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Windows XP is an elderly operating system, so why do we still rely so much on it?

Excitement is building around the launch of Windows 7. Microsoft's latest operating system was released to manufacturing back in August and will be available to consumers on October 22. Many eager Windows users are already enjoying their retail copies of Windows 7 courtesy of the Windows 7 Party Pack – in fact, some have decided to part ways with their Party Packs and list them for $200+ on eBay.

When it comes to Windows 7, there are quite a few features that stand out in the minds of users. The install takes up less space than Windows Vista, offers across the board performance increases (especially for netbooks), and includes numerous tweaks both to the user interface and beneath the skin. One feature that has received a lot of attention is XP Mode which is included with Business and Ultimate versions of Windows 7.

As its name implies, XP Mode allows users to run a fully licensed copy of Windows XP in a virtual environment within Windows 7. While having the ability to run a full copy of Windows XP Professional is no doubt a nice addition for regular consumers and businesses that still rely on Windows XP to run certain software or conduct business, is the trend to provide easy access to XP a help or hindrance to software development?

Windows XP was released late in 2001; we are now late in 2009 and fast approaching 2010. Windows XP is an eight-year-old operating system, which is quite ancient in terms of modern operating systems. Since that time, Windows Vista was released (October 2006 for businesses, January 2007 for consumers) and now were are tiptoeing towards the release of Windows 7.

Is is that consumers and businesses are just so set in their ways with using older, incompatible software? After all, upgrading to newer software that is compatible with Windows Vista/7 could be quite expensive for corporations on top of the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 (or buying new computer systems with Windows 7 already installed). Or are the software vendors that provided these older software programs just not interested in making newer versions compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7?

In Microsoft's case, it's of little concern, because anyone who buys a copy of Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate for XP mode has ultimately bought a new Windows license. But the question remains, why hang on to ties to the past?

Tell us your thoughts. If you plan on using XP Mode in Windows 7, what software do you plan to run in the virtual environment? Why are you using that software? Is there an updated version that is compatible with Vista/Windows 7, but you're comfortable using the older version? You have our ears!

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RE: I used Windows Xp
By jonmcc33 on 10/13/2009 11:00:07 AM , Rating: 2
1. A Windows Vista/7 OEM license can be as low as $100. Not sure where you pull the $400 out of? Your rear end maybe?
2. Framerates will NOT be half as much in Windows Vista/7. Recent benchmarks have shown that performance will actually be BETTER on Windows Vista/7 than Windows XP. Drivers have matured quite a bit.
3. There is little difference when gaming between 70FPS and 150FPS. It's when you dip into the 30FPS range that things can become unacceptable.

RE: I used Windows Xp
By Alexstarfire on 10/13/2009 8:57:21 PM , Rating: 2
I would agree with #1 but perhaps him switching to Vista is going to require more than just the OS itself. I don't know what he has so I can't say.

#2, better? Doubtful. Equal? Far more likely. Though with CS it's always been weird. I'm sure he can probably run CS:S faster than CS despite CS being older and needing far less resources/power to run. He could very well be right, but I have no idea and it really doesn't matter to me. He states that FPS isn't an issue anyway.

RE: I used Windows Xp
By jonmcc33 on 10/15/2009 8:48:48 AM , Rating: 2
AnandTech did a Windows 7 RC preview and benchmarks showed that it was in fact small percentage points faster than Windows XP.

Don't kill the messenger. They did the benchmarking.

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