questionshow many of you still use xp?

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I still use XP on some of my computers, with others running 7. I actually own enough Windows 7 licenses to upgrade them all, but the XP systems are running fine at the moment; sometimes it's better to just let them be until there's a reason to move forward.

You mentioned the cost of Windows 7 being $100. That's normally true, but about once every month or two you can find the "Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack" on sale for about $100. That comes with upgrade licenses for three computers, so it's a great deal. (Note that only Vista can be upgraded to 7 [retaining all of your installed software], upgrading XP actually does a clean install of 7.)

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We use it at work, as some of our software and equipment can't use anything newer. I've got one still running 98 :)

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I have a laptop with XP and a desktop box with a dual boot XP - Linux Ubuntu. I also have a laptop with Win7 and a desktop with same. I don't plan on upgrading either of the prior two, although I may just wipe the desktop drive and run Ubuntu or Mint on it.
I haven't stayed up with any Win8 news so no help there.

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We currently have four desktops, two laptops, a netbook, and an HP Touchpad. On my desktop and netbook I run XP, primarily because I have some old software that I love but which can't be moved to Win7. The other stuff uses either linux or Apple something-or-other.

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We have Vista still. I miss XP. Vista sucks :(

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@okham: I still have one at work running 95 and we used it several times last week :)

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Converted all the PC's at home to Windows 7 at the beginning of last year. No regrets at all, Windows 7 is great for everything we're using them for.

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Windows for workgroups for me!

My work uses Win 7 and we have one of the largest corperate roll out of Windows 7 from Microsoft.

I still have some applications that only run on XP and I just use a virtual machine for those. All of my perseonel machines are Win 7 all differant versions Pro , Ultimate and even a few Home Premium I dont manage.

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Almost all of them at work are. Upgrade one, we'd have to upgrade all of them (because of the applications) ... and that gets costly.

The one computer that's not ... it's running Windows 98. Again, application compatibility. Hey, it's better than ME ...

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@narfcake: Yup, I work in the fed system, and ours are all XP. Slowly they are talking about upgrading. I think they think it's a security thing and a cost thing. At home I am running 7 on a desktop I bought as Vista, but have left XP on a laptop I bought as XP.

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WinXP is such a stable OS that it's hard to argue for upgrading. On the other hand, Win7 has turned out to be a great OS as well. At home I have to admit I have upgraded most systems to Win7, but still have a couple of XP machines sitting around that run 24/7/365 without any problems. Those are dedicated to specific functions and I dare not touch them given their unbelievable stability over the few years.

Until Msft forced me to do otherwise, I was recommending XP to my clients due to the stability and users familiarity. From an administrative perspective, Win7 is better with it's built-in safe guards and fine, fine control via group policy.

The answer I would give most people is very simple, "If it ain't broke, don't fix."

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My company recently upgraded many of our machines to Win7 x64. Then spent many IT hours downgrading those same machines to XP x86.

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Still in the dark ages at work, though there's a plan to move to 7 soon. At home I've been all Windows 7 from the beginning.

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Work has us using Windows XP. It will probably be years until we upgrade to Win 7. Oh well. Windows 7 on 3 of 4 systems at home, the 4th is a 6 year old tower that gets turned on once in a great while to retrieve an old document.

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What are you looking for? Personal stories or compelling reasons? ;-)

Win 7 or XP provide acceptable function. I won't discuss Vista. If you use that, change. As several noted, they're sticking with their stable and proven applications and OS. If you're happy, there's no compelling reason to "upgrade".

That said, if you have a specific need or application that requires Win 7, do it. The improvements over XP make it worthwhile, but only if it's needed. If you are buying a new machine, not upgrading an old one, get Win 7, absolutely. The price is the same, function and support is better.

Win 8? Why ask?

It's still at least 10 months pre-release. What I've seen suggests that release date is pre-mature. The code is still evolving. Win 8 is two different beasts. Metro, for tablets and touch devices, does not support your existing apps, at all. Instead you switch to desktop mode to run current software. That mode is a more secure version of Win 7.

Get Win 8 on a new machine, in 2013.

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@tpscan: I was mostly looking for personal stories. as i said the main pc in my house is xp then there is vista, and finally 7 on a laptop that isnt mine but i use on occasion (when im not chained to my desk). i haven't noticed a big difference between xp and 7, but like i said i haven't used it much. the reason i ask about 8 is because by the time i seriously think about upgrading there is something new on the way. i read something on lifehacker about applications foe win 7 and it brought the thought to my mind. i duel boot ubuntu too but didn't feel like mentioning it because its kind of like the forgotten child on my hard drive.

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I have a very old Sony laptop (XP), a very old Sony desktop (XP), an HP laptop that's only a few years old (XP, I had to actively search for one running XP because I didn't want Vista), and a pretty new Toshiba (Win7). I work for local government and we are all still on XP. We are also all on Office 2003, so I keep my home computers on Office 2003 to ensure compatibility.

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I use XP on all of my home computers because it uses a lot less system resources and I don't have to spend money buying alot of ram just to make the operating system run smooth.

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4 desktops, 3 laptops, all XP. I went kicking and screaming from Win 98 when I had to upgrade due to software issues. My old Win 98 Laptop died 2 months ago. I kept it for DOS and some older applications. I don't see the point of an upgrade just to upgrade and have yet to see anything newer in an OS offer anything XP cannot do well. So, I will jump over all the patches and go Win 7 or 8 when I have to. Money is tight, unless you have a guaranteed salary/raise system in place. Those of us self employed make do with duct tape and bailing wire as long as we can. :)