EDIT: @ Jody Thornton ( I thought I quoted you but I guess I didn't) This post was in response to the link you posted. I figured I better do an edit or what I said below would just confuse things.
Not surprising really. The older operating systems just don't have the code to make use of the new features backed into the new processors. And Microsoft isn't going to spend any time trying to add the new code to older operating systems. It's not really in their best interest. Most of those staying on Windows 7 etc are likely running it on older hardware anyway. No big deal IMHO.
Last edited by alphanumeric; 17 Jan 2016 at 12:55.
edit: (wanted to add) If for some unforeseen circumstances I did have to drop back to a older OS it would be Win 8.1.
I think some of the Nay sayers are being too pessimistic.
When W7 first launched things like video streaming were in their infancy -- even Virtualisation was essentially restricted to enterprise servers and home hobbyists. Mobile phone integration had also barely started, and security was fairly primitive by todays standards. Even the hacks and scams used then look fairly amateur compared with todays much more tech savvy criminals.
We've come a long way since then. A modern OS needs modern technology to run it. You *could* run the latest OS on a really old CPU (at probably horrendous inefficiency). You could also run an old OS on a modern CPU but the amount of extra code you'd have to build into the new CPU would waste a lot of its power - if it could be done easily and economically why then then did Ms get rid of XP.
To those that say Ms is the evil empire - that's just 100% B/S. Ms co-operates hugely with people like RED HAT who provide large VDI for many Windows client desktops without any problems whatsoever --and I'll bet a load of Ms servers dishing up windows downloads are probably powered by RED HAT or similar -(these are LINUX Enterprise servers).
I applaud Ms for trying to bring computing into a fast changing modern era while still keeping the idea of a workstation alive. OK W8 was IMO a big mistake but what large corporation has never made a mistake.
I think there's a quote from "The good book" when a crowd wanted to stone some poor hapless woman for some minor sexual proclivity : --Let him who is without sin amongst you cast the first stone.
I'm actually looking forward to the next few years - we will need all the compute power we can get --AI, robotics, nano technology, micro sugery, Virtual reality, holographic projections etc -- and we will still need a human interface for all these applications.
Huge / Mega huge CPU power needed as well as even larger fast storage --the first PB (petabyte) drives can't be far off now. New file systems and algorithms for handling this type of data will also need to be developed.
Ms is beginning again to look like an exciting innovative company -- Apple while having some nice looking gear is getting decidedly long in the tooth against what Ms is developing.
Enjoy the ride --what's gone is GONE - nothing wrong though in using legacy stuff on VM's.
Windows 10 ... faster, sharper just what a girl needs
Agreed. I am very satisfied with w10. I don't understand people who avoid updating at all costs. W7 was good but w10 is way way better.
Well, I will name 3.
1. Better security than 7. I know you can't see this. And yes I have the privacy settings turned off for almost all apps.
2. My PC took 10 seconds to logon screen, from cold boot or restart, using Win7 Ultimate. Now Win10 Pro takes 7 seconds. 30% faster.
3. My FPS games play about 10-15 FPS faster than before.