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Windows 7: Are you forced to use XP at work?

22 Nov 2009   #51
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jimfof1913 View Post
Most large companies have standardize their PC configurations. They pay Microsoft a volume lincense for particular version of Windows. If they want to use another Windows version they would have to pay a second volume license. For most company this is an expense they will not make until they are going to convert a large number of their systems to the newer OS. Also if they get a lot of their computers from a company like Dell they can configure a OS system, take an image copy of it, sent it to Dell, and Dell will install the OS on the PCs the company orders from them.
Actually, the volume licensing option is usually for X number of desktops...the actual version of Windows installed really doesn't make much of a difference. Then at the end of the year, there is a "true-up" period where you reconcile how many you are actually using versus how much you said you would use and they handle billing the difference. Now, depending upon when you purchased the volume license, you may only be entitled to software for a certain time period if you let the volume license expire.

Many businesses that decide to stick with XP...either
1). Don't have machine resources to upgrade
2). Don't see benefit in having to test apps and policies against OS if XP still works
3). Don't want to have to retrain employees on using the new system
4). Have pre-built images and an environment that is working, tested and functional. Sometimes it's just easier to stick with what you know.
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23 Nov 2009   #52
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jimfof1913 View Post
Most large companies have standardize their PC configurations. They pay Microsoft a volume lincense for particular version of Windows. If they want to use another Windows version they would have to pay a second volume license. For most company this is an expense they will not make until they are going to convert a large number of their systems to the newer OS. Also if they get a lot of their computers from a company like Dell they can configure a OS system, take an image copy of it, sent it to Dell, and Dell will install the OS on the PCs the company orders from them.
Actually, the volume licensing option is usually for X number of desktops...the actual version of Windows installed really doesn't make much of a difference. Then at the end of the year, there is a "true-up" period where you reconcile how many you are actually using versus how much you said you would use and they handle billing the difference. Now, depending upon when you purchased the volume license, you may only be entitled to software for a certain time period if you let the volume license expire.

Many businesses that decide to stick with XP...either
1). Don't have machine resources to upgrade
2). Don't see benefit in having to test apps and policies against OS if XP still works
3). Don't want to have to retrain employees on using the new system
4). Have pre-built images and an environment that is working, tested and functional. Sometimes it's just easier to stick with what you know.
True, the licensing must be for a certain number of machines. I spoke with our IT (they call themselves something else) dept. They told me they will start to upgrade slowly...machine by machine to Windows 7 and skip Vista. That would seem to be quite a task since we have a worldwide network and standardized software that tracks all company vehicles.....I don't see how it can be done, but I hope all the old hardware dies soon. It's amazing how long hardware can last. It will probably outlast XP.
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23 Nov 2009   #53
Brenz

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

XP is still on almost all the machines at college. Most are the old RM computers that have been rebuilt and beaten for years and years with a whopping great CRT placed on the top.

What is worse is that we dont have the software we need either. Part of the IT Course I am doing is Graphics, the computers are terrible and dont have more than 512mb of RAM, we only have FREE Graphics software in most rooms like Paint.NET which is horrible and then to top it off a teacher who doesnt know what she is doing so we end up watching some dull video on doing something using Photoshop and then have to do it on Paint.NET which doesnt have all the features

Then they got some new computers to run 7 in our graphics room which they have gone over the top with. They have Quad-Core Processors, 8GB RAM and Windows 7 64-bit on them which took about 1 month for them to setup and we got to use them once to install Virtual XP
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23 Nov 2009   #54
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

When I started this new job about 3 months ago, my PC ran XPSP3. It was also riddled with viruses. I wiped the drive and now dual boot 7 and XP but haven't touched XP since
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23 Nov 2009   #55
Irunongames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I know a guy who works for the TSA. They use Windows 98 for their scanners. Windows 98 protects america so get used to XP :P
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24 Nov 2009   #56
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

We're running 2000 on out servers. I am forced to work on them (and I'm not even qualified) and working with 2000 is.....not as bad as 98 I guess.
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25 Nov 2009   #57
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

At school (Iowa State University) we are still (technically) running XP. Some of the Aero E computers have Vista and remote desktop is Windows 7, for some reason. They just recently did some surveys trying to figure out what students want for an OS...stick with XP, go to Vista or go to 7. Needless to say I recommended 7
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26 Nov 2009   #58
jay817

vista 32bit
 
 

our college uses XP but does have IE8 some of the lower machies have 1GB of ram in so that it does not take 5 mins to login the newer pcs are intel D with 2GB ram this is the computer science department and i think the rest have older setups. the retired machies get reused for taking apart and networking and installs but now we use virtualbox. the server software we learn to use is 2000 advance server. Do not know what the college servers run
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27 Nov 2009   #59
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I really wish they'd upgrade the lab computers at my college. The spectroscopy software that they run on it is so demanding that at higher resolutions it can take upwards of a minute for each scan to load right now, and considering we're time crunched in all our lab experiments it'd be nice to be able to finish them quickly.
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27 Nov 2009   #60
ZeshanA

 

Guess since this is a "Work" Thread, I'm not allowed to post in it. Don't care, I'm posting anyway

At school we have some pretty decent computers. 2GB RAM, Intel Dual-Core CPU's, pretty alright graphics cards. Yet all of that doesn't matter as XP it is. Mind, it does have Opera, IE7 and Safari 4 installed. But it's still XP. With the CLASSIC THEME. Running with so many restrictions, in so many sandboxes that if click and hold on the desktop then move the mouse we get the no entry sign (the circle with a line through it). Just the other day, I saw a bar above the desktop (surprisingly it looked a lot like a vista taskbar but fatter) that had my user name and three icons on it: Keyboard Monitoring Status, IM Status and Network status.

I hate this!

ZeshanA
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