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Windows 7: Who is running and will continue to run XP / W2003 server

02 Sep 2010   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Who is running and will continue to run XP / W2003 server

Hi all
Just a little tiddly teaser to see as much as we like W7 on this Forum who is still going to continue to run XP or Windows 2003 server on at least ONE machine - Real or Virtual and roughly for how much longer.

I am running full time a Windows 2003 server and a Windows XP pro box both as Virtual Machines and will probably run them for at least the next TWO years.

I have some old but VERY useful hardware such as a Plotter and an Archtects blueprint producing printer for which the manufacturers no longer exist but it works perfectly on the XP / 2003 server Virtual Machines.

Similarly I have an old Firewire Agfa negative (35 MM ) film scanner -- have got 1000's of old negs I want to digitise, and several Minidisc recorders who need XP to transfer music to MD. I LIKE these MD recorders and I'm not going to bin them yet.

So for me XP / W2003 server is staying AROUND. I might consolodate the XP system so I only keep W2003 server but that box is also running a Web MySQL application and a proxy VPN so I can logon to it wherever I am overseas so can get "localised" restricted content.

So although a VERY happy W7 user XP for me (and the 2003 server which is essentially the server version of XP pro) is staying around for a while even if only on a virtual machine.

Interested to hear what others keeping XP for a while are running on these machines.


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02 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?

I have XP on my older machine ( duel boot with Vista ) and will keep it until the computer dies as some older games I have only install/work on XP. I also have windows 7 Ultimate on my newer computer and am running XP mode, my original plan was to use XP mode and scrap XP on the old computer but again XP mode is not as compatible for older games/programs as having XP as a host OS due to hardware limitations ( ie: video card )
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02 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

I guess I'll have XP as a VM forever. Just that I like to work on the old OS' once awhile.
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02 Sep 2010   #4

openSUSE 13.1 64bit

I have my old PC dual booting with XP/Suse.
Need XP for some of the work software I have that doesn't run in a W7 64bit environment, so until that's fixed, XP is still going!
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02 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro

I have XP on an older machine and until that PC dies, it will stay there.

I also have XP as a duel boot on this machine. There are a few things I use that Win 7 just will not run (don't care for virtual machine). I will say that I boot into XP far less than I did when I first got Win 7. This is because I have found software that I can use to substitute for those that would not run on Win 7.

Win 7 seems to get better all the time.
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02 Sep 2010   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I will still be using XP mode for quite a while. I have one program that just won't install in Win 7 x64 and I need it for work. Other than that, Win 7 does everything I need.
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02 Sep 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I have two P4 boxes here still running XP-SP3 and they will stay that way because I am lazy.

It takes time to prepare and install a new OS, so until someone comes up to me and says "I've had it with XP and I can't take it anymore!", I will not be volunteering for that job.
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02 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

I have XP running on a couple of PCs with old hardware in them. I don't think I'll ever upgrade them to 7. It'll be XP until I retire them or give them away. I have 7 on my new PC that I use 90% of the time. Any new PCs with decent hardware that I acquire will be windows 7 though.
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02 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 ultimate
XP lives on

in my machine as a dual-boot with Win7 (64-bit)/XP (32-bit) because there are some programs that simply won't install on 64-bit Win7 that I use for graphics work mainly. I use XP only for those occasions I need to open those programs now though, as many of my everyday computer use is in Win7. I also find ftp work (uploads) to go quicker in XP but unsure why. I'd say I use XP maybe 10 percent of my computer time now.
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02 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I have an XP box at home that i use with the scanner that i have which doesn't have a 64-bit driver. I'll keep XP around until I replace that scanner.

As far as Server 2003....pretty much all of my servers (if they run Windows) are on 2003. And I have no plans to upgrade any of these at any point yet in the future. So, as long as security patches and critical updates are available....there is no real incentive to switch. These servers simply run the apps that we need to run and they are why spend money and time getting the underlying OS to something else to just redeploy the same app to serve customers.
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