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I didn't use all the ones in the list but ME was the only one I had substantial problems with.

Win 7, of course, will run poorly or not at all on older underpowered computers.
 

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I'll put Windows 98 on the poll but that’s only because you do not have Windows 98 SE.

Those are my 2 greats, Windows 98 SE and Windows XP. I have not used Windows 7 enough to give a solid opinion on it.
 

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I voted for Windows XP since it was way better than Windows Vista or anything older than XP. My old computer ran fine on XP but I thought that Vista would be better. I upgraded to Windows Vista when it came out because the Microsoft web site said my computer was Vista capable but when I upgraded, to Vista, it ran but was horribly slow. I had to do a major hardware upgrade to get satisfactory performance on it. I am now using Windows 7 on all my computers but it is still too early for it to get my vote.
 

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Win 7.

The NEXT best operating system from Microsoft will be whatever comes after Win 8.

With all the 'new' stuff like "Metro" that they're putting into Win 8, I'm predicting it'll be a Vista-like disaster.

Right now, the Air Force is JUST NOW upgrading machines to Win 7. Many of these are being upgraded from XP - a lot of users didn't want Vista.

As a developer, I can tell you I'm a little sick and tired of MS constantly introducing new technologies to try and catch lightning in a bottle. Now we're supposed to throw away all our old stuff in favor of this new Metro look? A look that is, quite frankly, being FORCED on us? Those tiles look like an evolution of a 1980s concept, if you ask me. Then again I might just be rather irritated because of WinMo 7 throwing away the compatibility they'd had since the beginning - and suddenly apps that I'd developed that worked under WinCE, WinMo5 and 6 no longer work.
 

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djlong said:
The NEXT best operating system from Microsoft will be whatever comes after Win 8.
I agree. Microsoft has a track record of having every other OS release being a disaster.
Count back from Windows 7 (Good), and see if every other one was terrible.

Ill wait on Windows 9 :)
 

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Well, I'm not quite sure about the counting back, but for me it was 3.1, 98, XP (SP 2), and 7. In each case, the release "fixed" the prior release which was Microsoft's attempt to do something significantly more, embracing hardware advances.

I love 7 as it seems to have fixed most issues with Vista and it does have that nifty "wayback machine" Virtual PC XP which allows me to look back at some otherwise inaccessible files. Someone is going to have to do a lot of 'splainin' to convince me to use 8. I also am looking forward to 9.

I still believe that Beta Testers should include a significant number of households consisting of one "blue collar" working parent and three or more kids at least two of whom are under 12. When whatever you're testing works 85% of the time in those households, it's ready for public release. Just because a few part-time computer nerds like me can make it work does not make it ready for prime time.
 

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djlong said:
Win 7.

The NEXT best operating system from Microsoft will be whatever comes after Win 8.

With all the 'new' stuff like "Metro" that they're putting into Win 8, I'm predicting it'll be a Vista-like disaster.

Right now, the Air Force is JUST NOW upgrading machines to Win 7. Many of these are being upgraded from XP - a lot of users didn't want Vista.

As a developer, I can tell you I'm a little sick and tired of MS constantly introducing new technologies to try and catch lightning in a bottle. Now we're supposed to throw away all our old stuff in favor of this new Metro look? A look that is, quite frankly, being FORCED on us? Those tiles look like an evolution of a 1980s concept, if you ask me. Then again I might just be rather irritated because of WinMo 7 throwing away the compatibility they'd had since the beginning - and suddenly apps that I'd developed that worked under WinCE, WinMo5 and 6 no longer work.
From what I've read, it is supposed to be very easy to disable the "metro" tiles and use a Win7 type interface in Win8. I think Microsoft has learned their lessons and knows that they need to server both the home and corporate crowds, so I wouldn't discount Wiin8 yet...
 

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Win7. I feel sorry for those that don't have it.
 

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Drew2k said:
From what I've read, it is supposed to be very easy to disable the "metro" tiles and use a Win7 type interface in Win8. I think Microsoft has learned their lessons and knows that they need to server both the home and corporate crowds, so I wouldn't discount Wiin8 yet...
It's not yet. On my developer's copy I still had to edit the registry to kill Metro.
 

