I want my WinXP!

I noticed this a few days ago while playing around customizing a new notebook (that I didn’t order):

Dell gives them what they want: Windows XP
PC maker will let buyers choose between Microsoft’s older OS and Vista

That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it…

For the record, I haven’t tried Vista. But I have been impressed with Office 2007 so far.


  1. Shipmates, Well, I have win98 on one system and winXP on t’other and I like them both. I won’t touch VISTA for any amount of money. I’ve heard from sevrral neighbors who have it that they can’t stand it. I’m getting (well, cobbling together from spare parts) another PC in the next few weeks. I’m going to load DOS 6.2 as the OS and add GeoWorks (now called Breadbox) for the GUI. I’m tired, sick and tired, of MS crap, and I haven’t enough money to switch to a Mac, so I’m going back to what I know best. Besides, I’m more comfortable with many of my older games anyway, all the DOS-based stuff. Respects,

  2. There’s some stuff about Vista that I really like, but it’s definitely not targetted at Win98 or even most WinXP-level systems. A but painful at times… Systems that were mainstream just 12 months ago chug along, but on higher end systems like I have at work, it’s a very nice OS, with some things I wouldn’t give up to go back to a previous OS. +1 on the Office 2007 rec. 🙂

  3. I like Linux. But, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Having said that, once you set it up, it tends to just work pretty much forever. I can’t decide whether I like Gnome, which makes it look/behave a lot like Windows (except less crappy). I can’t decide whether it looking/behaving like Windows is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, it’s kind of handy, on the other, it’s kind of bloated, which is one of the problems I’m trying to avoid… Either way I’m glad I don’t have to deal with Vista.

  4. Nicholas: ‘Either way I’m glad I don’t have to deal with Vista.’ Vista-only software is around the corner. Gamers will be the first that will have to choose between WinXP and software written post-2006, (DX10) but the rest will follow as software developers (not Microsoft) coerce everyone to Vista. It won’t be long before WinXP feels like Win3.0 does now to WinXP users, and we’ll have just as much useful software for it. (i.e. only old stuff) (Written by a guy who’s only upgraded to Vista on a select machine where he takes advantage of the kick-$#@ media center features. WinXP for the rest. For now.)

  5. Well, given that I can’t run a lot of Windows software in Linux anyway (although, I can run some), it’s not like I’ll be feeling a big loss when I can’t run Vista-only software… I gave up on games a while ago, partly because I just don’t have time, and partly because I just can’t be bothered dealing with Windows any more. It’s a pity but I can always find other ways to entertain myself.

  6. In other words, I am no longer suckling at the Microsoft teat. There’s a word for how I feel: Liberated. However, I will always be the exception to the rule… just a rebel I guess 😉