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Junk Yard Genius 06-15-2007 05:31 PM

OT... #&@%$ Windows XP...
Well, this is just my luck...
1,600 wiring harnesses that are incorrect and my 'puter takes a crap...

Trying to load an anti-virus program, and the computer I was using takes a giant sh!t...

Now I'm finally up and running on XP, but I'm sure not liking it so far... Maybe it's like a fungus and it will grow on me.

peteyg 06-15-2007 06:08 PM

It is a fungus, and it will grow on you. Once you get the hang of it, you'll love XP.

I found that switching the interface back to Windows Classic helped a LOT. I like it way better.

Dirt Dog 06-15-2007 06:11 PM

I'd say it would grow on you, but what did you have before? If it was 98 it's got a bunch more foo foo but easy after a short learning curve.

Jim_Lou 06-15-2007 06:37 PM

It's the foo foo that turned me against it real quick. I like W2000. It gets the job done with no nonsense.

CJ7Taz 06-15-2007 08:01 PM

What foo foo? I set mine to Windows Classic and about the only thing I notice different is it donít nag me when I unplug a USB memory device.

LEVE 06-15-2007 08:27 PM

Just last night I wiped my Dell 4700 clean and installed Ubuntu. It'll take a little getting used to, but I like it better than XP... and don't even get me started about Vista....

Jim_Lou 06-16-2007 05:27 AM


What foo foo?
It's been too long to clearly remember details. :oldcodger: Was there a dog that popped up to ask what I was doing? I'm sure you're right about it being easy to get rid of, but why bother? W2K works fine.

RRich 06-16-2007 09:01 AM

I liked '98 - at least it was reliable!

XP keeps locking up - and sometimes does things all on it's own.

The nutcases that create the ads you don't want, the viruses, and the spy stuff, trying to steal information mostly write it for XP and other "modern" software.
They don't bother with '98 any more.

Part of the reason I liked '98 was it still had a real MS DOS - newer ones don't. It's a phony MS DOS, things like Lotus 123 and Dbase II need the real thing.

Jim_Lou 06-16-2007 09:29 AM

LEVE, that's interesting. Keep us informed about how it works out. Since I use a highly enhanced version of AutoCAD I'd be leery of putting anything but MS Windows on that computer, but this one, that's mainly for communication, might be a good candidate.

JBTater 06-16-2007 09:55 AM


Originally Posted by RRich (Post 1507647)
things like Lotus 123 and Dbase II need the real thing.

WOW!!!!! Dbase II.
I thought I occasionally jumped in a time machine.
I have Dbase III (circa 1805 I think) on a computer at work for referencing very old company data. It runs just fine on the XP machine I have it on.
If you've heard it won't work but never tried, you might give it a shot.
XP SPII is far and away the most stable Microsloth OS to date.
As others have mentioned, set it to use classic interface and I think you also need to tell it to view folders NOT as web pages, or how ever they had it worded.
My PC's have looked exactly like my Win95 machine did through 95, 98, NT, 2K, and now XP.
Forget Vista. Never get the first generation of a new OS.
You're right on about the crap being pointed towards XP, though. Not much to do about that except keep the security updates and more importantly add-ons current.

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