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    Good article, though I would like to point up one thing.

    Your statement "Windows 7 and 8x offer enhanced security and better compatibility with modern software and peripherals" unfortunately misses the point WHY people may still be using XP - that it runs older software and peripherals that W7/8 never will.

    My main Music Studio PC has a large and expensive sound card that has drivers for XP, not W7/8. I don't want to throw away £700 worth of quality sound i/o and have to spend another £700 for virtually the same thing. I suspect the difference between XP and 7 in this drivers' particular context is minimal, maybe just a small registry change that has completely crippled the driver installation, but who knows?

    Also in the Music PC are thousands of pounds worth of Virtual Instruments (software synths etc.) and Plugins (reverbs, echoes and other sound toys) which I equally have no desire to replace.

    On the hardware side, I already have a perfectly good printer and scanner, not very old, that do not have drivers for W7/8 and probably never will. The bugbear here is that I haven't found a way to access them over a network from a W7/8 machine, as the drivers for W7/8 are required - another dead end, thanks Microsoft!

    So there you have it, a combination of software, hardware, and Microsoft continually moving the Driver goal-posts, and expecting companies to deploy teams of coders to reinvent the wheel again - I mean rewriting drivers. Why does MS not provide a layer of backward compatibility for printers and scanners?

    These are why so many people will stick with their trusty and reliable XP for a good time yet.

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    It would be nice if Microsoft offered an inexpensive way for XP users to keep getting XP support, but I also think that is not likely to happen. I recently "upgraded" my primary computer to a new one with Windows 7 Home Premium after Microsoft announced EOL support for XP. My XP Home machine was about 8 years old, so I was in need of a more powerful computer. I also got Office 2013 as a replacement for my old Office 2003. I do not like Windows 7, but did not want Windows 8, as I am mainly a desktop user. I also intensely dislike Office 2013! My old XP machine will be handed down to my infrequent-user wife to replace a 12-1/2 year old Windows 2000 Pro machine. I love Windows XP and do not think Microsoft has done me any favors by rolling out Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimrf View Post
    Instead of Office try Libre Office. Usually a Linux based program can save in a format Windows will understand.
    The issue isn't really about 'understanding' file formats, but about handling content. The fact is these alternatives don't handle Office files very well at all, which means any business user moving to Linux could face significant hurdles; (a) converting their files & data to something that will work; and (b) collaborating with others who do use Office. How many Access databases, Excel workbooks and complex Word documents retain their full functionality and layouts when converted? Few. For an example of what happens, download any of the tutorials I've posted in the Word forum here and see how much of their content survives. What doesn't survive represents data loss; how many businesses will wear those costs lightly. Try running the many macros that have been posted and see how far you get.

    I've been through the process going from incompatible one IT system to another and I've seen first-hand how much can be lost due to a lack of transferability...
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    My Windows XP Pro machine is 3 years old. I got it to replace an existing WinXP machine that was about 7 years old. When I got my Windows XP machine I did not want Windows 7, I loved WinXP and knew my way around it pretty much and was "comfortable" with it. Plus I had an old scanner that had been with me since Win95 and did not want to replace it. I was uncertain whether my old HP and Epson printer would even have drivers for Windows 7, so I stuck with what I knew and got Windows XP Pro while I could still get one.

    Fast forward 3 years and I was helping a friend price out a new laptop. In my looking around at what was available for her I was also checking on desktops for me as I knew the end of life on XP was coming and I don't trust what Micro$oft may or may not do to the existing XP operating systems, so I ordered one of Woody's Windows 7 for Dummies books and read up on Windows 7 and was pleasantly surprised that it was not the horror story I had envisioned in my brain, but was very similar to what I was already use to using.

    So I checked online for the drivers for my printers, found them and just accepted that my scanner would not be coming along for the ride this time. So I bit the bullet in December and ordered at the time what was the only Dell configuration I could get with Windows 7 on it. Made my check list of all of the programs I would need to buy because some of my software would not run on Windows 7 either and bought that. So when my desktop got here, it took me about 2 days to get the computer set up, installed everything and copied over all of my files and other programs and I was good to go. I just had to learn to live within the parameters of where I could put things and learn that some folders are locked for a reason and not used by the user. Once I accepted that fact my life with Win7 has been better.

