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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

How would you rank the 4 Windows OSs which are XP, 8 , 7 and Vista from 1 (best) to 4 (worst)? Explain why you ranked them like this. Mine is below.

1. Windows XP- Just works, and works flawlessly.

2. Windows 7- Fast like XP and works well.

3. Windows Vista- Works well now, but resource intensive

4. Windows 8 - Total disaster of a UI but fast.

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techbeck    5,111

XP - Just because how long it was out for before Vista and how many are still using it.

7 - Vast improvement over Vista. Smooth and never had an issue.

Vista - Never had a problem. Main issue as driver support, at first, and hardware requirements.

Have not made up my mind about 8 yet. Still messing with it and want to see what the consumer release of Blue is like. But most likely will fall either before or after Vista.

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Jim K    9,056

Another one of these threads? :) I'll play:

1. Windows 7 - Stable, fast, just works

2. Windows XP - Fairly stable, fairly fast but (for the most part) out of date. Hard to argue against an OS that has been going strong for 11 years

3. Windows Vista - Really no experience except I have XBMC running on it in the bedroom. Haven't had any issues w/ it though.

*4. Windows 8 doesn't even belong in this spot. I would almost rather place Windows 3.1 here instead. :)

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+The Evil Overlord    17,779

1- 7. The Most satisfactory OS I've ever had, took little to no time to get used to, does everything I need it to.

2- XP. My old number one, only problem I had with it was............... the odd bsod now and again

3- 8. I tried it twice, then figured It's not for me

4- Vista. Had it for an hour before I smashed up my pc from frustration (windows is searching for 'whatever'.exe WHEN IT'S CLEARLY INSTALLED WHERE VISTA PUT IT)

(wow, ironically I rated 8 higher than vista..........)

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Obi-Wan Kenobi    1,083

Meh...others took the bait, think I'll just sit back and watch.....

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DavidM    328

1) 7 - Best Windows I've ever used.

2) XP - Great OS, but took 2 service packs to get it really good.

3) Vista - Once you did a clean install with good drivers almost as good as XP.

4) 8 - Hate metro/modern and the ugly ass default theme woth no customazation.

Why does eveyone think 8 is so fast? Win 7 runs just as fast and boots just as fast, if 8 actually shut down it would boots just like 7.

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LaP    1,733

1. Windows 7

2. XP.

3. Vista

4. Windows 8

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Max Norris    2,072

Why not.

7 - My personal favorite of any desktop OS from any developer. Fast, flexible, super stable.

8 - A few tweaks will put it over the top, a few annoyances keep it from being there, and I don't mean the usual "baww Metro" complaints, easily worked around.

Vista - Eventually got to a decent place. Too late though, still fairly heavy compared to the others.

XP - It was good back in 2001. (Welllllll after the service packs.. kinda sucked at first, stuck with 2KPro till then) Now, not so much. Too little support, too limited in functionality, too unstable, too old. Definitely not "modern."

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Raa    1,408

Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP...

Oh you said modern!

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c.grz    375

Windows 7

Windows 8

Windows XP

Windows Vista

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Active.    1,408

8 - Stardock tweaks make it a better 7

7 - a better Vista

Vista - first modern release of Windows

XP - can't be called 'modern' with a straight face

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+warwagon    9,948

Windows XP : An OS that brought NT to the masses. Sure it's old but it still works just fine.

Windows 7 : An OS which brought some much need polish to Vista.

Windows Vista : Without this there would be no 7

Windows 8 (Does this really have to be on the list?) : Meh

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Marshall    15,354

If you don't have anything to contribute to the OP's question, please don't bother posting.

