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2014-04-07 03:46:40 PM  
You can quickly check if you are running Windows XP by heading to AmIRunningXP.com, a helpful website built by Microsoft.

Because going to Computer -> Properties is too taxing.
 
2014-04-07 03:53:26 PM  
Hitting the start button and seeing what it says on the side also takes too long.
 
2014-04-07 03:54:40 PM  

Diogenes: You can quickly check if you are running Windows XP by heading to AmIRunningXP.com, a helpful website built by Microsoft.

Because going to Computer -> Properties is too taxing.


Trust me when I say there are people that are computer illiterate enough to not know they can do that.
 
2014-04-07 04:08:37 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Diogenes: You can quickly check if you are running Windows XP by heading to AmIRunningXP.com, a helpful website built by Microsoft.

Because going to Computer -> Properties is too taxing.

Trust me when I say there are people that are computer illiterate enough to not know they can do that.


Oh, no question.  They're the same ones who go to my mom because she's got a son "who does the computers."  And then I yell at my mom.
 
2014-04-07 04:35:13 PM  

Diogenes: Bathia_Mapes: Diogenes: You can quickly check if you are running Windows XP by heading to AmIRunningXP.com, a helpful website built by Microsoft.

Because going to Computer -> Properties is too taxing.

Trust me when I say there are people that are computer illiterate enough to not know they can do that.

Oh, no question.  They're the same ones who go to my mom because she's got a son "who does the computers."  And then I yell at my mom.


Which is funny because I'm the one in the household who does the troubleshooting, virus/malware scanning, etc. for all our machines. And back when he was kid, years before having a personal PC was commonplace, I was the go-to person in the neighborhood when someone was having issues with their VCR & the like.
 
2014-04-07 04:43:11 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Which is funny because I'm the one in the household who does the troubleshooting, virus/malware scanning, etc. for all our machines. And back when he was kid, years before having a personal PC was commonplace, I was the go-to person in the neighborhood when someone was having issues with their VCR & the like.


WHY WON'T IT STOP FLASHING 12:00?
 
2014-04-07 05:00:59 PM  

RedPhoenix122: WHY WON'T IT STOP FLASHING 12:00?


That is telling you that the countdown timer is paused at 12 minutes.  I could make it start counting again, but when it got to zero, your VCR would blow up and it might damage your house.  We could let it get closer to zero, but it's just better to have it at the 12 minute mark.
 
2014-04-07 05:23:54 PM  

RedPhoenix122: Bathia_Mapes: Which is funny because I'm the one in the household who does the troubleshooting, virus/malware scanning, etc. for all our machines. And back when he was kid, years before having a personal PC was commonplace, I was the go-to person in the neighborhood when someone was having issues with their VCR & the like.

WHY WON'T IT STOP FLASHING 12:00?


Heh!

Yeah, I fixed stuff like that plus more complicated stuff. Don't know how I'm able to do so because I've had no formal training, but I can generally suss out the problem and fix it.
 
2014-04-07 05:41:12 PM  

Walker: Hitting the start button and seeing what it says on the side also takes too long.


It's often hidden, but you can still find out from the Start button...

- Rectangular and green with the word START: That's XP.
- Round, no words, and "Start Search" at the bottom of the Start menu: That's Vista
- Round, no words, and "Search Programs and Files" at the bottom: That's Windows 7
- "The what?" - Windows 8
 
2014-04-07 05:41:12 PM  
Are you running XP? Dork Patrol at Worst Buy will test your system to find out for only $99.99!
 
2014-04-07 05:42:06 PM  
Are my pants on fire?

I better check out www.areyourpantsonfire.net
 
2014-04-07 05:42:46 PM  

Dragonflew: It's often hidden, but you can still find out from the Start button...


Unless you've adjusted the theme, like I have.
 
2014-04-07 05:42:56 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: RedPhoenix122: Bathia_Mapes: Which is funny because I'm the one in the household who does the troubleshooting, virus/malware scanning, etc. for all our machines. And back when he was kid, years before having a personal PC was commonplace, I was the go-to person in the neighborhood when someone was having issues with their VCR & the like.

