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

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: I still hate it
by REM2000 on Fri 11th Apr 2014 07:50 UTC in reply to "I still hate it"
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I agree i hated XP when it was released and i hate it now, good riddance.

I remember when it was released, basically take Windows 2000 stick a good awful UI on top and make sure it uses more RAM, HDD and CPU cycles than Win2K whilst providing the same functionaility.

To me Windows 2000 was a step forward from NT 4.0, XP a step backwards, i kept Win2K for ages until it just wasn't supported. I hated using WinXP but i did for games, at work i used WinXP x64 which seemed faster and more reliable (probably from being based on Win2k3 and being a little more optimised).

Hated Vista too many bugs / problems, however loved Win7 and love Win8.1 more so, the performance of Win8.1 is amazing.

I shudder when i think of the dark days between 2005-2009 when i had to use XP!

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RE[2]: I still hate it
by Lennie on Fri 11th Apr 2014 10:10 in reply to "RE: I still hate it"
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That is why I went from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 on my machine at work.

Obviously, Windows 2000 wasn't actually supported that long. I wasn't actually doing anything really scary on the desktop machine.

Basically, how I see Windows XP when it was released:
Windows 2000 was for the power user
Windows XP was for home users, who wanted similar improvements (NT-kernel instead of the older Windows 95-derived kernel).

I doubt many powerusers think Windows XP is so awesome. But it's the home users (and businesses that got themselves stuck in a corner) that now don't want to part with Windows XP.

Edited 2014-04-11 10:18 UTC

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