Hi thereOriginally Posted by Britton30, post: 21743, member: 46
It's quite funny really about XP -- I remember when it started it was called Windows expensive (XP in expensive !!) and the activation system was really complained about.
Now just about every man and his dog is posting about how to keep XP running and using VM's etc. People have got used to it and in spite of serious flaws about security etc it was on the whole really user friendly. and probably will remain as the most popular user OS of all time.
I'm just updating my last copy -- Office 2010 and the last 174 updates !!! finally before Ms shuts down the update service. I'm running it very happily as a VM on Linux mate (same with 8.1 and W7). Haven't updated XP for nearly a year now but I'm giving it one final go before the service is shut down --I have some expensive hardware for cutting Vinyl discs that only runs on XP - even in a VM - new hardware is out of the question - if I could even FIND IT. !!
If W9 is anything even as half as popular as XP Ms will be on to a winner. W8.1 is passable if you switch to desktop and don't bother with a lot of the cruddy apps in "the Store".
Ms is a corporation that actually does want to make money so they will change the OS eventually to suit its users - but I do hope the subscription model isn't going to be too widely used (aka Office 365).