WHY WON'T IT STOP FLASHING 12:00?

Heh!

Yeah, I fixed stuff like that plus more complicated stuff. Don't know how I'm able to do so because I've had no formal training, but I can generally suss out the problem and fix it.


my 8 track seems to keep playing the same CCR songs on a loop.... where is the shuffle button?
 
2014-04-07 05:45:08 PM  

Rev.K: Dragonflew: It's often hidden, but you can still find out from the Start button...

Unless you've adjusted the theme, like I have.


People who know how to do this generally know which version of Windows they're running, or how to determine it.
 
2014-04-07 05:53:18 PM  

Dragonflew: People who know how to do this generally know which version of Windows they're running, or how to determine it.


Good point.
 
2014-04-07 05:58:08 PM  
This site won't help all the people out there who won't go because they know they are not running XP,  they are running 2007, Firefox, Outlook etc...
 
2014-04-07 06:06:01 PM  
I use the 'User Interface Ugliness Rating.'

Do your default settings look ok?  You're running Windows 98.
Do your default settings look quite ugly?  You're running Windows XP.
Do your default settings look quite ugly and it runs slow?  You're running Windows Seven.
Do your default settings look like a child designed it?  You're running Windows Eight.
Does your computer crash before you get to see the user interface? You're trying to use Windows Vista.
Is your computer lying at the bottom of the local tip? You were using Windows ME.
 
2014-04-07 06:10:36 PM  
~25% of users are still using XP

And how many of those are people with machines that won't handle a newer version, and can't afford a new computer? Batten down the hatches, the fur's gonna fly.
 
2014-04-07 06:21:14 PM  

powhound: ~25% of users are still using XP

And how many of those are people with machines that won't handle a newer version, and can't afford a new computer? Batten down the hatches, the fur's gonna fly.


If only Microsoft had given people years of notice that this would happen...  the bastards.
 
2014-04-07 06:33:11 PM  

Diogenes: You can quickly check if you are running Windows XP by heading to AmIRunningXP.com, a helpful website built by Microsoft.

Because going to Computer -> Properties is too taxing.


Don't laugh, this is how managers think - I was asked the other day by management if I could make a program that one could run to put an icon on the desktop that was a bookmark (.lnk) to a public Internet URL.

/Because reading an email, clicking a link & bookmarking a website is apparently hard
 
2014-04-07 06:41:54 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-07 06:46:18 PM  
The people that don't know are also the same people that can't see the website because of the hundreds of toolbars
 
2014-04-07 07:02:02 PM  
People running Windows 8 probably aren't even sure if they're running Windows at all.
 
2014-04-07 07:50:22 PM  
I have a family member that still runs XP. I thought I'd check the MS website and find out what, if any, deals MS are doing for people wanting to upgrade. I clicked on the Areyourunningxp link and then clicked to MS shop. But because the website detected that my PC has Windows 8 it will only tell me that I can upgrade free to 8.1 (no thanks, it might break Classic Shell) etc. It will not tell me how much it will cost to upgrade from XP. If it does (and I assume it must somewhere) then it is very well hidden.

Stupid MS. Trying to be clever but farking it up. Is it really so strange for someone to look for information from a different machine?
 
2014-04-07 08:45:26 PM  

Bob Down: I use the 'User Interface Ugliness Rating.'

Do your default settings look ok?  You're running Windows 98.
Do your default settings look quite ugly?  You're running Windows XP.
Do your default settings look quite ugly and it runs slow?  You're running Windows Seven.
Do your default settings look like a child designed it?  You're running Windows Eight.
Does your computer crash before you get to see the user interface? You're trying to use Windows Vista.
Is your computer lying at the bottom of the local tip? You were using Windows ME.


I don't know what you've been smoking to think that Win 7 looks uglier than the flat gray blandness of 98.
 
2014-04-07 09:02:31 PM  

Bob Down: Do your default settings look like a child designed it? You're running Windows Eight.


Or Android TV img.fark.netThey even copied the Music tile
 
2014-04-07 09:05:06 PM  

syrynxx: People running Windows 8 probably aren't even sure if they're running Windows at all.


