Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric
I only just retired my last XP PC here at home, and I only did it because that PC finally kicked the bucket.
My guess is a lot of companies will likely wait for a technology refresh, new equipment purchase, before moving on. XP was a reliable OS for me. I can count the blue screens I got on all my PC's together on one hand. Its a great OS for an older PC. Windows 7 runs great on older PCs too, but if the PC is already stickered/licensed for XP I can't see spending extra cash for Windows 7. Just my 2 cents.
I liked XP a lot too, but the fact is that it along with IE8, you can't run IE9 on XP, are lot less secure than Windows 7 especially the x64 version of Window 7. Windows 7 IMO also does a lot better job at multi-computer sharing than XP.
I also loved Windows 98 SE which I thought was a lot more stable than XP for a long time.
However, computers being what they are time moves on and significant enhancements continue to be made.
The two biggest problems in upgrading from XP to Windows 7 as I see it are.
1. The hardware cost. A lot of XP based computers just can't handle Windows 7 without some serious compromises in being able to fully utilize its features. For example I was running XP on a Dell Dimension 2400. However the hardware just wouldn't cut if for Windows 7 and the cost to upgrade it assuming that I could find the hardware to do it would have been as much if not more than buying a new Dell computer with Windows 7 x64.
2. The learning curve since Windows 7 is significantly different from XP.