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Which OS are you using, and which will you be using next year

lcdguy

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Main Rig: XP SP2
Media Centre: XP+Sage TV
NAS: Linux 2.4 Kernel Based

Since my switch is kind of like a computer (it's a catalyst 5002)

CATOS 4.5

In about a year i will be running one 2 things either Vista or Linux depends what kind of mood microsoft gets me in this year.
 

ScytheNoire

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currently WindowsXP Pro SP2.
but by the start of April i'll be using Windows Vista Ultimate.
only reason i'm going Vista is because i'll have an 8800GTX SC, and so the only way to get those DX10 graphics is going with Vista.
i used Vista before, but went back to XP until i have a need for Vista. DX10 gaming falls under that need category.
 

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I'm currently using XP home SP2. I will get Vista premium when the time is right. DRM and the beta drivers are leaving me a little more than spooked at the moment. :shok: DX 10 looks real purrrty though.
 

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welp, i took the vista plunge. The wife's computer got a major upgrade (of hand-me-down parts) and in the mix a new Microsoft Operating System license was needed to fill a few gaps. The OEM version is actually pretty cheap compared to XP Pro (yeah they still sell those). It should be a good fit, as she spends all her computer time just surfing the web anyways. Gives me an opportunity to play around with it as well, cause sure as hell i ain't installing it on my gaming rig for a while (gg nVidia).

feel free to call me a hypocrite, but it ain't my machine :biggrin:
 

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welp, i took the vista plunge. The wife's computer got a major upgrade (of hand-me-down parts) and in the mix a new Microsoft Operating System license was needed to fill a few gaps. The OEM version is actually pretty cheap compared to XP Pro (yeah they still sell those). It should be a good fit, as she spends all her computer time just surfing the web anyways. Gives me an opportunity to play around with it as well, cause sure as hell i ain't installing it on my gaming rig for a while (gg nVidia).

feel free to call me a hypocrite, but it ain't my machine :biggrin:
The OEM is cheap because if you install a new motherboard, you will be unable to continue using it. So for computers that will never change, it's great. But.. that's why it's cheaper ;-)

Hypocrite.

I had to.
 

grinder

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what you said is no different than how XP works now (retail or oem). You get one online activation, after that you gotta call it in and register after every re-install on your new hardware.
 

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what you said is no different than how XP works now (retail or oem). You get one online activation, after that you gotta call it in and register after every re-install on your new hardware.
Hmmm...that sounds weird. I'm still using my old XP service pack 1 retail disc. I have reinstalled more than 10 times over the last 5 years. that includes 2 cpu upgrades, 2 motherboard upgrades, 2 hd upgrades and additional hardware added. My pc is now nowhere near the original configuration. I simply install, activate and register. I've never had to call in once. I have a hard time believing that they'll change this system for vista.
 

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Interesting factoid: despite the griping, Vista has outslod Windows XP in its first two months after release, making it the most rapidly adopted version of windows to date.
 

sswilson

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Interesting factoid: despite the griping, Vista has outslod Windows XP in its first two months after release, making it the most rapidly adopted version of windows to date.
They're using questionable #'s for that, and there are more than twice the # of machines being sold than the XP sales they're comparing to.

There's some question as to whether or not they're counting XP machines with vista upgrade coupons as an XP purchase or a Vista purchase (I'd guess they're XP w/ coupons if microsoft didn't immediately clarify).

You also have to consider that most folks buying a "big-box" machine don't have a choice on what OS they get pre-installed.

Let's see some new custom built (where they still have a choice) results and I'll consider them valid.
 

Babrbarossa

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Of course all those considerations are valid points- It's just a bigger world now than it was seven years ago, in terms of market size and sheer numbers- and I'm sure they're counting pre-christmas free upgrade coupon people in that, but I know a few people that would have waited until after x-mas to buy their systems had the vista upgrade coupon not have been offered. And the biggest factor of all is that they've waited so many years to upgrade window- they used to put them out every three years--
 

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