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Decent speech recognition which Linux doesnt' have. Poker (lots of good tools are only for windows).

Besides that, you can get an XEmacs compiled for it, what more could you want?

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I was foolish enough to buy a Windows media PC for my main telly (I use lovely Ubuntu on all my normal PCs), thinking I'd use it as a DVD player and for music.

Windows has proved to be such a pain that I rarely turn it on.

Tonight I decided to watch a DVD at 8:02pm, and switched it on. Currently (9:35pm) it is still carrying out updates, and has just asked to be restarted for the second time. Clearly I will not be watching a DVD now.

What is it for? All I seem to do, any evening I turn it on, is update it, answer silly questions (do you want to make IE9 your default browser?), and solve bizarre mysteries (.Net, service pack 4 security update K537263453 has failed to load, Error x83373).

I think I'm just going to leave it switched off and buy a £29 CD/DVD player from Tescos.

Windows is a dog.

My particular pet hate is its appalling tendency to leave file 'handles' active even when the process that appears to have generated them has long gone.

Unless you happen to have sysinternals tools like FileMon installed then the only way you can free the f*ckers is by rebooting the whole operating system.

What a crock of shite. I mean that sort of problem was only solved about 40 years ago on most other operating systems.

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Now I'll give you that - if you need to run specialist software, Windows is your man.

I browse. Playing CDs and DVDs was going to be a step up.

win media player on vista is crap

i got round it using autoplay repair and media player classic (mpc plays every dvd i have tried)

there's vlc as well of course

http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/download-media-player-classic-hc.html

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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Now I'll give you that - if you need to run specialist software, Windows is your man.

I wouldn't call Adobe stuff specialist, but sadly it doesn't run well on Linux, at least not the latest versions of InDesign etc.

(Macs are not an option for me BTW.)

Oddly enough I've just tried to upgrade the Ubuntu on my laptop and that's giving me more gyp than Windows ever has.

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When I was a kid we had to turn the TV on about 5 minutes before the program started to let it warm up.

You need to adopt a similar strategy. Perhaps you should swtich it on before you head out to work in the morning.

Doesn't it stop and ask you to click "Yes" on something every time you go out?

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I resolve to one day understand this post.

http://www.virtualbox.org/

It's a hardware emulator. You install it on your OS (ubuntu). You create a new virtual machine i.e. install Windows onto the virtual machine.

You can choose to run the virtual machine in the background of your Ubuntu OS - and remote into it using terminal services client. The alternative is to have the actual Windows OS run in its own ubuntu "window".

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Thanks again. I will go to bed and dream about how to do it now. :lol:

You'll need the Windows Install Disk.

If you havent got one I might be able to drop an XP ISO onto a server somewhere for you. You burn the ISO to disk and away you go.

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Thanks but I still have the boxed Vista disk actually. (One of my few computing strong points is keeping all the little bits that come with it.)

Excellent. Maybe you can drop an ISO for me :P

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Thia ia why I use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client, it can clone a box into a virtual machine, takes minutes and then no need to reinstall everything back onto the virtual windows pc plus it can install from an iso or img file as well. I tried virtualbox but missed some of the features of VMworkstation although VMware player would probably be the free VM equivalent of virtual box and vmware is quicker.

I found VMware far too cumbersome. Kept installing network adapters everywhere. Tries too hard to be everyones friend - not for my liking. If I can run enterprise software on VBox I think it ticks all the boxes.

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Thanks again. I will go to bed and dream about how to do it now. :lol:

He's right. It's super. I also use Linux (OpenSUSE in my case) with XP running under VirtualBox for any Windows stuff I can't do without. It runs like a dream. You can even cut and paste between Windows and Linux programs!

I used to use VMWare, but I did find it rather fiddly to set up. VirtualBox is easer to set up and doesn't seem any slower than VMware to me. Quicker, if anything.

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I'm using the dreaded Vista, but I'm sure it will have a similar option, so thanks for that.

There's youre problem.

Windows 2000, XP and 7 are fine. Vista is a real dog.

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My particular pet hate is its appalling tendency to leave file 'handles' active even when the process that appears to have generated them has long gone.

This used to wind me up, I now use a bit of software called Unlocker which sits on the context menu and lets you release files, or delete them automatically on restart if they are really stubborn.

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There's youre problem.

Windows 2000, XP and 7 are fine. Vista is a real dog.

Vista works okay for me, but then I did make a point of systematically disabling almost every clever feature so it would leave me alone and just quietly get on with it.

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I will only add that Linux is so much better than it used to be.

This thread prompted me to install Ubuntu on top of my windows installation and it is so much better than I remember.

I have the 64bit version (multi-core support as standard)

All the hardware worked out of the box

It has open office

Firefox (supports all of the usual plug-ins I use)

Media burners

Media players

Runs its own updates

Nothing has crashed or failed to install

It's not quite as pretty as Windows 7.. but for free software.. Wow :o

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I like the "early start" idea. Maybe I could get up before dawn every day and do a few Windows updates - a nice hair-shirt regime to appeal to my puritan streak. :D

Seriously, I'm tempted to just scrub it and put Ubuntu over it. (Someone told me not to do it, as it connects to the TV using an HDMI, and Ubuntu can have some sound issues with these supposedly, and someone also told me the free TV-tuner programme in Ubuntu is sh*te.)

I've no idea about the HDMI issue but I use Boxee on Ubuntu and it's great and seems to play pretty much anything. For backup, VLC really does seem to play anything.

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I run Windows Media Player on my main PC and have an HDMI connection to my TV. However I'm using Windows 7 Professional not Vista and I have say it runs very well, indeed with a Freeview USB dongle, I'm actually wondering if I really need a TV at all, considering I can watch TV, through WMP, and use it as a PVR, plus Iplayer, and 40D etc.. Updates are automatic, and the computer restarts automatically. My main PC is a Dell, and using the factory installed setup.

If I get another hard drive, I'd like to setup a dual boot with Ubuntu. As I don't think the TV applications with Linux are that mature, I would consider running a copy of Windows as a guest OS, using Virtual Box (already suggested on here). Provided the underlying hardware is supported by the host OS, shouldn't be any problem with the guest OS working with it (having said that, I'm having problems with my WIndows XP guest OS picking up sound, and I'm not sure about USB support within Virtual Box). I have XP running as a guest on 7, I tend to run a lot of specialist SEO software, which require .Net and IE and running all that within a guest is more secure).

Running Ubuntu/Linux natively you could use Myth TV as a replacement for WMP, but it always looks a hastle to setup. Having said that I believe some pre-created VB or VMWare images exist for it.

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