My cousin said his PC has both Windows 7 and 8 when it really just had 8. I could people getting confused just like that about Desktop and Start menus
 
2014-04-07 09:11:14 PM  

powhound: ~25% of users are still using XP

And how many of those are people with machines that won't handle a newer version, and can't afford a new computer? Batten down the hatches, the fur's gonna fly.


I hear Best Buy is offering a minimum of $100 for trade-ins of old laptops that have XP on them.

It's like this year's "Cash for Clunkers"
 
2014-04-07 09:18:48 PM  

Gigantos: powhound: ~25% of users are still using XP

And how many of those are people with machines that won't handle a newer version, and can't afford a new computer? Batten down the hatches, the fur's gonna fly.

I hear Best Buy is offering a minimum of $100 for trade-ins of old laptops that have XP on them.

It's like this year's "Cash for Clunkers"


Gonna be a lot of arrests for kiddie pron, and a lot of embarrassing selfies on the Net when the Dork Squad get their hands on those puppies!
 
2014-04-07 09:33:46 PM  

Gigantos: powhound: ~25% of users are still using XP

And how many of those are people with machines that won't handle a newer version, and can't afford a new computer? Batten down the hatches, the fur's gonna fly.

I hear Best Buy is offering a minimum of $100 for trade-ins of old laptops that have XP on them.

It's like this year's "Cash for Clunkers"


Does it have to be a working laptop? Does it have to be a laptop that's actually designed to run XP? I smell an opportunity.
 
2014-04-07 10:16:55 PM  

Flint Ironstag: But because the website detected that my PC has Windows 8 it will only tell me that I can upgrade free to 8.1 (no thanks, it might break Classic Shell) etc.


There is a patch coming out tomorrow - Windows 8.1 Update 1 - that contains all released 8.1 patches to date.  You have two choices - install 8.1 Update 1, or never get another patch ever again, just like all Windows XP users.  Isn't that great?  Their latest-and-greatest OS version is as dead as disco if you choose not to install tomorrow's patch.

I use Stardock's Start8 which is probably the best $5 I've ever spent for Windows software, and it was upgraded for 8.1.  Other than your stated risk, the existing Win8.1 release is almost wholly superior to Win8 RTM except that they moved the default save location from local Libraries that were one of the best parts of Win7 to their LiveDrive or OneDrive or HyperDrive or whatever they're calling SkyDrive now that they're trying to get everyone hooked on the MSFT cloud.
 
2014-04-07 10:21:13 PM  

I Like Bread: Gigantos: powhound: ~25% of users are still using XP

And how many of those are people with machines that won't handle a newer version, and can't afford a new computer? Batten down the hatches, the fur's gonna fly.

I hear Best Buy is offering a minimum of $100 for trade-ins of old laptops that have XP on them.

It's like this year's "Cash for Clunkers"

Does it have to be a working laptop? Does it have to be a laptop that's actually designed to run XP? I smell an opportunity.


I don't know, but I'm curious about that as well.  I assume it has to be working, and that the default OS had to be XP or earlier.  I could probably easily get a hold of 5 just through neighborhood yard sales for a cheap enough price that I could make a nice profit from this.
 
2014-04-07 10:59:29 PM  

syrynxx: Flint Ironstag: But because the website detected that my PC has Windows 8 it will only tell me that I can upgrade free to 8.1 (no thanks, it might break Classic Shell) etc.

There is a patch coming out tomorrow - Windows 8.1 Update 1 - that contains all released 8.1 patches to date.  You have two choices - install 8.1 Update 1, or never get another patch ever again, just like all Windows XP users.  Isn't that great?  Their latest-and-greatest OS version is as dead as disco if you choose not to install tomorrow's patch.

I use Stardock's Start8 which is probably the best $5 I've ever spent for Windows software, and it was upgraded for 8.1.  Other than your stated risk, the existing Win8.1 release is almost wholly superior to Win8 RTM except that they moved the default save location from local Libraries that were one of the best parts of Win7 to their LiveDrive or OneDrive or HyperDrive or whatever they're calling SkyDrive now that they're trying to get everyone hooked on the MSFT cloud.


