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Party's Over, Windows XP: No More on New PCs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

Time to go modern like.

Looking to buy a new PC with Windows XP? Two things:

  • Get with the times
  • It's too late

Alright, so maybe you prefer your new PCs with Windows XP – that's just a matter of personal preference, but Microsoft's mandated that new PCs from here on must be preloaded with something newer than an OS from 2001.

On the first birthday of Windows 7, PC makers are now no longer allowed to load Windows XP on new PCs – which in this case are mostly comprised of netbooks.

This does not affect the rules for Windows XP downgrade licenses, which will carry on until 2015, according to ZDnet.

Which version of Windows would you prefer to run on a netbook?

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    aglarond , 25 October 2010 06:04
    I prefer no Windows. I've installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition and everything is way much faster now. (I have one of those single core Atom processors)
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    LePhuronn , 25 October 2010 06:54
    aglarondI prefer no Windows.


    Yeah, but some of us in the world have work to do.

    If Adobe release all their software tools for Linux I'll jump, but until then I'd just prefer to get on with my job instead of all the bullsh*t that flies around regarding "ooh that OS sucks" or "ooh my bother with that".
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    damian86 , 25 October 2010 07:48
    comments are amazing!!!!
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    Plumble , 25 October 2010 07:51
    It was coming eventually. IMHO a lot of the love people have for XP was because Vista was simply dreadful.
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    codefuapprentice , 25 October 2010 18:35
    Windows 7 runs perfectly on an NC10 netbook, and strange how WindowsXP was sluggish compared.
    I've still got a copy of XP pro just for testing stuff should it not work in 7 and there's no way i'd let go of that
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    LePhuronn , 25 October 2010 21:25
    weqwtetDo you like Cougar?


    I would wet myself if OSX 10.8 was Cougar!

    "OSX Cougar - the most mind-blowing, energetic and sexual OSX yet!"

    Minimum spec: Apple systems less than 6 months, and then it goes really sluggish before shutting down completely as the hardware gets older.
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 26 October 2010 02:48
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    This does not affect the rules for Windows XP downgrade licenses, which will carry on until 2015, according to ZDnet.


    Damn, I was really hoping they had killed off the downgrade licences. I despise having to use XP computers in various institutional settings, mostly because they are still running IE6 (Thank you HM government for ignoring that petition and refusing to lead the way...as usual).

    XP was like an old friend, but it ius now like "Ed", Shaun's friend in Shaun of the dead. Shaun keeps him alive due to their long-standing friendship - but Ed is now a Zombie who is chained-up and fed rotting flesh. Such is XP today.
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    aglarond , 26 October 2010 03:48
    LePhuronnYeah, but some of us in the world have work to do.If Adobe release all their software tools for Linux I'll jump, but until then I'd just prefer to get on with my job instead of all the bullsh*t that flies around regarding "ooh that OS sucks" or "ooh my bother with that".


    I was talking about single core Atom processors. They are meant for browsing web and reading simple documents. Actualy have you ever tried doing serious work in Adobe software tools on netbook with single core Atom processor? Even Intel is developing its own linux (Moblin) because XP is sooooo slow on these netbooks.
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    LePhuronn , 26 October 2010 05:51
    aglarondI was talking about single core Atom processors. They are meant for browsing web and reading simple documents. Actualy have you ever tried doing serious work in Adobe software tools on netbook with single core Atom processor? Even Intel is developing its own linux (Moblin) because XP is sooooo slow on these netbooks.


    A touch of clarification in your original post may be required then - I was just responding to your single line of "I prefer no Windows".

    And yes I've actually done work with Dreamweaver and Fireworks CS4 on a XP-based, single-core netbook - Dreamweaver wasn't so bad actually.