Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Oct 2011 23:00 UTC
Windows Ten years ago today, Microsoft launched what would become the world's most popular desktop operating system - for better or worse. Its interface colours were... Interesting (trying hard to avoid bias here, folks, bear with me now). Its early performance was... Not always entirely up to par. Its security track record was... Well, it sucked hard in that department (I tried). We're ten years down the line, and thanks to Vista, way too many people are still using this relic.
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Never had a problem with Windows XP
by Mr. Dee on Wed 26th Oct 2011 00:04 UTC
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Didn't upgrade to it until about 2003. I personally never found anything wrong with the Blue Luna theme, it was actually refreshing change that made the desktop more user friendly rather than the drab gray since Windows 95. Also, you could change the color scheme of Luna Blue to either Silver or Olive and third party themes were available that could make it just the way you want it.

In Regards to the negatives, the only persons Product Activation bothered were those who wanted to pirate it without paying for it. OA activation came into use with Windows XP, which meant that a person who bought a new PC would not encounter product activation at all, even when they reinstall Windows XP.

Businesses don't have to worry either, because volume license Windows XP never required product activation. Where do you think the bulk of pirated XP installs come from. The few that won't budge off XP are those who refuse to pay.

Windows XP had a built in Firewall since RTM, I believe it was not on by default until XP SP2. Much of what was experienced with Windows XP in terms of negatives is true of any new operating system.

Mac OS 10.0 which was released in March 2001 was not a stellar performer, it lacked the performance users were hoping for, compatibility, no DVD playback, no CD burning support, not much new useful native apps (in fact, Apple didn't get OS X right until 10.3). Windows XP on the other hand had all these features working out the box and it worked with a decent amount of legacy applications that most users used and expected to work. I remember my high school lab when I was senior ran Photoshop 6, Office 2000 and 97 on it without a hitch.

The trivial programs when you look back that people complained about like AOL, Roxio CD Burning wizard (a capability already in Windows XP) and the last version of Norton. Come on, seriously.

Linux back then was pretty much something you only associated with geek, hobbyist, waste of time. Windows XP really was a triumph and when I look back on the period, its such an unusual time yet interesting time, it was launched just after 9/11, Michael Jackson was alive and just launched his last major studio album 'Invincible', Britney Spears was going into acting with her first movie Cross Roads, lots of great music, my dad was alive and throughout it all, Windows XP was there.

Its ironic, XP stands for experience and if only I could relive some of them again.

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