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Windows 7: XP, Just for fun.

2 Weeks Ago   #11
William2020

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

You can't call yourself a computer techie unless your very first PC was an IBM 8086!! This was me, I got a hand-me-down 8086 years ago as my first PC...

Guys remember a few quirks about XP:

1. If the installer crashes, gotta go into the BIOS and set HDD as IDE mode (instead of AHCI).

2. Can't install XP on 2.5" HDD > 500GB in size. Most of these are so called "Advanced Format" drives. XP can't handle them. U have to first install Vista/7/8.1 on them to align the partition(s) then u can put XP on it.

3. Just as with Win7, if u sysprep a WinXP installation, u can transfer it to another machine with completely different hardware. Sysprep will remove all the hardware-specific info on the WinXP image... This means that u can get XP on a laptop with no DVD drive by installing it on another machine that does then sysprep it.


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2 Weeks Ago   #12
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by William2020 View Post
You can't call yourself a computer techie unless your very first PC was an IBM 8086!! This was me, I got a hand-me-down 8086 years ago as my first PC...
Guys remember a few quirks about XP:
1. If the installer crashes, gotta go into the BIOS and set HDD as IDE mode (instead of AHCI).
2. Can't install XP on 2.5" HDD > 500GB in size. Most of these are so called "Advanced Format" drives. XP can't handle them. U have to first install Vista/7/8.1 on them to align the partition(s) then u can put XP on it.
3. Just as with Win7, if u sysprep a WinXP installation, u can transfer it to another machine with completely different hardware. Sysprep will remove all the hardware-specific info on the WinXP image... This means that u can get XP on a laptop with no DVD drive by installing it on another machine that does then sysprep it.
Oh, XP has quirks alright, but one two and three needs four, five, six, etc. etc. etc.
IBM 8088? I built mine, from scratch, then I modified the Bios for faster boot-up. I was tweaking and modifying mine from day one. Many of my friends wanted me to build one for them. That's when I got into the PC building business.
I started off with a Seagate 20MB half height HD, but quickly moved up to a Seagate ST4038 full height, 30MB HD. I didn't see how anyone could fill up a 30MB HD. roflmao
That Seagate ST4038 was selling in the Computer Shopper magazine, for $700.
Anyone remember the Computer Shopper?

Coming back down to current events:

I wasn't real happy with my first XP install, to a little 2.5" 80GB drive. It just seemed really slow. So I did another install to a 3.5" 500GB spinner. (an old Deskstar/Hitachi* HD) Now with all the necessary software installed, it's running just great. My first real "job" was to send an email to an old friend, an IT expert, a country away, using Outlook Express, my old friend.

*Back in its day, the 'Deskstar' hard drive was not very reliable, and got the nic-name, among technicians, as "Death Star". I think it's fitting, that XP is now running on a "Death Star".

So I'm convinced, that if a person could only afford an OLD PC, with Win-XP on it, there's no reason why they would really need anything else. I had forgotten some of the old Performance Tweaks that I used to install on XP. But as I got into it, everything came back to me. I still have all my XP Stuff on my Utilities CD/FD. I just don't see that stuff very often these days.

It's sometimes fun, to just take a little walk down memory lane. I sure do enjoy it.

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage
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2 Weeks Ago   #13
GoldenDog

Windows 7 Home 32 bit
 
 

Ha ha ha windows 8 has the worst GUI/start menu of the windows OS's but you're right that Vista was one of the worst.
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2 Weeks Ago   #14
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Where did ME fit in? Before or after XP? I also skipped ME, Vista, 8 and 8.1.

They didn't use 9 because they were afraid it would become confused with 98.
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2 Weeks Ago   #15
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
Where did ME fit in? Before or after XP?
ME was the last of the DOS based Windows family which started in 1985: 1, 2, 3.x, 95, 98, ME. Windows ME went RTM in 2000.

XP came from the NT family of Windows, starting with NT 3.1 in 1993. It was released in 2001 and was the first NT version of Windows to be aimed at the consumer market, previously NT was marketed for business users only, or as servers.
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2 Weeks Ago   #16
William2020

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
So I'm convinced, that if a person could only afford an OLD PC, with Win-XP on it, there's no reason why they would really need anything else. I had forgotten some of the old Performance Tweaks that I used to install on XP. But as I got into it, everything came back to me. I still have all my XP Stuff on my Utilities CD/FD. I just don't see that stuff very often these days.

It's sometimes fun, to just take a little walk down memory lane. I sure do enjoy it.

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage
Lol lol lol. I'm still using XP as my main OS on my main laptop which is a C2D with 2GB RAM from 2007. Yes, long time XPers still exist! There's not much I can do on Win7/8.1 that I can't do on XP. I dare challenge anyone to name one exclusive feature on 7/8.1 that isn't available on XP (beside the ability to native boot from a VHD).

(BTW, it's really funny seeing ppl get laptops with 16GB RAM nowadays and complaining they still don't have enough RAM. I mean wut r these ppl smoking? My C2D laptop from above with 2GB rocks with Win7+Edge. Very zippy almost as fast as XP. The secret is, the 32 bit edition of Win7 is a lot faster than 64 bit on older machines)
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2 Weeks Ago   #17
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by William2020 View Post
I dare challenge anyone to name one exclusive feature on 7/8.1 that isn't available on XP (beside the ability to native boot from a VHD).
Natively mount an *.iso file by double-clicking on it in Explorer (available from W8 on...)

IPv6 (Vista and above).

SMB 2.0 (Vista), 2.1 (W7), 3.0 (W8) and higher (W8.1 on...) so that the insecure SMB 1.0 can be disabled.
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2 Weeks Ago   #18
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

XP's version of MS Paint is vastly inferior to the version 7 got.
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2 Weeks Ago   #19
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

MS Paint? Oh my gawd! I've not used that in decades, since my personal Computer Guru turned me on to "Photo Filtre". (yes I spelled it correctly...it's French)

It's my "Photo Shop", on steroids, and it's FREE. And it works equally well on XP or Win-10, and every OS in between. It's one of my "Must Haves" on every Windows install that I do.

Right now, I'm on Windows 7/Pro/x86. (for testing purposes only) I'm still in Install/Testing and tuning, and evaluation mode. Like XP, I found it lurking on the Internet and just had to try it.

It came with a much improved Driver Package, with drivers for my LAN and Audio, which earlier versions of W-7 did not have. I have to go to my Driver Disk that came with my motherboard for those drivers. It even installed decent drivers for my NVIDIA 210 video card. So all in all, I'm pretty happy with it.

Somewhere out there in web land, there are dedicated W-7 enthusiasts who continue to Make upgrades for our old favorite Windows 7, both 64 and x86. I guess they figure that All's Fair, since MS is abandoning W-7.

But that's a subject best kept for a different forum. Eh?

Here's wishing y'all a very good Valentine's Day,
TechnoMage
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2 Weeks Ago   #20
Lance1

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GoldenDog View Post
Anyone here have the windows 95 app?
Here's two links you can fallow.

Windows 95 App 2.2.1

Windows 95 v2.0
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