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Windows 7: XP, Just for fun.

3 Weeks Ago   #1
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 
XP, Just for fun.

Yes, Windows 7 is my main OS and will be for well into the future. But I get bored easily, and I'm always looking for something to break the boredom.
So last night, I found an old ISO of Windows XP, SP3 and decided to try it.

I hooked up a spare HD to my PC, put the disk with the ISO in my CD drive and booted up to the ISO disk.

I fully expected the install to error out, but it just kept going. And it finally completed, with good video but no sound and no LAN. That was more or less expected. So I put in the driver disk that came with my Gigabyte mother board.

After all the mobo drivers were installed, Win-XP was running just fine, with sound and Internet. Probably better/faster than it had ever run before.

I installed Mozilla Firefox, and then set up Outlook Express to handle my email. Then I ripped off an email to an old friend, half a world away.

The entire experiment could hot have gone off any more satisfactory. No, I'm not advocating for anyone to install and run Windows XP.

OH, before I did the install to a spare 2.5" drive, I set the drive up with Partition Manager and formatted it as a FAT-32 drive. I remembered that XP actually likes to run on a FAT-32 drive, even though some self proclaimed 'Experts' will tell you "that can't be done". I've always just loved doing what others say "Can't be done."

I'm back on my Windows 7 drive now, and this will remain my OS of choice, well into the future.

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
GoldenDog

Windows 7 Home 32 bit
 
 

I have 2 XP install disks that I have used to install XP for fun so "welcome to da haus"!
It works great on doing refurbs of retro computers so I know what you mean ( I will still use windows 7 forever)

Although I just thought of something:
We all say "I'm using Windows 7 forever", "never switching to Windows 10" and "Windows 8? Never!" But is that what you veterans said about XP when Vista came out? "I will use XP forever?" But now all ya'll are saying that you'll never switch to Windows 10, but when the next stable version of windows comes out will you be bunny hopping to that?
Just a thought.
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
dg1261

Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GoldenDog View Post
Although I just thought of something:
We all say "I'm using Windows 7 forever", "never switching to Windows 10" and "Windows 8? Never!" But is that what you veterans said about XP when Vista came out? "I will use XP forever?"
No. I don't know anyone who said that. I, and everyone I know, said we would wait for the successor to Vista, based on Microsoft's history of alternating good-bad-good-bad OSes. I recommended to all my clients to stay away from Vista, but when 7 came out it was clearly superior, even with bugs still to be ironed out.

There were clear limitations to XP even before it reached its EOS date, so there was never a "XP-forever" mindset. There are things, such as GPT support, that XP was just never going to be able to do. In contrast, there are no clear limitations to 7, even after reaching EOS.

I also don't know who those "self proclaimed experts" are that said XP couldn't be installed on FAT32. In the early days of XP it was extremely common to install XP on FAT32 if you wanted to continue using tried and true disk utilities that were not NTFS-aware. There was no real reason to abandon FAT32 until disk sizes increased to the point FAT32 cluster sizes were becoming inefficient, so plenty of XP installations on sub-30GB disks were FAT32.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"...I will use XP forever..." What that normally means for many of us is that once the majority of software and utilities that we enjoy using moves from loosening and dropping support of our beloved Windows OS over to acquiring and maintaining support for the current new Windows OS -- finally, we move on (from old to new OS) also.
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just note that when you use FAT 32 you limit files sizes to I think 4 GB. Files can't be any bigger than that in a FAT 32 formatted disk. When I ran XP they were all NTFS.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I skipped past Vista, never used 8 and stuck with 7. Will be using 7 for a while until the new Flight Simulator comes out and I see what the reviews are. Then I have plans on how I'll deploy Win 10 by stripping crap from its ISO, running Pfsense and a plunder bug among other things to make sure telemetry doesn't sneak out of MY computer. I already block Nvidia telemetry among other things.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

As noted in my sig I have a separate PC with an XP install on it, mainly to run older games that 7 has issues with or simpler games that can get by on a lower-end GPU(low low-end? The Intel chip in it has graphical glitches in Morrowind despite being a 2007 chip). It also comes in very useful if the main PC is down for repair/upgrade and won't start for some reason, or if this PC fails. I can still use a web browser and while nowhere near as functional as 7 it's still useful. Updates officially ended years ago and some people are still sticking with it because they don't need a better PC. I expect we'll see similar with W7 long-term users who don't care to upgrade because what they have works fine.

I may do a W10 install if I ever put a second HDD in to see if I like it but I intend to keep 7 should anything not work- and I'm wary of 10 being totally compatible with my 10-year old hardware despite some upgrades put into it.
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
GoldenDog

Windows 7 Home 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
I skipped past Vista, never used 8 and stuck with 7. Will be using 7 for a while until the new Flight Simulator comes out and I see what the reviews are. Then I have plans on how I'll deploy Win 10 by stripping crap from its ISO, running Pfsense and a plunder bug among other things to make sure telemetry doesn't sneak out of MY computer. I already block Nvidia telemetry among other things.
I do run windows 10 on 1 pc but the other 9 are: Windows 7/Linux, Windows 8 (don't ever use this one) 2 Macs (don't usually use these), 4 windows 7s and 1 windows XP for non windows 7 programs
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
GoldenDog

Windows 7 Home 32 bit
 
 

Anyone here have the windows 95 app?
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

I've been a computer tech since I built my first PC with DOS 2.0 on it. That was a long time ago!

Since then every time a new OS came out, I had to try it at least enough to get familiar with how to set it up and Tweak it out, for my customers.
I even had some tweaks for Windows ME, that made it a pretty good OS.
I didn't miss Vista, but it was one that was easy to hate.
Win-8.0 was a hit and a miss, and I worked as a Moderator on a Windows 8.0 forum. It was a good day indeed when MS came out with Windows 8.1. I still think they should have called it Windows 9. Most people just could not believe that a " .1" could make that much difference between a really nasty OS and a really good one. Even today, Windows 8.1 is one of my favorite OS's. It's very compatible with older PC's, and it has a really GREAT driver pack.


The most problems I've had with setting up any new OS for my customers, is Windows 10. Right out of the box, so to speak, it's a nightmare and my customers Hate it. But once I get the Classic Shell installed, and I get it all tweaked and tuned, it becomes a lot more acceptable. When I'm done with the setup, it's actually pretty fast, and stable. Boot up in 10 to 15 seconds, and total shutdown in about five seconds is typical.


Today, I repeated the Windows XP install, but this time I used a 5.25", 500GB Hitachi spinner, and went with NTFS formatting. So far, the install has been flawless, and I was even able to shoot off an email with my old friend, "Outlook Express".


I also like OLD Cars, but that's a hobby that I just can't afford.


I've really enjoyed hearing from y'all. Thanks!


TechnoMage
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