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XP Forever

By tctucom ·
We all want XP Pro to continue as "the" Windows OS for years to come. We know that it is stable, we know that we can do fast adjustments to the system, we know that it is compatible with everything you throw at it. Lastly, it's easy to navigate. Let's take for example.

Let's change the following in XP then try to do the same thing in Vista.

1. Right click on My Computer choose Properties and you have immediate access to reducing the amount of space used on the hard drive for System Recovery. (Does not exist in Vista)
Or: Choose Hardware and immediately see Device Manager (Several clicks later Vista shows Device Manager - overkill page)
Or: Choose Automatic Updates. Simple and easy to adjust. (The process, another overkill page in Vista is just plain silly)
Or: Choose Advance - System Startup and Recovery - Settings - Edit and copy the "Boot Loader". (Does not exist in Vista)
The above are fast and simple to do in XP Pro and there are many other tasks that are easily accessible via the "right click" on My Computer that do not exist in Vista.

Windows Browser Tool Bar: XP
Simple: Go up a folder or back and forward, fast and simple.
Windows Browser Tool Bar: Vista
Complex, period. The once easy to see address field is totally different. Clicking names of folders in an ethereal address bar or clicking a drop down menu next to each folder is tedious. Again, "overkill". No one needs four options on how to get to the next folder.

Power Options in XP:
Right click the desktop, choose Properties, Screen Saver then Power Options. Simple dialogue box to choose when to stop all local hard drives, adjust standby and hibernate. (Does not exist in any way, shape or form in Vista - A complex effort to make advanced power adjustments in which hibernate gets deleted in Vista Business to Ultimate)

A major glitch in Vista on many systems is Disk Cleanup. We all like to run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmentation often. Vista's Disk Cleanup can delete half your hard drive if you do not see the "error dump files logs" before completing the cleanup. Totally disregarded by M.S. and shameful that a Windows Update has not been available to everyone to correct this! Tens of thousands of people around the world have lost their data and any access to the hard drive through conventional means. Outrageous!!!

I could rant about another two dozen user interfaces in Vista that either do not exist or are down right silly or complicated to work with, especially for the average home user.

Microsoft can easily enhance the 3D appearance of XP Pro (no other XP OS compares to Pro) for those who like the Aero effect. But continue to give us the ability to disable all special effects as you have done since XP was released.

I am speaking on behalf of my clients world-wide and myself. Vista is bloated and I bet Windows 7 will also be bloated.

You want to sell 5 times the amount of operating systems then you have in the past year? Then GO BACK TO XP PRO and put a few frills into it but DO NOT change the way users navigate Windows and access tasks. It's just that simple.

Apologize to the world that "forward thinking" went "sideways" on Vista. Bite the proverbial bullet and bring us back to the path you walked us down since Windows 95. Simple, crisp fast and eventually a wonderfully stable XP Pro operating system.

You can hear the shouting around the world, "give us back XP Pro!". It's a resounding shout from all users from every corner of the earth. Make XP prettier if you must, but leave the classic interface intact. Those of us who do not care about "rich user interfaces" can simply click "classic Windows".

Keep this in mind. Most all of us came onboard with Windows 95 and you kept the interface the same from 1994 to 2007. Then someone had a psychedelic party in R&amp and created Vista. Bad party, bad idea! Time to regress a bit and make "things right"! We want it, you have the means and the smarts to make a terrible blunder with Vista become a vague memory, just like ME's fast disappearance.

It's OK to make a mistake, it's "mandatory ethics" to own up to that mistake and set things right again.

Like Nike's slogan. "Just do it!"

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I liked what you said but I think the focus will be on

by OnTheRopes In reply to XP Forever

"We all want XP Pro..."<br><br>
Other than that I liked it just fine.

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"We all want XP"

by tctucom In reply to I liked what you said but ...

...would only apply to long time Windows Users. New Users or converts from Mac to Vista may not have the history behind them to relate to that statement. :)

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My point,

by OnTheRopes In reply to "We all want XP"

of course, is that you didn't break it down in your original post like you just did. "We all" don't want the same of anything that you can envision. You're on a forum where people use every OS under the sun and your posts would likely be better if you keep that in mind before making blanket statements.<br><br>
It's like that old saying, don't use 'never' and 'always' in a statement because neither is likely to be true.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to I liked what you said but ...

I saw the opening sentence on Saturday and didn't bother with it. I was hoping it would drop off the bottom unnoticed. New member singing the praises of XP, and opening with an undefendable blanket statement.

"We all want XP Pro to become something more secure, with an independent web browser and the ability to remove MS' built-in useless e-mail, chat, and IM clients. Vista wasn't it, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of room for improvement." Just for starters...

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by mjd420nova In reply to XP Forever

I have a very fast machine that is VISTA capable but continued to have driver problems where none existed with XP PRO, so I reverted back and I am so pleased I did. It runs so very fast with PRO that I don't think I will move up to Vista. It just runs so much quicker and is hassle free but Vista just bogs down and suffers from either improper, nonexistant or ineffective drivers for such simple things as printers, scanners and DVD drives. I don't know what M$ hoped to prove with this platform but they failed.

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You have several years to enjoy XP. Maybe longer.

by tctucom In reply to WIN XP PRO

I understand completely. There is no reason in the universe to switch to Vista. XP will give you all you need at lightening speed.

DirectX 10 is probably the only reason one would even investigate Vista. I have Vista Business with DirectX 10 and though it has some nice 3D enhancements for gaming, it's not worth the absolute disappointment you would experience owning Vista for just DX10. Besides, Microsoft could upgrade XP to use DX10 if they wanted to......and man how many of us want them to! :)

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Forever is a long d@mn time.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to XP Forever

If I'm going to live forever, to see the advent of WinXP forever, I hope I've something better to do with the time than spend it parked at a PC.

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by .Martin. In reply to XP Forever

What on earth are you talking about???

EVERYTHING has to change in its lifetime. Your 'look' that you love so much has been around for about 16 years... isn't it deserving a change??? If you were to go purchase a new car, and it looked exactly the same as it did 16 years ago, would you consider buying it??? No, because it would be the same. In our real world things have to change, if they kept one operating system they would not continue selling so many; people wound not replace their computer every year.

You would have to make up your mind between a new operating system, or an annual fee for it (like an AV), and either way I know you?re going to have a sook!!!

Sure I agree with you on some extent, vista is a bit bloated, but driver problems lie with the manufactures, not Microsoft, drivers don't work because Vista is a part of Windows 6, not Windows 5, like XP, so hardware and software companies have not kept up.

In a fantasy world for you, Windows would be XP, but with all the frills of Vista, but if you cram so much in it would be even more bloated than Vista is now!!!

So I leave you with this, who has the problem: Microsoft, a MULTI-million dollar company or you??? I vote not Microsoft.

Also I have to add, you join today and make a giant rant about how you hate Vista, and can I ask, who calls THEMSELF a Buff???

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My, but you sound so strong.

by santeewelding In reply to What???

Do you practice? Or have you arrived?

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by .Martin. In reply to My, but you sound so stro ...

I am against when someone is calling something bad, when it does have values.

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