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Going Back to XP Heck

Recently I told you about the temporary death of my Windows 7 machine. My crack IT guru David Song is taking care of it, and I should have the machine back late today.

In the meantime I'm using my daughter's nearly decades-old XP-based HP Pavilion, fighting it every step of the way -- you know how flaky old XP installs can be. The thing is, a few years ago I quadrupled the RAM and did a fresh install of XP. It is still slower than a Kevin Federline thought pattern.

Word 2003 exhibited some bizarre behavior -- highlighting whenever I moved the cursor, not letting me change magnification and creating gibberish as I tried to enter coherent strings of characters. And when it goes flaky, it wouldn't reboot without a forced manual shut down. And this was only in the first hour!

Oh, and my Web mail client gets mail, but as of this writing can't sent it.

Did I mention my broadband went south? Good thing that was a two-minute fix.

Oh, and Yahoo IM doesn't always accept input.

These kinds of experiences made me hope for Windows 7, which is indeed much better but is still too flaky for a 25-plus year-old OS.

With Windows 8 I hope to bloody H E double hockey sticks that Microsoft fixes OS glitches before focusing on the fancy stuff.

Are XP and Win 7 better than I give them credit for? Yes and no's equally welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/18/2011 at 1:18 PM


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