A bit of Googling brings up several references to W8 still being supported until 2018/2023, it is just 8.1 users who must upgrade to keep getting support. If you're still on 8 you don't need to upgrade and will still be supported.

I may upgrade anyway, apart from not wanting to bugger up Classic Shell I haven't really got any strong aversion to 8.1.
 
2014-04-07 11:34:23 PM  
Is your Windows computer running just fine?

A.  If yes, than you are probably running XP.

B.  If no, you're running ME, Vista or 8.

C.  You might also be running 7, in which case congratulations!  You're probably running just fine.
 
2014-04-08 12:28:18 AM  
I just did the $100 BestBuy deal. Brought in an old Asus PC900XP and got $25 gift card. On top of that, got $75 towards a new lappy.

The old one must work off it's battery, and run a good copy of XP, OR be Apple or a Chromebook. They flipped it to see the XP registration. The other coupon was printed out for me exclusively, and to be used on a NIB Windows computer.
 
2014-04-08 12:31:19 AM  

Flint Ironstag: I may upgrade anyway, apart from not wanting to bugger up Classic Shell I haven't really got any strong aversion to 8.1.


8.1 and Classic Shell work just fine together. Running that combination right now as I type.
 
2014-04-08 12:33:13 AM  
Bathia_Mapes:

Yeah, I fixed stuff like that plus more complicated stuff. Don't know how I'm able to do so because I've had no formal training, but I can generally suss out the problem and fix it.

Probably because you don't turn your brain off and likely understand the concept of 'look for a button or menu function that looks similar to what you want to do.'

That is the part of doing tech support that has always amazed me.  Normally intelligent people just turn their brains off the moment they start working with a computer.  Evidently it is some mystical device that has no use for concepts such as logic or intuitive design.  Though I can't necessarily blame anyone who has problems with recent versions of office or Windows 8.  Even as an experienced techie I have to hit up google every other time I try using a familiar feature because I just can't find it or can't get it to work.
 
2014-04-08 12:43:15 AM  

Flint Ironstag: syrynxx: Flint Ironstag: But because the website detected that my PC has Windows 8 it will only tell me that I can upgrade free to 8.1 (no thanks, it might break Classic Shell) etc.

There is a patch coming out tomorrow - Windows 8.1 Update 1 - that contains all released 8.1 patches to date.  You have two choices - install 8.1 Update 1, or never get another patch ever again, just like all Windows XP users.  Isn't that great?  Their latest-and-greatest OS version is as dead as disco if you choose not to install tomorrow's patch.

I use Stardock's Start8 which is probably the best $5 I've ever spent for Windows software, and it was upgraded for 8.1.  Other than your stated risk, the existing Win8.1 release is almost wholly superior to Win8 RTM except that they moved the default save location from local Libraries that were one of the best parts of Win7 to their LiveDrive or OneDrive or HyperDrive or whatever they're calling SkyDrive now that they're trying to get everyone hooked on the MSFT cloud.

A bit of Googling brings up several references to W8 still being supported until 2018/2023, it is just 8.1 users who must upgrade to keep getting support. If you're still on 8 you don't need to upgrade and will still be supported.

I may upgrade anyway, apart from not wanting to bugger up Classic Shell I haven't really got any strong aversion to 8.1.


Well 8.1 preview 1 is officially out tomorrow img.fark.net
So make sure you update when you get a new PC
 
2014-04-08 01:35:28 AM  

Gigantos: powhound: ~25% of users are still using XP

And how many of those are people with machines that won't handle a newer version, and can't afford a new computer? Batten down the hatches, the fur's gonna fly.

I hear Best Buy is offering a minimum of $100 for trade-ins of old laptops that have XP on them.

It's like this year's "Cash for Clunkers"


Yeah, but these people are balancing a $500 cost (after rebate) for a new computer against replacing a computer they already have that appears to them to be running fine. Cars, they understand. Computers, probably not so much.
 
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