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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by tootal2, Sep 30, 2014.
And we're all so happy for you.
Got over that kind of behavior in grade school.
That's not the way MS licensing works, not all companies have a "support contract with Microsoft"
The only process that allows you to freely upgrade from XP to something else is Software Assurance and you buy that per item of software. We're an enterprise with 7 sites and over 7000 workstations, we do not have "a support contract with Microsoft"
Most companies either buy operating systems as OEM with the PC or individually from MS and XP will sit on the PC purchased until it dies, we have an AVERAGE fleet age of 4 years now thanks to previous management, in total we're 40% XP and can only replace/update 10% of the workstations this year, many companies are in this same situation or worse.
These situations are made by upper management not listening to IT over the past 3 years as we pleaded with them to let us work up an XP replacement plan.
I have never had any problems with windows media center. 2 times a year all tuners would stop working and I would have to reboot. and my ceton cable card adapter was made with bad memory so I can not upgrade the firmware. a few times I almost ran out of guide data.
I had a lot of problems with my TiVo hd, so3 and garbage collection problems. I even got 1 TiVo stuck in guided setup with a s03 error.
Im using my TiVo hd in my bedroom now.
It was a much bigger jump between XP and Vista/7 than between 7 and 8 as far as software compatibility. That's why there are companies still sticking to XP; there's also an issue of software that has problems with the 64 bit platform.
I haven't encountered anything that won't run on 8 64-bit that runs on 7 64-bit.
I'm running 8.1 on my home desktop. The start screen does indeed suck on Win8, but it's a little better on 8.1. I also have Start8 which restores a 7-style start menu. So it's fine, and for the most part I ignore the start screen. If you get a new PC, don't go through th effort of downgrading, just get Start8 and be done with it.
That said, I don't really see a compelling reason to upgrade from 7 to 8.1 on an existing PC. So for the OP's question, If you're happy with the Echo stick with 7 at least until 10 comes out.
I'm one of those who still use XP. I am still using it on Duo-core computers that were designed for Vista and have Vista COAs on their side. The XP licenses are legit and paid for. There is no pending reason for me to upgrade older machines if they sit there and just keep working. If I were to buy newer machines, then that would be different in that they would naturally pair better with a newer OS. In that regard, I think I will hold off till "Windows 10".
For my purposes I use one of those machines for NPVR, which is even more out in the woods than MCE. Its strong points are that the developer built it somewhat open-ended for add-on development, and he maintains a good online forum where he and other developers have a strong presence.
Most of the problems that arise are hardware related, and they do what they can to help solve things from their end. The developer is quick to build patches whenever real issues come up, often in the same day, which all get rolled into the cumulative updates.
I would definitely contact Ceton about the firmware upgrade issue. Almost running out of guide data has been a problem with Microsoft dropping the ball with Zap2it. This has happened a couple of times over the past few years, but Microsoft was made aware of the situation before anyone actually ran completely out of data and they were able to get it straightened out in time
OP, Tivo is a great option. Roamio with the Mini used as extenders. Works well and may even be a power savings over a PC running media center.
windows media center has a lot of drive space. my windows media is using 6000 gigs and I can add more. and I can convert them the mpg4 .264 wtv format and keep all the show info.
but I rarely watch shows that are more then a week old. so a TiVo will work for me.