Why You Should Abandon Windows XP Now

Why You Should Abandon Windows XP Now

by Jim Hillier for Daves Computer Tips

A new security report from Microsoft offers further evidence that a move away from Windows XP is a good idea.–PC Pitstop.

Microsoft has recently released its latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR) which details, among other things, rates of malware infections across the various Windows operating systems. The report is entirely security related and not meant specifically as a vessel to encourage XP users to upgrade. However, that certainly is a side effect, unintentional or not – many of the report’s findings do suggest that an immediate upgrade might be a prudent move for XP users.

The comprehensive report is actually 160 pages long, but malware encounter and infection rate comparatives have been specifically highlighted in a separate Microsoft Technet blog article. The included infection rate chart appears to clearly indicate why users should replace XP as soon as possible:

MSIR-infection-rates

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Download the full Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (PDF) here: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

These excerpts are shared with permission from davescomputertips.com.

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194 thoughts on “Why You Should Abandon Windows XP Now

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  2. What if one has hardware that cannot be upgraded to Windows 8? Because of drivers for a RAID card not being available!!!! I think I can upgrade it to Windows 7 but may not. I have a machine that is still running Windows 95 without any issues. Microsoft is in the business of making money and is trying to scare the public into thinking something bad is going to happen to be greedy and make more money. I still know of businesses that are still running Windows NT without any issues.

  3. in china, almost everyone is using xp with 360 virus protection and i do not think this will change at all, they never use legal xp with updates even in universities that i teach english at, somehow every thing still works and business still prospers, perhaps they know something that you dont know.

  4. Roger Hass Just because Microsoft released the information doesn't make it any less true. You wouldn't be calling it "scare mongering" if Microsoft didn't release it, and this fact does not make the information any less true. Also, making an argument against me based on my employment status with Microsoft is in-fact ad hominem circumstantial. You really have to work on your logical fallacies. FYI I did work for M$ as a Windows Answer Desk support professional, where I had to remotely work on customers' computers. Now I run my own business in custom programming and technician work. MY OWN experience with rogue software, along with my programming experience and knowledge of unpatched security holes & zero-days are what leads me to recommend that people stop using XP on the Internet.

    Even the article you linked does not help your argument one bit. In that article, you'll read (and I quote) "Once Windows XP is not supported by Microsoft the OS will no longer receive critical security updates, leaving gaping holes for attackers to gain access to sensitive files."

    There is nothing you can say or do to change my mind on the subject, as my mind was made up based on EXPERIENCE, not because of random articles on the Internet which is probably where you get all of your information.

  5. David Wendorf Sorry you're right about the PCI-E/AGP thing, like I said it's information I already know. But what you stated was inferring that I was giving him a list of video cards FOR XP, which is NOT true, and that was my argument against you. That is the reason I overlooked the true value of your statement, which, as I said, I already know about. I even know about motherboards being made before 1999 not being able to support drives above 32GB. I've been doing this kind of work for over half my life. To be honest, though, most XP machines are in-fact PCI-Express, and not AGP (some early XP machines were AGP though). I'd rather not argue specifics anyways but I will give you credit for pointing out something which I should have elaborated on. However I will discredit you for using incorrect wording resulting in confusion, and for making false assumptions about what I know. I'll admit it was a pretty stupid mistake on my part but I'm man enough to admit it and from the looks of your derogatory statements, it you need to work on some self-esteem issues. Maybe it would help if you learned how to interpret your thoughts into the English language correctly.

  6. Jonathan Gray pay attention. You replied to Cyril who has 8 Dell XP machines and was trying to upgrade to Win 7, so linking to PCI-E cards was worthless information. Dell wouldn't be supplying them with XP if Windows 7 was available at the time, thus they're old and likely PCI or AGP compatible. You may understand programming, but you just look foolish talking about hardware.

  7. Jonathan Gray the next time you link to GPUs for XP, you may want to make sure it's compatible with their hardware. Otherwise you're likely to create more problems for users than help. Chances of PCI-E cards working on XP systems is slim to none – depending upon the age of the motherboard – most XP users will need PCI or AGP cards, both of which are more expensive (if you can find them at all) due to supply and demand. Aero is likely the problem that Cyril is referring to – and all he has to do is disable it during installation. While not necessary, Aero is the only real advantage to Windows 7/8 for graphics.

