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Users desert Windows XP in near-record numbers


SparkyJack
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Reading that report I am struck by the way the copy is engineered to promote the current offering- not surprising really- Microsoft like all companies will only promote the latest product. I am quite happy with XP Pro[duelled with Ubuntu on same machine] and going by the tussle I had with my daughters new Win7 laptop the other day - nothings going to change any time soon for me.

I guess also the current trend to sell machines with the operating system pre installed with no support disks will make that way advance further.

I wonder what the 'stats' reveal about the sales of - ready to go- computers is over bare bones or component sales my preferred route - but then I built my own Hi Fi back in the day too. I guess the ready to go would win hands down

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john bunyan

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I stayed with XP from its launch until 2 years ago (did not bother with W 2000 nor Vista). I dual booted for a month with XP and W7, convinced that my trusty XP was better. IMHO it was not - I like W7 and can see no advantage in retaining XP unless the equipment is old or the cost of software is too much. I will not rush into W8, however! I have bought semi bespoke ready to go - so good that the last two I bought were Dan and Evesham that both firms went belly up , I suspect because they had good (but costly) back up service. Like you in the days of (Quad) valve amps etc I assembled HiFi but these days buy ready made with add ons.

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wiz-king

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I wonder how many of the 'droves' have got new PC's or laptops and did not have a choice.

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Aitchbee

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I, foolishly, inserted a microsoft windows 95 floppy disc into my microsoft XP pro computer, and now it won't boot.

(The small print on the floppy covers microsoft from blame.."For Distribution only with a new PC".

That's why I keep backup computers.

XP is a good version of windows. I have only dipped my little toe into W7, so I can't say if it improves on the user-freindliness of XP.

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interzone55

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Windows 7 is much friendlier than XP, and a vast improvement on the dog that was Vista.

If you have a PC that works with XP, then keep it.

If your PC dies then there's no point in installing an old, no longer supported, OS on the new PC, go with W7.

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morddwyd

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"Reading that report"

What report?

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Aitchbee

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onthelimit1

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'no support disks'

But I have yet to come across a new machine where there is no option to burn your own recovery discs - something I do for every machine I set up for people.

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Aitchbee

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Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia did a very good puzzle about a signpost that was blown down during a storm.(It's on the ground...with no direction known)

How would you know which way to go?

Have I gone the wrong way..FE?

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morddwyd

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Oh, it's an American report.

So we don't know if it applies to the US only, North America only, the Americas, the Western hemisphere, the world, or just Kent County, Delaware!

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Aitchbee

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Once you have read the report, it 'applies' with a subliminal effect, to all and sundry.

You MUST update your computer

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