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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Comment by neruson
by neruson on Wed 26th Oct 2011 03:00 UTC
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2011-09-18

I really liked XP (after SP2 of course). It was the last time I used Windows exclusively. When I upgraded to Vista I hated it so much I switched to Fedora and a few years later I found Arch Linux and never looked back. Although I do now dual boot Windows 7 & Arch, but all I really use Windows for anymore is Netflix and occasional gaming. I thought 7 was ridiculously slow when I first used it, probably due to me being used to the comparatively lightning speed of Linux, but then I switched it into classic mode and I must say when you get down to it, it's not a bad OS. The aero theme is just a resource hog.

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RE: Comment by neruson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 26th Oct 2011 04:33 in reply to "Comment by neruson"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, you're the first person to mention the stark difference in quality in Xp over its lifetime.

RTM, SP1 => garbage. You could not install patches before your system was affected by malware, when hooked up to the internet after installation without a NAT.

SP2. Incredibly better than the previous one. Drastically more secure and stable. Still sucks compared to the security/stability of win7, but the first sign that Microsoft cared about security.

Side Note: we wouldn't be lauding XP so much if Longhorn hadn't died a terrible death. XP was supposed to only be the flagship OS for 2-3 years. When I installed the first version of XP, I had a grand appreciation and respect for Microsoft. Longhorn/Vista ruined that trust. I wanted a revolutionary OS that would fix the problems I had witnessed since win 95, which still exist to this day.

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RE[2]: Comment by neruson
by dsmogor on Wed 26th Oct 2011 08:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by neruson"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Win2000 was that for me, first MS os that one could call decent. And still the best windows around imo. XP looked like a mockery of 2000.
I hestitated swithing to XP as long as possible.

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