  8. Jonathan Gray
    I can handle more than a little twit like you.
    Besides derogatory remarks and innuendos, which can not be regarded as contributing to anything, so it looks like you're just a prolific rubbish poster.
    Rack off Jonathan Gray !!

  9. Jonathan Gray
    "Works at Being Awesome" this should read "Works at Being an Anus Rectus" and the paranoia and conspiracy theorist tag fits you perfectly.
    Obviously your comments can only be justified coming from an immature twit.

  10. I guess as a "PC-Bug Fixer", you're not really required to have much knowledge at all in regards to infection/encounter ratios, statistics & mathematics or the way things work in the broader spectrum. I bet you don't even know that roughly 1/3rd of ALL Internet connected PCs are running XP, nor that Microsoft has already been ignoring 99% of the currently known issues with XP (1% to keep up with appearances). It's not worth their time to work on a dead operating system, and guess what; It's no secret. It all adds up to me. XP is of very little interest to Microsoft, but currently is of very big interest to hackers and malware designers alike. This information was pre-known to me and actually explains the charts pretty well. To anyone with knowledge on the subject, you just look like a paranoid conspiracy theorist.

  11. You work in the IT field? You should be ashamed of yourself. The ones who stick with XP will be the first to get infected with the more nasty, modern viruses such as "cryptolocker". This is because it's no secret that XP makes up the vast majority of the Windows operating systems still in-use today. Cryptolocker is ransomware that encrypts your files and charges you upwards of $300 to get them back. Considering this, I happen to find it EXTREMELY ironic that your argument is based off of things like "productivity", "usability", "user experience", and wanting "money".

  12. Martha, you should look into dual booting and virtual machines. You could literally have all of these operating systems running on one system (even on only one harddrive!). I recommend the virtual machine method because it can be used to sandbox untrustworthy apps and you can run multiple operating systems at the same time, which works awesome with a dual-screen setup (I'd recommend VMWare).

  13. Alisa Kurtz

    "Been using XP since 2000 and prefer it over 7 or 8(neither have compatibility to my software or my printer or programs this includes games."….

    So, you've been using XP and have never tried Windows 7 or 8 on your machine, yet somehow you've figured out that your software is incompatible? I call bullshit. I have yet to find a piece of software designed for XP to not work with Windows 7 or 8. What I have seen is newer software such as web browsers dropping support for XP, requiring people to run older (and less secure) versions. The only way you'll know for sure is to try it. Even if it doesn't work, Windows 7 has XP mode, or you could even run XP using VMWare (available for any version of Windows/Linux/OSX). Or dual-boot (then uninstall the network adapter drivers so XP can't access the net).

    "I highly doubt my 13 year old laptop could handle crap updates and plus no warranty on this laptop"

    Your 13 year old laptop could handle all the crap updates you would ever want. Only limitation is your harddrive space. No warranty? Well, obviously, it's an ancient laptop that you want to hold onto because, as you put it, you don't have the money to get a new one. So you've got a tough decision to make. You could either disconnect XP from the net or change out your OS before XP's D-Day viruses hit you, or prepare to spend more money fixing your computer than it was originally even worth.

  14. Alisa Kurtz You're the type of person to go around spreading the first thing you see on the Internet. Sorry but that's naive. If you were in a position such as I am then you would be able to do your own fact checking like I do, but you're not, so believe what you want but please don't spread your misinformation. Remember, the truth and what the media says is the truth can be two VERY different things. Don't always believe what you read on the Internet, not even from me. But do take into account the advice you receive from your peers because sometimes that advice could prove to be very useful.

  15. Jonathan Gray Sorry but no I am not. Xp is the most stable one they have. I am never going to any other OS, for one I highly doubt my 13 year old laptop could handle crap updates and plus no warranty on this laptop and can not afford a new one, Been using XP since 2000 and prefer it over 7 or 8(neither have compatibility to my software or my printer or programs this includes games.

