It's a long time overdue :iagree:
Hmmm .. billions of 8W HDD's across the world, chewing up an extra 1W of power with 10 times the storage of the 10x 7W low capacity drives they are replacing.
Won't someone think of the children!!!!
At any rate, Windows XP will be phased out by the 2014 that support ends for the OS ... 12years, not a bad run for an OS. Linux is not affected by the transition, and neither are recent Mac Os's.
Anyone that is concerned about 100byte files taking up 4KB of disc space, instead of 512B really needs to get a life ....
How many miniature log files are you intending to keep on your HDD?
1024 x 4KB => 4MB's .... 10,240 x 4KB = 40MB's ... My current HDD -> 1000,000 MB ... Oh the pain!!!!
Use compression on your HDD, if you are concerned.
At any rate, to get HDD's of greater capacity, the 100 fold increase in reliability is of more concern, than wasted space for small text files.
Windows 7 is decades beyond XP, and the ease of use, and small features like window previews when you flick your mouse across the sub-tasks makes it quicker & easier to use.
I honestly can't recommend XP for home users anymore, but I completely disagree with Dell bundling X32 versions of Windows 7 with their PC's .. FFS
Windows 7 all the way .... or better yet .. Linux :iagree: