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ok i know it is religious sacrilege and total blasphemy to talk about using windows xp on neowin and most who talk this way are nailed and burnetalive on the neowin cross. but i'm curious if anyone was in two mind between windows 7 and windows xp and on the release of windows 8 have finally decided whether to be on xp or 7?

i've found going back to xp better since there were some sleep problems, graphics issues and slow network performance some bsods.. which resolve easily with xp. win7 requires some tweaks.

win8 had the same issues as win7 except it didnt allow system wide disabling of cleartype and additional ads and a half baked metro ui.

so question is when going back from win 8 whath did you prefer 7 or xp?

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tell us somethings about your hardware.

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[quote name='ledgori' timestamp='1353239715' post='595329992']
tell us somethings about your hardware.
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q6600 g45id 8gb ram 1 tb hdd dell u2410 dual server ethernet intel card

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[quote name='slumdogtrillionaire' timestamp='1353239579' post='595329986']
ok i know it is religious sacrilege and total blasphemy to talk about using windows xp on neowin and most who talk this way are nailed and burnetalive on the neowin cross. but i'm curious if anyone was in two mind between windows 7 and windows xp and on the release of windows 8 have finally decided whether to be on xp or 7?

i've found going back to xp better since there were some sleep problems, graphics issues and slow network performance some bsods.. which resolve easily with xp. win7 requires some tweaks.

win8 had the same issues as win7 except it didnt allow system wide disabling of cleartype and additional ads and a half baked metro ui.

so question is when going back from win 8 whath did you prefer 7 or xp?
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What tweaks was needed in windows 7 windows 7 works great out of the box and is far better then XP ever could be and as for windows 8 it is faster yet so i dont see what issue your having and why you want to go back to windows XP since well umm it is no longer really supported and is over 10 years old about now so yea

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[quote name='notuptome2004' timestamp='1353240289' post='595330006']
What tweaks was needed in windows 7 windows 7 works great out of the box and is far better then XP ever could be and as for windows 8 it is faster yet so i dont see what issue your having and why you want to go back to windows XP since well umm it is no longer really supported and is over 10 years old about now so yea
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[quote name='slumdogtrillionaire' timestamp='1353240191' post='595330000']
q6600 g45id 8gb ram 1 tb hdd dell u2410 dual server ethernet intel card
[/quote]That's pretty generic hardware. From what you describe it sounds more like you are having some sort of hardware issue not caught by XP (and therefore a hidden problem waiting to jump you when you least expect it).

I'd have a good look at the hardware, clean off and re-apply thermal past on the CPU and check RAM and GFX card for errors. I have found over the years these are the usual suspects for the exact symptoms you are describing and doubt very much it has anything to do with which OS your are running.
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A straight answer to your question is, I prefer Windows 7 any day over XP, but contrary to what most say on here about XP, is it's still an awesome OS and STILL supported for 2 more years!

If your stuff works perfectly with XP, reinstall it and enjoy!! :)
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if i had to go back it would be windows 7 i cant stand xp, but i have no problems with 8 so im all good not going back

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[quote name='slumdogtrillionaire' timestamp='1353240191' post='595330000']
q6600 g45id 8gb ram 1 tb hdd dell u2410 dual server ethernet intel card
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How are you going to use 8 GB of RAM with Windows XP?

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sigh? No bro, I sigh when I see that you have 8 GB of memory, and you think you're going to be able to use it in an operating system that's now 11 years old. sigh...
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This will require two Advil....

Your machine would be wasted with XP. Support for XP is gone, and will be dead in a year. You would be now three releases behind, and will not be able to take advantage of new software.

Let XP die in peace. Pull the cord.
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I preferred classic shell myself, I had absolutely zero issues with 8, some issues with 7, and a complete lack of success with Windows XP.

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Although Windows XP was an awesome operating system, and I absolutely loved it, I don't see why you'd choose it or even consider it, over Windows 7.
Also, I wouldn't class going from Windows 8 to Windows 7 as "downgrading", IMO it'd be upgrading.
I know if I wasn't using something brand new already and needed to go out and buy a new computer, and I had to buy one with Windows 8 on it, I'd be reformatting and installing Windows 7 for sure.
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I known how you feel, XP is indeed good enough, if wasn't for the lack of a decent 64 bit version I would still be using it today.
So I will recommend what I'm using right now, Windows 7 x64 bits, it has the 'XP feel' somehow I think it will be the new XP in this decade.

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XP will not utilize all 8 gigs of your ram...it will use 3 if you are lucky. This is because XP is an x86 OS. Go with Windows 7.
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Windows 7, 64 bit.

And if you need XP - install XP Mode.* It's free! :)

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If you've got problems with 7 but not XP that sounds very much like a problem with the Dell parts in the system, when dell release a system, they only bother to support the OS it comes shipped with, if it works or doesn't with the next iteration of windows is hit and miss. Look for BIOS upgrades and whatnot. I've always had problems with dell PCs/workstations/laptops, their servers are much better though.

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Anyone ever used Windows Server 2003 or 2008? 21th century equivalents for the magnificent Windows 2000. Fast, simple, robust and native 64 bit support (Unlike the travesty that Windows XP 64bit was).
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I used to use server 03 on my dell box (lol) that was from dreamspark, stopped using it in the end because of some problem with the hardware or whatnot, had to keep reactiviting it with MS so phoned them up and said it was the same PC it was activated on and couldn't be bothered with the hassle of having to keep doing it.

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[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1353281556' post='595331434']
Anyone ever used Windows Server 2003 or 2008? 21th century equivalents for the magnificent Windows 2000. Fast, simple, robust and native 64 bit support (Unlike the travesty that Windows XP 64bit was).
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Windows 2003 and 2008 were the last vast superior server OS from Microsoft that was actually useful for use in desktop in contrast with their respective client version (xp and vista).
2003 is nt 5.2 and was considerably faster than XP (nt 5.1) ever could be, I used server 2003 until 2007, but I think its futile to advocate its use because people still too much 'hur dur its a server OS', they can't realize its superiority.
2008 was very strange it had the same kernel as Vista but in my benchmarks it was about 10-15% faster than Vista, I only heard some theories like the removal of DRM responsible for such better performance.
from 2008r2 and 2012 no real gain is observed in comparison with the client version (7 and 8).

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now if we're talking server OS's which are an option for me via dreamspark... what is the next best thing after xp, server 2003?

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2008 R2

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From my knowledge, any hardware that can run XP can run 7 whether it be with some concessions or not. I'm still on the fence if I want to stay with 8 or go back to 7.

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Downgrade to Windows 7. It's so much better and it looks so sexy! :)

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