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Funny how I see this comment on here once every month or so.

Microsoft is dropping consumer support for Windows XP. They will continue to provide corporate support for as long as enterprise class customers use it.

...and I see your replies almost as often, and I thank you. Industry doesn't get new stuff just for the sake of it being new.

To this day we regularly ship systems with Windows XP. Medical customers have no interest in re-certification, and large automation companies don't want to bother with new hardware (they want identical systems for 5-7 years).

Not a single customer has expressed any interest in Windows 8 and I doubt we will ever ship a single system using it.
    
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If you aren't hooking your system up to the internet, the lack of MS support for XP quickly becomes almost irrelevant to many industries. Heck, our company still has a Windows 95 machine to run a machine that is used to control an anechoic chamber. The software hasn't changed in years and doesn't run on Windows 98 or XP (and certainly not 7 or 8), so that machine just sits there, doing it's job nicely. Not only is it not hooked to the internet, I don't even have it tied into my local network (because that is just another possible way to get a virus). I've removed the floppy drive, CD-ROM, and the machine is too old to have USB ports, so it is "secure".
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post #33 of 83
38% Windows XP...Wow that's how you know the average computer user is unintelligent. Why would you still be using XP......
Windows 7 is XP but modern, Windows 8 is Windows 7 tweaked for better performance and touch screen displays, even OSX should have more then XP at this point.
I can't believe XP's percentage is that high@! What the eff.
On a side note: The only people who I've seen bash Windows 8, are the people who haven't taken 10 minutes to learn how to use it.
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Most of the XP users are probably large companies...
post #35 of 83
I sure hope so lol, if its the average Joe, I feel bad for them.
post #36 of 83
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post

Most of the XP users are probably large companies...

I'd most likely agree with you.

Second largest group might be people like my mother who uses a computer and doesn't care much about trying to stay on the "keeping ahead of the Jones" and just mainly gets on it to check email and Facebook.
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Only reason it's where it's at now is the $15-40 promotion and the fact it's being forced on the consumer via prebuilt machines and laptops.

Forced? You mean in the same manor XP was a decade ago, and Vista and Windows 7 through retailers?

Argument does not make sense. Of course MS will push its latest OS onto prebuilt machines.
post #38 of 83
Windows 8 is wonderful at a technical standpoint. It's just the "metro" UI that blows chunks.

First thing I did was installed START8//Classic Shell, disabled all Win8 hot corners and I have barely even noticed I was on Win8 after a while.

I also work in retail (Thank you, your sympathy is appreciated) and I happen to live in a town where it seems most old people come to die, so I deal with a lot of self entitled grouchy people.
The same thing every day when they look at the notebooks "Can we put Windows 7 back on?!" (or, a lot still ask for XP, no joke) to which I tell them yes, but it would be a massive headache and it would cost you a fair bit extra.
But, as soon as I tell them I can get rid of that interface and give them a start button back, they're happy-happy!
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Forced? You mean in the same manor XP was a decade ago, and Vista and Windows 7 through retailers?

Argument does not make sense. Of course MS will push its latest OS onto prebuilt machines.
Yes, and thus anyone buying a pre-built machine is forced to use Microsoft's latest OS.
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Forced? You mean in the same manor XP was a decade ago, and Vista and Windows 7 through retailers?

Argument does not make sense. Of course MS will push its latest OS onto prebuilt machines.

win 7 and win 8 both released in October. By the next April windows 7 had already reached almost 12% desktop OS marketshare. The difference between that and win 8's 3% is quite big.
 
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