Windows XP has quite a few fans left despite the fact that
the operating system was first launched in late 2001 and has since been replaced
by the newer, more feature-packed Windows Vista operating system. Despite XP's
age, many users stick to the operating system for its robustness, rock-solid
driver support, and relatively bloat-free user interface (in comparison to
Vista at least) which leads to better overall performance.
Microsoft, however, isn't exactly singing XP's praises
anymore. While the Redmond-based company is putting
the finishing touches on Service Pack 3 (SP3) for the nearly seven-year-old
OS, the company announced last year that it would cease
the sale of new XP licenses on June 30, 2008 -- this date itself was
extended from January 31, 2008 due to incessant pressure from its customers.
Microsoft is now facing the grim possibility that it
pre-planned funeral for Windows XP may leave it out of a lucrative, growing
market for low-cost sub-notebooks. No one expected that the Xandros Linux-based
ASUS Eee PC would be as popular as it became during late 2007; especially
With ASUS preparing its second
generation Eee PC and a number
of pretenders to the low-cost
throne gearing up for production with Linux-based solutions, Microsoft
needs an OS to complement these machines. The only feasible option right now
is, of course, Windows XP.
Windows XP has a small enough footprint to install on
machines with as little as 4GB of storage space. Granted, the default install
of Windows XP Home on the newly-announced
Eee PC 4G-X takes up 1.8GB of space, however, OEMs could pick and choose
their installation options to duck under the 1GB barrier if they so choose.
Software options like nLite
already make this a possibility with end-users.
Windows Vista, on the other hand, simply isn't feasible due
to its hardware requirements. Vista often struggles on even low-end Pentium
Dual Core machines running with only 1GB of RAM. A Celeron-M based machine with
512MB of memory onboard wouldn't do much to provide a pleasant end-user
experience in Vista.
"At the low end, Vista's hardware footprint is too
Intel vice president Tom Rampone to IDG News.
"Even 512M bytes of RAM with [Vista] Home Basic, it's a slow machine --
underpowered and underperforming," added Everex marketing director Paul
The Windows XP problem leaves Microsoft in a sticky
situation. Devices like ASUS' Eee PC 4G-X are safe until at least June 30 --
this gives it a rather short shelf life considering that it is launching on
The company can either decide to extend the sale of Windows
XP to its volume customers -- yet again -- to make way for the growing crowd of
sub-notebooks running on low-impact hardware like Intel's
Atom processors or it can simply rollover and concede the market to the
various flavors of Linux available today.
Microsoft isn't a company that will back down from a fight,
hence the availability of Windows XP on the Eee PC. Hopefully for consumers,
Microsoft will choose the former and extend the sale of Windows XP until it has
a suitable next-gen OS to fill the gap.
quote: Vista is fine and works fine and it's really nothing "new" as far as how it works and it's more secure and stable than windows xp.
quote: support will end 5 years after sales end (2014).
quote: TV Tuners
quote: Number 2. Disk activity. On an XP PC, I control what is running and there is no disk activity unrelated to operations I am doing.
quote: Number 3. Network file copies./ audio stuttering
quote: Number 4. DirectShow
quote: Want HW acceration of video decode? Guess what, you are now stuck with the insanely pathetic Cyberlink and Intervideo player software.
quote: I have noticed absolutely no difference between XP and Vista in hard disk activity.
quote: You're kidding me right? The hard disk is reading for the better part after 10 min. of booting up Vista.
quote: If you want to see an example, use a registry monitoring programming.
quote: In the same expanse of time that XP is idle and has literally zero registry responses, Vista will have accessed the registry thousands of times. I watched in horror as the amount of registry responses piled up while the system was idle. Vista eats cpu cycles for no reason at all.
quote: Yes, both XP and Vista write to the registy. The problem is Vista writes about 4000% more frequently to the registry and for no apparent benefit or good reason.
quote: But based on your insistence on this thread to defend and glorify Vista, I'm guessing you shelled out $1200 for 3 copies of Vista Ultimate to run on all your computers.
quote: Good for you. I hope you enjoy its breadth of useless new features, which will slow your computer to a crawl, anytime you try to multi task.
quote: Me and the other practical members of this board will continue to rely on the stability of XP. Maybe after 3 years of Vista patches and Updates, I'll revisit Vista. Until then, I'll let Microsoft do its Beta testing on their own machines.
quote: Funny how you complain about a non existing problem, when file transfers are probably the only complaint that it well founded against vista. File transfers were painfully slow and sometimes just stopped pre SP1, but i no longer have issues. As for the streaming, It's obviously not audio streaming that it is problem, it gives file transfers high priority to limit the issue of video and sound syncing issues. I have not had a problem since i upgraded to vista, I can't say the same about XP and VLC where on many occasions i was forced to pause the video to resync the audio.(increasing the buffer size did nothing)
quote: Whats different now than when Windows XP came out against Windows 2000? It's the same argument. XP's drivers sucked at the time.. Windows 2000 was rock solid.. isn't history just going to repeat itself? Whats new?
quote: What's new is the system requirements. If you want Vista then you have to buy a new PC, because you'll need a new graphics card; whereas going from W2000 to WXP you didn't need to buy a new PC, you added memory to bring it up to 512 (remember when Dell would sell a PC with 128MB of RAM?) and you were good to go.
quote: Let's be frank, when the OS itself demands more hardware to run reasonably than the tasks people run most often, that OS is ill-suited to the average person who sees a computer as a means to an end instead of an enthusiast's vision of a high performance toy (gaming) or status symbol.Some people don't worship the PC, it's like a toaster or TV, it just has to work to do what THEY want. 2K/XP allowed that. Vista will too eventually but these things take time - patches and evolution of cheaper hardware with better performance.
quote: Pot Kettle Black.
quote: Point being your statement was wrong
quote: When was the last time Linux released an update to a flavor that wasn't bigger? Pot Kettle Black.
quote: There are no mainstream applications or OSes that any company has released that actually requires slower hardware and less disk space than it's prior version.
quote: There's little reason why it couldn't be used on the EeePc
quote: Perhaps Microsoft doesn't want to sell XP and Vista side by side because, despite remaining demand for XP, keeping only Vista around would generate more revenue due to increased sales of Vista
quote: MS Office blows OpenOffice away.
quote: Office97 , yes. Office2007, no. :D
quote: Microsoft would do well to supply a stripped down version of XP, that could run well on a system with limited resources and power, like the eee laptops. Either that, or bring back windows ME for them! ;)
quote: No one expected that the Xandros Linux-based ASUS Eee PC would be as popular as it became during late 2007