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Poll: Are you looking forward to the day Windows 7 overtakes XP?

The TechRepublic Windows Blog member poll: Are you looking forward to the day the number of Windows 7 systems overtakes the number of XP systems?

I have been using Microsoft Windows 7 in some form or fashion since it was in early beta. And, from the very beginning, I have been impressed by nearly all aspects of the operating system. Windows 7 is a lean, clean, and mature operating system that performs well without being overly annoying.

Now, as Ed Bott explains in a recent ZDNet Blog post, "It's Official: Windows 7 Is a Hit, and XP Is Finally in Decline, Windows 7 is selling faster than either Windows XP or Windows Vista were selling at this point in their respective product cycles. In the blog post, Ed notes:

Last spring, a Microsoft executive told me that the company had sold 100 million Windows 7 licenses. As part of its quarterly earnings call in July, Microsoft announced that that number had risen to 175 million, and the company has projected that a total of 350 million Windows 7 licenses will have been sold by the end of this year. That's a run rate of roughly 30 million copies per month worldwide, and it represents a lot of Windows 7-powered PCs.

He goes on:

Today, roughly 70-75% of corporate desktops are still running Windows XP. If enterprise adoption rates for Windows 7 continue at the seemingly slow pace of 1.5% per month, Windows 7 will probably overtake XP in corporate installations by the end of 2011. If that rate picks up even slightly, as it appears to be doing, then there's a good chance that XP will hold a single-digit share of corporate desktops when it's officially retired in 2014.

So there you have it. I encourage you to read Ed Bott's entire ZDNet blog post for all the details. The conclusion is clear: Windows 7 is the future operating system for corporate workstations. As a reader of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog and as an information technology professional, is that good news, bad news, or perhaps indifferent news? Are you looking forward to managing a Windows 7-rich environment or dreading it?

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202 comments
Rob C
Rob C

My W7 Start Menu, is as Classic as you can get. In fact it is now better than my XP Classic Start Menu - - Single Menu rises up, when I click the Start Button. - Large Bold type (you can choose any font, and size) - Sub Menus appear, when you hover - IT IS FREE - IT DOES NOT REQUIRE INSTALLATION Here is the link - http://usuarios.multimania.es/coreaffinity/classicwinstartmenu.htm GRAB IT QUICKLY, as the programmer tells me he is about to release a version that integrates into the W7 Shell I don't know about you, but I want nothing integrating into nothing, and I will travel 10 blocks to get a PORTABLE program (no Install) It is a pity that we cannot upload images, as the purists that love a simple (nothing flashy) Classic Start Menu, would kill close relatives for mine. For those that like the aero/transparency/whatever, I believe it can do that as well. The author has built in the ability to cut and paste the entries, so that you can move them around. Not sure if it can handle the major re-organizing that us really organized people, insist upon. Perhaps that is why the next release is going to get integrated into the Shell. But for those that worship KISS, grab this NO INSTALL version. The best way to organize your Start Menu structure is to use Windows Explorer to Create and Delete Folders, and to move the links around. Good luck with that, as MS has chosen to block nearly all attempts to get to OUR flippin Start Menu folders. There are at least three ways to get to the folders, and I have used them all. I reckon the best way (and the way we are used to) is to drill down into Documents and Settings. Windows Explorer will say 'Access is denied'. (You should have heard what I said.) If you start Windows Explorer with the 'Run as Administrator' you still get told to 'P Off'. Ideally you should find a better File Manager (than Windows Explorer), which should not be too hard. And with a bit of luck, starting that program with the right click 'Run as Administrator', will allow you into your Documents and Settings folders. XYPlorer can. It is not free, but it is terrific. I believe there is a 30 day trial, which would thus allow you to get your Start Menu, truly organized. If you are adventurous, you could use this trick - Right click the Accessories 'folder' in your Start Menu, and choose Explore all users. That gets you into the Start Menu. HOWEVER you are in one of the BS alternate views of things that MS is trying to foist upon us. You are in the ProgramData folder of your hard drive. You can do your organizing from there, but I reckon the Documents and Settings method is better. When you use the Documents and Settings method you can get everything into the 'All Users' folder, instead of them being scattered amongst family members (and I never had a family). If you use that ProgramData approach, create a Restore point first, and make an image of your Partition (which is a very good habit to have).

carlsf
carlsf

Should I go through all these steps and waste the time/money. Microsoft has made it abundatly clear that they dont want us users/clients to use Win7 or Office 2007/10 in a way that is natural and productive, as we want. I will continue to evaluate Linux and OO and use Xp/Vista and Office 2003 PRO, AND NOT waste time on a expensive Non Productive MS products.

