I agree with rsotoz in that I can't wait to get away from XP. I've been on Vista for almost 2 years now and would never go back. I am looking forward to summer 2010 when, assuming Microsoft releases 7 this fall, my entirely XP workplace will be upgrading to Win7.
Why am I looking forward to it? Because Win7 is significantly better than XP. How is it better? Couple Vista or Win7 with a Server 2008 based network and you experience faster network speeds. XP does not support the new networking "magic" in Server 2008 and cannot exploit its benefits. This is just one real world improvement that will effect every user on your network.
Stability is another factor. While XP is more stable today than when first released, I'll put my Vista box up against any XP box any day of the week. XP with SP2 never performed as reliably or as quickly as Vista does on the same hardware.
But we've drifted far from the purpose of this thread. I found out my processor does support Intel VT and I plan to look at it tonight to see about enabling it (if its not already) and seeing what I need to do to take advantage of XP mode when 7 is released. With all the talk about the vast number of Intel chips that do not support VT, I was surprised to see my old Pentium D does. I plan to see if some of my companies legacy apps will run properly in a virtualized desktop environment. It may buy my team more time to develop and role out the old software's replacement. I'll report back any findings that may be helpful to others.
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