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    Windows 7 is supposed to overtake Windows XP (again) by the end of August. Assuming this is true, you do realize what will happen? Windows 8 Upgrade will come out next month, most of the upgrades will be from Windows 7, and XP will once again be the world's dominant operating system.

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    Why do you think that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Why do you think that?
    First, I have received a horrible news flash. You can install the Windows 8 upgrade on the Windows 8 Preview Edition ONLY if you installed the Preview Edition as an upgrade to Windows XP or 7. If you did a clean install (as I did) you cannot upgrade it.

    Despite the hype, if a computer has been built from the ground up for XP, it is probably not a good idea to upgrade it. You can, but it isn't worth the risk. XP users have pretty well decided by now that they don't want to upgrade. So most upgrades will be from 7, decreasing the number of computers running 7, and XP will regain its place as the world's most popular operating system.
    Last edited by Vince53; 13 Aug 2012 at 14:40.
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    I guess that is possible.
    I would have thought that XP machines would be closer to their "Use By" date though (i.e. on their "last legs").
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    I guess that is possible.
    I would have thought that XP machines would be closer to their "Use By" date though (i.e. on their "last legs").
    And there, My Friend, is why so many people called it wrong. It costs less to keep replacing parts in a good, solid machine than to buy a new machine and pay for a new operating system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Why do you think that?
    First, I have received a horrible news flash. Yu can install the Windows 8 upgrade on the Windows 8 Preview Edition ONLY if you installed the Preview Edition as an upgrade to Windows XP or 7. If you did a clean install (as I did) you cannot upgrade it.

    Despite the hype, if a computer has been built from the ground up for XP, it is probably not a good idea to upgrade it. You can, but it isn't worth the risk. XP users have pretty well decided by now that they don't want to upgrade. So most upgrades will be from 7, decreasing the number of computers running 7, and XP will regain its place as the world's most popular operating system.
    Really?
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    Actually, I've installed and used Windows 8 on a few xp era machines, so far, they run it quite fine, it uses somewhat about the same of RAM usage, a tad more though. CPU and disk usage is lower. Graphics performance is where it borders on iffy. I've had a terrible time trying to get the Windows vista drivers that work on 7 to work with 8. Simply put, they don't as of now. Maybe later, AMD or Microsoft will validate those drivers for use with 8, until then, it's decent graphics but not great. I would find it as a value added upgrade though. It's nicer than 7 because of the graphics kernel in 8, it's more efficient meaning, window color can be changed and it doesn't look and stay in the drab default of pasty blue and chunky xp like UI elements.

    Even still, if companies are upgrading to 7, I highly doubt ANYONE will want to return to xp afterwards. Not a lot of companies would want to risk another mitigation to a new OS just because it came out, too much time and resource is spent. And I doubt IT departments would be allowed to move EVERYTHING back to xp after 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    I guess that is possible.
    I would have thought that XP machines would be closer to their "Use By" date though (i.e. on their "last legs").
    And there, My Friend, is why so many people called it wrong. It costs less to keep replacing parts in a good, solid machine than to buy a new machine and pay for a new operating system.
    Whilst I agree with your point, how many "average Joes" do that?
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    Enough average joes so that Windows XP remains the world's most popular operating system. PS. I prefer Windows 8 myself.
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    I suspect that the majority of legitimate XP installs are actually on business machines.
    They'll just replace the hardware and software by purchasing new machines.

    The overall majority of XP installs are probably pirated though.
    They can upgrade their PCs and reinstall XP (if they don't have pirated versions of W7).
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