Why do you still use XP?

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    Leon

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    I use Windows XP because it's fast, stable, and secure.

    My Windows 7 notebook (1.3gz i3 dual) is slow and crashes occasionally. My Windows 7 tablet (1.6 ghz Atom) is in a box in the shed because it's too slow to use.

    Security=privacy. Windows Live, all Google products, and all Microsoft products after 2011 are spyware. No, I don't have anything to hide. Why do these weird people want my personal data and every detail of my life? It's none of their business.

    XP has features like the menu panel on the left that are not in Vista, 7 or Linux. I have downloaded all of the Power Toys, Fun Packs and other stuff for XP from Microsoft's download center. Get yours while you still can. There are a lot of these useful utilities on the CDs included with Microsoft's "Step by Step", "Do Amazing Things", and other books currently cheap on ebay.

    I can add Gadgets to the desktop - Yahoo, Google, Desktop Sidebar, "Standalone Widgets" (gadget like mini apps) and Supposedly Active Desktop, Gadgets, HTML, Flash and Java. I even have Microsoft's secret "Sideshow" sidebar.

    I've even seen XP with so many UI cusomizations it looks just like Vista or 7. I'm pretty happy with Energy Blue for now.
     
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    MihailMojsoski

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    Because i have the installation CD of it. And i "experiment" on my PC so i need to format my PC often.
    And i love the performance in XP.
     
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    Aunty Jack

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    Hello all,

    I can never leave well enough alone, especially when it comes to Operating Systems.
    Full circle, yep, back with XP and loving it.

    Tried - Vista Starter, Home Basic, Windows 7, all versions in 32 bit and 64 bit.
    XP Professional 64 bit. Linux (a dearth of software is the drawback) in several flavours.

    In this circular journey my tired old mind did pick up a few tips and tricks mainly from Windows 7. And, now delving into XP Professional 32 bit, these tips and tricks are in XP. Buried deep but there to be used.

    I suppose I became tired of a new OS merely for full screen Solitaire game.

    Performance with XP is brilliant. Always has been, always will be.

    Now if I can convince myself in the morning to leave well enough alone and NOT start mucking about with yet another OS simply "because it is there".
     
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    eatup

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    Care to divulge a little more? Where's the dl link?
     
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    eatup

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    Yup, I'm back to XP after what I would consider my longest streak on Win7 (a few months). W7 is just a lame excuse of a sluggish OS! >.<

    I'm conspiracy-minded, so my only fear is MSFT could secretly sabotage XP thru IE8 thru various websites and other channels right around W10 launch...
     
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    Because it does not require permission to edit something and almost everything can be turned on and off, there are minor annoyances when I use windows 7 and 8 which keeps me from liking them over XP

    I would 100% agree that windows 7 is faster but windows XP lets you do almost everything and they are both stable

    secure? was any OS ever secure in the first place?

    Just backup and reinstall, best practices

    Windows 8? I will hold onto windows 7 until 2030 if that's what you are curious about
     
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    Termingamer2-JD

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    I'm running a netbook and also I love Windows XP.

    It's faster and even Microsoft cared about it enough for it to last another two years than it should have done on extended support.

    Also the fact a lot of programs (old ones) are compatible with XP especially. Like IE6, Outlook Express, the old Movie Maker, Media Player, WordPad and Paint... plus other third-party programs are compatible. Windows 7 looked like Office 2007 on those particular programs (IE6 = IE9 and OE = WinMail, but you get it) which is annoying.
     
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    keysersoze1936

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    I have done every OS MS has devised 95, through 7. I have found that Windows XP the most user friendly by far. Nothing windoz 7,8,10 can offer me anything XP does not not allow me what I need,want, or use, with less trouble. Perhaps Games. I don't know. I just want information and XP gives me that.
    In my case, Windoz 7 is MUCH much slower, and trouble prone. I have had well over 400 updates from windoz7. Slows my use a lot!
     
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    Termingamer2-JD

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    I'm sure most people got 7 for the theme, since 7 is Vista with more pointlessly removed programs (Windows Mail is hidden, which I patched once) and also less control over your computer. I remember the first time I saw it, I thought it was a Vista update.

    Oh yeah, and the first Windows to have ribbons for everything, and ribbons are the worst thing to be invented (read: Office 2007).
     
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    The computer isn't all that old, bought it quite late, working good and fast and why upgrade?
     
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    Because I love the nostalgia, the design and the performance.

    You can edit Windows 7 as much as you want, but it will never ever be the same look and feel as Windows XP. Never.

    I'm running XP on a Dell Latitude D600 laptop, and a Pentium 4 desktop rig for old-school gaming. I do have Windows 7/8.1 on mostly all of my other computers (11 laptops + 5 desktops), however XP is the preferred OS in my opinion.

    So I guess I use it just because I can, and because it works.
     
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    eatup

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    I triple-boot XP/7/8.1 on one of my Ivy Bridge laptops. XP puts the rest to shame when it comes to performance...
     
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    I still use WinXP on all my computers because I've tried Win7, Win8 and Win10, and didn't like them. What I found on them didn't excite me so much (mostly plenty of pointless bells and whistles), but what really discouraged me was what i did NOT find: for instance WHY the disks were ceaselessly accessed without any apparent reason, WHY sometimes I had to wait several seconds before regaining access to my machine, WHAT tasks were covertly running under the hood without telling me, and so on.
    If I don't trust a doctor that tells me to take those pills and don't ask questions for he knows better and I'm an ignoramus, why should I trust an OS that behaves exactly the same way?

    Point 2: I value my privacy and see no reason to share my own files and personal info with Big Brother Microsoft, whatever they may promise me not to do with them. And no, call me paranoid but I don't believe that just clicking on a 'disable' box will actually disable an unwanted feature: after all the software was written by the same company that seems to be so morbidly interested in my own business...

    Point 3: all I ask of an OS is to decently handle my files and run my software, which already DOS did almost satisfactorily 40 years ago. Then the first versions of Windows came and began adding some levels of comfort, then each further Windows version kept adding more and more scarcely needed but amusing things, then... well, you know.
    And while the software complexity and the OS use of system resources grew exponentially with each new version, the overall OS usefulness grew only logarithmically.
    At some point this perverse trend must be stopped before the OS takes the lion's share of the system and relegates the users and their software to a dusty corner. I believe XP is that point.
     
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    I've been using Windows since Windows 3.1, and have now accumulated a whole load of software and hardware which just won't work on the later editions of Windows. I'm particularly fond of my Sony MD Minidisc recorder. I also have a superb Canon scanner that not only scans pictures etc. but also negatives and slides. Far too good to scrap!
    I do have a Windows 10 Laptop. As well as an iPad Pro.
     
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