  16. Alisa Kurtz You are a perfect example of somebody who is ignorant towards technology. If the conspiracy theories are in fact true, then the US gov't has actually had a backdoor to Windows much longer than you think. Do a Google search on "_NSAKEY". If you're really that paranoid then learn how to use Linux. Besides, what do you care if somebody can see what you're doing? Over one third of internet connected PCs today are running XP and hackers know this more than anyone. The problem is, neither Microsoft nor any of the major security companies are interested in having anything more to do with XP. I'm only recommending that people stop using XP on the Internet because it's already been patched beyond repair. I'm an informed programmer who happens to know quite a bit about the internals of Windows software and from what I know, I can guarantee you that there are zero-days just waiting for the April 8th countdown. It's going to be Y2K all over again (only with less news coverage).

  17. Jonathan Gray Sorry but no thank you. 8 is a piece of crap as 7 is, yes I have experience with both. My husband had one laptop with 7 and could not navigate it, 8 links the NSA to it(Microsoft gave them a back door to it) and the software updates killed my husband's laptop(it had to go in, to be fixed because of it, it made the keyboard to not work, and caused him to have to log in's when it decided to crash putting the main one in), it is also hard to navigate and have the start up screen makes no sense to have them, it was originally for tablets and phones

  18. I run both XP SP3 and Win7, on different computers. XP is most user friendly and with Driver Detective installed and updating hardware drivers, is better than Win7. Win7 is just (unnecessarily) more COMPLICATED.

  19. Janey Lourenco I agree with that – being practical. For me, I run an internet cafe with 8 units of Dell GX 260 computers. I tried an upgrade on a couple of them and found that the VGA cards were not compatible with Windows 7. Even a new VGA card did not solve the problem for reasons of power supply ratings. So what do I do? Ditch ALL computers for new ones? No way. Practical thing would be – stick with XP. Except someone out there teaches me how to solve the VGA problem.

  20. Edward Joseph Don't forget Ubuntu. It's easy to download and put side by side next to Windows operating systems. During your computer start up you can choose what operating system you want to use. Ubuntu offers a lot of plug and play too.

  21. Gergely Kalmár well just like this article is stating you are vulnerable to almost anything out there and no updates from Microsoft. I too am a tech and would never put XP on any of my clients machines.

  22. You're doing people a disfavor by installing XP on their machines. Can't believe you're a CEO of anything if you're that antiquated and don't know what you're talking about. Run windows 7 for a few months and you'll wonder how you could've been so stupid for such a long time.

  23. I have been using XP Pro since it was released and love it. I would go to windows 7 if I didn't have to reinstall all programs. I hade just lost my operating system hard drive. I replaced it with a ssd drive and had to rebuild the computer files and programs. If and when I upgrade from I7-950 1366 pin CPU to I7-4771 1250 pin CPU then it will be practical to go to win 7. Microsoft is being short sighted by not allowing an XP upgrade to windows 7. Is it possible the Microsoft it behind some of the attacks on XP? I have learned alot about conduit and many other attacks. First thing is get rid of all of the google programs.

  24. Scott S. Powell ~ Linux is open source and it's free. A few of the Linux systems are sold, such as Redhat, but it's still open source. If you want to try an easy Linux distro, the one I like is Linux Mint. Give it a try and you'll see how easy it is to install and use. Doesn't take a genius and any dummy can use it.

  25. Jonathan Gray Hi, I am not going to pretend to understand all of what you just said . . . however, I tried Linux and its not open source. It cost money just like everything else. When it was still in its infancy you could get it for free, you had to be some sort of computer genius just to assemble all the parts. Lets face it I am not a genius, wish I was, but I'm not.

  26. Scott S. Powell You can backup the Windows activation files along with the product key and drivers using software currently available online. You really only need to do the initial activation.

  27. Probably one thing being overlooked is there are computers which operate offline only, and maybe their owners just like XP architecture. The one thing is how can you get a windows activation once the resources are dried up.

  28. Puppy Linux
    I have successfully migrated my old laptops to Puppy Linux. There is of course a steep learning curve, but their on-line “community” is very helpful. The advantage is that older laptops can be given an extended lease of life. Note many older laptops have the same “power” as today’s tablet offerings. There is no need to waste money on new equipment for basic internet browsing, emails music/radio etc. Open source office software is also available for letter writing spreadsheets presentation etc and is in the most part fully compatible with MS offerings.
    For those who are looking for a more windows feel alternative, Linux Mint might be worth a look. More recent laptops/pcs, say 5 years old or less, might be more suitable for this. I don’t know about gaming

    The advantage of taking the “jump into the unknown” is that once you have made the transition and got over the teething problems, there is really no need to keep updating the OS. i.e Job done. IMHO well worth the effort at little expense except time and perseverance.

  29. Victor Forsythe Ironically Linux and Unix users tend to consider themselves more geeky than Microsoft or Apple users – and they can't play decent games on their systems. Nothing in your post suggests that you're any more geeky than anyone else commenting, maybe less so, because there's no way XP 32 bit or 64 bit out-performs Win 7 64 bit, no matter how many steroids you pump into it. Try it, you'll like it.

    And food for thought; if I were Microsoft, I'd be at your house tomorrow with a warrant to prosecute you for altering patented code and trying to persuade others to do the same.

    A true geek would have known better on both counts.

  30. Ask yourself how much your data is worth. That's the only measurement of cost effectiveness that matters.

    The problem is that people don't understand that a PC was never meant to last for 10 years – and it's the exception to the rule if they last more than 3-5 years. That luck will run out at some point, guaranteed. I'm not aware of a single hardware warranty that goes beyond 5 years, and most are 3 years or less – for good reason. Even if malware doesn't corrupt your files, the hard drive is bound to fail for good at some point – and often without warning. Power supply failures can take out the motherboard, memory, and/or hard drives. The cost of 15 year old motherboard is much higher than that of a new motherboard – if you can even find them. Supply and demand.

    Also, people refusing to upgrade cost us all more in the long run as software and hardware must be coded to work with obsolete operating systems and hardware.

    I sure hope all these users complaining about the costs of upgrades are using image backup systems (and they're not free either). Otherwise, good luck trying to find all your programs and keys to start from scratch if your system becomes corrupted. It's a long and complicated process to reload everything if malware corrupts your files or the hard drive fails. Or you can just continue without and pay me $125/hour + parts to format and reinstall programs, but often your data is still gone for good. 🙂

  31. As a system builder my train of thought is exactly opposite to yours. You can't afford "not to" upgrade. As Microsoft support stops, so will anti-malware support. Most software has already stopped supporting XP because of the additional costs for coding. Everyone refusing to upgrade is part of the reason software prices are high. You've already limited your software options by sticking with XP this long.

    Most people feel that their data is worth far more than the price of an operating system upgrade, or even the cost of a new system. Businesses using XP for internet have much more at stake than the price of new systems. So that's what should be determining what is cost effective for you and what is not.

    I sincerely hope you're doing image backups to save your files, drivers, and programs on XP – otherwise you're playing Russian roulette with your data. Some malware can be removed easily, but as they become more complex the only option is often formatting the hard drive – which means you lose all your programs and all of your precious files. Good luck even finding your programs and keys to reinstall from scratch.

    I'm not suggesting that every OS Microsoft releases is worth the upgrade, but we're now 3 operating systems beyond XP (4 if you count 8.1, which I don't). We bypassed Vista completely. But I do tend to follow the every other OS upgrade rule. XP provided only eye candy over Windows 2000. It was no more stable or secure – and was more locked down than I cared for at the time. I didn't upgrade to XP until SP2 was released, and still would rather have stuck with Windows 2000 if support had not ended. In a world full of criminals, we either keep with the times or get left behind and pay a much dearer price in the long run.

  32. How about you build an operating system for hundreds of millions of people with teams of teams of teams of people, make it easy & flexible to develop for (Mac lacks in this area), then try to make sure that all the code produced by the tens of thousands of developers at the bottom of the chain is secure from the millions of other developers trying to break it. A modern Mac can't even completely protect itself from mere thousands. I myself am a developer who has some years of active programming experience and I consider it a hobby. Considering the amount of work that goes into the OS I consider it quite understandable that so many people would need to work on it, and therefore the inevitable problems that arise from the random dopey programmer. Given some of the what I'll just call sub-par programming I've seen from some self-proclaimed "programmers", I'm actually surprised that there aren't more really serious security problems with Windows like msblaster.

  33. I recommend anyone who's running XP on the internet to purchase a Windows 8 upgrade. Replace the GPU if needed. Win8 actually even runs better on XP's hardware than XP does. Add a 3rd-party start menu and tell it to go to your desktop on startup if you want. It's even possible to disable the metro theme all-together. Certain things might take a bit of getting used to but it's more efficient, ahem… more *stable*, and much less virus prone (from my own experience). The $35 upgrade went and passed; I got in on it and getting Win8 Pro for $35 was a major steal and 4 halves. Think about it though. The more efficient your computer is, the less time it takes you to do stuff, the more time you have, the more electricity you save, the more money you save, the more the earth is saved, the more the economy is stimulated, not to mention Microsoft is a huge charitable contributor. Bill Gates might be mixed in with the whole Monsanto business but Steve Ballmer's in charge of M$ now… lol

  34. Fred Shirk The 32-bit version of Windows 7 does have support for 16-bit applications through the same emulation layer used on every true 32-bit Windows operating system, including XP. This is emulation is specific to all NT-based kernels. In 64-bit versions of Windows, the 16-bit emulation layer is replaced with a 32-bit emulation layer called WOW64. The truth is that 64-bit copies of XP are rare and not many people run Win7 32-bit. There are even free 16-bit emulators that run on 64-bit operating systems for those that really want to relive the old days.

    As for my opinion on the subject of XP, I'd say as long as you're not connecting it to the internet then go ahead and get all the use you can out of it. Microsoft is completely dropping support for XP on April 8th and will no longer issue ANY security patches or updates for the operating system. You won't even be able to call them for help, and that also means no more product keys for the OS will be issued. If you are running XP on the internet then you'd better know how to at least format your own computer and install device drivers because if you do get malware the tech companies will charge you up the ass because you're not technically inclined and don't know any better. Also XP virusses are nasty.

  35. Regarding the above charts; I can’t help wondering if the increased rate of malware cleaned is as much a reflection of the user base as the vulnerability of the XP OS

    XP users are probably older, less aggressively tech inclined and probably less aware of online risks ..migrating them to Windows 7 or 8 would likely not make them any safer as there is nothing in those new OS’s that make it less dangerous to install dodgy software, visit shady websites or click on unsolicited email links

    The other interesting datoid in the chart is the vertical axis label “Computers Cleaned per 1000 scanned” this doesn’t actually mean that XP computers were
    more likely to be INFECTED, only that they were twice as likely to be CLEANED

    Many of the processes that occur in Win 7 and even more so in Win 8 would have been identified as MALWARE just a few years ago… tracking web use and sending that data to a 3rd party without permission, interfering with the use of privately owned software, harvesting personal data, sending robotic emails, etc are all “features” of the new Windows OS’es, we just tolerate that nonsense now because it doesn’t cause the performance hit that it would have in the XP days

    So the difference in the height of the bars might have just as much to do with what Microsoft declares as “threats” versus “business opportunities”

  36. I hate Windows 8 but am not as computer literate as you, Martha, so struggle, and swear, my way along with it. I may be driven to an Apple too.

  37. Microsoft offered a $39 price to upgrade to later windows. I called and wanted this upgrade price and they said no. We at an older age cannot afford to change everytime windows upgrades. XP professional has been great, and with a trial of Windows 7, I was greatly dissapointed. Why does Microsoft not offer an cheaper ugrade, so more people can afford it?

  38. How about a easy solution to upgrade WINDOWS XP to WINDOWS 7 at a very economical price. Any ideas??? Please contact me> I have five computers I would like to upgrade.

