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  1. #11


    At the end of October, 2012, five days after Windows 8 Pro was released, Windows 7 remained the world's most popular operating system, having gained about .5% that month. Windows 8 Pro had about .4% total. That number isn't too bad. The free Preview Edition had about .25% for some time.

    8's adoption rate is a lot slower than 7's so far. People wanted to get out of Vista, but they don't want to get out of 7. And since 8 is designed for touchscreens and has a high learning curve, people are even more willing to stay with 7.

    I have been saying for a couple of years now: If you think Microsoft is having a hard time killing XP, wait until they have to kill Windows 7.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit


    Yeah, but windows XP doesn't belong on core i7 4gb+ ram gaming systems. Though, sadly, people still gimpify said machines with XP because of their unwillingness to change. However, there's a lot of people who aren't going to give up 7 simply because 8 takes away too many known and loved features, and it doesn't bring any real hardware/software support to the table that grants incentive to upgrade.

    Windows 7 had plenty of reasons to get it over XP, with it's rebuilt audio and graphics system, native 64-bit support for 4GB+ ram, dx10/11, native SSD trim support, usb 3.0 support, native SATA-from-install support, better and more efficient native support for multicore CPUs. List goes on and on. Also, the UI looked prettier (at least for me) and composited desktops have their advantages. Start Menu search being added was another huge one, nothing is as nice as being able to hit winkey+a bit of text+enter key and run whatever program you have installed. Windows 7 brought a lot to the table, while keeping things familiar and beautiful. Also runs like a charm. Also more secure than XP out of the box.

    Windows 8 revamped everything people were familiar with, and a lot of people don't like change. They also took away Aero, which I don't like (though they kept the DWM technologies that composit the desktop). The security increase is nice, but it's not foolproof or even breathtaking. No new technologies are being exclusively supported by 8, except for maybe tablet gadgets. You're not going to be able to use more RAM, more processor cores, have better graphics drivers, or anything like that going from 7 to 8. It's just different, and maybe moderately improved (and even then, for the sake of handheld devices).

    If people don't wanna jump to 7 from XP despite all its advantages, even to the point of not fully using their hardware because they want to use XP? They're not going to get 8, for sure. Not till XP stops working, period.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro


    Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

    Support Ends April 8, 2014



    Why is Microsoft ending support for Window XP and Office 2003?

    In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
    Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014, if your organization has not started the migration to a modern PC, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.
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  4. #14


    Thank you for the two well thought-out posts. There are people who run XP on advanced computers that could handle 7 or 8. Should they upgrade?

    7 & 8 will run those machines better than XP because they're designed for rigs like that, and I do expect some of those people to upgrade to 8. But older machines, designed from the ground up for XP, are better off staying that way. Unless you are a high-tech gamer, XP will do everything you need.

    But any machine that runs 7 will run 8 at least as well, and I expect a lot of them to upgrade to 8.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Thank you for the two well thought-out posts. There are people who run XP on advanced computers that could handle 7 or 8. Should they upgrade?

    7 & 8 will run those machines better than XP because they're designed for rigs like that, and I do expect some of those people to upgrade to 8. But older machines, designed from the ground up for XP, are better off staying that way. Unless you are a high-tech gamer, XP will do everything you need.

    But any machine that runs 7 will run 8 at least as well, and I expect a lot of them to upgrade to 8.
    To be honest, they shouldn't be running XP on any computer past like 2007 or 2008 unless it's a netbook. XP is not advanced enough to properly use the multicore/64-bit capabilities on CPUs designed since then. Also most machines sold since Vista came out have a minimum of 4GB of RAM, which means the 32-bit Windows XP can only use 2.5~3.2gb of that RAM. Big waste. They should upgrade... whether it's to 7 or 8 would be up to their needs, but definitely upgrade past XP if their machine is that capable!

    Alas, though, most people who run XP on modern rigs like that are people who are extremely stubborn and won't move on from their very aged OS and don't want to learn anything new, even Windows 7. So like I said before, convincing them to go to 8 would be a crapshoot if they won't even accept the idea of upgrading to 7.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro


    Upgrading to 8 is a personal preference. Anyone running XP should do a upgrade to 7 or 8. XP support will stop soon. about 18 months.
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