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Poll: Which version of Windows are you using?

Which version of Windows are you using?  

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  1. 1. Which version of Windows are you using?

    • Windows Vista
      80
    • Windows XP SP2
      28
    • Windows XP SP3
      63
    • Other
      6


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At home I tend to install all updated as soon as they are released and I'm reasonably sure they won't break anything. At work, however, installing huge updates on many computers requires a lot of time. For example, XP SP3 will probably require two hours for each machine, which are two wasted hours. So, basically the reason why we still use XP SP2 is the lack of time to install SP3.

I evangelized all colleagues to use Paint.NET, so that would be a good reason to finally install SP3.

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Installation time of SP3 varies from user to user. For computers that rarely if ever get updated manually or otherwise, it will take longer because older files have to be overwritten by newer versions after the updater has cataloged a list of all system files to update, then it (updater) proceeds to update only the ones is has cataloged that need updating. The list will be larger, and the task of cataloging and updating will take longer if you haven't updated in 4 years.

If you're like me, and update when updates come out, migrating from SP2 to SP3 shouldn't take all that long, because the majority of the SP3 installation is all the critical Windows Updates updates up to the point SP3 was released dating back to SP2, are included, as well as updated system files that not only Windows uses but Windows applications use.

So, for me, installing SP3 took about 15-20 minutes (not including the 7-8 minutes it took to download on a reasonably fast cable modem connection)

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I'm still using XP SP2 on both my laptops and have decided to change to XP Black (XP with a lot VISTA functions and compatibility with VISTA-only programs) on my big some-what old machinery that somebody calls a computer. I have no idea if that is a modified SP2, but I think it qualifies as "other".

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i have xp SP2 because last time i started downloading SP3 my hard drive failed.

:evil: pretty good reason huh?

and i lost all my files cause i had no backups. =(

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Windows XP, SP3... I'm using SP3 just because I didn't like the way SP2 was acting. Got bored, and updated to SP3. All of my programs work fine, if not better. Sticking with Windows forever. Mac is for people that are computer illiterate.

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XP SP2, as I see no point (even as a .Net developer) to update to SP3. Seriously, why?

Security fixes, perhaps? I went from Vista to XP SP3.

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Windows XP SP2. Some of my machines have been updated to SP3, but I've been holding off on others. My experience is that even on a clean WinXP install, adding Service Pack 3 slows the machine down a modest but noticeable amount. I'd rather download the extra 2MB you described.

DaveL

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Hey, I am using XP Pro SP2, but I am trying to download SP3.

Uhhh, it gives me the message in the middle of the download saying: "No permission."

Yes, I BOUGHT this XP, and it's checked by the Geniuine Windows Check.

Help??

-Thanks :D

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Hey, I am using XP Pro SP2, but I am trying to download SP3.

Uhhh, it gives me the message in the middle of the download saying: "No permission."

Yes, I BOUGHT this XP, and it's checked by the Geniuine Windows Check.

Help??

-Thanks :D

You'll need to ask Microsoft. This is not a Microsoft tech support forum.

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I think a lot of people are not upgrading to XP Sp3 due to the lots of problems that have occurred with this wonderful buggy update provided by our friend Bill.

Sp3 RC1 had the great effect of BSOD for quite a lot of people myself included. I only had an OEM version of windows Xp Pro and had to download a retail pack to install recovery console just to copy the dll file that was not copied into the sys32 folder that was part of windows boot-up.

The last update received from Microsoft last week 5 in all mostly for office fail install has created an issue after quickly looking into this apparently Microsoft is aware are suppose to release a patch next week.

Have once again turned off windows auto update and going back to 3 month manual way

Vista what can one say good about this? I know NOTHING!!!! :twisted:

You only have to look on line and let your fingers do the Googling to see what the masses think about VISTA.

Microsoft has finally admitted they got the wow factor quite a bit %# up and are now pushing Windows 7 for an earlier release and a lot of companies are planning to bypass rolling out Vista opting to wait for Windows 7 instead.

I will be staying with XP Pro Sp3 & various Ubutu Versions for a long while yet

On paint.net love this program and what it can do keep up the great work :mrgreen:

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Hey guys,

I'm running SP2 because I fit the "10,000 seat company that hasn't upgraded yet" you describe on your blog.

These Microsoft updates really mess with legacy software, etc. The company only started going SP2 last year, and as the first machine upgraded I got to run into the glitches. There's no way we'll be SP3 in the foreseeable future. My company also only officially supports IE 6. Blech. Fortunately I'm able to install the other browsers. Please consider requiring the Windows Installer or other much less drastic requirements for those of us in cubicle hell. 5-year-old software may seem unbelievable, but we have to deal with it. At least I have SP2 now.

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How about XP x64? Vote "other"?

Yes, "other" :) XP x64 is really the workstation build of Server 2003 SP1. That's why its service packs aren't lined up with regular XP x86's service packs.

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Hi -

Concerning the idea of requiring SP3 to install paint.net:

I use Paint.net in unattended installers created for Windows XP Pro, XP Pro 64, XP Media Center Edition 2005 and Server 2003 64 bit. The 64 bit OS service packs do not line up with the 32 bit ones, and there is no SP3 for the 64 bit versions. On MCE, one cannot relably/easily slipstream SP3 into MCE2005 so it has to be added after the fact. I install Paint.net and several other apps as part of installing the OS and in the MCE case, there will be no SP3 unless I change around my unattended installer a lot. My current unattended installer automatically installs Installer 3.1 and .net 3.5 before Paint.net is installed.

By the way, great job on Paint.net.

One little request, perhaps I should post it elsewhere. Printing is a bit problematic. Paint.net uses the same printing engine that the Windows Explorer/jpeg viewer uses, which is set up to frame photos. I would like to specify scaling and position on the page in the same way that IrfanView or Microsoft Photo Editor allow.

Thanks.

- Mike

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One little request, perhaps I should post it elsewhere. Printing is a bit problematic. Paint.net uses the same printing engine that the Windows Explorer/jpeg viewer uses, which is set up to frame photos. I would like to specify scaling and position on the page in the same way that IrfanView or Microsoft Photo Editor allow.

Search for "Printer+."

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One little request, perhaps I should post it elsewhere. Printing is a bit problematic. Paint.net uses the same printing engine that the Windows Explorer/jpeg viewer uses, which is set up to frame photos. I would like to specify scaling and position on the page in the same way that IrfanView or Microsoft Photo Editor allow.

Search for "Printer+."

actually Simon when you type Printer+ in the search engine it doesn't bring up your plugin.

ciao OMA

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Im kinda confused on what im using xD

I just got my Alienware laptop and when i was customizing it I chose vista service pack somethine something x64 or 64 something but when I go to Local Disk C I have Program Files and Program Files x86 and when I install things it always goes to x86??

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He means "when I install my games, they goes in the Program Files (x86) folder".

Either you have a 64bit OS and Program Files (x86) shows up, or you have a 32bit one and everything goes like it's 2001.

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