What If Windows XP Released in 2018?

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2018 - 05:13 PM |
Tagged: windows xp, windows 10, windows, microsoft

YouTube pushed this video onto my suggested list, and it was a minute and a half well spent. From what I understand, Kamer Kaan Avdan has a YouTube channel where he creates concept videos that look quite professional. This one takes the feel of Windows XP and grafts it to Microsoft’s current design and marketing process, with a few hilarious nods to the weird parts of our favorite candy-coated OS. The “Welcome” fade-in felt perfect to the point that I wasn’t sure if he was doing this as a joke, or as a legitimate suggestion for a Windows 10 theme pack.

Then I saw the search dog…

I’m not going to lie – I’d want that theme pack. (Edit, May 12th @ 6:50pm: Clarification -- I would want that theme pack, if it existed.) Of course, non-default themes in Windows tend to lead to serious bugs, like some programs failing to hide or correctly align elements in Basic or Classic themes on Windows 7, so it really would be asking for a world of hurt from a “bugs” side of things. But, you know, it looks cool. Check it out -- it's embed above.

Source: avdan

May 12, 2018 | 06:24 PM - Posted by diablosfiji

Man that theme pack looks gorgeous! Lemme know when you get it, I will get it too.

May 12, 2018 | 08:10 PM - Posted by James

Doesn’t look like anything to me.*

*long time Linux user at work and at home, so I guess I don’t know what Windows looks like.

May 12, 2018 | 09:19 PM - Posted by NothingCanHideTheEvilOfThe10WithCosmeticFaceLift (not verified)

Can it stop the Update Forcing and turn off the spyware and the Candy Crush of forced crapware.

Really it's about the loss of control with windows 10 even more and that along with the changing UI merry go round and the UWP and App Store lock-in.

I think that time would be better spent teaching folks about uaing Linux Kernel Based Type 1 Hypervisor sorts of KVM/Xen facilities and then installing XP or windows 7 there in a properly isolated from the outside Internet manner KVM, or Xen, Instance.

XP is still beng safely run that way currently and so will windows 7 after 2020. I rather see that DX12 over Vulkan Abstraction layer be able to be used with windows 7 on a KVM or Xen instance along side any Vulkan enabled games on windows 7 also.

Most people want a stable OS UI and an OS that's there to serve their needs without turning them into the product to be continously montized by the OS's maker.

It's only a little more than 1 1/2 years now until 7 goes EOL so hopefully AMD's Raven Ridge APUs will finally be making some appearence on some Linux OS laptop OEM's offerings before that 1 1/2 year time frame expires. I hope that AMD will at least be thhinking seriously about getting at least one Linux laptop OEM partner lined up for the folks that will never be wanting to go into that windows 10 nightmare after 2020.

M$ appears to be evermore concerned with the OS as a Point Of sale service via the M$ store and less about providing an actual OS that allows folks to control their own hardware. And that will be shocking to some folks after 2020-2023 when Windows 7 and windows 8.1 will both become history.

Make a Linux Desktop environment that looks like XP or windows 7 and that will be more like the original than and thing running under 10 and without all the Update Forcing and Crapware Foisting or spying that's baked into windows 10. Or Just run XP or windows 7 under KVM/Xen and go from there after 2020-2023.

I think that windows 8.1 is going to see an adoption rate increase the closer to 2020 it gets for many Folks that have purchased windows 8/8.1 Pro laptops with that windows 7 Pro downgrade pre done at the Laptop factory as was done for many a laptop OEM's business laptops. I sure will be taking that option with my HP ProBook if its still working after 2020 with some form of third party Turn OFF the TIFKAM software. But I'm just waiting for the first hint of a Linux OS laptop OEM to begin offering AMD Raven Ridge based laptops so I can more fully move on from M$ and its collective madness.

May 13, 2018 | 01:31 AM - Posted by Anonymously (not verified)

where is the blue screen demo?

May 13, 2018 | 08:15 AM - Posted by Nezarn

While people are dying for XP theme, I would love to have a classic (Win9x) theme without the "modern" look, just as how XP and 7 had it.

May 14, 2018 | 12:07 AM - Posted by Hood

xP was great in it's time, but got boring after so many years. This isn't useful, just some visual throwbacks on top of Win 10. There is no going back.

May 14, 2018 | 02:02 PM - Posted by Geforcepat (not verified)


May 14, 2018 | 01:26 AM - Posted by Lapsa (not verified)

At first I wanted to comment that the search functionality is returning results infuriatingly slowly, but come to think of it I've seen modern Windows work slower than that, so it's realistic, I guess.

May 15, 2018 | 04:56 PM - Posted by elites2012

i would buy it.

May 15, 2018 | 10:32 PM - Posted by razor512

I wish Microsoft would bring back the windows classic (Windows 2000) theme. On windows 7, the classic theme offers all of the features of the standard theme, except for the transparency effect. It takes up far less vertical screen space, and it significantly cuts down on memory use of the system's UI since the classic theme is almost entirely vector based, thus it scales well, and is extremely responsive.

It is one of the features I like most with windows 7.

Windows XP was extremely efficient, and if they could make a proper 64 bit version instead of the 64 bit version they had before which still largely used 32 bit system files that it ran in an emulation layer, it would be a great modern OS.

Windows XP with all of the current updates, and without any special drivers installed (besides what Microsoft provides, uses around 30-40MB of RAM. On a modern PC, it can boot in under 5 seconds (even faster if you open msconfig and enable the "no GUI boot" option).

And compared to a modern OS, it does around 95% of what you can do on an OS like windows 10.

If Microsoft really wants to take windows to the next level, they need to have them develop windows 11, and do all performance testing on a PC where the CPU id downclocked to 400 MHz, and RAM is limited to 128MB. Then once performance is acceptable on it, they can run it on a modern PC in order to experience truly amazing performance.

Overall, imagine how good it would be if they could have done a native 64 bit version of windows XP, and then ported over the latest direct x to it.

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