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Operating systems - the good and bad
Montreal, Canada
663 Posts
July 16, 2019 - 8:18 pm

To Steve_K. Took my reply and comments here since this topic diverts from the blog title.

I too grew up with MSDOS, from version 3. Was still using MSDOS on a 486 till late last year. Totally bypassed Windows 3.1, and it was XP which held my attention for many years. While many where jumping to the next new operating, I held back because there was nothing wrong with XP (the longest running operating system in Microsoft history). With only a short time prior to XP's demise, I landed onto Windows 8. It had certain flaws, till 8.1 cleared them. It is always the users who gripe when something newer comes along and they must start all over learning the new system. As for Windows 10, it had many bugs at the beginning, and I suffered (endured) for six long months. It was free at that time (who could resist such an offer), so I truly wanted to love the new system with its flaws. Being told it was something we needed to overcome did not rest well with me. That age old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" meaning if something is working adequately well, leave it alone, or there is no need to upgrade. Windows 10 supports many extra features which are of no useful interest for me (sort of forcing them down my throat). I prefer using third party addons to keep 8.1 humming along nicely.

Now, according to Microsoft, Windows 8.1 support (end of life) is January 10, 2023, allowing me and other Windows 8.1 users over 3 more happy years. Who knows, maybe by then Windows 10 will improve (but I sincerely doubt it).

As for "I'm always suspicious when someone writes "M$."", believe it stands for the all mighty and powerful (money grubbing etc...), Mindblower!

"For the needy, not the greedy"

Lexa, AR
740 Posts
July 17, 2019 - 10:20 pm

I used to be able dual boot XP with Linux and let XP run my printer and scanner hardware. Now one will have a hard time finding a printer/scanner that even supports XP or Vista. I still dual boot XP and W10 and let XP run some of my old games, that I still enjoy playing, Although I am free to run whatever I wish, MS is slowly, along with a little help from hardware and software vendors, closing the door on being able to run any older OS.
Like you I hate to be considered a normal PC user, and I will run my XP for as long as it will boot.
Yes, I run W10 but if it hadn't come as a free upgrade, I would more than likely be running a dual boot with W7.
BTW, how are liking that 1tb SSD? Been thinking about getting me one for myself.

Montreal, Canada
663 Posts
July 18, 2019 - 4:42 pm

Hi dandl. Both my computers received a SSD 1TB drive and the speed is amazing. Prices now are extremely reasonable. Recommend you take the plunge and enjoy, Mindblower!

"For the needy, not the greedy"

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