Coming to terms with Win XP after using Win 98

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by AL D, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. AL D

    AL D Guest

    No doubt there must be benefits in using Windows XP over Windows 98...
    apart from being easier to shut down... but I seem to be finding a lot
    of DISadvantages so far...

    Does anyone know of a website whose theme is: Things people hate about
    Windows XP and how to overcome them?

    Some things I would like XP to do:

    1) be able to drag an .exe file from filing cabinet onto the desktop,
    and have the resulting desktop icon actually execute its programwhen I
    click on it (in all cases).

    2) set the filing cabinet to display files as list, with details, by
    default every time..

    3) Have those details include the file extension.

    Thanks,

    Al D
     
    AL D, Dec 28, 2005
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    Henry Guest

    I can assure you will get to love XP if only for RESTORE.

    put this one into favourites, www.theeldergeek.com

    1. Right mouse, new shortcut.

    2 + 3. File settings.

    work with it and the help section and all will become clear.
     
    Henry, Dec 28, 2005
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    Stewart Guest

    I found the same thing and was glad to revert to Windows 2000 where I am in
    control.
     
    Stewart, Dec 28, 2005
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    Jimbob Guest

    When it works, i lost all mine, god knows how and why.
     
    Jimbob, Dec 28, 2005
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  5. AL D

    AL D Guest

    I suspected those things might be possible, if one only knew how.
    Thank you so much!

    I feel a bit ashamed now for not having more faith in the great god
    MS, and not delving into the help file... :)

    Al D
     
    AL D, Dec 28, 2005
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    AL D Guest

    Excellent - thank you!

    Al D
     
    AL D, Dec 28, 2005
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    AL D Guest

    Many thanks. I suspected there must be a way...

    AL D
     
    AL D, Dec 28, 2005
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    Henry Guest

    someone bought the XP Home upgrade from 98SE for me and it sat in the drawer
    for 3 months. That was the stupidest 3 months I have spent computing.
    Putting up with all those 98 BSD's and memory problems.

    The day I loaded XP was the day I've never looked back. A great OS.

    Mind you some will say otherwise.......I suspect.

    dj
     
    Henry, Dec 28, 2005
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    Coby Smith Guest

    I am pretty sure XP came out long before the anti trust suit.
     
    Coby Smith, Dec 28, 2005
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    Coby Smith Guest

    http://www.wired.com/news/antitrust/0,1551,35212,00.html

    If you go all the way back, then, we are talking about Windows 95 rather
    than XP. But the court action had nothing to do with XP. It was about the IE
    browser and Java.

    The suit might have had something to do with how XP was packaged, but I dare
    say that MS would have come out with this great OS regardless of the suit.
    If anything, the court action hindered or scaled down MS plans.
     
    Coby Smith, Dec 28, 2005
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  11. AL D

    Coby Smith Guest

    I am sorry if I made your argument look bad and I am sorry if I offended
    your immature sensitivities. I understand some people just have trouble
    putting together convincing and valid arguments.

    I do not think you were a troll though. Thank you for admitting that.
     
    Coby Smith, Dec 28, 2005
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  12. I agree. I think XP is the best so far. You may have compatibility
    issues with software and devices that worked with 98, however.
     
    ToolPackinMama, Dec 28, 2005
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  13. That's the one thing that I hate, that pissed off many of us homebuilders.

    I change my hardware frequently, and for MS to demand that I re-activate
    at full price after "one-too-many" upgrades felt like punishment. I
    have been a faithful and honest customer. I resent being treated like a
    thief, simply because I upgrade frequently.
     
    ToolPackinMama, Dec 28, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    You express well why I no longer use MS.
     
    Jim, Dec 28, 2005
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  15. Thank you.
     
    ToolPackinMama, Dec 28, 2005
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  16. True, but NT/2K were not OK for gaming. XP is better for that.
     
    ToolPackinMama, Dec 28, 2005
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  17. True.
     
    ToolPackinMama, Dec 28, 2005
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  18. ::sigh:: True. Most of the best games are windows-only.
     
    ToolPackinMama, Dec 29, 2005
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    Tom Lake Guest

    I change my hardware frequently, and for MS to demand that I re-activate
    What are you talking about? I upgrade frequently, too and have never had
    a request for money. Has MS ever asked you for money
    when you called to activate?

    Tom Lake
     
    Tom Lake, Dec 29, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    Depends. If you count strictly the numbers of applications then by no
    doubt MS wins hands down. But how many do you actually use?

    I have two desktops and one laptop. One desktop is dual boot Linux/XP
    as is the laptop. The other desktop is strictly Linux.

    My use of Windows tends to be Quicken, TurboTax, and Streets & Trips.
    Quicken I access about once a month. TurboTax in a couple weeks. And
    Streets & Trips a couple times in the summer. Always offline.

    Linux handles everything else. Nice being able to access the Internet
    and such without dealing with the bug if the week. Other than games
    which I'm not into I'm not aware of anything I'm missing. Like the Mac
    guys like to say, "it just works".
     
    Jim, Dec 29, 2005
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