I am presently using Windows 8 Enterprise for a 90-day evaluation. So far all is functioning very well and quite fast on my IBM ThinkPad R60e (circa 2005).
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I love 7 - I know it sounds nuts but it really does seem to know me and which particular folders I use
for various emails, Programs etc. Have spare computer with Vista which is soooo slllooowww and cranky.
Have had 7 for 2.5 years and usually am getting bored by then but will not change until it falls to bits.
I'm using XP because my software is compatible with it. I do not want to be forced to use a different e-mail program because Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 render it inoperable. Thunderbird might be nice, but it doesn't feel good to have to migrate to a different program because some guys in Redmond got an itch in their britches!
> but it doesn't feel good to have to migrate to a different program because some guys in Redmond got an itch in their britches!
There might be something to that, but if they never changed anything we'd still be using the DOS prompt and booting from a floppy.
Although I think they could have come up with some kind of work-around for older programs, they can't stick to old technology and keep modern. Windows 7 is a new OS, not a reworked XP.
Having a stable working version of XP with all the software configured as I like it, knowing some of my applications are Windows 7 incompatible, is making me reluctant to migrate. I have a Windows 7 dual boot setup on a laptop and I know there is an XP mode in there but trying to run video editing software in XP mode on a single core and a trimmed down RAM doesn't work for me. XP is mature, works the way I like it and gives me the information I want in a format I know.
At the same time I am also exploring Linux and it is a less extreme leap from XP than Win 7. I am not knocking Windows 7, I just can't rationalise kicking XP out given it performs well on my hardware.
I still us a DOS bootable CD for certain tasks so I tend to stick with mature technology and when Microsoft stops support for XP it will be a sad day. I will run with it in some form or other for a while after that.
I have been using Linux for over 4 years now and I am very happy with it. I am running different Linux distributions in a multiboot system and yes, I still have my old WinXP os which for me still is the best Win around. Windows millenium and Win vista being complete disasters. I don't have any experience with Win7 so I can't judge. But my old WINXP has all my software running as it should while win7 and the soon to come win8 surely won't. So why should I change? I am running Linux most of the time anyway. A happy Linux man.
I am still using XP because it does everything that I need and more importantly I have become familiar enough with it that I feel very comfortable working with it. I briefly had Vista on a computer but very quickly went back to XP. I am not even sure if my 10 year old computer would handle Win7 and certainly not Win8. As the deadline of April 2014 approaches I am reluctantly going to build myself a new computer and will install Win7 since XP will no longer be supported. I hope some of my old software will work on Win7. Much of my software is more than 10 years old.
Windows XP works excelent for me. I don't care about the end of support by MS. I've made a complete backup of a clean install with all updates, that I can use to restore in case of a HD failure even after MS ends its support and I'd have no place to download updates. It is the last MSOS that still has a DOS prompt and furthermore it works great on my Sempron/3000 and on my Pentium IV. I also have a Core2Duo with 8GB RAM that I run Win7 on. Still, I'm more comfortable with XP. I know all its ins and outs, so... why bother to change?! That would also mean changing the computer. I don't feel like it and have a lot of better things to do with my money (Yes, go figure!). At work too, although I've got an AMD Phenom X4 with 8 GB's of RAM, Win7 and Win8 ready, I still run XP. Why? Because we have it and paid for it and it's still running smooth! Last, but not least... Win7 isn't exactly free either.