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12-28-2010, 08:38 PM

I am using windows 8 64 bit. how about you?

What are your current operating system? Windows XP? Windows Vista or Windows 7?

Xahi Xixa Armati
09-04-2012, 11:52 AM
I have installed 2 SO's in 2 different partitions.
Windows 8 Enterpise Evaluation 64bit and Windows XP Home Edition SP3 32bit.

11-19-2012, 08:08 PM
Windows 8 RT 32bit. I am a newbie of Windows 8 OS. However, it is good especially it supports touch-sensitive display.

11-23-2012, 07:24 AM
Xubuntu as main OS on my desktop, XP comes next on it. Windows XP on another testing laptop, WIndows 7 on another two laptops, and Windows 8 on a brand new one.

11-23-2012, 11:38 AM
Windows 8 sucks! I've removed it from all my HD's and I've gone back to old faithful (windows XP).

As for Windows XP updates, turn them OFF and forgetaboutit. !!!
MS Updates for XP are crashing systems all over the world. I think those MS bas****s are doing it on purpose to force people to upgrade their OS. In the last two months, I've had to recover several PC's that were trashed by MS Updates.
I'm not playing their stupid games.


11-23-2012, 03:26 PM
Oh my, I bet they would do that intentionally, though it may be hard living like that, since I got windows XP on my Desktop and now I don't really want to check for updates. Also how will it be possible to upgrade to SP3 if needed? (when done a new install)

If they're doing it on purpose, then it may be true, since they didn't patch the layer 7 DDoS on windows 7 and above for [some] reason, and only CISCO patched it last time I checked.

They're on about something.

11-23-2012, 05:34 PM
If you have to install XP, you should be using a DVD that has been Slipstreamed with SP3.

I made my own several years ago, when SP3 was first released.

Those disks are out there........by the tens of thousands. Just look around!
It doesn't matter what disk, or who's disk you use, as long as you have the registration key for your PC. Eh?

I think I still have SP3 on CD. ???
You can probably still download it.

TM :cool:

11-23-2012, 09:02 PM
If you have a popular branded computer, such as Dell or HP, XP Pro reinstall CD's w/SP3 are for sale on eBay for less than $25, sometimes $15. No COA is usually asked for, as the MB & BIOS is checked at the time of install. Also, no activation, as the OS is pre-activated.

It doesn't matter if you have a "Home" edition, the "Pro" versions installs just fine. I've reinstalled many Dells in this fashion & they all passed Genuine Validation. Not a single one has been brought back to me w/activation/validation issues, years after the install.

One can even downgrade a Dell computer with Vista in this manner. Don't know about 7, as I don't know anyone who wanted to trade 7 for XP.

It won't be a possibility with Windows 8 Pro (pre-installed computers), Vista SP2 will be as low as one can downgrade. I don't see this happening, not with Vista anyway.

Currently, I have two computers running only XP, another (this one) dual booting Win 7 Ultimate & 8 Pro, & another running 7 Pro & dual booting 8 RP (that will soon change to 8 Pro).

One of the XP machines (the Dell) will probably soon be dual booting with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (5 year support).

I haven't had any issues with XP updates (so far). Yes, SP3 can be downloaded & installed by CD, prior to going to Windows Update. Actually, I've found this to work better, as some SP2 machines has trouble with the Windows Update site.

Here is the standalone SP3 for XP. The Full deal, not the stripped down "home" type version from Windows Update. It can be ran from a Flash drive, CD, or copied over to the Documents folder for fast install.

Download Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers from Official Microsoft Download Center (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24)


02-16-2013, 09:17 PM
I use many OS, but my go to OS is windows7 64bit. Windows 8 is a new toy , I have it on two computers, as a dual boot. However I use it less and less. Windows7 is just sooooo good that I find windows8 lacking. Windows 7 is easier to use, easier to find free software that works with it. I just like it better.

03-11-2013, 08:23 PM
Windows 8, 64-bit and am rocking 8GB of ram 8D

03-24-2013, 08:09 PM
Windows 7 32bit, Windows 8 64bit. Linux: SolusOS 1.3, and on my test machine Zorin dualbooted with Voyager, a nice Xfc system, based on Ubuntu.

03-27-2013, 01:11 PM
Using win 8 64 on main pc, and vista on 2 others.....oh and xp pro on my studio one.....Like win 8 tbh, but xp pro was my/is still my fav, although a bit outdated...

Olive Scott
03-28-2013, 08:23 PM
Windows XP 32 bit, Windows 8 64 bit & Ubuntu on my other machine

04-17-2013, 05:45 AM
Currently installed in my netbook is Windows XP SP2. On our desktop PC we use Windows XP SP3, we have not upgraded to Windows8 yet.

04-20-2013, 03:13 PM
Windows XP-Pro-SP3

I ran Windows 8 beta test versions for 9 months, before it was formally released.
After that, I removed it from my system.
So I'm back to good ol' Windows XP.


