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Why is it that Microsoft comes out with a new operating system every 3-4 years? I've got XP and I never bothered with Vista. Vista was a waste. Not only was it not any more efficient than XP, but it was slower. I don't care about Windows 7  either. It seems like PC's these days still come with processors no faster than 2.3GHz and RAM some where between 2 to 4 GB. The difference is hard drive capacity that's large enough for storing a whole lof of movies, music, video games, and whatever else you want to store on your hard drive. Will I end up getting a new computer with Windows 7 on it sometime in the near future just to be able to do anything? Will Microsoft stop support for XP the way it has for previous versions of Windows? If so when? In another 3 to 4 years?
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Why is it that Microsoft comes out with a new operating system every 3-4 years?

I guess they just want to release better products than what they have now. The success rate is debatable though.

Will I end up getting a new computer with Windows 7 on it sometime in the near future just to be able to do anything?

New computers will probably ship with Windows 7. But it depends on what exactly you want to be able to do.

Will Microsoft stop support for XP the way it has for previous versions of Windows? If so when?

According to THIS Page, it'll end in April 2014.
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If you notice, MS makes a good OS, and then a poor quality one..  and then another better one.  Vista was the poor quality one...  Similar if you remember WindowsME.

 

When vista came out, computers didn't come with dual/quad CPUs, and the ghz is no longer running on the same thought that pentiums I through IV did.  Computers also used to come with only 1gig of memory.  They all barely ran Vista with any quality.

 

And yes, XP will lose support, though I thought it was sooner than 2014.

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@Kitzira wrote:

If you notice, MS makes a good OS, and then a poor quality one..  and then another better one.  Vista was the poor quality one...  Similar if you remember WindowsME.

 

Actually not really true at all.  Windows XP was an absolute disaster upon release - worse than anything other than Windows ME.   It was unfinished, had huge security flaws, and made BSOD an acronym outside of tech circles.  XP's "popularity" is based upon longevity, and the fact that is is the only OS many people have known.  The level of early complaints about XP easily matched those leveled against Vista.  Quite frankly, if the anti-trust suit hadn't gotten in the way, and XP was replaced on a normal cycle, it would not be remembered fondly.  Since, however, it was around so long, people got accustomed to its flaws (and it still has many).  BTW, Vista has been a stable and solid OS for modern machines since SP 1.  Of course, Windows 7 is a Vista based OS as well....

 

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Why is it that Microsoft comes out with a new operating system every 3-4 years?

New features are added, along with security updates...Most of these features are important, but un-noticable to most general PC users.


It seems like PC's these days still come with processors no faster than 2.3GHz and RAM some where between 2 to 4 GB.

The clock speeds went up to over 3GHz, then the architecture was improved and the clock speeds reduced, with multiple cores being added...all while being more powerful that previous generation processors...

 


Will I end up getting a new computer with Windows 7 on it sometime in the near future just to be able to do anything? Will Microsoft stop support for XP the way it has for previous versions of Windows? If so when? In another 3 to 4 years?

 

 Yes, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP...it's antiquated technology.  Windows 7 runs excellent, you'll have no problems with the new OS once you actually use it.

 

 

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