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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 23:28

What are some of the memorable things you remember about Windows XP? I have too many to list, but I loved everything about Windows XP from the start up sound to the new luna theme etc! I am going to greatly miss XP!


#2 Growled

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 00:56

I remember how plug and play finally worked. That was a big improvement.

#3 Matthew_Thepc

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:01

adding the Royal Noire theme, and the "Intro to Windows XP" application

not to mention Windows Dancer from the Media Center Edition... :shifty:

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:03

WMP 10, and the Energy Bliss viz.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:03

I am going to greatly miss XP!


Windows XP isn't really going anywhere, unless you let it go.

It will still operate --- you just won't get Updates.

#6 NightScreams

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:12

Windows XP isn't really going anywhere, unless you let it go.

It will still operate --- you just won't get Updates.


Some games and apps won't even function on XP anymore and no longer supported under minimum specs even. You will see a pop up mentioning not compatible with this OS version sometimes, especially with a lot of top tier games.
This also means that eventually you will not beable to update to the latest drivers. I know for Windows 2000 there are very few modern hardware that has working drivers for it anymore,...So XP will just be more and more useless every year. Less you maybe use older hardware and keep functionality limited but only a matter of time until Java,flash or services like Netflix won't function on it making even internet browsing difficult.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:22

I remember the major security breaches, like the Blaster worm - simply connecting to the internet with an unpatched computer could bring a system to its knees. Then there was a horrible Luna theme and the animated characters, like the dog for searching. There was the new activation system which was overly sensitive, resulting in unnecessary calls to Microsoft support. And there was all the hardware that ceased to work.

The situation was much better after a couple of security packs and the explosion in the skinning community.

#8 Growled

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:27

Windows XP isn't really going anywhere, unless you let it go.


That's what my employer says, XP ain't going anywhere but on our computers.

#9 MtnDewCodeRedFreak

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:27

I remember wanting XP when my family were on Win 98 SE, lol.

Then I finally got XP in 2004, a month before XP SP2 was released, and boy it's greatly improved over 98 SE. I liked the Royale theme - added luster to the old Luna theme.

I first got XP Home (no Office) in July 2004, then XP Pro and Office 2003 in April 2005.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:31

This little guy was memorable because I'd rather forget it. Why in heaven's name were these characters in there to begin with? No one may ever really know...

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#11 Dot Matrix

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:11

That's what my employer says, XP ain't going anywhere but on our computers.


You're kidding, right? I'd be searching for a new job if my employer said that.

#12 chrisj1968

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:20

Windows XP isn't really going anywhere, unless you let it go.

It will still operate --- you just won't get Updates.


unless you own an OEM like HP, Toshiba... I have alot of fond memories of XP.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:36

I made a custom brush for Gimp to have a bit of Windows XP spirit around if I should ever need...

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#14 Mark

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:55

My most memorable thing was right at the start, when they ditched water colour for luna and I could not believe my eyes.

2nd most memorable thing is finding new visual styles that I actually liked.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:10

Memories about XP:
  • The selection of high quality visual styles. Back in the day when I still cared for customising Windows. This very forum was sort of a central hub for the XP customisation scene.
  • Bringing the NT kernel to the consumer space.
  • Going 'WTF?' when I saw the first screenshot of the Luna VS - which was on Neowin I believe.
  • Having to support it 11 1/2 years after it RTM-ed. Although to be fair, my employer is phasing out the remaining XP machines in the near future.