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Windows XP turns 20!

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Absolutely crazy to think the OS is that old. I must admit I wasn't fan of the aesthetics. My favorite one was Windows 95. But it's definitely cozy to look at.
 
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XP was the first Windows OS with activation, making it kind of the beginning of the end. I remember being really pissed about that, even with the various cracks of the time. Activation of course wasn't so much about piracy (you were literally stealing from the world's richest man back then) but about tracking users. After Windows 7 it got super grotesque, which is why I will be running 7 until it is infeasible to do so.
No, it was 100% about piracy. Tracking users was secondary and not that much since support is still a cost center for Microsoft.

The whole success of Microsoft was pushing the idea of "software" licensing, not selling software. A great documentary is pirates of silicon valley.

Bill Gates buying DOS to license to IBM and then to IBM clones literally launched Microsoft.

Making sure that compliance is successful for everyone - was attached to the licensing model.

With the internet even still a bit infant back there, 2002, dialup was the majority of Internet, you had to call MSFT to activate windows.

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Running older Windows operating systems also is not wise, 0days, exploits and running pirated code/keygens/crackers or warez is 100% the way your PC spies on you much more than corporate data abuse.

Tracking users was never the issue, it was secondary and it was to ensure the tax was properly paid.
 
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XP was the first Windows OS with activation, making it kind of the beginning of the end. I remember being really pissed about that, even with the various cracks of the time. Activation of course wasn't so much about piracy (you were literally stealing from the world's richest man back then) but about tracking users. After Windows 7 it got super grotesque, which is why I will be running 7 until it is infeasible to do so.
I had to update to Windows 10 from 7 a year ago because half my important programs finally started shitting themselves from lack of support. )':
 
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I still use Windows XP for my vinyl plotter, this dinosaur-era Roland CAMM-1 that barely even works.
I've used XP pretty much all my life. It was the first OS I ever used, the OS on the first computer I owned, and I even have an XP skin on my Windows 10 PC through ClassicShell. I really like the atmosphere it gives off, it's a feeling that isn't present in newer Windows systems. Windows 11 is even worse than 10 in that regard. Just feels dead, like a proprietary system they'd use on a company PC at the bank.

Happy (belated) 20th, XP! :pepeDS:
 
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XP was the last good MS OS. After that, they started putting ads in the start menu and lock screen and locking everything behind an admin account, regardless of whether or not you've marked a user as an admin. With Windows 10 and 11, it doesn't matter if you're typing it into Firefox or into the command screen, MS is tracking it all.

macOS is no better.
 
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I was late to the party with Windows XP. I was well into my late teens at the time is came out and I was very concerned with its lack of DOS compatibility. I was very into making text games in Qbasic and trading them with people online at the time.

I was rocking Windows 98 SE until around 2004 when I finally upgraded to XP.
 
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I am mixed on Windows XP. As a kid it was a bit of a downgrade from Windows 98/2000 that I used because I kindof thought the GUI was weird. On the other hand, it's still the OS I spent the most time with not named 7 or 10 and I do have some fond memories.

Also windows Pinball 3D was a thing.
 
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I still use it for my retro gaming PC. Windows 11 forced me to install Linux, and I realized most of the video games I played were all older. So I decided to load XP on an old Dell Inspiron I had laying around. Been having a blast with it. It just werks. it works better than my main linux desktop
 
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I only moved on from XP in 2017, when I upgraded from my poor old machine that was well past its prime. XP was nice but honestly, there's no way I could go back.
 
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I spent a lot of my childhood on XP until, I believe, I must've been around 8-9 years old and got my first laptop yes that was pretty damn young and the poor thing got tortured to oblivion. I remember the computers at school being under XP for a long time as well. Don't know if I'd go back, but I made my windows 10 look XP-ish, so at least I've still got a partial aesthetic of it.
 
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Anyone else still have an @msn.com email address after signing up for "Windows Passport" to use the XP MSN Messenger?

I remember trying to get the Windows Updates installed (pre-SP1) while the Blaster worm was going around. Had a few nuked installation attempts before finally getting the update.

Also the packaging was so cool.

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Anyone else still have an @msn.com email address after signing up for "Windows Passport" to use the XP MSN Messenger?

I remember trying to get the Windows Updates installed (pre-SP1) while the Blaster worm was going around. Had a few nuked installation attempts before finally getting the update.

Also the packaging was so cool.

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That's neat. I never saw the opened packaging before. My friend and I used the serial number off his dad's laptop and used to just pirate it. I think the only legit copy I ever owned was on one of those little Acer Netbooks that came out around 2008 or 2009.
 
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