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Despite Imminent Retirement, More Users Move to Windows XP

  1. #161


    Ok, AE. Very good. This machine is pretty quick with the duo core, but not all that great with RAM resource. 8/8.1 changed that. With 7 and this machine there were times when I had a lot open and RAM would max out so I would dare not give it more commands. I'd wait a bit for it to catch up. But then again I'll have to mention Gadgets. They were big resource hogs. Live tiles are a better idea, but we can't see them on the desktop when we're there. It would be a good idea to be able to place live tiles on the Taskbar.

    8/8.1 actually run better on this old Acer. What I've noticed being more of a Store app user is that I could have 3 or 4 of those open, but after awhile if not used they will enter a dormant state in RAM until called upon again. In fact, even if a Store app is closed out they continue to reside in RAM in a dormant state. The only thing that "kills" them completely off is closing them with Alt/F4. You may want to read more on that via combo keys here on my post #73: Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut Keys List

    Thanks for the guidance on both subjects.

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  2. #162


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    It would be nice to see Live Tiles as Gadgets on the Desktop.
    However, having them pinned to TaskBar with Active Peak would work.
    Actually that kinda works already, as long as the app is running.
    minimize it and you can peak it. but the screens do not update or run like a regular desktop app does.
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  3. #163


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    It would be nice to see Live Tiles as Gadgets on the Desktop.
    However, having them pinned to TaskBar with Active Peak would work.
    Actually that kinda works already, as long as the app is running.
    minimize it and you can peak it. but the screens do not update or run like a regular desktop app does.
    If you have 2 or more in SNAP the thumbnail/peek view is unreadable. Its too small to read on my system anyway. Even with just the Weather App running about all I can see is the current temperature.
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  4. #164


    Posts : 22
    windows 8

    Please Stay!


    What a shame that XP never really got fixed, I mean they changed the OS instead of making it a viable system with improvements. It is one of the best OS that was made except for security problems, for some reason they never would or could fix. The speed and usability is second to none in my opinion, from DOS to XP was such a great leap into proper computing, and it opened the door to allowing us to use computers to do a lot of the things everyone wanted to do at that time. It was just so easy to compromise XP that during that time "kiddie hackers" were causing problems that was unheard of before this OS. Although the malware known as "DOOM" appeared on Win 95 the next generation of unwanted crapware was now on its way. At least a vast number of "FREE" antivirus programs were devolved at this time, and the "user" did the R&D. Although maybe Micro$oft will no longer support XP I think its gonna remain on the scene for some time. A lot of people cant afford new and improved, or just don't desire it. I was gonna say that's my 2cents worth but I suppose with inflation it now is at least one dollar!
    MIKLO
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  5. #165


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am actually very glad that they got away from XP. I liked Vista very much and never had problems but 7 is even better. It looks like 7 will probably be the last Windows OS for the desktop. After that it's Linux all the way.
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  6. #166


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    If those users get hacked, system gets corrupted, what have you, there isn't any support coming from Microsoft in patching security holes or addressing performance problems.

    Disregarding that, how idiotic do you have to be to use a 13 year old operating system on technology that didn't EVEN EXIST 13 years ago, such as APUs or SSDs? Seriously right now. Those users are becoming a huge hindrance to software developers as instead of coding for Windows 7/8/8.1 or even vista, nope, they have code for an OS 13 years old on a completely different NT kernel version. Now the drivers...that's also got to make those developers question, "Why?" when they have a new chipset to get working with Windows or Linux, nope, it needs to work with a 13 year old operating system. Why? Because some people probably have no idea what they're doing. Have fun getting Bitcoins stolen, online banking info thieved, and system corrupted from malware that xp can't repair on its own.

    Wow.
    Amen!!
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  7. #167


    Somehow I don't think that anybody is talking about using XP on new machines, that would be such a waste, I think it's all about residuals, old computers that were made in the years when XP was highest version of Windows,
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  8. #168


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Somehow I don't think that anybody is talking about using XP on new machines, that would be such a waste, I think it's all about residuals, old computers that were made in the years when XP was highest version of Windows,
    Exactly. Those people are not running on modern computers because they do not have the money to replace those systems. We usually think of single users, but most of those systems are running in the corporate environment - especially public offices.

    E.g. the city of Berlin has 60.000 systems that are still on XP. The city is broke - really as broke as you can be. And they have no funds to replace those systems and train all the people using them. They now are looking to make a migration plan in 2015. You can imagine yourself how long it will take before the last user if off XP. They will probably end up like the city of Munich and go with Linux. Munich is saving a bundle with that.
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  9. #169


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


    Money. . .so what, they have had five years to start working on replacing an old OS that was already having problems when Win 7 was still in Beta. Now those who are looking at an OS that is tired and old have two choices either go with Linux (free) or up grade to Win 7 (not free). This they don't have the money is getting old regardless if it is an individual, company or some form of government. It is time these folks stop there whining and go with Linux or, Win 7. The only real problem is either one is going to cost in the long run. I am sorry that they are having these problems albeit, when I see a government run organization the size of U.S. V.A. administration having made the turn to Win 7 it becomes truly hard to find any sympathy for others. As to individuals a maybe if you hadn't spent $500.00 for that iPad, tablet, or that cell phone you put out $350.00 or more for maybe just maybe you could have bought Win 7, or just gotten a hold of one of the many Linux distro.
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  10. #170


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    There are a lot of individuals that are truly cash strapped and they don't have an iPad or a smartphone. As to goverments agencies, that is different in different parts of the world. Not everybody can afford to run a debt of 15 trillion dollars. And especiallly in my country the cities are really in bad shape because of the enormous influx of refugees from all over the world that they have to take care of. 20% of the population comes from someplace else and most of those have no income. So the cities have to take care of them so that they have a halfway decent life. That has priority over computer upgrades.
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