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Despite Imminent Retirement, More Users Move to Windows XP

  1. #101


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    XP is certainly not buggy. It is refined. It is also not more prone to virus attacks. It might be in the future since no more support, if no 3rd party firewall or any antivirus installed at all.

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  2. #102


    Posts : 58
    windows 8.1


    For those who have not been informed, Microsoft has extended XP's support of MSE till June 15 2015.

    Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP Updates Until July 2015

    Now as to not needing an anti-virus with 8.1, well 8.1 along with 8, does come with MSE, however how good is it? Read the thread here testing MSE. But please remember, even Microsoft recommends you use a third party anti-virus.

    Goodbye Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft Now Recommends You Use a Third-Party Antivirus
    Microsoft Admits That Third-Party Antivirus Is More Effective Than MSE

    My opinion on the "metro" start screen? Sorry I like a clean desktop. I like the ability to choose what my desktop looks like and how it behaves. Tiles are for kiddie computers. Works great there to teach toddlers how to use a computer. Although I have to admit, they are more computer savvy then some people I know. And for business? They do not want the tiles, either. Touch Screen? Fine for kiddies but again, for business? Not practical. I myself do not want fingerprints on my screen and then again, for what I use a computer for, not practical. All the metro screen does is takes up space that I could put to better use. And as with all Microsoft products, I can not eliminate what I have no need for.
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  3. #103


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just a note about XP . . . .

    My employer, a Fortune 500 company, has decreed that all XP machines are to be disconnected from the company network in the next several weeks. They will all be replaced with newer Windows 7 machines.

    Bye.
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  4. #104


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Crunchy Doodle View Post
    Just a note about XP . . . .

    My employer, a Fortune 500 company, has decreed that all XP machines are to be disconnected from the company network in the next several weeks. They will all be replaced with newer Windows 7 machines.

    Bye.
    Another case where Windows 8.1 looses out. And it's such a nice system - as some say.
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  5. #105


    Somewhere in USA
    Posts : 233
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Crunchy Doodle View Post
    Just a note about XP . . . .

    My employer, a Fortune 500 company, has decreed that all XP machines are to be disconnected from the company network in the next several weeks. They will all be replaced with newer Windows 7 machines.

    Bye.
    It's a safe bet, no doubt.

    They're only shooting themselves in the foot once MS hits day one with the unified store and phones. WP8.1 is getting some much needed enterprise features. Tablets on 8.x are already worlds better than deploying a 7 desktop and separate ipad.

    Just terrible. I'd hate to be part of managing that expense for any company.
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  6. #106


    Posts : 58
    windows 8.1


    Why do people love to forget that part of the reason why businesses are moving to 7 or stubbornly sticking with XP, is their Software? That Software, which they use and need to run their business, originally cost them, shall we say, "big bucks". And guess what? As with most of all Microsoft New OS's, the new OS does not accept/support old software. Where are they to go?
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  7. #107


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by ainteinstein View Post
    Why do people love to forget that part of the reason why businesses are moving to 7 or stubbornly sticking with XP, is their Software? That Software, which they use and need to run their business, originally cost them, shall we say, "big bucks". And guess what? As with most of all Microsoft New OS's, the new OS does not accept/support old software. Where are they to go?
    Plus the cost for training all the end users. If you have 60.000 end users like e.g. the city of Berlin that are sitting on XP, you are talking big money - especially since many of those city employees are, lets say, conservative.

    The city of Munich changed the OS a while ago. They were radical and moved to Linux. It was a 2 year project that cost many millions. But at the end they saved big bucks too and are still saving every year to come.
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  8. #108


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Like I say, there are some advantages to Win8 in the corporate environment.
    However, I would also say, and I think I have,, maybe not, Win8 is somewhat better suited to the consumer side for now.
    I can see way corporations would not adopt Win8 and still use Win7. And honestly there is nothing wrong with that.
    It would not mean Win8 was a failure. Consumers can drive that as much as Corporations can.
    The failure comes from so many deriding Win8 just by it's new looks and appeal,
    without actually getting to know, and learning how to use it properly.

    Corporations, should still have a lab of testing going on with Win8 to learn how they can properly utilize it in their Environment.

    I know the following is available in Win7, but my understanding is, it has been improved in Win8.
    VDI is getting more utilization, but Windows To Go could be implemented for people who travel a lot.
    Windows 8.1 - What's New, IT Pro Features, Devices, UI | TechNet

    There is a lot of potential in Win8.x ,,, some of it, there in Win7 as well, but again, much improved and many additions over Win7.
    I don't think many IT Dept's actually utilize Windows in general to it's full potential on many fronts. Never really have.

    People really should get past their petty differences over Win8.x and actually learn about it.
    They might be surprised to find that they might actually like it.

    Getting started tutorials for Windows - Microsoft Windows

    More info on the enterprise side....
    Windows 8.1 - Free Download, ISO, Support, Guide, Help | TechNet
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  9. #109


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Tepid, we can talk all day praising the virtues of 8.1 - fact is that people are not buying. And I don't expect that to change - even not with the freebie they are trying to launch now. Let's hope they do a better job with 9.
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  10. #110


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I wish this section allowed rep points. Won't bother people with PM's. Sure are some disparaging comments towards XP people. I could care less what OS someone else uses as long as mine works.

    Now, business use is something different.
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