Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:56 UTC
Windows Yes, the day is finally drawing closer: the day Windows XP died. October 22, 2010 will be the final and definitive day for the venerable operating system, since OEMs will no longer be able to pre-load it on netbooks after that day. I might not make myself popular around here with this, but thank god, it's about time that pile of junk is taken behind the shed.
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I've never upgraded Windows
by Kalessin on Fri 11th Jun 2010 23:21 UTC
Kalessin
Member since:
2007-01-18

I've never upgraded windows an any box that I've ever bought or put together - ever. I buy the most appropriate version of Windows when I put the box together (generally the newest OS) and leave it at that. When I put together a new box, I put the newer version on that. But upgrade? Never have, never will. It costs money and really isn't worth it.

At this point, I think that it makes perfect sense that new boxes have Windows 7 on them. XP is old and doesn't belong on new boxes without a really good reason. IIRC, it doesn't even support multiple cores on a CPU, which in this day and age is a huge loss. Newer versions of Windows have definite advantages over XP, and I see no real reason to not put Windows 7 on new boxes in most cases, so really, new machines should have Windows 7, not XP.

However, that doesn't mean that there's any real reason to upgrade older computers. XP may be old, but it works. This is especially true of corporate environments where stability and uniformity are huge gains. The sheer cost of upgrading a company's worth of computers isn't exactly pleasant either, so I find it totally understandable and reasonably that the corporate folks would continue to use XP.

I see no compelling reason to upgrade Windows on an older box, but I definitely agree that new boxes should generally have the newest version of Windows on them.

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RE: I've never upgraded Windows
by phoenix on Sat 12th Jun 2010 00:11 in reply to "I've never upgraded Windows"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

IIRC, it doesn't even support multiple cores on a CPU, which in this day and age is a huge loss.


XP most certainly uses multiple cores. However, it doesn't differentiate between separate CPUs, separate cores on a CPU, and hyperthreading "cores" on a CPU. Thus, it's process/thread scheduling is sub-optimal (it treats them all the same). And, I believe there's a 2 core max to XP Pro.

Newer versions of Windows have definite advantages over XP, and I see no real reason to not put Windows 7 on new boxes in most cases, so really, new machines should have Windows 7, not XP.


Agreed. XP's time has passed. It's just too bad that 7 isn't a perfect upgrade for it.

However, that doesn't mean that there's any real reason to upgrade older computers. XP may be old, but it works.


Agreed. At least until security fixes are no longer developed for it.

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sagum Member since:
2006-01-23

And, I believe there's a 2 core max to XP Pro.


Windows XP Home edition is limited to 2 cores, physical or logical; Windows XP Pro is limited to 8 core.

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RE: I've never upgraded Windows
by darknexus on Sat 12th Jun 2010 00:32 in reply to "I've never upgraded Windows"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I see no compelling reason to upgrade Windows on an older box

Unless that older box came with Vista perhaps?

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RE: I've never upgraded Windows
by rimzi on Sat 12th Jun 2010 19:11 in reply to "I've never upgraded Windows"
rimzi Member since:
2009-12-17

Windows supports multiple cores per CPU, but the number is limited in both legal and technical ways.

Legal limit is the one imposed by the EULA and enforced by windows itself.

The other is the technical limit that says that Windows XP might not work as efficiently with Quad - or - more - Core CPUs. The makers might not have foreseen this pace of doubling the cores almost each year ;)

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