Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Apr 2014 10:44 UTC
Windows

It wasn't meant to be this way. Windows XP, now no longer supported, wasn't meant to be popular. For all its popularity and sustained usage, people seem to have forgotten something important about it: it sucked.

The Ars forums are a place for geeks to hang out and chat about tech, and especially in the light of the hostility shown towards Windows 8, we thought it might be fun to take a look at how our forum dwellers reacted when first introduced to Microsoft's ancient operating system.

How times change.

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RE: Comment by joekiser
by Luminair on Thu 10th Apr 2014 18:15 UTC in reply to "Comment by joekiser"
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

It sounds crazy now, but I too used Windows 2000 until XP SP2.

Windows 2000 was better and XP added unnecessary junk. Eventually they improved XP and app developers (and games) stopped supporting win2k. So I had to migrate. That must have been ~2005.

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RE[2]: Comment by joekiser
by NicePics13 on Fri 11th Apr 2014 09:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by joekiser"
NicePics13 Member since:
2009-06-08

Windows 2000 was better and XP added unnecessary junk. Eventually they improved XP and app developers (and games) stopped supporting win2k

Sure, but unofficially you can run "XP only" applications on 9x/NT; I still prefer win2k+usp5 for legacy gaming over win98se+usp3+kernelex - the former can be installed on AHCI drives but the latter has true DOS compatibility...
Except for getting antivirus updates I don't keep these kinds of machines online even though the risk is minimal with IE removed+3rd party firewall+modern browser and common sense ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by joekiser
by vtpoet on Fri 11th Apr 2014 11:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by joekiser"
vtpoet Member since:
2013-12-31

Still use Win2000 in Virtualbox. Love it. It's lightweight, fast, and I can use WordPerfect and various other older Windows programs. Lighter and faster, in some cases, than the same software in Wine. Disable network connectivity.

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