XP Sucks

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    XP Sucks

    I never thought I'd use it til I bought a new computer. It's tough to learn C++ through console commands, I can't play my old games because they aren't compatable. It's just a $$$$$.

    So I made a FAT32 partition in hope to put win98se on it. I won't know til another week, but I doubt I'll use XP again. It's evil and sickening. How can programmers work on XP? Or am I just flat out wrong with everything?

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    Actually you can play old DOS games in XP.

    Most old DOS games (not all, but most) should work in XP as long as you turn off the sound.

    I don't know why it is that way, but it seems to work. It worked for Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, Liero, and several other DOS games I have.
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    I can't play my old games because they aren't compatable. It's just a $$$$$.
    apparently you need to look up Compatability mode, as I can run all of my old dos games fine(heck, even old old games like the original wolfenstein work in compatability mode).

    How can programmers work on XP? Or am I just flat out wrong with everything?
    how can a programmer work on XP? its relatively simple, XP is loads better than Win98(the horrible memory handling problems come to mind w/ win98).

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    2000 is XP minus the bloat.

    Perfect.

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    I've actually found XP to be a very good OS. I have copies of some of the first graphical adventure games ever made - and I've never had a problem. And what the heck do you mean "learning C++ through console commands"? You know, Windows XP does have the wherewithal to run a simple IDE.

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    Originally posted by Brian2
    2000 is XP minus the bloat.

    Perfect.
    Hey, way to be completely ignorant.

    Oh, no, you're right. Obviously they spent all of the time between 2000 and XP adding wizards and help balloons

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    Haha!

    XP is a good OS if you don't have *nix. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that XP is Microsoft's best OS out. 2000 is also very good (based on exactly the same kernel) although it's meant for a different market. It's like NT and 98 were never compared. One is for networking and server while the other is meant for home/office use (along with games).

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    Main reason why I hate XP is because it won't run my favorite RPG titled "TES II: Daggerfall." I have to have win98. Those who got it on XP said they've seen invisible monsters attacking you and so forth. If XP is a new version of windows, comparing to win98, shouldn't it run those older games instead of saying "to hell with them?" Now I'm beginning to understand why people say Microsoft sucks. It all started with XP.
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    XP and 98 are radically different. The reason XP struggles to play legacy games is because those games run from DOS. There is no DOS when it comes to XP. Unlike XP, 98 runs from DOS therefore it's instability. XP uses the NT kernel which is much more stable and is totally unrelated to DOS so whenever u run a DOS based game, it has to run a simulated environment.

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    At a certain point you have to say to hell with backwards compatiblity. Could you imagine the trouble it would to ensure 100% backwards compatiblity and improve the system.

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    ^I agree... backwards compatibility is great, but some things you just can't support anymore... IMO, you should support as much as possible for as long as possible, but if there's no way to be backward compatible (or if it's too inefficient), you have to know when to let go...

    >>How can programmers work on XP?
    I haven't seen the BSOD in about a year... when I was working on a 98 machine... now I use XP/2K...
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    You can do the following to activate Windows 95 compatibility mode for your game you want to load:

    1. Go to My Computer (or Start -> My Computer).

    2. Click in the hard drive that your game is installed on and find the game.

    3. Right click in the executable and click Properties.

    4. In there, click Compatibility tab.

    5. Activate the compability mode and choose Windows 95 mode.

    Click OK and try to play a game. If it doesn't work, get back to Compatibility tab of the properties and you can choose to enable 256 Color mode, 640x480 mode, and/or disable visual themes. And try to play the game and see if it works. Experiement with different settings for your game.
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    You got me all excited, but darn it didn't work! It would try to load, but then it just goes back to the desktop. Nothing works so far. Any other ideas?
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    Wow.. i got it to work on the c: drive. Then it crashed a few minutes later lol.
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    Originally posted by Thantos
    At a certain point you have to say to hell with backwards compatiblity. Could you imagine the trouble it would to ensure 100% backwards compatiblity and improve the system.
    well said, couldnt agree with you more.

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