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Tomorrow Windows XP dies, long live Windows XP!

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  • Seriously. I remember trying out the preview version on my then-XP-running PC back in 2009, and being blown away by a) how much easier it was to install and get going, b) how well it ran all my existing software, c) how it let me finally use all of the memory installed in my machine, d) how much better it was than Vista. I pre-ordered a copy soon after, and the rest is history. Now, on my Mac, I have my Windows 7 VM for running various applications I still use.

    Installing Windows XP today is not nearly as fu

    • Yup, you don't understand mature software. That's ok, most people in tech don't. As for the media? Slipstream the latest SP into your ISO and you're done. I have installed XP previously in a Xen DomU and itt' drop dead easy. 7 is a "just ok" replacement and only by virtue of Vista being so bad.
    • by Arker (91948)
      7 is better than Vista, unqualified.

      But XP? Not so simple. XP has lower system requirements, it works well on systems that are dog slow under 7. It's STILL BEING SOLD for that very reason, and the machines that ship with it will generally not work with other versions, either from lack of resources, lack of drivers, or both.

      Ultimately I will probably just put Slackware on the machine that's running XP now but if ReactOS were a little more mature I might use it instead.
      • But XP? Not so simple. XP has lower system requirements, it works well on systems that are dog slow under 7. It's STILL BEING SOLD for that very reason, and the machines that ship with it will generally not work with other versions, either from lack of resources, lack of drivers, or both.

        I'm aware you can still get XP discs second-hand or ex-stock here in the UK - Amazon lists several versions, although some look suspiciously like they may be OEM versions that are tied to specific brand/model PCs. I'm not aware of any PC maker here in the UK offering an XP options, though - maybe Windows 7, for business systems and workstations.

        Ultimately I will probably just put Slackware on the machine that's running XP now but if ReactOS were a little more mature I might use it instead.

        I recently wiped my old (2003 vintage) laptop, which originally came with XP, and installed Linux Mint - considering the machine's specs, it works fairly well.

        I've r

        • by Arker (91948)
          I still see XP all the time on new netbooks. They may have been sitting in a warehouse for awhile before being sold but they are definitely still being sold, and I wouldnt be surprised if they are still being manufactured. They dont have enough RAM to run 7 well, and at least on some models there is hardware which only has XP drivers.

          It's an old Toshiba I have running XP and it actually shipped with Vista but it worked much better under XP or Slack. I used to dual boot it but it went Windows-only for work r

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