Originally Posted by BurlKing
I build my own PC's and had an xp computer for 7 years virus free. went to windows 8 and hated the **** out of it, downgraded to windows 7 on my new custom pc and love it, just a bit more updated but will never replace good ol' XP.
We had a forced upgrade to new Win 7 PCs at work a few months ago. XP was great, never, ever crashed, and I could work quickly. I had links to commonly used programs and local and network files on the taskbar, never the desktop (which is usually buried). I can still put programs there, but now if I try to put files there Win 7 only remembers Windows Explorer without the location.
The outside contractor swapping the machines copied my "documents" files to the new machine, but the new PC chose to not copy all the files in every folder. I hid my old hard drive from the shredder, and with it installed in an external enclosure I can hunt there for files I know I once had but are lost.
I now spend half of my productive time searching for files that Win 7 hid on me, or hovering over trees of folders that don't stay open unless you right-click on them. The PC creates duplicate folders of the same name, one in "Documents" and another in "My Documents," but though my files are usually duplicated, they are not always in both. I can be heard multiple time per day saying out loud, "I hate Windows 7."
I have used Basic, several versions of DOS, Win 95, Win 98 Second Edition, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 7. XP followed by 98-SE are my favorites. I would rather use Vista (ugh!) and deal with all the crashes every day than use Win 7. I can't imagine trying to re-program my brain for Windows 10.
Maybe I should join the Navy, if I weren't too old. I understand they have a "secret" contract with Microsoft for ongoing Windows XP support as a stable platform for their critical systems.
Disclaimer: I am an quickly becoming an old phart. I know MS is trying to make PCs look like tablets that look like smartphones in a unified universe. But I'm not seeking to keep up with Facebook or Twitter feeds. While it's sometimes nice to get emails on a BlackBerry when out of the office, I would go back to my company flip phone if I could.