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#1 taylorm7cl

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:56 PM

Hello!

I am definitely upset that Microsoft has discontinued Windows Vista support.

That being said, I want to move to a supported operating system. Windows Server 2008 is basically Vista, but for business use. I do not want to move to Windows 7, I do not like 7. With the Shadow Brokers releasing new data of NSA spying tools. I have nothing to hide, but I'd rather not have my data mined by the NSA. Since Windows Server 2008 is still supported by Microsoft for the next three years, I would like to use that to stay on Vista for as long as possible.

Of course with obvious changes being made to the Server operating system to perform more like a home OS, would it be ideal to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 SP2?

Thanks!

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#2 Uselesslight

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:43 PM

If you really want to then sure, but in order to make it legal you'd still have to purchase a license.  Although, being an older operating system you run the risk of being more exposed to other exploits, and the possibility of ones that are affecting areas of the OS that aren't going to receive updates because mainstream support has been over for awhile.  If you really are worried about the things you'd mentioned above, perhaps you would consider moving over to one of the easier to use Linux distributions that are widely and freely available.  There are many around nowadays that are on par with the simplicity of Windows, albeit the gaming support is quite lacking if that's your forte.  All in all, I would still recommend upgrading to Windows 7 as it appears you are from a Windows background, despite the fears you have.  There are many ways to mitigate the threats that you are faced with, and staying on an older operating system is counterproductive in that regard.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:41 AM

Hello!

I am definitely upset that Microsoft has discontinued Windows Vista support.

That being said, I want to move to a supported operating system. Windows Server 2008 is basically Vista, but for business use. I do not want to move to Windows 7, I do not like 7. With the Shadow Brokers releasing new data of NSA spying tools. I have nothing to hide, but I'd rather not have my data mined by the NSA. Since Windows Server 2008 is still supported by Microsoft for the next three years, I would like to use that to stay on Vista for as long as possible.

Of course with obvious changes being made to the Server operating system to perform more like a home OS, would it be ideal to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 SP2?

Thanks!

I agree with you i am not completely into windows 7 and would prefer vista over that...



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:46 AM

Why exactly would you prefer Vista to 7?  I'm not arguing or trying to negate anything further than what I stated above, but I am curious as to why Vista?



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:27 AM

Personally, I do not like Windows 7 because its layout and overall performance. Windows 7 is slower than Vista it seems to me, not to mention the other bugs 7 has to Vista. 7's layout is overall ugly. I know you can adjust the taskbar size and such, but I don't need a large task bar, I don't need an action center that constantly nags me at the smallest things, I don't like the small wi-fi connection window compared to Vista's pop-up window that is more describptive and easier to navigate and get to other options easier. Windows Explorer is a pain to navigate with the "libraries." I have two instances of documents, the library and then the folder, I don't need both and it gets very confusing where I save my stuff on it sometimes. Windows Aero "shake" is incredibly annoying, and so is Aero "peek." I don't need to be able to mouse over a subgroup and see a preview on the desktop of how the window looks. I just need a little thumbnail that's shown when it's moused over. Aero shake is a total pain because you can be moving one window and then it will sometimes recognize that it was shook and then it minimizes all the windows that I wanted up and then I have to reorder them and everything. Programs that have that huge bar will all the actions (just like Windows 8's explorer ribbon) are annoying. I don't need oversized buttons to know where to go, I just want my subgroups and stuff. Examples are programs like MS Paint, MS Word and Excel, Windows Photoviewer...many different programs. Windows Media player 12 is also another pain in the ass. You can only shrink the window so small, you can shrink it all the way like you could with Vista's Media Player 11. I like Vista's "bloatware" (Calendar, Cardspace, Windows DVD Maker, etc.) but 7 completely removes all of it. I had Vista ultimate, so I could only upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate and it wasn't worth the price since Windows 7 ultimate had no extra features like Vista did. I would've rather took Windows 7 Basic to upgrade to if I wanted to. Navigation around the entire operating system is annoying since a lot of the stuff has been moved around, like resolution not even being in the personalization menu, and not being in the right click context menu by default. I can't stand 7 for the some of the same reasons I couldn't stand 8. it's a giant learning curve and Windows 7 was not user friendly. It was difficult and complicated to use and you had to jump through several hoops...at least Windows 8 was more user friendly.

 

That's just my personal take on it. Not to mention it's basic shell looks ugly compared to Vista.


Edited by taylorm7cl, 20 April 2017 - 11:29 AM.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 12:23 PM

"i prefer windows vista".  WHY BRO WHY?  aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh............






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