04-26-2013, 02:36 AM
I'm currently using Win 7

06-11-2013, 09:40 PM
I use win 8 64bit in one and win 7 in other. Honestly, win 7 is my favorite as I find it more easy to use. Anyway, let's see how our behavior and attitude changes towards using systems and phones. I believe Gates would have researched on this and so launched win 8 differently from other windows. So, let's give it a more time.

06-11-2013, 10:43 PM
I'm currently primarily a Linux Mint 15 (Mate version) x64 user. Though there is a learning curve, there's comfort in the fact that the browsers work the same. As long as one can use another browser besides IE (Firefox, Chrome or Opera), that's the beginning of learning Linux. Google is really one's friend here, most answers can be found to common issues easily.

However on my non-Linux computers, I normally run Windows 8, to assist forum members, though I can get by just as well with Windows 7 or Vista. XP is also good, however with support rapidly running out, I'm phasing out a couple XP VM's.


06-12-2013, 10:06 AM
Windows 8 Pro x64 & love it!! :D


06-12-2013, 08:15 PM
Windows 7 32bit, Windows 8 64bit. Linux: SolusOS 1.3, and on my test machine Zorin dualbooted with Voyager, a nice Xfc system, based on Ubuntu. Zorin is a good OS for Windows users to learn Windows on, have used it. However I was a Linux Mint user way before Zorin came along, since MInt 7 (Gloria) in 2009.

Zorin has that Windows look changer, it closely (as possible) resembles XP or Windows 7. But it's not exactly a drop in replacement, nothing is, the look simply makes some users feel at home.


06-22-2013, 08:47 PM
Those are two good choices, Jacqueline.

Macs cost way too much for what's under the hood. The internal parts are often what's in middle of the road Windows computers. What it's users are paying for is the name, the real glass screen & finely machined aluminum frame & keyboard.

Honestly, who needs an aluminum keyboard machined to tolerances usually reserved for engine building? I can see the frame & real glass, the keyboard is going too far.

For the price of a single Mac, one can have two fairly decent Windows 8 (or 7) computers. And for the record, Apple's star is falling fast. They have chosen to spend their money on litigation (suing others) rather than on product research & development. With Tim Cook at the helm, Apple will never regain what's been lost in the last year or so, even their smartphone business is going south.

He was a poor choice to lead the corporation, it kind of makes me wonder if this was Steve Jobs way of striking back at Apple, after all, they once booted him from the empire that he built. If so, once again, Jobs executed perfectly.


08-15-2013, 07:10 PM
Cat, I am running Netrunner 13 Enigma Release OS right now on a thumbdrive (typing this message from a built-in Firefox browser). It looks awesome! It's snappy, too! It's also a Linux Distribution. It even has its built-in screen capture app. Here's the screencapture I took:


It's a complete package... Libre office, skype, GIMP, etc.


Here: Netrunner (http://www.netrunner-os.com/)

08-15-2013, 08:14 PM
Good Deal, badrobot! Getting ready to download it, looks to be a decent OS. Thanks!

The really cool thing about most Linux OS's, is that we can try before install. That way, no need to backup/restore if the OS isn't wanted.

A select few aren't meant to be installed, they're meant to be used as secure browsers or even rescue Linux installs if needed.


08-16-2013, 08:41 PM
badrobot, that is a decent OS, but for me, only in live DVD more. Didn't perform well within VBox, though I did follow the instructions on how to configure it.

Plus, the Linux KDE experience is totally new to me. I'm more used to the Ubuntu based OS's, though I'm going to give Linux Mint Debian (a rolling release OS) a shot tomorrow. Those OS's, unless broken, doesn't need reinstalling, Debian has updated itself nicely for years. It's also one of, if not the longest, Linux OS's around. The Live DVD ran great on my old Dell.


08-17-2013, 05:46 PM
badrobot, that is a decent OS, but for me, only in live DVD more. Didn't perform well within VBox, though I did follow the instructions on how to configure it.

Plus, the Linux KDE experience is totally new to me. I'm more used to the Ubuntu based OS's, though I'm going to give Linux Mint Debian (a rolling release OS) a shot tomorrow. Those OS's, unless broken, doesn't need reinstalling, Debian has updated itself nicely for years. It's also one of, if not the longest, Linux OS's around. The Live DVD ran great on my old Dell.


Cat, yeah I like it. I also like how it looks. Very clean. Plus you can do the basics with it right away. Thinking about getting another basic machine just for these Linux OSs. Our office IT Dept is clearing out some old workstations with these specs:


Actually these PCs also come with Windows OS. :)

Not too bad, right? :)

08-17-2013, 07:03 PM
Not too bad at all, badrobot! Either of those machines can be upgraded to Windows 7 (if desired) & dual boot any version of Linux you wish. Or you can make it a dedicated Linux machine. On the surface, the $100 machine looks to be the most hardware for the money (faster CPU & more GPU). At the price, it'll be hard to beat. Plus being that they were company owned computers with an IT person or staff to keep them up, they should be in good shape.

Both will likely hold more RAM, though with Linux, a lot isn't required, still my 4+ years of experience tells me that they're a bit more heavy than earlier releases. Plus, some of the never versions, unlike the old, won't just run on any 10+ year old machine lying around. PAE is required for most recently released Linux OS's.

