Dear diehard XP peeps from a diehard 7 peep

Discussion in 'Windows XP General Discussion' started by Se7en, Mar 15, 2024.

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    Se7en

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    sup XP peeps?

    I was a diehard XP OG who used XP from ages 11-24. I loved it from the day it came out, we were inseparable, I used it for practically my entire childhood. Vista disgusted me, I swore to never upgrade.

    Windows 7 was alright but I hated how it wasn't as customizable as XP and how it still offered less control to the user, so I hung on tight. Then in 2014 I finally forced myself to upgrade because I just got my first SSD and XP did not support TRIM. I could live without a lot of things but I hated HDDs with a passion so I relented - but not without customizing my 7 box to look exactly like XP.

    Now I am in the same situation with Windows 7 where I struggled to get it to work on the new, modern PC I bought. I don't want Windows 10 which is littered with spyware and all that bullshit telemetry. I have zero reason to use it, but my next upgrade might just force me to as drivers won't exist for 7.

    That's what brings me here. I am wondering how are you diehard XP fans faring? Is your OS working on modern hardware? How do you get all the drivers? What keeps you holding onto your favorite OS so tenaciously? I'm curious to hear your stories and motivation for sticking to XP.

    I have no idea where I'm at here, because among normies I am an oldschool out of touch laggard. So it feels awkward to now be on the other side of the fence. I'm the most tenacious fucker I know, so I'm curious how y'all perceive me. Am I a slightly more intelligent normie for sticking to 7 rather than the mess known as 10/11, but still a traitor for abandoning XP?
     
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    Borg

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    Well, Im still on XP (actually, 2003) because its last OS I can customize and even hack abit myself. I also have all my tools there too. I need control :)

    New hardware? Impossible. Luicky, I dont need powerfull HW for what I do. My current
    desktop is HP 8200 and 2003 works very well on it. If it will start dying, I have spare one.

    Future doesnt look bright tho. We have retro movements, but they are niche.
    New HW is shit, but as far I can buy old stuff from scrapyards its ok. Not sure what I will do 10 years into future tho. Im trying to not worry about it too much.
     
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    I'm in pretty much the same boat.
     
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    My excuse is I'll prolly be dead in 10 years!

    (was 77 in Jan.)
     
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    So none of you can make it work on modern hardware and you only hang on because you're too old to give a damn? Disappointing.

    Cornermuse, my dad isn't close to 77 but he's so trapped in the past that he thinks CDs and walkmans are modern, why get stuck specifically with XP?
     
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    I also have mypal (portable) on my computer. It is setup so's saving stuff gets everything saved to the same place as where firefox saves it. A lot of times I must follow a link that some sites have determined they can't show, thanks to bILL Satan gATES, , ,
    Anywayz, copy link from FF bar & paste to M-P & walla!
    I have "7" & "10" on at least 2 comps & have not used either one for 'years'.
    I use Linux Mint quite a bit.
    Cars? I will stick with "eternal" combustion engines!! (they aint goin' away!)
     
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    Too busy. It was much easier to get Windows XP software/games working on modern Windows than to get new software/games working on Windows XP. I have way too many other hobbies and interests.
     
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    xperceniol

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    I'm just waiting for my hardware to die off and when I get something new(er) I'd likely not install XP again ... I'd do full liniux with Linux Mint or Zorin 16.3.
     
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    I've been wondering too about the hardware aspect, because no matter what it'll need to be compatible when that goes bust and needs replacements. [+ 64-bit is needed to go above 4GB RAM.]
    But there is one way I know. Install WinXP [or 7] via a virtual machine. I tried VMware and some other, fumbled around and saw it could work. With access to the same drives, but it was a bit complicated to set up. Had to screenshoot the whole learning process.
    As for my current spec - I have XP on my other (main) PC, running hardware mostly from last decade like GA-970-DS3 chipset, SB Live 24-Bit, 4 GB ram and NVIDIA GTX 560..
    There's also the option to buy used gear. Replaced my graphic card with a similar unit and it worked well.
     
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    The problem with VMs is they lag and don't feel smooth at all. I did hear of hypervisors which are basically bare-metal VMs but never tried one so not sure if those would run more smoothly with less overhead.

    You can use PAE to have up to 64 GB of RAM on a 32-bit system, I don't even have half of that kind of RAM right now in 2024.

    The latest hardware is a huge problem for Windows 7 right now, let alone XP. But even if it wasn't, the next problem becomes software compatibility. What if you wanna use the next best thing which only works on the latest OS?

    The solution may indeed be a nifty Linux distro with an XP shell.

    Actually, XP's source code was leaked a few years ago so someone could make an open-source Windows fork as a competitor to Linux, but I doubt it would go anywhere.
     
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    Hello Guys im newc
     
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