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dwise1
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Message 31 of 33 (865887)
11-01-2019 7:02 PM
Reply to: Message 30 by Percy
11-01-2019 6:18 PM


I also loved XP, once I got rid of their ******* Fisher-Price UI -- I went immediately to "Windows Classic", putting everything inside a gray box.

As opposed to the earlier versions, everything was open and open to being resolved.

Any networking issue, I could deal with directly in XP. Now I have to ask some "troubleshooter" who grinds and grinds away and accomplishes absolutely nothing besides wasting all our time.


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Message 32 of 33 (865888)
11-01-2019 7:37 PM
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11-01-2019 7:02 PM


Any networking issue I can take care of on my own. I run the troubleshooter some times and moat of the time it resolves the issue. If it doesn't I use all the old tools and resolve it. All of the old stuff is still there. What did you used to do that you can't on Win 10? Do you still wish we had to deal with irq's and dip switches too?

As for interfaces, the XP interface was great for it's time. It is unworkable for touch and is in fact too dated for todays computers.


Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?


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dwise1
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11-02-2019 6:05 PM
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11-01-2019 7:37 PM


Any networking issue I can take care of on my own. I run the troubleshooter some times and moat of the time it resolves the issue.

Most of my networking setup and troubleshooting tasks were at work (software engineer, now retired). XP worked like a charm and let me examine and modify settings at almost all levels and let me observe how the connections were working including showing in real time the counts of packets sent and received. I haven't found anything close to that on 10 nor 7.

We didn't work with WiFi at work, but I use it at home. Most of my networking problems at home are either with the WiFi connection between the computer and router or between the router and the cable modem. The solution ends up being to cycle power on both the router and modem, usually once but sometimes it takes a second or third time, and then after giving it enough time repeatedly pinging yahoo.

When I bought this computer it ran Win7 which was the current version at the time and then when Win10 rolled out it automatically installed into my computer (with my permission). I've had to deal with that troubleshooter ever since I first got this computer. In all those years, I cannot recall a single instance of the troubleshooter ever actually figuring out the problem, let alone fixing it. Maybe there was one or two anomalous successes, but not that I can remember.

If it doesn't I use all the old tools and resolve it. All of the old stuff is still there.

One of the big problems with my Win10 is that it's a 64-bit system, so my old tools, which are 16-bit, no longer work. That includes my DOS ports of Linux utilities.

What did you used to do that you can't on Win 10?

Do a proper file search in the file manager, Windows Explorer. In XP and before, I could set up the search parameters based on name or content (and I could specify which!), date ranges of creation or modification, location and whether to search sub-directories, etc. And then it actually worked! For example, I have a couple decades of text file captures from CompuServe and my emails and I have used XP's search utility to find just about any past discussion I had had (very valuable when dealing with creationists). Now I can no longer do that.

Starting with Win7, that search utility lost nearly all utility. I had to park Windows Explorer in the directory in question and could only enter a search string. There was no way to specify filename or contents, so it would allegedly search for both. And more often than not it never found the file. Even when I could see that that file was right there in the directory I was searching, a search on that explicit filename, the complete filename, would result in "file not found", even when I copy-and-pasted that filename into the search box.

A basic utility is disabled and that's supposed to be an improvement? I ended up using grep from the command line, but even that was taken away when the OS went 64-bit. Searching through Help, I found that it was supposed to support a command scripting language to regain the lost ability to specify searches, but it was not described anywhere in Help or online that I was ever able to find. Now it looks like Win10 is trying to restore the old XP capabilities, but I haven't had any luck with it so far and frankly I'm very skeptical about it.

Another example is that the XP-and-before search feature saved my sanity so many times in trying to deal with my ex-wife (not yet ex at the time). She wanted to use Word but absolutely refused to learn the most basic concepts like naming your document file and saving it into a directory. She would create a document leaving everything defaulted and then a week later vilifying me because my computer had lost her document. My first questions to her would be where she saved it ("I don't know!") and what she named it ("I don't know!"). At least she knew when she had last modified it so I was able to do a search and find the most likely candidate. I never could have done that with the new search "feature" inflicted upon us starting with Win7.

It is unworkable for touch and is in fact too dated for todays computers.

Who cares about touch? I have a new beater laptop that supports touch and I never use it. It can go into tablet mode which I've tried, but it's absolutely useless in that mode. I thought that it could be used to get some work done in that mode while on a flight where you cannot unfold the laptop, but when I tried that I couldn't do anything. I use it mainly for writing and there is no way I could get to my text editor in tablet mode nor could I use it in tablet mode. Tablet mode is completely useless.


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