OCJim
OCJim

Well, there is going to be progress, and all in these discussions have their valid points and opinions. I too am for less OS frills and more Linux simplcity, and leave the frills to the applications. But MS want to sell to everyone, and the training wheels outnumber us, fortunately! So, there will always be change, and the vendor will try to change to sell to more people for greater income, which means they need to please these people with the changes they want. I looks like more people with training wheels asked for change than the the high tech few. MS could have just kept on updating XP with SP4 (Vista?) and later SP7 (Win 7), which actually would have been fine with me... They could just charge for the SPs I guess... What are we to do? We like some features, not others, and MS simply caters to what the majority want. Such is life, as usual, we adapt.

ians318
ians318

Moving from windows 3.11 to 95 was traumatic for lots of people too, but no-one wants to go back there. Its time to let XP go and get on with future. The Vista debacle has meant we have the biggest spread of software versions out there in the short history of personal computing. How much time and productivity is lost backward converting word docs or creating custom web script for IE6 all because XP has lead to comfortable stagnation for so many people in IT departments. Ian S

Rob C
Rob C

I was auditing an abattoir some years back. There was a slaughter room where the sheep had to climb a long narrow ramp, and as they entered the windmill'ish room at the top, they got their throat cut. They had no incentive to climb that ramp. So they got a white goat, and trained it to climb the ramp, and all the sheep followed blindly. MS is the goat, and the sheep blindly follow. Put your hand up if you feel related to the sheep. XP was working just fine. .XLS and .DOC were working fine (and had no RIBBON). MS decided to introduce .XLSX and .DOCX, and by that little marketing ploy, they have even managed to force owners of old office (2003), to have to upgrade, so they can read the flippin DOCX's that are being sent to them. (And did I mention the RIBBON.) The Help Screen was working fine. The Classic Start Menu was working fine. The menus (and small Toolbar) were working fine The sheep that blindly get fleeced by MS, should just keep quiet, instead of broadcasting their foolishness. Rob PS The reason they told the me about that goat, was because they were lamenting the fact that they hired a new slaughter man, who spoke little English. On his first day, the goat's throat was cut. I wish the President could do the same to MS.

ITTR
ITTR

So your XP systme worked fine. Awesome. But, apparently in this world there are photographers and there are also people called gamers. (Plenty of others too but unecessary for this comment) Have you tried to edit a 1.2gb .psd photo file in photoshop on your 32 bit XP system? Mmmmmm what about tried to play a game that requires more than 2 Gb of RAM to play? Oh yes of course you did and you did it on your XP 64bit system didn't you. oh hang on support for that was shite. Mmmm so what do we do now? Guess you'll have to get off your soap box, swallow your pride and buy W7 x64! I am a tech (only been one for 9 years and never really used 98 or earlier..thank fully). I reckon windows 7 is absolutely great (apart from IP changing and loss of email client). I can't believe there are so man complaints about this. It is reall poor form. Windows 7 is awesome. If you dont like it learn too... or move to Macs.....Mmmm my iphone doesn't have recpetion Mr Sir Jobs, ha bugger that hold it a different way!.... And you guys reckon MS is bad! You people are a joke.

ITTR
ITTR

It is coherent apart from a few type-o's you pillock. A lot of it was sarcasm to, but i guess being a typical know all American, the rest of us are wrong. Please do change to Linux, then you can stop posting about Windows.Have a great day whinger.

Rodo1
Rodo1

...and learn to write coherently! I said Windows was devolving into a system for computer illiterates. Well, it looks like that applies to actual illiterates too. I'll be changing to Linux when the time comes, thank you.

Rodo1
Rodo1

I used to think TR members were technically astute, but this Windows 7 debacle has proven me wrong. I don't know if it is a matter of "I got suckered by Microsoft so I want everyone else to" or what. I've been using DOS and Windows for 23 years. I've been using XP for 8 eight years. In that time there have been 3 service packs (4 if you count 1a)and about 350 monthly updates. It is as up to date and "modern" as it can be, save for the asinine graphics and the idiotic snap "feature" these morons seem to covet. I don't know if I should tell them that you can do the same thing in XP by right clicking the taskbar and then clicking "tile horizontal" or "tile vertical." The purpose of an operating system is to provide facilities for running applications and managing the file system, not eating up all your resources with "Fisher-Price" graphics and simple-minded "features." Windows is devolving into a "training wheels" system for computer illiterates. SHEEP indeed!