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BannanaNinja    39

1. Windows 8 - lots of improvements over 7 (multi-monitor, cleaner desktop UI, all around faster)

2. Windows 7 - good, but not quite as 8

3. Windows Vista - slow, ugly, but usable

4. Windows XP - completely unusable (no Aero snap, graphical glitches, no hit start and type to search, control panel isn't as good, also kinda ugly...could go on and on)

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MtnDewCodeRedFreak    151

1st - 7

2nd - Vista

3rd - 8 (maybe after Blue, it'd be bumped up to 2nd)

4th - XP (too old for 2013)

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chrisj1968    1,416

ok, XP got us on the NTFS system, so

7

Vista

XP

8 to compete with Apple on the tablet

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myxomatosis    251

In my opinion.

-Windows 7. Fast, reliable. The last "real" Windows

-Windows XP. Old but still reliable and usable. Classic Windows version. First "NT" Windows version for home users

-Windows Vista. Not the most light and fast Windows version, but Vista brought some majors upgrades and evolutions to the table. If you like Windows 7, you must respect Windows Vista.

-Windows 8. The "Desktop" is excellent! As reliable as Windows 7, but faster. Windows 8 could have been the best Windows in history, but the decided to shove this horrible Start Screen down out throat. It kills the experience

Ironically I'm using Windows 8 on both my desktop and my MacBook. The only reason I decided to keep it? Start8

If no Start Menu replacement existed, I would simply be using Windows 7.

They block the possibility to use a Start Menu replacement software in Windows Blue? I'm back on Windows 7, as simple as that

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+The Evil Overlord    17,779

1. Windows 8 - lots of improvements over 7 (multi-monitor, cleaner desktop UI, all around faster)

2. Windows 7 - good, but not quite as 8

3. Windows Vista - slow, ugly, but usable

4. Windows XP - completely unusable (no Aero snap, graphical glitches, no hit start and type to search, control panel isn't as good, also kinda ugly...could go on and on)

Interesting list, I'm glad you like 8, but could you spare a moment, to explain the multi monitor part of your post? I'm running 7 with 3 screens I had no trouble or problems with it

(basically I guess my question would be, what has 8 got in that area that 7 doesn't?)

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+warwagon    9,948

(basically I guess my question would be, what has 8 got in that area that 7 doesn't?)

Taskbar on each monitor. Same thing ultramon gives Windows 7 users.

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BannanaNinja    39

Interesting list, I'm glad you like 8, but could you spare a moment, to explain the multi monitor part of your post? I'm running 7 with 3 screens I had no trouble or problems with it

(basically I guess my question would be, what has 8 got in that area that 7 doesn't?)

With 8 your taskbar extends to all monitors and apps only appear in the taskbar of the monitor they are currently running in.

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+The Evil Overlord    17,779

Taskbar on each monitor. Same thing ultramon gives Windows 7 users.

With 8 your taskbar extends to all monitors and apps only appear in the taskbar of the monitor they are currently running in.

Ah, ok, thank you both :) (Y)

(I use DesktopFusion for that, I didn't realise 8 did that as standard)

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yowanvista    103

1. Windows 7 - Definitely the best PC OS out there.

2. Windows Vista - Older but still very functional.

3. Windows XP - Ancient pile of junk

4. Windows 8 - Nonsensical touchscreen garbage OS

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zeke009    64

Meh...others took the bait, think I'll just sit back and watch.....

It wasn't the bait that brought me here, it was that buttery popcorn of yours!

Windows 7 - Progressed not having to hunt/peck through the Start menu

Windows 8 - Hope you learned how to make use of search from Vista and 7

Windows Vista - started the trend of not having to hunt/peck through the Start menu

Windows XP - about to become a massive liability, too expensive to cling to the past

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Sandor    436

ok, XP got us on the NTFS system, so

lolwut?

NTFS pre-dates XP by many years.

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Nothing Here    450

1. Windows 8 - Love Win8. Wished the entire OS was Metro.

2. Windows XP - Wasn't a bad OS.

3. Windows 7 - Looked good. But wasn't as good as XP.

4. Windows Vista - I hate placing this in this spot. Shouldn't be listed at all. Hated it with a passion.

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