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Nick G
31-12-2012, 03:26 PM
So, with 2013 fast approaching, time to look back on your OS usage.
What OS's were you using at the start of the year, and what are you using now? If any are different, why did you make the switch?

Personally, I was using Windows XP on my family pc at the start of the year. Now using Widnows 7 and ubuntu, about to give moonos a go.

Terry Porritt
31-12-2012, 04:18 PM
Thought I'd pluck up courage and upgrade from WFWG to Win95 in the new year..........:cool:

31-12-2012, 04:26 PM
From Xp Home to xp home to mint back to xp home

31-12-2012, 04:31 PM
I was using XP since around 2002 and I'm still using it 10 years later! And I will likely still be using it as my primary OS next year. Apart from being a requirement for DirectX 10 games, Windows 7 is a bit pointless to me, and Windows 8 is just GUI stupidness if you're on a desktop and want to be sensible.

Metro looks lovely for a tablet, but wait until it gets a virus! Then the whole thing will fall down like a sandcastle....

Linux is making good headway in my books for just about anything that isn't gaming, so when XP support is finally killed off and it becomes full of security holes, I'll probably switch to Linux primarily (actually already using it much more than Windows on two of my machines) and keep a later copy of Windows for gaming.

Hopefully more game devs will start to follow Valve and jump on the Linux bandwagon too!

31-12-2012, 04:32 PM
XP home to Windows 7 Ultimate.
Have also been using Windows Vista all through the year on another PC.

31-12-2012, 04:40 PM
Windows 7 all year. Will be going to 8 before the end of January.

31-12-2012, 05:00 PM
Think 2013 will be my last year on a PC. Hate Outlook 2010 as compared to mail on the iPad.
Should have been big and brave and made the switch to Apple earlier this year when upgraded.

31-12-2012, 05:21 PM
Been on Windows 7 all year.

It has a few great features that I really like.
The breadcrumbs folder trail
The snap to window left or right (allows me to have two windows on my wide screen easily)

I can't see any point for me in going to 8, as I have a desktop.

I'd like to see voice recognition OS commands in 9
(unless it has already been done)

31-12-2012, 05:53 PM
I have Windows 7 Home Premium on my desktop and Windows 8 on my laptop.

31-12-2012, 05:59 PM
Win7 from start of the 2012 year (since 2010). Won't get Win8 unless I have a new PC. I don't think I would bother upgrading just the OS this time round ..

31-12-2012, 06:24 PM
Win 7 all year


31-12-2012, 06:29 PM
Win, XP, Vista, 7 & 8, Ubuntu, Mint, PCLinuxOS, various Puppies.
2013 I'm shifting focus to Android things, as at present, I have no knowledge there.

31-12-2012, 07:12 PM
Windows 7.

31-12-2012, 07:16 PM
PCLinux OS, Win XP and Win7. Each has it's uses, just like last year.
Tried Ubuntu, just like last year. Couldn't cotton to it.
Tried a couple of flavours of Mint, but not seriously.
Tried Win8 and am proud to say I didn't throw up.
Next year will probably be the same but without the W8.
Several versions of Android on the phone, about to try another "real soon".

31-12-2012, 07:46 PM
Win7 and Android all year. Imo the best balanced OSes for my desktop & mobile requirements.

31-12-2012, 08:09 PM
Windows 7 at the beginning of the year, Windows 8 now. Got a copy for free from uni and loved Metro :D

31-12-2012, 08:21 PM
Main office PC is Windows 7.

The remainder of family's PC's are W7 as well.

Some of the Workshop PC's and this one in the lounge are W8, including the Media Centre.

AFAIK - they will be staying "as is"

Have to use W8 as its pointless trying to service customers PC's If I don't know the OS, personally once I got used to W8, its no big deal to use - just have to remember which OS I'm using as hitting the Windows key in W7 doesn't bring up the metro start menu ( no Kidding).

@ Digby FYI --- All MS OS's from vista onwards have voice recognition (Vista, W7 & W8)

Been playing with Server 2012 ESS - a WHS replacement since MS discontinued it.

01-01-2013, 01:39 PM
Win7 at home (the whole family is running it - far easier to support that way) and extremely unlikely to be "upgrading" to the abortion that allegedly replaces Win7 any time soon.

At work I have no choice: XP, although there is supposed to be a planned upgrade path sometime this year to Win7...