Lairdk
Lairdk

True XP has had quite a long run. Its been kinda nice working on business productivity for the past several years, seeing real progress and technical integration into work processes... people working on their jobs, not figuring out some new fangled OS...and dealing with all the crap that comes with maturing an OS in the wild... Darn, I guess its time to forget all the good ole days and get down to trying to get a Blackberry to talk to Outlook 2010...

jfreedle2
jfreedle2

I have done away with Windows xp as my primary operating system since Windows Vista was released. I cannot wait for the rest of the world to come to grips that Windows xp is going away.

Rob C
Rob C

Vista is the end of THAT evolutionary tree. Unless MS admits it was a rough Beta for Win7. If it is the latter, then they should give you a free upgrade to Win7 Or a free downgrade to Windows ME (if you don't get to grips with it).

Rob C
Rob C

I hate the Windows 7 Start Menu, which does not have a Classic mode. I have finally bit the bullet, and 'installed' - Classic Windows Start Menu http://usuarios.multimania.es/coreaffinity/classicwinstartmenu.htm It does not 'Install' like you would expect. It just quietly replaced the Start Menu, with it's own. Don't panic, as one of the menu items is a Toggle to the original (pretty cool). It is very configurable, and 'IT IS A KEEPER' PS THERE ARE A COUPLE OF SIMILAR ONES, THAT EITHER COST MONEY, OR DO MANY INTRUSIVE THINGS. THIS ONE IS FREE, AND NON INTRUSIVE, AND ONLY DOES ONE THING (VERY WELL)

Rob C
Rob C

I am the last one to condone or encourage Government intervention. However where the country's economic interests are at stake, there may be a case for 'controlling' MS's marketing ploys. Since the majority of businesses rely on Windows (particularly XP), then MS should not be allowed to disrupt existing users, and certainly not force them to upgrade. If the public wish to keep using XP, then the government should ensure that MS supplies it. Also MS must not be allowed to dictate to PC suppliers, that they must ONLY use MS's latest offering. If large companies have a plethora of PCs, all running XP, then they should be allowed to buy new PCs with the same OS. PS If I am still President, after all of the above, I would also force MS to provide a robust version. 'Robust' means it has NO CRAP built into the OS and Start Up. No IE integrated like a virus into the OS. No PreFetch crap. Etc. Just a bare bones start up, which is simple and as rugged as hell. PPS In my next term of office (if re-elected) I might have a look at the way they are pushing Office on to us. EG I might make them aggressively distribute free converters, so that users of Office 2003, do not have to buy the later versions, just to be able to read files sent by other companies with an X on the end.

Lairdk
Lairdk

Hey let's throw all the senior staff at MS into a cage-match no-holds-barred WWF round with all the disgruntled out there... before we eliminate that sport from the gene pool that is... Rob I think you're going to get your wish, not by God but by Darwin... In two years we will be looking at a very different jungle where MS will be sliding ever more into extinction. Perhaps they will adapt and become less complacent, less greedy, less manipulating... If this last year is an example, the hands are off the wheel at MS and the corner is coming up fast... I hope the MS programmers in Bangalore have a good layoff package...

Rodo1
Rodo1

I have no desire to switch from XP and if and when I do it will be to Ubuntu, but I think MS should be forced, if necessary, to maintain XP as long as a significant number of people are using it. I have no use for Windows 7; it is a piece of crap primarily developed to pander to the computer illiterate. I can get along quite well without snap features or transparent window borders. I'll vote for you in 2012! (and I'll still be using XP!)

yagar
yagar

If you go to MS site you can find a comparability pack that converts ...x documents to be able to be read in earlier versions of office. They actually even work!!!. I have had some customers report to me that a document produced in 2007, saved to a 2003 versions sometime corrupts the normal.dot file. I have yet to confirm this as the actual problem, as it does not happen all the time.

jhinkle
jhinkle

The Office Compatibility pack does work really well. The only problem you'll find with it is that anything pre Office 07 can not read anything more than 64,000 lines in a spreadsheet.

