Originally Posted by tangoforce
I disagree. Win95 imo was ok but clearly not up to the job for today. 98 was ****, Me was actually pretty decent IMO - the BSODs reduced dramatically over Win98 even though many people slated it saying 98 was better (no idea how that works).
IMO, XP was the ultimate though. Used by everyone from home users to huge companies, police forces, councils etc. It was a great all rounder, supported almost everything, could be adapted to do everything and was almost crash resistant.
By today's standards 95 and 98 are both crap but nostalgia has a funny way of making people remembering things better than they were.
Windows 7 is so much better than XP though. The CPU scheduler actually understands the difference between physical and logical cores, it has TRIM support for SSDs, the 64-bit support is solid, the UAC is much better compared to Vista and you don't run as admin all the time unlike standard XP.
People say XP is great but usually forget how awful it was when it came out. It wasn't until 4 years later (SP2) that it became decent. It had driver issues, stability problems and all the programs people brought over from 9x had tons of issues since they were all written for the old architecture. (Granted that is hardly the fault of the OS but that didn't stop people from blaming it.)
Those of us that had been on Windows 2000 thought the fisher price user interface was silly. I remember when XP was coming out people were swearing they'd never upgrade to it and that Windows 2000 was what they were going to stick to.
I think the Windows 8 user interface is dumb and I'm not planning to upgrade to it right away. I like Windows 7 and there is still another 8 years of support for it so I can take my time. I might give Windows 8 a try on one of my spare computers some time soon though.
I've been using 7 since before it was released and it has been a pretty solid and stable OS for me. XP certainly became good and I got a lot of work done on it but 7 is still better.
Originally Posted by tangoforce
Win7 is pretty decent too but the amount of people using it is still less than XP and that says something IMO. Even though I use 7 myself with minimal hassle, there are still some things that were easier on XP.
XP definiately has my vote as the best MS system. Even now many places are still refusing to upgrade from it and it was the first M$ OS that forced M$ to continue supporting it after their cancellation of support.
Can you cite your source for XP being more widely used than Windows 7? These sources which offer a good cross section of the internet say otherwise:
As for support, I think you are being disingenuous to Microsoft, they always support their OSes much longer than their rivals. They are planning to support Vista until 2017 and 7 until 2020. That is a really
long time to support one piece of software. They supported Windows 2000 until 2010 and NT4 until 2004. And they don't just sneak the dates up on people, they are published way in advance
. They can't support it forever, people have to upgrade eventually or be left behind. I'm all for some good Microsoft bashing but lets try and keep some perspective.