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Windows XP, Who Still Uses It?  
User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

The other thread is discussing Windows 8, and did not want to hijack that thread, so I felt the need to ask who still uses Windows XP? IMHO Windows XP was one of the better OS that Windows has created. The only thing that seems to be the case with XP is that more and more programs may not be compatible with XP.


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User currently offlineFaddyPainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

Im using it now to post this. Cant be bothered to upgrade, it is more than adequate for my needs.

User currently offlinejagflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3507 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Up until about a month ago my computer at work had XP Pro. It worked fine but the computer was too old and was starting to get very slow/LOUD. I begged them for months to give me something newer and finally they located a slightly faster machine that was available for me. It's faster processor-wise but has the same RAM and a smaller HD (which doesn't matter as most of my stuff is on network drives). It has Windows 7 which I personally prefer.

In December I purchased a new laptop (ASUS) and it was quite hard to find one that did not have Windows 8. I managed to get a good deal on one with Windows 7 which is what I wanted. To me Windows 8 has a horrendous interface that is more suited for a touchscreen tablet rather than a laptop or desktop.



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User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

I agree Windows 7 is much nicer than 8, I have a laptop with it. I am starting to wonder how longer accessories, programs,etc wont be compatible with XP? As I said, and another user agreed with me with is that I cant be bothered to upgrade from XP.. Why does Microsoft feel the need to complicate things!?


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6591 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

Well they can't live on a 12 years old product. I have still more computers running XP than newer OSes, but not for much longer. I plan to put 7 or 8 on my mother's desktop, since it's what she has at her high school now, so she'll get used to it.


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

For the rare cases where I actually need Windows, I have separate XP instances running in VMware (tax program, FPGA compiler etc.). I have not yet had a need to use any newer Windows version, and of course I use the internet almost exclusively from the Mac side.

User currently offlineCplKlinger From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

All of the computers we use at work still use XP, and I suspect will continue to use it until they simply can't continue. Which is sad, considering that some of the systems in question are pretty much mission critical systems. The problems of working for an old school company, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

Rarely, but it's a fantastic OS.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):

For the rare cases where I actually need Windows, I have separate XP instances running in VMware (tax program, FPGA compiler etc.). I have not yet had a need to use any newer Windows version, and of course I use the internet almost exclusively from the Mac side.

I do similar--I have a bootcamp partition with Windows 7.



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User currently offlineJETSTAR From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1644 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2671 times:
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I still use XP on my laptop and desktop, XP does everything I need to do on a computer, I am not a computer geek or play online games, I just use the computer for my business programs and internet use.

I bought a new desktop computer last year and had it built up at a local computer store, they ordered a motherboard for me that was compatible with XP and they copied everything over from my old PC, I also needed a new laptop, but I still wanted XP and there was nothing out there that could be downgraded to XP, but the technician who built up my computer had a 3 year old laptop that he was selling and although it had 7 in it, the laptop would support XP so he installed XP for me and then copied everything over from my old laptop. So far both computers are doing fine without any problems.

I will continue to run XP until it is impossible to buy a computer that cannot be downgraded to XP and then run whatever is Microsoft has out, probably Windows 10 or 11 or maybe later versions based on the length of time I keep my computers.

I got my first PC in 1990 running DOS 5.0 with a single 10mb hard drive and went through the upgrade route every time Microsoft came out with a new operating system so I experienced the good and the bad from Microsoft, especially like ME which was a disaster. So for me XP has been great and I intend to stay with it as long as possible.

JetStar


User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

Same here. I have all the software for my needs, XP does everything I need it to do. I use my system for internet and business applications and everything is fine.

I guess another reason is I don't want to have to go through the mess of a clean install of Win 7. I have too many files & apps that would have to be reinstalled. Yes, sometimes I'm lazy.



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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1943 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

My 9-year-old Dell laptop is still running XP.

However, last year I got a new laptop and the Dell became a backup machine mainly used by the kids or when we are in the dining room and too lazy to go get a computer from the other room. I have a "vitual XP" machine installed in my 64-bit Windows 7 machine now, but I have almost completely repaced the software that I needed it for by this point, so I almost never access it.

XP was a great and stable operating system--I liked many things about XP, but I must say that I like Windows 7 much more. The clincher for me is the search speed for finding files and text in documents etc. I don't spend so long worrying about where I put things, because they can be located to quickly. Windows 8 I do not care for but would probably get used to if I had to...



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User currently offlineJETSTAR From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1644 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2434 times:
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I always have had my desktops built up for me at a local computer store, I never buy desktops from Dell or other computer companies because they come loaded with tons of extra software that are a pain to get rid of and also a clone has generic parts that can easily be replaced with other generic parts for future upgrades.

Since I do all my business with a local computer store for both mine and my wife’s computers and have sent them business from friends and relatives as well, I have a great relationship with the computer store and get first class service from them and they have bailed me out very quickly on occasions when I have had some major computer issues.