Old Timer 8080
Old Timer 8080

Nope, I have no plans that include 7. I'll be moving to FOSS.... Ed Bott is a shill for M$. That should be obvious....

darpoke
darpoke

Let me be clear - what you do with your own computer is your business. If your decade-old box works for you and still runs, by all means stand by it. There's certainly no need to shell out pointless money replacing it for the sake of something new. But. Have you all forgotten what you're doing here in the first place? Why is this place such a haven for enemies of progress? I suppose you'd all prefer it if we were still using glass valve-based computers like in the 50s. It did the job, right? Good enough is good enough? I agree that superficial changes can be annoying, but improvements such as window snapping and peeking are designed to save the user time moving and resizing windows, and trying to remember which of half a dozen Explorer windows they want to restore. And - dare I say it! - the Ribbon isn't the worst thing to happen either. For one thing, it's hardly new (the abundance of prior art has held up the exploitative patent MS have been seeking to file). And for another, it can be hidden. It's just a way of sticking all of the controls out there for users to access. For those point-and-clickers it's the fastest way to create professional-looking documents. Anyone who really wants to work fast ought to learn keyboard shortcuts, but many can't be bothered and the ribbon is for them. I also agree that W7 has many shortcomings - such as lack of USB3 support - but instead of vilifying MS we should be encouraging them to produce more of the same. It's certainly a step in the right direction. And UAC was a step in the right direction for an OS that has never really supported true multiuser security. Running everything with excessive privileges has drastically reduced the security of previous Windows incarnations and learning a little from the Unix/Linux-based Least User Access is a welcome sign. It's startling how few people seem to understand this concept. it's also sad the W7 appears a little less secure than Vista in this respect, having tamed the UAC to avoid annoying users. It's Microsoft's fault for having engendered a generation of ignorant users in the first place though. To expect all OSes for the rest of time to do things the way you've done them for the past decade and to run the software you still own is to limit the pace of technological evolution to suit your needs. Who here is actually that arrogant? New software is necessary to keep up with the pace of new hardware constantly being produced, and new interfaces such as multitouch. These are assets to the community and should be celebrated, not derided. I'd expect that reaction from Luddites, and I subscribe to this blog to avoid those people. Honestly. [Edit: grammar]

Another Canadian
Another Canadian

You should see the number of Cippleware (Corporate security to support our old XP at work to make it secure) The old one still miss Word Perfect, maybe it was good but it is gone now from our place of work some still miss 98, only thing I will agree is give me back the option of classic menu in MS Office and that is about it about Win 7 for my grief and that is not even the fault of Win 7 but MS. Have a great day Michel

yagar
yagar

The off part, no computers of today are not the same as computers of the 50's, that's way off. I put my hands on a computer or the first time in 1969. Compared to today's computers it was a glorified adding machine You obviously think Window Snapping and Peeking are a good thing, something you like, some don't This can be said about a lot of the "Features" of Win 7 or the newer versions of office. Why is there no way to change it back to XP or 2003 office for those that don't. I can only comment on my usage of computers and I, many times, make things happen with out looking at the screen, I just know where everything is. Look at it this way, What if the UK were to change the side of the road you drive on and switched the side of the car the steering wheel is on. How many car wrecks would there be. There may be some in the UK that like the change, but a lot wouldn't In recent history MS has produced two operating systems that were complete flops, Windows ME and VISTA. Pretty bad record considering the number of OS's they have announced. XP has been their greatest success. MS never offered a rebate for all the customers they "Forced" to use ME or VISTA. [Forced when buying a new machine]. They charged full price for the customers to get away from their mistakes. I, for one, got ME to work rather nicely but a regular user was stuck. I mention this because it gives folks, like me, the opinion that MS thinks they rule the world and you will do it the way I say. When you back people up to a wall and try to force something on them you are going to get a negative response. Bring on your changes, make them optional. In time you just might be surprised at what takes hold. In the process you actually built a trust with your customers, something that MS has severely lost. Folks are using MS products today but are looking/waiting for something else.

