Chinese Government Says Windows 8 is too Expensive, Will Cling to XP
April 23, 2014 9:45 AM
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China is looking at home grown patch solutions now
For many people in the corporate world, there is no real reason or need to upgrade from the 14-year-old Windows XP to a more modern version like Windows 7 or Windows 8. Some cite costs as a reason for not upgrading, while others point to the fact that their “mature” integrated systems simply don’t need anything new or fancy to operate properly.
One of the largest organizations that has no desire to move away from Windows XP is the Chinese government. China instead plans to patch XP on its own rather than upgrade to Windows 8, because upgrading would be too expensive (Windows 8 sells for 888 yuan in China, or roughly $142).
Just a little bit of Windows XP nostalgia...
Chinese firms have reportedly released special protection patches to shore up XP’s defenses and the Chinese government says that it is now assessing those patches for its own use.
Estimates peg the number of Chinese computers using XP at nearly 70% compared to 18% in the U.S. As of early April, 25% of all PCs on the market were
still running Windows XP
Despite the reluctance for many to leave XP behind, Microsoft finally ended official support for Windows XP earlier this month. So many people weren't keen to move from XP in the business world that
Microsoft offered to extend support
for some companies for a hefty price.
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RE: Not for anyone
4/24/2014 5:39:09 AM
I run multiple copies of Windows 7 in virtual machines (my way of isolating my financial and government data from my general web browsing).
For most purposes, Win 7 actually runs just fine with 2 GB of RAM. Pared down (unnecessary services turned off), it boots up with only about 700 MB used. I could run my hi-sec financial VM just fine in 1.5 GB. This includes Chrome which has Flash built in. I just leave it at 2 GB because that's what VMWare recommended and I have plenty of physical RAM to spare.
Windows XP actually runs fine in 256 MB. Just last week I prepped some of the old XP boxes I had for donation to Mexico. I bumped them up to 512 MB (actually redistributed RAM between the 256 MB and 1 GB systems), and installed Avast antivirus and Chrome, and they're as happy as a clam. Boot up and they're at about 150 MB used (half of that being the antivirus). The biggest bottleneck is actually the HDD. I'd forgotten how slow those old 33 MHz IDE drives were (about 25 MB/s). The one newer system with SATA ports is
RE: Not for anyone
4/24/2014 1:48:02 PM
Chrome is so memory hungry, though (as is IE). You must need to keep web browsing down to a couple of sessions at best I would imagine with only 1.5 or 2GB of ram total.
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