With my desktop, I bought XP, not just the license, so I have the disc, which does not have any bloatware programs on it and I could install it in any computer I buy as long as I remove it from my old computer. I never sell my old computers, I keep the previous one as an emergency backup and eventually scrap the computer after removing the hard drive and deleting the software by using a sledge hammer.

The computers I have will probably be the last that will run on XP, my computer technician told me that newer computers and their drivers will not run on XP. Since my desktop is only 1 year old and my laptop 3 years old they should last me a few more years.

JetStar


User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2157 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

Some computers at my work still use XP but other than those no. XP was a great OS. Windows 7 is better.

User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2361 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

Great OS. Nice and does its job.


My whole university is running XP.


David



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User currently offlineJETSTAR From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1644 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2345 times:
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I noticed last week when I flew on Delta that their computers are still running XP, I know it is a different version that we use on PC’s, so I wonder if Microsoft will still continue to support XP for their major customers even when they have said they will no longer support XP for PC’s next year.

If Microsoft follows their normal course of every other OS has had major problems, Windows 3.1 was good, 95 was bad, 95 SE was good, Me was a disaster, XP was great, Vista was bad, 7 is good, 8 is to new to rate.

If they do follow their pattern, I will skip 9, take a pass on 10 and probably switch over to 11 because by that time my computers will probably need replacing.

JetStar


User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2999 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

XP was great.
The only reason I had to update to 7 was that with a lot of the software that I use that when it came time to update to the new gee whiz version would not work with XP.
So I was driven by other software to update XP to 7.
Short of some major changes at MS it will probably 5 to 7 years before update again to whatever is the Windows that is in vogue at the time. Just darn glad Vista was not a big hit.

Okie


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

Quoting JETSTAR (Reply 14):
I know it is a different version that we use on PC’s, so I wonder if Microsoft will still continue to support XP for their major customers even when they have said they will no longer support XP for PC’s next year.

Well, if DL's machines aren't connected to the internet (and, therefore, don't need security patches) Microsoft should have, in theory, XP patched up enough so it won't need any major work.

Quoting JETSTAR (Reply 14):
I will skip 9, take a pass on 10 and probably switch over to 11 because by that time my computers will probably need replacing.

Windows Blue, the next version of the OS, seems like it'll be a 'rolling update' OS--similar to the new Office. We'll see how that turns out.



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User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2007 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
Windows XP, Who Still Uses It?  

I do.
- the one in the middle. Still going on after 10 years. Reformatted once though.
- the one on the left, is a W7 (black with blue screen)
- the one on the right, (silver with no icons on the screen) is a Vista upgraded to W7
- and of course, my newest addition. the iPad, in the middle...

You know, sometimes i wonder how much is too much...

http://i44.tinypic.com/2bp0ky.jpg


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8217 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

I have XP on a used PC I bought for connection to my autopap. The software runs on XP and also requires a serial port for connecting.

I also have 2000 Pro somewhere to run on a Mac under Parallels. Used that when I was traveling on business in order to demo software.

My wife has a friend who works at MS so I could get newer versions, but I simply can't be bothered - especially with the low costs of upgrading OS X on the Mac.


User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Did someone say... Windows XP?




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User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Quoting JETSTAR (Reply 8):
I still use XP on my laptop and desktop, XP does everything I need to do on a computer, I am not a computer geek or play online games, I just use the computer for my business programs and internet use.

I bought a new desktop computer last year and had it built up at a local computer store, they ordered a motherboard for me that was compatible with XP and they copied everything over from my old PC, I also needed a new laptop, but I still wanted XP and there was nothing out there that could be downgraded to XP, but the technician who built up my computer had a 3 year old laptop that he was selling and although it had 7 in it, the laptop would support XP so he installed XP for me and then copied everything over from my old laptop. So far both computers are doing fine without any problems.

I will continue to run XP until it is impossible to buy a computer that cannot be downgraded to XP and then run whatever is Microsoft has out, probably Windows 10 or 11 or maybe later versions based on the length of time I keep my computers.

I got my first PC in 1990 running DOS 5.0 with a single 10mb hard drive and went through the upgrade route every time Microsoft came out with a new operating system so I experienced the good and the bad from Microsoft, especially like ME which was a disaster. So for me XP has been great and I intend to stay with it as long as possible.

I'm always curious about Windows users who do what you do.   My job involves a bit of PC sales & repair, and customers who do everything they can to stick with XP are not uncommon.

My question is: what is the main reason behind it? Do you feel that XP does something that Windows 7 does not? Or that it does it better? Is it simply because you have become so familiar with XP that you don't want to get used to something else?

I don't mean to challenge or judge in any way. I would like to know the reasoning behind it. Like I said, you're not alone!   And kudos to Microsoft for producing an OS that customers hate to give up 12 years and 3 versions later!