sn122a
sn122a

I see what you are saying its the 8-16gig memory I use for engineering apps, math simulations etc that forced me into 64bit tho. Now I have been using 7 since beta I like the window management etc and easy install without a million driver CD's but that said what about the CLICKS? CLICKS? Every time M$ bring out a new OS its like 5 clicks for the previously 2-click jobs, does not sound much but should I really have to dig that deep to say change an IP? NO, F$%K NO UAC makes it worse, how about take the X-world approach an run sandbox type environments rather then 4 clicks to do anything? It makes people reckless as spamming next 5 times for UAC etc prevents you ever reading any dialogs at all including any malware :(

darpoke
darpoke

but UAC is a desperately-needed attempt to stem the flow of poor security by tightening access control. Windows has never been classically multiuser in the Unix sense and everything typically executes with no checks on privilege levels. It might be annoying and in fact cause poorer security as a result, but part of that rests with the laziness and ignorance of the users Microsoft has established as part of their market. The sad and simple truth is that you can only dumb down computing so far; after a certain point users need to step up and learn a little about system and network security - or sit back and be told by their computer what they can and can't do. Welcome to User Access Control...

paulp.bassman
paulp.bassman

Of Course Windows 7 is catching up to XP! Microsoft don't sell XP any more, and you cant buy new PC's with XP installed. Stupid poll, ( with respect ) as its obvious. It's like wanting Windows 98, if you cant get it, it wont get any where. fruim

jhinkle
jhinkle

I still buy brand new PC's with Windows XP installed on them. You just need to ask when you go to purchase. Some computers have hardware that isn't supported, but a good deal of manufacturers still support and sell Windows XP on new PC's.

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

We have many customers whose software vendors DO NOT support operating systems such as Windows VIsta and 7. So while I hate the Windows 7 OS personally there are simply too many people in our area who cannot move up until software vendors support it. And that may take a couple of years depending on their development cycle.

LordUthyr
LordUthyr

10 new PCs means 10 Windows 7 In the real world 10 PCs means 4 rolled back to Win XP at least 2 run XP virtual 1 to Linux. That means 10=3 Windows 7 in use.

levilan
levilan

It will never happen. Win7 will disappear in 2 yeras like Vista did. Xp will rule even after Win8.

Kent Lion
Kent Lion

No, because I know from experience that: 1. Microsoft will not pay me for the huge amount of time I'll waste learning how to do things in Windows 7 that I already know how to do in my sleep in XP. 2. By the time it happens, Microsoft will be planning their next disaster.

mikhailmol
mikhailmol

Where is the Up button in Windows 7? Where is the classic menu where it takes seconds to find the program you want to launch and here you have to wait till one menu moves to get to your list of programs? Is it faster then XP - NO. Yes, it's faster than Vista but not XP. If you are in a corporate environment and have multiple users working on multiple computers and you are used to set up default user profiles in XP where you can copy your already setup profile to default profile in seconds - in Windows 7 - you can't do that and Microsoft doesn't want to resolve it. Their solution to that is to prepare computer for image using a sysprep utility and then go through a whole windows setup and the computer would have to be brought back into the domain and only during this process you'll get your profile copied to the default profile, it would take your hours to do what you can do in seconds with setting up default profile in XP and you would never want to go through Windows 7 sysprep and then windows setup when all you want is just to change your default printer in the default user profile. In addition to that when windows goes through the mini setup after a sysprep it puts some of the values back to their defaults and thus not really coping your set up profile to the default profile. Windows 7 is for home users, dummies and only for those who is buying a new computer that already comes with it and not for corporate environments. Had Windows XP still been offered for sales and with a purchase of a new computer - the sales picture would have looked very different.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

I think I'll find other ways to get my jollies. :-)

garyleroy
garyleroy

I like Win7 fine, and as time goes by and new hardware is bought, Win7 is replacing XP; but really, I hope my life has more substance than "looking forward" to Win7 beating out XP. What, will there be a checkered flag and champagne corks popping at the finish line or something?

Techeads Anonymous
Techeads Anonymous

I am looking forward to windows 7 outlook express.

Techeads Anonymous
Techeads Anonymous

Sure, 7 is better than Vista and maybe better that XP, but not for end-users and their favorite apps.

fred26cor
fred26cor

I've found the Windows Live Mail local client a good replacement for Outlook Express. It has a number of Outlook features, but still works like OE - including doing newsgroups.

songhurst
songhurst

Moving everything to Linux so will never know how good/bad Windows 7 etc are. Looking forward to the extingtion of Microsoft as there are increasingly fewer reasons to use their rubbish software.

