majbach wrote:I'm combing through all the forums and posts hoping to learn a little more on my new 8481b and the two major software programs to run it. However, I can't help but notice the abundant problems there seems to be with windows XP. I have a copy of XP Pro sitting in front of me but i have been apprehinsive to install it as i have heard a plethora of software incompatibilty isssues; enough to outweigh the extra stabilty if offers. The posts here seem to verify that. Is it just becauase so people are upgrading to XP ( no one is upgrading to 98 SE for example) that there are so many posts about problems with drives or is XP really that much of a hassle?
First off, 9 out of 10 problems arise from user error and aren't software related. User error can cover misconfigured hardware and/or software.
XP is probably the best OS that MS has ever developed.
As to compatibility issues, there are always a couple, regardless of the OS. Nice thing about XP is that you can run the app in emulation mode, so if it can't be run 32bit mode, you can run it in 16bit mode.
I'd like to hear something specific, rather than you making sweeping statements. Also, if the software came out after XP, it's the fault of the software developers, not MS, for any problems. Since the coding environment is established and needless to say the user base is rather large.