  39. I'm old enough to remember when my Windows 98 machine was attacked by Malware at the same time support was pulled from Windows 98. I bought a new XP I did not want to be left in the dust again and bought two Vistas, a Windows 7 and a Windows 8. I have continued to use XP, because the search and some of my applications are better on XP. In between my two Vistas, I bought a used XP. That XP is what I am still using, with expanded memory and hard drive. I have been looking at Apple and Linux alternatives because Win 8 is just too flawed.

  40. All you folks that are still on XP are really being stubborn, and foolish. Windows 7 is the best windows out and it can do anything that XP can and better, AND with less problems. I love XP because people running that OS is where I get most of my clients. It's a problematic system that's easily compromised. Once you have windows 7 installed, no more problems!

    • @Edward Joseph:
      I moved over to win7 with a brand new computer. My old one had previously had Win95 followed by Win98, then upgraded to XP. My “brand new” computer was VERY quickly down graded to XP. I find all this hysterical nonsence about XP very unnerving. Once Microsoft have convinced us to ditch XP, there wont be any reason for the gnomes to go on attacking it, they will switch direction. So stand by Win 7&8. I hated win7, it became a pain in the rear end.

  41. I have so many programs that will not run on Windows 7 or 8. i am still running some DOS based programs, I have XP on all 3 of my machines. I have never had a problem with XP and the first Windows I had was 3.1 so I have had Microsoft for awhile now and XP is the best they put out.

    • @Marge Passalacqua: If the DOS based programs will run on XP, they’ll run on Windows 7 and 8 too. Either use the 32-bit version of the OS (which has a 16-bit emulation layer just like XP) or just use DosBox.

  42. The charts do not surprise me at all. If you overlay an ownership by operating system how much higher do you think the xp red bar would be?

    What other operating systems were encountered in the other 35.7%

  43. Fred Shirk DOSBox is free and works perfectly on Windows 7. I'm a system builder and gamer and have yet to find any software that doesn't work properly on Windows 7.

  44. I hit the wrong key and POOF … my comment was shorted …

    GET Acronis TrueImage version 9, and make an image of drive C: as well as a bootable Acronis CD … You get ANY virus, you get out the CD, boot from it, and rewrite drive C in about 10 ~ 12 min COMPLETE … For those of you who want a COMPLETE PROPER WAY of setting up your hard drive, send me a note to excelcc AT shaw.ca

  45. If you want to keep XP up and running, virtually risk free, this is what you should do –
    1) Get/Buy Acronis TrueImage version 9 (or later for Win7/Win8) but this works great on XP
    2) Use a free RE-partioning program to divide your hard drive into a primary (C:) 30Gb and rest into an extended partition with a logical drive (D:) SEE EPMSetup.exe from EASEUS
    3) Use Windows explorer to move all you document to drive D (there are some TWEAK utilities that you can use to set XP to write all future docs to D:
    4) set the recycle bin, email data, etc to D:
    5) Use CCleaner to wipe the free space on C:
    6) Do all the updates from Microsoft … if everything works, move all the $Uninstall file to D:
    7) clean up everything (use CleanUP 4.52 from http://cleanup.stevengould.org in addition to CCleaner)

    8) Install Acronis TrueImage and

    • @The Electric Sky – A Challenge to the Myths of Modern Astronomy: Search up the term “Dual Booting”. The Windows installation sets it up for you automatically, so it’s extremely easy to do. If you know how to install a program, you can do it yourself. Believe it or not, modern Windows installations are as easy as popping in a DVD and clicking a few buttons. Once Windows is installed you might need somebody to help you with installing device drivers so that everything actually works, but that’s it. You’re welcome.

  46. Jim Henenlotter I have to agree with you. I do video editing and run huge files in Photoshop that require scratch drives and 7 just works better than XP all day long with muiltple apps coming and going. Plus VPN and remote access just seem to be better. If not from a speed aspect at lest from a set-up and use aspect. If you like tweeking your system like some other posters here suggest (are you really a lesser man for not?) than it really doesn't matter what you use, you'll make it work somehow. But me, I like my spare time and I like making money and screwing around with XP hairballs doesn't make money. It wastes money. But if your time isn't worth anything . . . and major software has moved on.