Rob C
Rob C

If God visited me, and said - Rob, I will allow you to clean up the Gene Pool, by eliminating broad groups of people, immediately. I would nominate these groups - - Those that think the Wrestling is real - Those that play, or like, hard rock, heavy metal, or rap music - Those that like the RIBBON, and the Win7 Start Menu. Rob PS I normally say - 'Those that think God and the Wrestling are real' PPS I was tempted to include Intolerant Bastards, but decided to leave them out. God mentioned, as he departed, that it was lucky I excluded them.

grayknight
grayknight

Eliminating people or their ability to propigate doesn't clean the gene pool, it actually reduces the variety. This leaves us with more problems rather than fewer problems. Everyone has their purpose in life, even those that are on Facebook telling every one they think Wrestling is real while listening to rap heavy hard metal rock on Windows Media Player in Windows 7 enjoying their start menu and the new found Ribbon on Paint. Me, I'm just glad we moved past the over 1 ton 5MB hard disk drive of the 305 RAMAC.

Darren B - KC
Darren B - KC

If God had presented me with the same ability... "Just the Australians, thanks."

Rob C
Rob C

Wrestling God Bad Music Ribbon Start Menu

darpoke
darpoke

I have very broad tastes but the three you mentioned are all in there. Take away my Rage Against the Machine? I think not, sir. I think not. :-)

Rob C
Rob C

I have been Googling and organizing to make the Win7 Start Menu livable with. I now have it very close to 'Classic' Until today, it was getting me very annoyed every time I used the Start Menu. It is now livable with. Whilst testing it (my changes), I launched Paint. THEY HAVE PUT A BLOODY RIBBON INTO PAINT AS WELL AGH! PS I found there is an option to hide the Ribbon, so at least you can free up the work area. What is pissing me off even more, is the idiot pack of 'non MS' developers, that are building 'Ribbons' into their programs. And some of them cannot be hidden.

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

Does Microsoft make anything smaller? Easier to install? More stable? Less patch worthy? Faster? NO! They slap a new coat of paint on it and resell it. The one thing that chaps my lips is this constant fiddling with the GUI. I wish we could back charge Microsoft for all the time wasted "re-discovering" where they put things. It is like a bad sequel of the Pink Panther; you never know what stupid change is lurking to leap on you while you are just trying to get through another day at work. It is like coming home everyday and finding out that the front door to your house has been moved and the locks have been changed again, and again, and again.

edf
edf

I grew up using DOS. I remember?when the first Windows system came on a single floppy. Over the years, I purchased Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows XP. My new laptop had Windows Vista and I loved it. They all had one thing in common that I used daily, Outlook-Express was simple to use and never failed me. A year ago, I upgraded my laptop to Windows 7, a big mistake. Not only was Outlook-Express absent but also all of my saved messages and address book. My server still runs on Windows XP and I was able to recoup all of my addresses. I searched the internet for a new Outlook-Express compatible with Windows 7. No luck so I chose Thunderbird. I am disappointed in this program?and am considering going back to Windows Vista.

grayknight
grayknight

Live Mail works nicely and is a much needed improvement above Outlook Express.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

[b]Nope![/b] I do professional audio recording editing and some restoration of older archives, and can't use vista or win7 because of the removal of the kernel mode audio stack the programs & hardware, I have work fine, some on win2K and some on XP and I'm not shelling out 1000's of dollars again just so I can have the latest MS-OS (which I don't like anyway) to bring the whole office up to win7 would cost me a minimum of 14 months wages as I have 5 XP and 7 win2K systems only half of the XP systems here can burn a quality duplication master CDDA all of the win2K systems with a CD-RW drive can

ke_xtian
ke_xtian

Since I am stuck with Windoze at work, I would be much happier with it if it had the option of multiple desktops like Unix and Linux have. I could not care less about which release or version of Windoze I am forced to use. I tried the unsupported Apple app. It is very poor. Then I bought CoolDesk. It is OK, but still flaky. Most Windoze users probably wouldn't notice because they are accustomed to the flakiness of Windoze.

jhinkle
jhinkle

I too had a hard time going from a *nix shop to a Windows one. I found a free program (only tried it in XP) called VirtuaWin. It's not as full featured as a *nix pager management system but I've never had it crash and it keeps my work flow similar to what I'd have with Afterstep. http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/ ... Now if only powershell wasn't so clunky...

charleswdavis6670
charleswdavis6670

IT folks are afraid that their jobs may be jeopardized, what with a flock of great running systems...

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