-TLG


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8002 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

I myself run Windows 7 Home Edition (SP1) on both my laptop and desktop computers. I love it because you don't have to relearn everything like you need to do with Windows 8. I used to run Windows XP Professional (SP3) but I didn't like the fact it frequently crashed for no reason....

User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

On my old desktop that I don't use anymore I still have Windows XP. It's pretty slow though. It's just sitting in my room and hasn't been touched in years. I know it still works, but it's nothing compared to my desktop and laptop I have now. I have no need for Windows XP though. It is definitely too slow for me.

I grew up at the same time Windows was growing up. I barely remember using Windows 95 when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. Then I remember Windows ME. We had that for years. Then Windows XP for quite awhile. We had Windows Vista for a couple of years before we upgraded to Windows 7. Now I have my laptop with Windows 8, and I love it.


User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

Quoting TLG (Reply 20):

My question is: what is the main reason behind it? Do you feel that XP does something that Windows 7 does not?

I'm sticking with XP for the time being because XP:

Runs everything I need at a speed that is satisfactory for me.
Doesn't crash at all.
I can't justify spending quite a bit of money on something that will give me virtually no return at this point. (Pretty Windows).

The last item is a biggie. A lot of users feel that way.

I have found that most users upgrade their OS's based on need. Like there is an app they want to run and it requires a newer version of their OS. In this case most people will spend the money to upgrade their OS, it's justify able. But to spend the money just to upgrade an OS just "because" is a waste IMHO. This is what happened to a lot of Win 98 users. All the Anti-Virus manufacturers stopped supporting Win 98 and users were forced to migrate to something newer. In most cases this was XP.



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User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 23):
I'm sticking with XP for the time being because XP:

Runs everything I need at a speed that is satisfactory for me.
Doesn't crash at all.
I can't justify spending quite a bit of money on something that will give me virtually no return at this point. (Pretty Windows).

The last item is a biggie. A lot of users feel that way.

I have found that most users upgrade their OS's based on need. Like there is an app they want to run and it requires a newer version of their OS. In this case most people will spend the money to upgrade their OS, it's justify able. But to spend the money just to upgrade an OS just "because" is a waste IMHO. This is what happened to a lot of Win 98 users. All the Anti-Virus manufacturers stopped supporting Win 98 and users were forced to migrate to something newer. In most cases this was XP.

Thanks for your input; that was interesting!

Your reasons include not upgrading because it's not worth the cost. I'm also curious about users, such as JETSTAR, who go to considerable extra expense to get XP when it's necessary to buy a new computer for other reasons. At work we had a customer who did that. He was an older gentleman who was used to Windows XP and Office XP. The tech who took his new laptop with Windows 7 and installed Windows XP and Office XP fought the installation the whole way through because of incompatibility with hardware and drivers. He eventually was successful, but the customer basically doubled the cost of the new computer.


User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 25, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1819 times:

What I really meant to say is that a lot of users upgrade to a new OS based on need and not want.


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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3741 posts, RR: 11
Reply 26, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1822 times:

Quoting TLG (Reply 20):
My question is: what is the main reason behind it? Do you feel that XP does something that Windows 7 does not? Or that it does it better? Is it simply because you have become so familiar with XP that you don't want to get used to something else?

Try comparing the ilde usage of RAM and CPU power on an XP and W7 machine and you'll understand why older or less powerful setups will breathe a lot easier with XP.

I use XP on my older laptop and the media center plugged into the TV. It's a great system, extremely mature and extremely stable. As I mentioned, it's also low on resources.
I hate a system that is so bloated it uses a considerable portion of the system's resources to run itself. An OS should be as light and make itself forgotten, otherwise, as Peter Griffin brilliantly puts it: It insists upon itself...  

W7 is nice, stable, and works great on faster machines. It is the new XP. I don't know what the 'new new XP' will be after 7, but it certainly is not 8, so I'll sit on my hands and wait for it before I upgrade to anything. Knowing MS, it might take a little while...



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User currently offlinejetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1644 posts, RR: 10
Reply 27, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1751 times:
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Quoting TLG (Reply 24):
Your reasons include not upgrading because it's not worth the cost. I'm also curious about users, such as JETSTAR, who go to considerable extra expense to get XP when it's necessary to buy a new computer for other reasons. At work we had a customer who did that. He was an older gentleman who was used to Windows XP and Office XP. The tech who took his new laptop with Windows 7 and installed Windows XP and Office XP fought the installation the whole way through because of incompatibility with hardware and drivers. He eventually was successful, but the customer basically doubled the cost of the new computer.

Actually my desktop computer that I had built up to run on XP cost the same than if I bought a computer with Windows 7, so there was no extra expense involved.

My philosophy is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. XP does everything I need to do so I do not see any reason to upgrade to a newer version.

As I said in my previous post the computers I purchased last year will probably be the last ones running XP, because of the incompatibility of newer hardware like the drivers running on XP. I usually get a new computer every 4 to 5 years so got a least another 3 to 4 years to go with my computers and almost any new business software applications that come out will still run on XP.

JetStar


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