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Windows 7: What is it about XP that people just canít live without

29 Jul 2009   #41
Iisee

Win XP Pro
 
 

I'm not sure what world some of you people are living in but I fix computers for a wide range of customers some of which are mid-size companies and most of them are still running 8 to 12 year old hardware and OS's range from 98 to XP. out of the 400 to 900 systems I work on each year for the past 3 years only 5% are even vista capable. 10% windows 98/ME 30% are still using windows 2000, 40% is XP, 15% is either Linux or UNIX, 2% vista, 3% mac. Some are ready to upgrade in the next year or so and are keeping an close eye on windows 7.


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29 Jul 2009   #42
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iisee View Post
Some are ready to upgrade in the next year or so and are keeping an close eye on windows 7
Are they excited about being able to get a free copy of XP and run it in a virtual mode ???
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29 Jul 2009   #43
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iisee View Post
I'm not sure what world some of you people are living in... Some are ready to upgrade in the next year or so and are keeping an close eye on windows 7.
I am missing your point. Nonetheless, I would imagine that 50% of those customers have been looking to upgrade in the next year or so for several years. I understand. I have some intransigents as well. If it works...

On the other hand, many of the regulars here work with much larger institutions where budgets have kept pace with more robust operational demands. 900 desktops is a single customer location for some of us.

Same world, different scale.
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29 Jul 2009   #44
KrullKitty

 
 

Actually, I will miss the letter 'X' in the name
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29 Jul 2009   #45
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KrullKitty View Post
Actually, I will miss the letter 'X' in the name
7x64. I'm a problem solver. It's what I do.
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29 Jul 2009   #46
KrullKitty

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
7x64. I'm a problem solver. It's what I do.


You would get along so well with MathBear in Second Life he's a
math prof at a University in lower N.Y. State LOL
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29 Jul 2009   #47
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
7x64. I'm a problem solver. It's what I do.
I lol'd. Hard.

7x64 FTW!
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29 Jul 2009   #48
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Duh?

I just moved to Win 7 from XP. I moved only because I knew I had to move on after all this time. I have copies of Vista setting on the shelf. It was a total loss to me. What did I like about XP. Well...... It didn't reboot unexpectedly. I didn't get windows asking me if it was allright to proceed. The vast majority of available software worked on it. I didn't have to do a circle jerk to access my files. Other than that there wasn't much to like.

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29 Jul 2009   #49
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Why go to Win7

Worked in Private enterprise and Government for many years and the main mantra is "Doing more with less....Tax payers don't want to pay for it and it is working fine". XP works on Dell gx260's or equivalent machines which most government organizations will not replace until they cease to work or will not support a mission critical app. Lately the move has been to Citrix thin client system's which definitely doesn't require the latest and greatest of Microsoft OS's. Quite a few scripting tools require upgrades to run on newer OS's and this also costs money which again doesn't put one additional dollar in anyone's pocket. If this were true then everyone would have a new car and new home every year.

The main answer I get out of business is "It just works" which is all most companies require. All the gui's and bells/whistles in the world will not make a CIO upgrade a single machine until forced by necessity. As for bit-locker, its good for what you get but if your security is subject to audits and penalties then plain bit-locker is not going to make you sleep better at night. While I like both Vista and Win7 I can't see enough reason to spend valuable business capital to upgrade just so I can say I did. By now even the XP boxes have already been encrypted and secured and I don't have to replace machines that are "Just good enough" for XP but not for Vista/7 especially business laptops which lack the graphics to take advantage of the GUI anyway and are far to expensive to replace on a whim. One additional problem I've seen is the lack of technical knowledge rolling out Vista/7 which causes business to hold back even longer.
Once Win7 has been in place a couple of years I believe you will see a move towards Win7 due to the skill sets then available to support large numbers of users. I blame Vista and 3rd party drive vendors for creating the wall that prevented the adoption of Vista that should have occured and the lack of technical expertise going forward due to the non addioption of Vista. The learning curve was steep for a product that people didin't want and now the teachers will have to make the leap from XP to Win7 which will take time and commitment which is usually in short supply.

Just how I see it having come from the IT field.
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30 Jul 2009   #50
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

mikinho,

Thank for some excellent insights. A well thought out post.
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