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  1. #11


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Our XP setup isn't for any technical reason as far as I know.

    It's just that upgrading from XP (and Office 2003) will be a big project, with associated disruption and training needs which for whatever reason the IT folks haven't got round to.

    The step from Office 2003 is quite a big one, but by leaving the Office upgrade for a few years it's probably made it a bit easier as many will have got used to Office 2007 or later at home by now.
    That's amazing, although I like Office 2003, when I finally bit the bullet and Upgraded to office 2007, I just liked it much better - And then to Office 2010 was a breeze. Is it because editing and running XLS and XLT templates is locked down by default? Easily dealt with, you can enable those functions through the security settings. I have a template I use for quickly adding up all of the work I do, it's in an Office 2003 XLS file. If you save the work as XLS and not XLSX, you can keep the functionality. Now, I have to be dragged back to office 2003.

    You should just install it on a few workstations, once the users get used to it they won't want to go back. I've got Office networked through all of my machines, the outlooks are all connected and the Onenote. Many of the other extra functions like the old Web Page designing programs are all now incorporated into Word which is way easier, I can edit my site right though Word.

    I'm even running it on my XP machines.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Umm...obviously.

    It doesn't matter that Windows 8 is out, the enterprise will just continue their upgrade path to 7 because they simply haven't planned out ahead for 8. Even Microsoft urged companies to keep with their 7 rollouts.
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  3. #13


    I know this is a old post but I just had to mention I still see windows xp in use at a few places ive gone too and its 2015 now. I was still on Vista at home till I was able to get a new pc in 2014.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 7
    Win 7 HP


    I used XP over five years, 7 over another five years, and now I'm about to receive a new PC with 8.1. XP was great in it time, 7 is still great, but the incoming 8.1 – the reason I joined this forum – horrifies me.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jefboyardee View Post
    I used XP over five years, 7 over another five years, and now I'm about to receive a new PC with 8.1. XP was great in it time, 7 is still great, but the incoming 8.1 – the reason I joined this forum – horrifies me.
    If you try 8.1 and decide you don't like it, there are plenty of ways to downgrade Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 7. Even on the squeaky shiny clean ultra brand new 2015 machines that have just been released. If you'd like me/us to help you with at you can start a thread over in our Installation and Setup section.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 7
    Win 7 HP


    Thanks, but I think I can hang on three months, when hopefully Win10 comes out for free. I've tried its Technical Preview, it's a lot more akin to 7 than 8.1 -- not a surprise.
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  7. #17

    98 to XP to Vista to 8.1


    Each person's experience is usually unique. For me and the rather simple stuff I do at home, I change hardware and systems about every five years. I had good experience sequentially with W98, XP, Vista, and now W8.1 (since December 2013). In each case I bought the then current desktop tower hardware with the operating system incorporated as OE. Each one had useful new features and I never looked back. I will probably upgrade again in 2018 or 2019 with whatever Windows is then current. Deo Volente. And with each cycle I get a 15% larger monitor, double the internal hard drive, & the maximum number of USB ports. Oh, I also get a new printer in the same cycle. When everything is bought as a package it all seems to work so much better together. I realize that not everyone can afford to do this, but this works well for me.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 7
    Win 7 HP


    In my later XP days, I bought a Win8.0 PC, hated and returned it. That's what led me to install Win7 on my existing dinosaur. I understand 8.1 isn't a panacea, but behaves a lot better than 8.0 did. So I look forward to at least three months of it peculiarities, but will undoubtedly upgrade to Win10 as fast as I can.
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  9. #19


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by Retexan599 View Post
    Each person's experience is usually unique. For me and the rather simple stuff I do at home, I change hardware and systems about every five years. I had good experience sequentially with W98, XP, Vista, and now W8.1 (since December 2013). In each case I bought the then current desktop tower hardware with the operating system incorporated as OE. Each one had useful new features and I never looked back. I will probably upgrade again in 2018 or 2019 with whatever Windows is then current. Deo Volente. And with each cycle I get a 15% larger monitor, double the internal hard drive, & the maximum number of USB ports. Oh, I also get a new printer in the same cycle. When everything is bought as a package it all seems to work so much better together. I realize that not everyone can afford to do this, but this works well for me.
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  10. #20


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Each time I upgraded my OS I never looked back at the old one, nor found myself wishing I had stuck with the old OS. Of course it helps when you participate in the beta/pre-release programs as this helps you get used to the nuances of the new OS.

    For Windows 8 though it was different for me. Having bought into the hype that Windows 8 was the devil, I never really played with it much, even though I had the pre-release.

    Anyway when I bought my Asus Ultra-book it had the specs I wanted (including a non-touch screen), but came Windows 8, which I didn't want, so my plan was to dump it in favor of 7. Funny thing is, once I got to messing around with 8, I found I liked it, but I wasn't ready to move it to my desktop yet. When Windows 8.1 was officially released I built my current desktop system around it and never looked back at 7. Don't even miss it.

    When Windows 10 is officially released I'll upgrade to it, and it'll probably be the same... never looking back. That's the evolution of OS's, they change, you adapt, and eventually never look back.

    My two cents.
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