    My 3 year old Windows XP pro machine is sitting on the floor under my desk and is still where I can boot it up if I need to get to anything that is on it. My now 8 year old Windows XP machine is sitting on the floor across the office in case I ever need to I can still boot that one up as well.

    I hate change and I hate installing software. As long as what I have works, I see no need to monkey around with it too much. I do Windows updates now only after they have been proven to be ok to install. The other good thing that came out of this was I did get a new scanner that will scan slides and negatives, so now I can get about scanning some old slides that my dad took while I was growing up and get them on a cd!

    As for Windows 8, don't even get me started on that one. I am just glad that Windows 7 is going to be supported for several years to come

    Thanks to everyone here for all of the threads and articles that I have been reading since joining. Some of the conversations are still over my head a bit, but I am trying to learn and understand.

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    I can't see how can someone (like me) move to newer OS with older computer.

    Not everyone shops in US$

    In our currency new PC is not so cheap (add atleast two zeros in prices). So I stick with the XP which came pre-installed on my laptop.

    So, although I love to use Windows 7, with a couple of year's admiration on one of the office PCs, but...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mks View Post
    I can't see how can someone (like me) move to newer OS with older computer.

    Not everyone shops in US$

    In our currency new PC is not so cheap (add atleast two zeros in prices). So I stick with the XP which came pre-installed on my laptop.

    So, although I love to use Windows 7, with a couple of year's admiration on one of the office PCs, but...
    mks:

    If your laptop has at least 2 GB of RAM, and if the hard drive is at least 100 GB in size, you can probably install Windows 7 (or even Windows 8) on it.

    I suggest that you do a complete backup of your laptop, and then install Windows 7. It will probably work just fine. And if it doesn't, all you need to do is restore the backup that you made.

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    MS has pulled a second bad rabbit out of their bag of stinking tricks. When buying a new laptop, I discover MS will not allow vendors to sell Windows7 although Windows7 has full maintenance. You also can't buy a laptop without an OS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by partner View Post
    MS has pulled a second bad rabbit out of their bag of stinking tricks. When buying a new laptop, I discover MS will not allow vendors to sell Windows7 although Windows7 has full maintenance.
    So, if you went out to buy a new car, I suppose you'd expect the manufacturer to still sell last year's model just because the cars they sold last year are still under warranty???

    If you really want it, there are still plenty of vendors retailing Windows 7 new. Check out ebay, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by partner View Post
    MS has pulled a second bad rabbit out of their bag of stinking tricks. When buying a new laptop, I discover MS will not allow vendors to sell Windows7 although Windows7 has full maintenance. You also can't buy a laptop without an OS!
    That is absolutely not true about the OEMs. They can sell Windows 7 until at least October 2014. Many have models available with Windows 7 but the choices are limited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamS View Post
    I had an old scanner that had been with me since Win95 and did not want to replace it...

    So I checked online for the drivers for my printers, found them and just accepted that my scanner would not be coming along for the ride this time.
    FWIW, I'm still running Win 7 with an ancient Canon 650U scanner. It too has no Win 7 drivers, but that doesn't mean there aren't workarounds...
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    I will be staying with Xp as I only spend about 10 hours per week on the computer..a 10yr old generic breed, and can't justify the expense of upgrading the computer,and accessories. I have used windows offline downloader to download all the latest updates, used nlite to integrate them into XP Pro CD. Will probably download the next round early in April and do the same thing. All my docs, music and photos are stored on an external hdd. The only things on my internal drive are Xp and my programs. I won't be using XP for the internet when support ceases. I disconnected hdd ,inserted another one and installed Ubuntu on it. I then bought a rackmount system with two slide-in slide out trays,($40au), and fitted the hdds to them. Depending on whether I want to write docs, or go on the net, it is simply a matter of swapping trays.

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