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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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Here's why XP rules:
By JuPO5b4REqAYbSPUlMcP on 10/13/2009 1:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
(For businesses)

1. Most Line of Business apps will not abandon XP because so many companies run it.
2. Alternatively, it takes time to approve new Operating systems, service packs for LOB apps. Vista was just recently approved by 3 of our application makers. Windows 7 won't be supported for at least 2 years, and certainly not XP mode in Windows 7. The vendor needs to know what the environment is, VM or not. Many vendors simply will not support a VM'd environment because it's even harder to test in that scenario.

3. An OS promary role is to run apps. XP does this better than Vista and 7, bar none. XP runs all the apps of the past ~10 years without difficulty. As much as people would like Vista and 7 to work without hassle, it just doesn't. UAC breaks many apps auto-update routines.

Not saying Windows 7 won't eventually replace XP, I'm just saying nobody in business world will be rushing out to replace XP until their apps are 7 approved, which is unlikely except for the smallest of businesses.

(for consumers)

Have at it. Almost all your apps and hardware should work fine. The 4 MP sony camera I bought in 2000 that takes great pictures still hasn't worked since Vista, and Sony plans no device drivers to get it to work. The only workaround is an annoying memory card reader.

RE: Here's why XP rules:
By Radnor on 10/14/2009 7:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
For bussiness.

1-Most VMs work flawlessly even with older Win2K Apps. Bussiness sometiems just ned to grow a brain, and let CIOs think for themselfs, or however is responsible.

2- If people just test, you would be surprised what runs without a hitch on Vista/7 64 Bits.

3- Msconfig-> disable UAC -> Profit !!

4- Blame Sony. They always do that.

An angry user stuck at IE6/Win2K. This CPU already has EMT64 bits FFS !!!

RE: Here's why XP rules:
By Cypherdude1 on 10/15/2009 6:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
I am currently using XP Pro on this machine. It works fine and is very stable. Because the CPU is an older single core AMD 1400 MHz T-Bird (+1 GB RAM), this is the end of the upgrade path for this machine. Even if the CPU was faster, I still would not upgrade to Vista or 7. Installing a new O/S and all its apps is very time consuming and troublesome. In addition, purchasing Win7, 2 new office suites, Acrobat 9 Pro, plus extra utilities is very costly, at least $700.

Furthermore, there are many software titles and older hardware devices which do not work on Windows Vista or 7. I may even transfer this XP Pro license to a new 4 core machine. Because XP Pro is not well designed for multi-core CPU's, I may use a third party utility to set the CPU affinity. Microsoft never created any utilities or shortcuts for XP Pro which allow a user to automatically choose a particular core for a particular application. This must done either manually in Task Manager or by a third party utility. Here is one utility which allows a user to set CPU affinity:

BTW, if your manufacturer did not write a device driver for Windows 7, it will not work even in XP virtual mode.

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