  47. And I have a laptop with win7, BUT also a 12 year old (!) computer still running xp perfectly – admittedly too slow for modern gaming, but still useful for office work. I know when xp dies, this computer dies too, but not before…

  48. The comparisons between Window’s systems seems irrelevant since Windows 8 has not been in use very long. Are we comparing apples to oranges?

    • @Henning Saietz: I upgraded to Windows 7 (now 8.1) and haven’t looked back. Yes, XP was stable, but it’s a dinosaur, and all modern CPU’s run 64 bit processors.

      As for 16-bit programs, what does it matter? There’s nothing I own that won’t still run, including 20-year old PC games like Dune 2.

  49. I’ve got Windows 7 and absolutely hate it, had Windows XP and thought it was wonderful. Windows 7 wants to do everything for you and does not allow for initiative. It’s with regret that I gave up XP on my old computer, I now have a laptop.

  50. don’t forget to turn off automatic updates in winXP or you know what….one day the auto update will be an “accidental serial number deletion” that will make reauthorizing your version impossible [i always manually download only selected updates]. maybe you can reinstall, but online usage will be disabled or some other crap. how they dont read this and get ideas.

  51. I do embroidery and I use Windows XP. If I move to window 7 or windows 8…I will have to spend approx $12-$15 grand to update my equipment. My laptop is a windows 7 and it is a terrible op system to use. Just too bad they can’t leave things alone when they are working just great…..another money grab that the lower income people have ti endure.

  52. I have XP and it is Microsoft's best OS out there, my husband had a 7 and it was crap and has an 8(it is link to the NSA and crap it's self, It will not allow main Hotmail account to even log in(had to put a secondary account and can not go into administration to take off the log in crap and the last update they had screwed my husband's laptop up where the mouse and keyboard would not work and he was not even able to log in since many keys would not work). Also my laptop I highly doubt would handle 8 since it was made in 1999(I had to buy used on ebay since laptops today are to expensive for low income)

  53. Plenty of us have old hardware that we'd prefer not to throw out. That hardware won't run Win7 (at least not well).

    Not only that, but there's plenty of older software (*especially* games) that won't run on Vista or 7, even via Compatibility Settings.

  54. Well, my infection rate for Windows XP is a verified zero. My encounter rate over ten years as been three encounters with no infections. So Windows 8.1 is so lousy that the only way for Microsloth to line their pockets is scaremongering!

    Next will be automatic upgrades to the abomination that is Windows 8 with extra “convenience” charges added to the already obscene downgrade cost to turn my well evolved computer into a lousy cell phone.

    Shame on Microsloth for such scummy tactics. Whatever happened to customers gladly paying for a much improved product?

  55. Jim Henenlotter I'm running XP with SP3 on a 5 year old HP laptop. It runs great. I can't upgrade it to 7, but why should I have to go buy a new laptop just to get 7 when I'm perfectly happy with what I have?

  56. Gee been using Microsoft since DOS days. XP was about the best operating systems. Being an IT person really makes one wonder when the whole goal seems to be money generated for Microsoft versus actually building a better system. Recently worked on a neighbors Windows 7 system which obtained a virus. Even after unlocking the administrator I could not unlock the hidden directory, even going in using DOS commands would not unlock the directory which contained the virus. I finally eradicated the virus by some special tricks but if they say Windows 7 is more secure I say prove it. All you did was make it harder to use commands to get rid of an infection. These companies who make new systems without really having new features is really annoying from an IT standpoint. No need for it.

  57. I would suggest looking into LINUX. There are several versions available and best of all they are FREE. About any search on the web will show some of the different versions available. I have used ubuntu 13.04 & 13.10 with no major problems encountered. I am checking out MINT as well. These software packages are similar looking to the older Windows versions, IE. Windows 3.1 through Windows XP.

  58. I may stop using my XP for things I do online, but I will continue using it off line. There are a lot of programs I can’t run on my Windows 7 computer. If I need to send something, I’ll type it up on one computer, put it on a flash drive and send it on another.

