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treewind Tech: death of windows 8 (54* d) RE: Tech: death of windows 8 15 Jan 14

"I just don't understand why they threw away the best, most stable and easily useable platform they ever produced. [XP]

When they built Windows 7, Microsoft took advantage of all those crash reports that were sent from Windows XP installations when things went wrong, and in Windows 7 they fixed properly the bugs that they had to patch around in XP. That's one reason why Windows 7 is quite stable.

Another problem with XP, more relevant now than when it first came out, is that it doesn't support large memory very well. To make the best of more than 2GB, you need a 64 bit system, and 64 bit XP was quite badly broken. In contrast, I've upgraded all our office from 32 bit XP to 64 bit Win 7 in new PCs with 8GB RAM and everything runs perfectly, except one dinosaur application written for Win 98 which has to run in an XP virtual machine.

I'm not a great fan of Windows (Linux is my preferred OS), but Win 7 is actually OK if you have to use Windows. It's a better OS than XP if you have enough memory and a fast enough system. Oh, and we had Vista on a laptop for a while - it was a nightmare!

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