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Windows 7 Is A Big Time Ripoff!

By watkins.bill ·
I got the shock of my life yesterday. Here's all the tech magazines and websites telling us how wonderful Windows 7 is especially after Vista. Yesterday, I went up on Microsoft's website to compare features of the different flavors of W7, so I know which ones to preorder.

Let's face it, one of the most necessary abilities for W7 is going to be running XP software. W7 Home Premium can't. You have to go to Business Pro at $100 more! I can't believe even Microsoft had the gall to pull this!

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Are you really surprised?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Windows 7 Is A Big Time R ...

Are you truly that naive? Of course MS had the gall to pull this.

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Tony dips into his clue box

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Windows 7 Is A Big Time R ...

They don't want you to run XP code they want you buy the new stuff, either off them or off someone who bought the latest tools off them.
Gall is MS's prime business asset.

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The home versions are always gimped

by Slayer_ In reply to Windows 7 Is A Big Time R ...

Look at XP Home, requires MORE Ram and has several useful features disabled, hidden, or removed.

I speak of things like remote desktop, Domain usage and of course, NTFS security.

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More Involved Than That

by TheChas In reply to Windows 7 Is A Big Time R ...

Not only do you need the Pro, Business or Ultimate version of Windows 7 for XP mode. You will also need to download and install a Virtual Machine interface and a Windows XP virtual run-time in order to do so.

Search some of the reviews of XP mode under Windows 7, and you will find that the hardware requirements and performance are just as troubling.

I will still have the same hardware compatibility issues with Windows 7 that helped me decide not to upgrade my XP systems to Vista.

On the other hand, aside from the Vista interface being a lot different than the XP interface, many forget that we had just about as many software and hardware issues when people first transitioned from Windows 98 and 2000 to XP.

If you recall back then, when XP first came out it seamed like there were new compatibility patches for drivers and applications on an almost daily basis.

The goal for Windows 7 was never to make it fully compatible with XP. The goal for Windows 7 was to make users more willing to except Vista with a new name.

I have always considered Windows 7 to be either Vista SE or Vista Reloaded.

If you want to hear comments from Vista users that are really mad at Microsoft, look at any forum that the Vista Ultimate users are posting to. Not only do they feel that they did not get the features they were promised with Vista Ultimate, there is no reduced cost upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

Chas

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Saying Win 7 is better than Win Vista is a trick MS marketing

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Windows 7 Is A Big Time R ...

learned off the Germans of the 1940s. They used to tell captured sabteurs the beatings and torture will stop, and only they will be executed as their family are spared if they tell them everyone else who helped them. A real case of the devil and the deep blue sea.

Win 7 is better than Vista is like saying being hit by a car at 10 mph is better than being hit by a truck at 20 mph - personally, I want to avoid the hit.

MS can easily make Vista or Win 7 or both work natively with XP applications if they want to.

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False Assumption

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Windows 7 Is A Big Time R ...

Upon further reading, I suspect you're making a false assumption.

"... one of the most necessary abilities for W7 is going to be running XP software. W7 Home Premium can't."

No, Home Premium can't run the XP virtual machine. That doesn't necessarily mean it can't run XP apps native without a vm. The best course is to run the W7 Compatibility Tool and let it tell you which apps are incompatible.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/

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Nope, I Didn't Misinterpret

by watkins.bill In reply to Windows 7 Is A Big Time R ...

Read all your replies. Boy, are you guys cynical. Boy, are you guys right!

I did check again. I did not misinterpret. I still run Paradox databases in an XP box in Windows Vista Home Premium. Can't do that in W7 Home Premium. You have to go up to Business Pro. Disgusting.

Well, at least the lamb from the local Syrian restaurant is excellent tonight.

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