I learned long ago to go nowhere near ANY new Win OS for several years After it comes out, it NEVER works right until at least 2 SP's come out. I liked 95, it had several useful features that was left out of 98. The two that I really used quite a bit were the ability to use the modem to fax a file directly without having to print it out physically & use a regular fax machine, the other was being able to run a dos program through a dos window. 98 was ok i guess, it had a few minor problems that I could work around. I was suckered into "upgrading" to 2000, big fricking mistake, nothing but problems. I avoided the dreaded "ME" disaster. I finally upgraded to XP 3 years ago, After they finally worked most of the bugs out & have been satisfied since. I can't afford to be buying a new computer every time somebody comes up with a new set of toys, mine is a real frankenstein, upgraded a piece at a time.
I have never liked one of the, to me, major problems of all win OS's. Too much of the time a given program becomes useless with a new OS. I do a fair bit of gaming, I had quite a few games written for 95 that would not work in 98 & that seemed to continue with each OS upgrade. I might be doing it wrong but that "Compatibility Mode" is a crock. I have never been able to get it to work. It really gripes my butt when it is a microsoft-produced game. One in particular is their "Dungeon Seige", written for XP but will not work in Vista & I have been unable to get anybody at MS to even answer me when I emailed them to ask about it.
Besides, why should I bother to consider upgrading to Vista when they do something like this win7 crap, does it remind anybody else out there of the ME crapshoot? Why get a new OS when they are going to change it every couple of years? Learning a new system wouldn't be so bad if they didn't CHANGE the damned command lines EVERY time!!
So, I'll be sticking with XP until they prove to me that they are going to get it right & stable
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