Speaking of Linux, there are a wide variety of free & a few paid versions to meet almost any user's need. The main thing is getting used to not having IE, for many of us, that's no big deal. If one can run FF, Chrome or Opera browsers, that's the first step in learning to use Linux.

The one mistake that too many new Linux users makes (besides thinking it's like Windows under the hood, only free), is shying away from the terminal (same as CMD in Windows). Funny thing, years ago, even Windows users has to run the terminal, same principle, different commands. That terminal is the difference between the casual & power Linux user. It can solve many issues, the commands for an given issue can be often found with a simple Google search (just be sure sources are credible).

The terminal in Linux gives one total control over their computer(s). I mean total control. Windows is for the lazy group, which is by far & large, a massive group. The way that Windows is setup is the reason why it's so malware prone. Not that it's impossible for Linux users to pick up viruses or malware, but it usually only happens when running an app as root (or "sudo"). The sudo command should only be used when necessary, same as those who run Windows apps as Administrator.

However, the browser can still pick up spyware & transfer it to a Windows user by email attachments, but there's simple scanners for this. ClamTK is a simple scanner for many Linux OS's that only takes a couple of minutes to run. Plus chkrootkit & rkhunter can be installed from the Package Manager for terminal based scanning. I run a short scan with ClamTK nightly before shutting down, after running the BleachBit app to clean the temp files (similar to CCleaner). In fact, there's a Windows version of the BleachBit app, however it's much more potent than CCleaner & not recommended for those who doesn't know what they're doing.

It won't damage anything on a Linux install, though.

Plus, most versions of Linux has a near drop in replacement for MS Office (LibreOffice) that gets updated as needed, not once a month. Newer versions are released more frequently than MS Office, but all that's needed to install them is the reminder that your version of Linux has updates to install. Approve the updates, LibreOffice will install itself. Other apps updates similarly.

One thing notable, if you require the latest Flash Player, you'll need to install Google Chrome, which always has the latest Flash with each new version. Plus if signed into the Chrome browser, all of your bookmarks/extensions will sync across all of your computers, regardless of OS installed.

Finally, most Linux OS's will load & shut down faster, as well as load most everything faster. The more it's ran, unlike Windows, the faster it gets. No defrag required. Except for those who runs virtual machines or does heavy duty work such as photo editing, 4GB RAM is all that's needed, even for a 64 bit version. The truth is, Many versions of Linux runs almost as fast on platter HDD's as Windows does on SSD's. Even on low powered machines. That one HP AIO PC that I have, that Windows 7 struggles to run on, Linux Mint Mate x64 smokes, not a lot of difference between it & the i3 370M, though I favor the Toshiba (my daily driver) slightly.

The only things that Linux has issues with are the latest, bleeding edge GPU's, especially NVIDIA based ones. However, those that are 2 or more years old usually works OK. I can understand NVIDIA's position on this, not writing Linux drivers for the latest cards, because right now, Linux is a minority group & likely will be for years. Believe it or not, diehard Linux users who has been with the OS's since the turn of the century actually prefers this. Many of these are typically more educated than their Windows counterpart, many with 4+ year college degrees & is the majority of the Linux community.

Though there is a small percentage who became Linux users because of a malware/hardware issue, combined with not having recovery media or a recovery partition & worse of all, no backup from which to recover Windows, this by any means doesn't come close to representing the mainstream Linux user. Though the community does welcome them & through their forums, does support "newbies" as much as practical, provided they abide by the forum rules, which tends to be stricter than Windows ones.

Linux is great for those who are looking for a challenge, who wants the latest & greatest every 6 to 9 months (though there are some 5 year LTS OS's, such as Ubuntu 12.04/Mint 13, best for older machines) & who are willing to learn.

We had to learn Windows, didn't we & all of the required maintainance. What's the difference with the user's choice of Linux?

None, except the Linux user gets a lot more for free in most cases. Some LInux OS's even has the tools built in to rescue a broken Windows OS & all can scan/clean viruses & malware from them.


08-17-2013, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the thoughts Cat. I really appreciate it.

Yeah, I am beginning to learn to "sudo" too with my Raspberry Pi... hahaha...

08-17-2013, 08:51 PM
Once you settle down on a OS, you'll really begin to get the hang of whatever version of Liunx you decide to run. There's so many & there's several different platforms for developers to build on. Ubuntu makes a populer foundation, so does Debian.

It's the Ubuntu based ones that's the most user friendly & makes for a better chance for Windows converts. They tend to be the ones that I'm most comfortable with. But some others likes KDE & Debian. I did try out that Linux Mint Debian, the partitioning for the dual boot was too tricky for me today, I need to look on the Mint forum & ask.

Whatever, don't give up!


08-26-2013, 11:32 PM
Win7 home x86

03-03-2014, 04:54 AM
I'm using windows 8 64 bit but I think Windows 98 was my fave :)

03-03-2014, 12:51 PM
I'm using windows 8 64 bit but I think Windows 98 was my fave :)

I can actually remember when I was excited to move from that to XP... oh my, so long ago...