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Windows 7: The legacy of Windows 7 - last of a breed?

03 Jun 2013   #31
Layback Bear

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I like this very much lehnerus2000

Cars didn't become the dominant private transportation method, because the car companies went out and shot all of the horses.


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03 Jun 2013   #32
theveterans

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Are you suggesting that people should be forced to replace their PCs, just because MS (or others Corporations) want to make a buck?

If the new systems are better, people will eventually start using them.

Cars didn't become the dominant private transportation method, because the car companies went out and shot all of the horses.
People can choose to upgrade whenever they want. I'm just saying that it's good for MS to support their OS for more than a decade, but making the support for old OSes perpetually could cause a slow trend in PC hardware improvements IMO.
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03 Jun 2013   #33
gregrocker

 

The sales statistics show that many consumers and even business are being dragged kicking and screaming out of XP, which won't even install on most modern hardware and drives like a 67 Dart now.

XP


Win7


Win8
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03 Jun 2013   #34
theveterans

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Love that Lexus LFA. Its engine engineering and acoustics are amazing just like 7. Windows 8 is out of this world lol.
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03 Jun 2013   #35
gregrocker

 

I didn't mean to imply that 8 has any futuristic design, just bug-ugly and alien to the Desktop experience which 7 perfected. But its plainness also has no design advantage like with an Element or Cube, just ugly.
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03 Jun 2013   #36
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

As far as I know there will be nothing stopping you from using XP as long as you can find hardware for it. Microsoft won't update or patch it anymore but I drought they are going to flip a kill switch. They could turn off the XP activation servers I guess but I don't see them doing that, it would be bad press to do that. It will be a use at your own risk scenario. It would cost Microsoft a lot of money to continually support older operating systems so at some point they have to just let it go and move on. They aren't going to sell any more XP licenses so there is no more revenue to be had in it. That and they want you to move on to something better. Preferably another MS operating system.
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03 Jun 2013   #37
dperecky

win7 64bit Ult. using: XP Mode, in English or Español, SUA, Bitlocker
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theveterans View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dperecky View Post
IMO, they should continue support for XP and all popular OSs (which by definition would exclude Vista) from then on, for perpetuity.
That would stop PC technology from improving since if XP is supported perpetually, many enterprise and budget conscious people won't even bother upgrading to the latest version, and therefore missing improvements that the newer OS have. In addition, hardware improvements would be stagnant or improve very slowly since the older OS won't be able to support the new features a new hardware would've like better multi-core multitasking and large RAM management of Windows 7 and 8.
After thousands (some would say millions) of years of man toiling and manufacturing different goods- AFAIK, a software program, or OS is the ONLY thing that man can make that will not naturally age and be rendered unusable solely due to time passing by. Therefore this amazing achievement should be celebrated IMO. This achievement and the programs/OSs that it represents- should not be dreaded, shunned, or rendered obsolete by design.

ETA: There is another different product that I can think of that holds its value and actually gets better w/age... Wine (and other alcoholic beverages). We don't scrap all old bottles just for the sake of change for new ones- I don't think.
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03 Jun 2013   #38
Joseph K

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Then their is older folks that thought having a small phone you could carry around would be nice to have. They use it as a phone and some may text. They know their phone does more things but don't care, it's a carry around phone.
No tablets; it's just a big phone that won't fit in their pocket. Then they go home or work and use a PC with Windows 7 and know it's a PC and it does PC things the way a PC should do things. They are happy and thats a good thing.
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I resent M$ for forcing W8 upon us.

Tried W8 beta for a couple months in a virtual system. Hated it. The list of features I dislike is long.

I'll be using W7 as long as I can. If I remember right I hung on to W2K until XP SP4 and skipped Vista altogether.

It's a shame M$ couldn't/wouldn't give us the option of having either the W8 desktop or a "classic W7 view"
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03 Jun 2013   #39
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
It would cost Microsoft a lot of money to continually support older operating systems so at some point they have to just let it go and move on. They aren't going to sell any more XP licenses so there is no more revenue to be had in it. That and they want you to move on to something better. Preferably another MS operating system.
MS had trouble giving W8 away ($15-$40).

Given that 300M - 600M PCs still run XP (depending on whose figures you believe), MS could sell "extended update packs" for it.
I suspect a lot of those users would be willing to pay $50 - $100 to keep using their current machines and software (instead of upgrading to W8).
That could bring in $15B - $60B in income.

The very first one would just be a roll-up of the updates since SP3 (100% pure profit - no effort required).
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