I can only add a small bit to this. I have both XP and 7 running on aFirst allow me to apologize as I am no USENET guru. Typically when I decide
to make a post in hopes some kind soul(s) will give some input/feedback
towards my interests/concerns I am clueless which group to post to. But I
will say I generally get a positive reponse where ever I post.
For the past five or so years I have used 2000 on my home machines. They
actually still use 98 on the clients where I work (which is medical
laboratory) with an antiquated Novell network o/s and Oracle DBMS on the
server. This is primarily due to the fact that I have very antiquated tools
(Visual Cafe for my IDE with SDK 1.1); my app will only run on 98 machines.
Anyway, that is neither here nor there.
My question is about Windows XP vs 7. I am at a point where I would like to
upgrade my home machines to XP. Even though I've been using 2000 for so long
(and very satisfied with it) I do have some XP experience/knowledge. Problem
is that one of the used machines I just purchased has XP on it because that
is what was on it when I got it. Seems like it is not possible to purchase
XP nowadays. It is all Windows 7.
A few friends here and there have had me come and look at their Windows 7
machines. They think because I have a degree in CompSci/Math that I know
everything there is to know about computers. I cannot make them understand I
am a GUI programmer, database programmer, amateur DBA, and data analyst. I
keep telling them I am not a technician but they will not believe me. The
handful of times I've played around with a Windows 7 machine so far I've
found it very counterintuitive and confusing. I do not like it at all! Not
knowing much about XP anytime I've worked on an XP machine I've typically
had little if any problems.
So the question I guess: Is XP a thing of the past? Can I no longer get XP
(it definitely is not in stores)? If I wanted to migrate the clients to XP
at work would that not be possible?
machine I use mostly in linux mode, and the XP has been happy on it's
own hard drive for years now. I played with the 7 and every time I want
to do something it asks me for my password, and no matter what I try to
do about the explorer screen I get icons instead of the details list I
have on XP. 7 will probably want hardware upgrades but did have a driver
for my HP scanner, so there is at least some support built in.
So far, I still like the XP better, but maybe over time I will warm to
the 7. My vote for now would be to stick with the XP or get brave and
try Linux, Ubuntu in my case. There is also the possibility you could
get a virtual machine like Sun's Virtualbox and run windows as a guest
system under either Linux or XP. There is also VMware server for free if
you are only considering it for personal use. It is a bit more work to
set up, but you may like the versatility. XP should be available on
Ebay, maybe even some new in box, since everyone seems to be biting the