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Is microsoft self-sabotaging their older operating systems?


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#1 Lostedge

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:05 AM

I have a older computer that run just fine with Windows XP and Windows Vista (the computer had not been use, and the current installed OS was W7). Few days ago I reinstalled Windows XP x64 and Windows Vista x64 and they both ended in a disaster.

 

XP: I installed first the updates by using pre-downloaded servicepacks and then the chipset drivers. XP went to bleeps because installation of Avast failed. I also had a problem with USB-ports which stopped working. Anyway after failed avast installation the operating system wouldnt boot up anymore. I decided the install Vista instead. 

 

Vista: After installing servicepacks I noticed that Windows Update is not working anymore. Tried solving it by installing Fix It tool from microsoft. I encountered another problem where powershell did not install. I gave up on getting the update service to work, and decided to do some benchmarks. The computer froze and after pressing the reset Windows Vista wouldnt boot up anymore.

 

W10: I decided to install W10 ... everything works now.

 

I dont remember the older operating systems being so bad, or I am just seeing things through rose-tinted glasses?

 

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:13 AM

Probably a combination of rose-tinted glasses and software changing. Here's the thing: Vista and XP aren't supported anymore. This lack of support means they don't receive new features that may be used by modern software. So stuff breaks. The longer the OS has been out of support, the worse things get. Conspiracy theories are silly simply because there is no need for M$ to sabotage old OSes.
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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:27 AM

And, it's not just Microsoft (but they get the most blame).

Manufacturer's abandon their old products so they can develop new products.

The old products don't get support from the developers, so they can't be supported by Microsoft either.

This happens to both hardware and software products.  And as they get older, they're more likely to conflict with the newer features released in more updated versions of Windows (which is one reason why they're classed as "incompatible")


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