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From what I've read, it is supposed to be very easy to disable the "metro" tiles and use a Win7 type interface in Win8. I think Microsoft has learned their lessons and knows that they need to server both the home and corporate crowds, so I wouldn't discount Wiin8 yet...
Yeah, but for me they'll have to do a lot more 'splainin' than that. A Win7 type interface on Win8 sounds like a new OS with an interface cobbled together on top of it.

Win7 has relatively quickly developed a confidence in the product within the individual consumer community. It seems to be slowly catching on in the Windows enterprise community, perhaps coupled with Sharepoint 2010. That community is still heavily committed to XP or even 2000 in a surprising number of cases I'm pretty familiar with.

IMHO, as with all new versions, Win8 will start "in the hole" with problems - it can't be avoided based on history. And it could set back what might have been a serious transition from the older versions by the corporate community.

IT folks have never been able to spend money without oversight even if it sometimes seems like it. The problem MS has now is that senior execs and their assistants everywhere have iPads - it's part of appearing very 21st Century. Using Sharepoint works just ok with the iPad.

The object lesson is IBM. IBM was the PC world in the late 1980's. Then Compaq was selling significantly more units by the mid-1990's and by 2000 so were Dell and HP. Bean-aware corporate execs with rather long stares were saying to IT folks "but I read about these cheaper PC's running Microsoft, like the Compaq I bought my kid that works great. Bring me competitive bids."

Unless Win8 represents a system with an iPad/iPhone full integration App like that promised Office App, Microsoft may find itself in the same position IBM did.

It's not hard to imagine a corporate IT world where Linux dominates the server industry and iOS and Android dominate the connected user equipment end, with Microsoft relegated to being known as the MS Office company. It could happen within a decade.

In the end, we may talk about "the PC" v Apple, but the fact is in the desktop world the real subject is Microsoft OS domination v Apple (yes, with a niche for Linux). It's whatever happens in the smart phone/tablet world that will determine how this will look a decade from now. And it may very well be the end of the desktop as we know it (something I find disconcerting).

Everything I read about Win8 looks very "me too." I'm not sure that's going to be good enough this time, compared to when Windows version 3.1 finally replaced MS-DOS.
 

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Windows XP - Here's why.
1. It saved Microsoft's desktop OS business. Not only was it salvation from ME, but it also provided a much needed safety net for businesses while MS fixed Vista with the full kernel overhaul. Remember, you still order the "downgrade to XP" until just fairly recently.
2. It was the OS that transitioned most effectively to multi-media and it led the social media explosion.
3. After 9-1/2 years, it still holds the largest market share, although it's likely to relinquish the title in 2012.

 

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I would upgrade our work computers to Windows 7 (currently running XP) except there is no "upgrade" path. I would have to reinstall all the business apps, reconfigure them all to interact with each other (email, etc), and if one thing didnt work the way it used to, the boss would blow a gasket.

Peachtree would be the biggest obstacle, since the upgrades are so often, and its been so long, I dont even know if there is an original disc at work anymore. Then there is Outlook, Excel, and several other apps.

I dont know why Microsoft chose not to provide a direct XP to WIndows 7 upgrade path.
 

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"Davenlr" said:
I would upgrade our work computers to Windows 7 (currently running XP) except there is no "upgrade" path. I would have to reinstall all the business apps, reconfigure them all to interact with each other (email, etc), and if one thing didnt work the way it used to, the boss would blow a gasket.

Peachtree would be the biggest obstacle, since the upgrades are so often, and its been so long, I dont even know if there is an original disc at work anymore. Then there is Outlook, Excel, and several other apps.

I dont know why Microsoft chose not to provide a direct XP to WIndows 7 upgrade path.
That's the rub. If some elements of a fully integrated system force consideration of other options at a time when hardware is transforming how people work and when a large group of people have moved on to unintegrated hardware, then MS is staring at the potential that humbled IBM - individual players create a momentum away from the installed base.
 

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Did you know that Windows XP (per captia) is attacked 10 times more than Windows 7. YOu'd have to be crazy to want to stay with Windows XP.

Please - if you're still on XP, please be sure you're running SP3 and update your AV software daily. And run the malicious software removal program (sent thru Windows Update) monthly.
 
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