[QUOTE=olddancer;2579981]Lots of luck if you want to run a proven and stable OS like XP Pro.
Microsoft won’t even let you download Explorer 9 unless you’re running
Vista or 7. (Tried 7 for a good 15 minutes before formatting the drive it was on)
Anybody know of a good browser that isn’t grossly overbloated with “Pretty”,
has decent bookmark handling (Opera sucks at this) and will actually block
Pop-ups (not a chance with Firefox)?
Linux is looking better all the time.[/QUOTE]
So you are telling us that you spent the typical hour, to install it only to delete it after ~15min of “use”?
An average installation takes between 45min and an hour to comlete.
and even then you have to install ALL you applications before you can do more than choose what desktop wallpaper to use…
Do me a personal favor, don’t start writing reviews.
Unless you want to write reviews of buggy whips for an automitive magizine…
that’ll fit perfectly with your mindset…
Frankly I’ll try IE9, but only after I’ve made a fresh clone of the drive that I have my OS on, why? because I never do anything I can’t back out of if it doesn’t go well
And I kinda like IE8 (certainly better than IE7)
I used Chrome for a day or two and then tried to import my favorites into it and it TRASHED them during the import process and I wound up reverting to a pre-Chrome clone of my OS drive and never re-installed it,
I won’t try Safari, WHY? well… since I’ve never crossed paths with any apple software I liked…
I liked XP myself, but I’m running applications that I NEED to run that simply won’t run under XP.
I still have half a dozen XP systems I administer (I’ve been gradually been phasing them out for over a year) and while most of them could be rolled up to Vista I’d rather replace them utright with superior hardware running Win7 because that way I’ve only gotta do it… Once…
and listen to all the complaints Once
and deal with the teething issues… (you already know what I’m going to say) ONCE!.
Hell I still administer ONE Win2k system that I can’t get rid of because it’s a dedicated system to run one piece of machinery that’s gotta run until december then the machine and the computer that runs it go out as scrap 05DEC11
(unless the machine dies before then)
I never objected to Vista really… on a computer that wasn’t designed to run Windows NT/2000…
Vista is kinda like the Kit car “Ferrari” built on an old corvette chassis
Windows 7 IS the “Ferrari”
XP was nice, but it’s getting a little long in the tooth…
I rolled up to Win7 on all the machines that will run it well.
But I’m still responsible for Vista machines and several XP machines that
will be sterile orphans soon enough… when website designers drop support for IE8… I give it 18months 24months MAX before you can’t even surf ebay or watch Youtube videos with IE8
I am the very LAST guy anyone will accuse of being an early adopter, but I don’t want to be the guy trying to clmb mountains in caveman gear while everyone else is wearing GoreTex and Polar fleece
Have you noticed the new Harddrives that Seagate is introducing that WILL NOT RUN under a 32-bit Operating system? and no XP-x64 won;t work either, Vista or 7 x64 are REQUIRED…
there are already drives that only work in a “semi-crippled” mode under XP
HARDWARE is evolving too…