I just had to share this with you. I did something last week that I thought I would never do. I purchased a copy of Windows XP ! I know, I am getting old and senile, what can I say.
I have gotten several requests for things that need to be compatible with Windows lately and of course I have no way of testing them. So... I found a copy of XP still in the sealed box that a local store still had in stock for $49.95. And yes, it is either genuine or the best counterfeiting job I have ever seen. Had the silly papers in it and a Microsoft disk with the hologram and everything.
I installed it in Vbox and proceeded to go to Microsoft update to update it. Well guess what! It wouldn't validate. Why was I not surprised. I guess they knew I didn't pay enough for it. Well, I figured it might be that it was running in Vbox, so I reinstalled it on a spare partition. What a pain in the butt! Got it to the point it would halfway work and went back to the validation site and low and behold they still said I was a terrible person for stealing their lunch money and they would have to lay off someone and go without dinner if I didn't pay up.
I decided to just forget about it. More trouble than it's worth. Just out of curiosity, I scanned it and I had 8 files marked as viruses or questionable. I had XP connected to the net, Microsoft's own sites, for about 20 min. total! I reinstalled it in Vbox being careful to disallow any network connections before I started the install. It might not be updated but at least it is now clean.
You know how many of you feel so lost in Linux? Well... I feel the same way in XP. It is so clunky and unintuitive. Usually when I install XP for someone I get it to the point where it boots properly and load the codecs and any on-board firmware or driver requirements. Then it is theirs. Even that is a real chore compared to Linux. But to try to use it to do anything useful with, or configure it to my liking. Well... I finally gave up and will let it rest for a while until I get my patience back.
I just can't imagine having to use it on a daily basis to get any real work done. You long time Windows users/gurus are a lot smarter than this old dumb country boy. I can tell you that!
Oh well, just wanted to share my latest experience with Microsoft and Windows with you.