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#46 firey



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 14:35

I like that Luna wasn't so square. I like the rounded, smooth feel (Luna, Aero).
I remember how cool having a windows XP machine was, and being super jealous my friend had it
I still use XP daily at work (infact using it to type this).
I used to Skin XP all the time, however with Vista/7 I haven't had to as it looked great as is.
Everything felt modern, felt new, felt re-designed.

Most of all.. we had windows ME before XP and had to take it in nearly every week to get it wiped and redone. It got to the point the PC Place gave us a free OEM copy of XP and installed it and we never had to take it back.

#47 Rudy


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 14:51

Some of our machines at work still run NT4 :rofl:

Up until recently I've seen a bank computer (used in the back) running either Win 3.11 or NT 3.1

#48 McKay


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 14:56

Up until recently I've seen a bank computer (used in the back) running either Win 3.11 or NT 3.1

Some terminals also run MS-DOS. Oddly they have touchscreens. :s

#49 menifred


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 15:03

With Windows XP I started using winnt.sif and loved it :drool:

Custom installations possible, Documents and Setting stored on another partition, most OS settings preconfigured...

Autounattend.xml is awesome and an improvement over winnt.sif IMO.

#50 Azies


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 18:05

XP is still alive and kicking for me, never died, I use it on older machines that while run fine with Windows Vista, 7, and 8, run just a TINY bit better on Windows XP. :)

#51 Yusuf M.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 18:11

The only thing I really miss about Windows XP are the custom visual styles. There were so many to choose from and I went through a "kid in a candy store" phase where I'd find a better visual style every time.

#52 Kaze23


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 18:13

Blaster/Sasser worms. :rofl:

Another memorable thing was how much slower it felt compared to Windows 2000. The OS finally became tolerable when SP2 was released.

Good riddance, Windows XP. I won't miss you.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 18:14

-Visual style (i didn't mind Luna as much as many do, my favorite was the silver variant). I used to customize a lot but then gave up later on.
-Stability compared to 98/Me
-SP2 onwards it was a dream.
-Plug&Play with USB :)

#54 metallithrax


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 18:22

Still have quite a few PC's on XP at work. My girlfriends PC at home is also on XP. Although the whole PC will probably be upgraded before the end of XP support.

#55 briangw


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 18:47

I remember being very disappointed that Windows XP was just a love child of Windows ME and Windows 2000.

Windows 2000 was a much better OS. But, you couldn't theme it, so the kids paid no mind.

Not every game worked in 2000 which is why I dual booted with ME.

I remember the firewall finally getting better with SP2
XP Media Center was awesome
XP 64 bit was really choppy on my first 64-bit system
XP Tablet edition really didn't go anywhere
And who can forget the Tele-Tubby desktop?

Good memories.

#56 Fish


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 18:57

It's been around for so long it's hard to remember the experience (no pun intended) of moving from W98 to XP, but two things stand out most of all...

Stabilty. Compared to W98, XP was rock-solid.

Drivers. Suddenly hardware just seemed to work without too much intervention. Modems, printers, soundcards... things that could be a nightmare to install in W98 were up and running in minutes.

#57 riceBox


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 19:02

-Windows XP intro I play when I get bored
-Stability SP2 onwards
-Fantastic skinning scene. There's so much great skins being created within a month.
-Last Windows OS to include 3D Pinball Space Cadet
-Plug & Play USB devices, and malware.

Good times... good times

#58 Mando


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 19:20

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

some of us have no reason/option due to software validation in our selected sectors, im lucky that we get the finances to replace systems which we are now ensuring come withW7 pro, I have 75 left to do before EOL for Pro. That's IF all software used in my sector (Biomed research) has been validated to run on W7 (thanks FDA, 21CFR compliance), surprisingly a lot of Siemens, Abbott, and other Biomed companies equipment etc is still in progress for validation on post XP. (and sure il look for another job when normal IT positions pay the equivalent that Biomed Research pay me to do my job, e.g never ;))

Ill miss the small footprint, low system specs and general stable, simple problem resolution. Ill not miss hacking windows XP drivers from other dell laptops to retro-install WXPP on new "unsupported" models.

#59 matt4pack



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 19:26

The thing I hated the most about XP is that stupid language bar that automatically enables itself when you install IE8. It almost always gets cut in half by the tray icons.

How something like that can pass quality control is beyond my understanding.

#60 Mando


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 19:28

Some terminals also run MS-DOS. Oddly they have touchscreens. :s

heheh I still support DOS, W2k and NT4 :(