 PM
Guntram Shatterhand     
Babwa Wawa: TNel: OMG I hate this line! I'm sure it's a troll line but I'll bite. Vista was very good but MS expected people with decent machines to install it, not your POS computer with less than a gig of RAM.

That was Microsoft's miscalculation. They assumed that just because faster computers would be available that people would buy them. Turns out that people put more of a premium on cost, size, and battery life than they did on performance. Hence the advent of the super-cheap PC and netbooks.

Microsoft failed to understand the market and therefore failed to offer an OS that met the needs of a significant percentage of their supposed target customers.

The thing is that they knew they were going to have problems with the performance of the HW well before they launched Vista, but they collectively put their heads in the sand.

This purely Microsoft's fault. Your argument that it's somehow the consumer's fault is similar blaming the consumer for GM and Chrysler's failure to develop fuel-efficient vehicles. Microsoft (as well as Chrysler/GM) misjudged the market and failed to have a ready alternative when the market changed.

Oh, and just because a computer doesn't have gobs of RAM and CPU doesn't mean it's a POS. It just means that it's less performance capable (but more portable and less costly) than other computers.


This.

Microsoft still acts like it's 1998 and everybody is willing to toss a few hundred bucks at a new OS simply because it's new. That mindset hasn't worked in years: today people are more frugal and more keen to keep their hardware around because the money they need to buy new gizmos simply isn't there. Not to mention that XP works with little fuss. Not to mention that it doesn't require an active internet connection just to farking work, either.

XP is simple. It's solid, it doesn't crash, and it just works. If Microsoft had a brain they would just keep releasing it as a backup OS and keep repairing it and raking in the cash. Instead, they prefer to keep charging a premium for beta testing ala Vista.

04 Oct 2010 02:00 PM
Ball of Confusion     
namatad: HulkHands: "No one uses XP anymore."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

"A lot of people still use XP."
"That's because Microsoft sucks at making OSes."

why is it fail that people continue to use a working OS on a working computer?
why should you change something that works?

I dont use the OS.
I run programs.
All the software that I run on a daily basis runs on winxp.
why the fark should I care what OS I am using??

/fail is for subby who doesnt understand what a PC is used for.
/go back to recompiling your linux install which you have made custom mods to so it can zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



legacy support sucks, because the only thing after that is bit rot.

04 Oct 2010 02:00 PM
robmilmel    [TotalFark]  
LouDobbsAwaaaay: People upgrade when they need to. Abandoning Vista like rats from a sinking ship was FAIL. This? Not so much.

Exactly. I have XP on our 2 home computers (newest is 2 years old), have 7 on a laptop I got a few months ago...no need to upgrade the home computers until absolutely necessary. XP still works just fine.

04 Oct 2010 02:01 PM
BKITU    [TotalFark]  
2wolves: Valarius: 2wolves: It's a tool, not a religion.

And like all tools, I expect it to work or I get a refund.

Too many people want to use a rotary hammer to put up picture hooks.


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THEN WHAT THEY REALLY NEED IS THE POWER OF HERCULES!!!

04 Oct 2010 02:01 PM
LouDobbsAwaaaay     
BKITU: THEN WHAT THEY REALLY NEED IS THE POWER OF HERCULES!!!

What is with the epic sweat-stains? Was he dying right there on camera in the middle of a pitch?

/GRASS STAINS GOT YOU DOWN? THERE'S NO NEED TO FROWN BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT OH MY GOD MY HEART SOMEBODY HELP ME!

04 Oct 2010 02:07 PM
slayer199    [TotalFark]  
It takes awhile for everyone to catch up. People that are just casual PC users aren't going to upgrade until they purchase a new system.

Corporations aren't going to upgrade without extensive testing for backwards compatibility with their apps.

That isn't to say Windows 7 sucks, it's a solid OS (I've been running it for a year with zero crashes).

04 Oct 2010 02:08 PM
FloydA    [TotalFark]  
Cyberluddite:
I just wanted to point out that "lappy" is, without any doubt whatsoever, the gayest sounding computer slang term ever. NTTAWWT, of course.


Backside Bus.

04 Oct 2010 02:14 PM
whereisian     
Superevil: Until I can find a program like Picaview that works on Windows 7 I'm staying on XP until I absolutely have to upgrade.

Picaview apparently works in Win7 32 bit with DEP turned off. Also, XNView is a good alternative. Link (new window)

04 Oct 2010 02:14 PM
sab6300     
Show me a list of things I can do in Win 7 that I can't do in XP. And I will show you a list of things I could give 2 shiats about

04 Oct 2010 02:16 PM
Katie98_KT     
I have both XP and Win7 running.

about 4 years ago, I bought a full-featured laptop (XP) to finish school with- I used it through grad school.

Last December, I replaced it with a brand-new netbook running Win7, with a plan to build a desktop as well.

this june, I finally got around to building my desktop (the netbook and desktop are a pair- portability AND power, cheap!). I had the option of installing XP pro, which I already owned, on the desktop, or upgrading to Win7.

Wanna know what I did? I bought Win7. Having used it for 6 months on my netbook, I couldn't imagine going back to XP. I love Win7- seriously.

but, to be fair, it only cost me $15 through school. If I had had to pay $300 or something for it, no way I would have gotten it. Maybe in a couple years when XP really wasn't usable any more. So I have XP on the laptop, Win7 on the netbook and desktop.

anyway, Win7 is farking awesome, but the only people posting in this thread will be windows haters, people who think win7 = vista, and people who still think Win 98 is the best OS ever.

04 Oct 2010 02:18 PM
mark1mod0     
Had XP at home, got Vista at work. Didn't like Vista. Then got upgrade to Win7 at work and while its not XP, it is better than Vista, so I finanally upgraded at home.


//misses DOS

04 Oct 2010 02:20 PM
BMSquared     
According to Dell, I am running Windows Ubuntu on my netbook and laptops. Why do we only see arguments about XP, 7, and Vista? Where is my Windows Ubuntu comparison?

04 Oct 2010 02:21 PM
Katie98_KT     
sab6300: Show me a list of things I can do in Win 7 that I can't do in XP. And I will show you a list of things I could give 2 shiats about

its a LOT prettier, runs better (smoother and quicker), has very useful shortcuts (like the window snap thing, like quick view task bar, like pinning things to your task bar), and my favorite, it farkING NETWORKS. I installed Win7 on the desktop, logged onto my home network, and magically, I could see the wireless printer downstairs. Win7 installed it! I printed! It was magic!

/farked HATED networking on XP. And obviously, with three computers just for me, I need to be able to network.

04 Oct 2010 02:21 PM
The Bestest     
I'm no MS fan but this is weak.

How many people were still using Win2k or heck, 98 a year after XP's launch?

04 Oct 2010 02:21 PM
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