    It appears that Microsoft could care less about the public that is purchasing PCs. They feel we are just a herd of sheep and will follow them regardless of what they produce.

  59. I have been an XP user since it 1st came out and it has run great for me and yes for the past 12 years I had to clean install it twice. The problem is not XP itself but rather the memory, cpu, hard drive and other secondary hardware that has fallen off not to mention that there are almost 2GB of updates and fix’s, this of course affect the performance. If in doubt try running XP without all the fix’s, It is super fast. This of course intentional or not is what is happenning. What use to take a CPU of 1GB and 512MB now requires 5 times that just to get performance but that is going to keep on multiplying regardless of Windows.It is like I said I have a computer that is 12 years old and I have it to the limit, went from a 1.1 processor with 256MB memory to 1GB which is the limit on this computer and changed my processor to XP2600 of course there was no realtime improvement because I do beleive that it is bottlenecking. Again the problem was/is not XP but rather the performance demanded in todays day. I will keep XP-SP3 until the end of 2014 which at that time I will replace the whole computer and that is only because XP falls of the map for Microsoft.

    • One last word, If our computers running XP had a processor that was over 3.2 GB (Quad) and 8-16GB of memory with modern hardware it would fly and probably superseed Microsoft expectations.

      • @Walter C: The processor is doable, but as for the memory, Most of the various flavors of XP, was 32 bit, keeping you locked into a maximum of 4 Gb of memory. Only XP Pro had a 64 bit version. Vista was not a good effort due to the resiurces required to run it. Did much better after SP2. Windows 7 is a winner.

    • @Kevin Doty:
      Sadly it comes down to business really. Can you really blame Microsoft? If everyone owned a copy of XP and they didn’t try and make a new OS then no one is going to buy it. So Microsoft brings a new one out and slowly removes support for its old one. The thing is they all do it, apple to.

  60. Win XP was definitely the first OS which worked beautifully. Win 7 built on this platform and at the same time retrogressed. The Win Explorer search facility on Win 7 is just terrible.
    Win 8 introduces another backward step, in the backup routine of all places.
    I am sure that may changes are made ONLY for the sake of changing and giving the impression that there is some improvement.

  61. I disagree completely. XP was by far the most user friendly format ever released. I have saved my hard drive that crashed to hopefully recover files that couldn’t be easily retrieved. The new PC has has win 7 and it is not even close to what I had before. Maybe is great for gamers, but it is no where close to being useful for the general user, especially for files and images!

  62. Still running XP-Pro on an older Dell, great results. Was told by Microsoft that it would be open longer than XP. Is that so? Is it less likely to be infected?

  63. Jim Henenlotter – unfortunately, you are wrong – Win7 has no support for 16-bit software such as DOS programs. They even included a 'virtual' version of XP in win7 because they knew they would run into these backwards compatibility issues- unfortunatlyt, it doesn't work. Some businesses can't simply develop new SW just because M$ decides they wont support their old software.

  64. Jim Henenlotter I'm a gamer too! I love XPsp3 but my version has been tweeked and much better than the MS version. But you go ahead and enjoy your official products just the way they are. That just means there are much better geeks out there than you, buddy.

  65. i personally think that win7 and win8 will be more and more vulnerable as misleaded users "upgrade" their systems thus making those operating systems more and more promising for malware programmers. meanwhile, xp will be somewhat less targeted.
    i think we may just simply wait until something really serious happens, which will force us, happy xp users, to replace the operating system. as of now, nothing happened yet. just check hp driver availability for probook and elitebook models: that's what i call "customer care". M$ just won't "care" this way ever. no trim for my ssd under xp? who cares? etc etc

  66. please specify what your words "as Microsoft is no longer supporting it" means. while being a happy xp user, i install xp on a daily basis for other happy users, i've never ever tried to rely on M$ support for a single problem in the past 10 years.

  67. I have a box full of vista, 7, and 8 operating system microsoft disks. I just prefer xp because it does what I tell it and dont ask me a million questions about things that If I did not want it to do I would not have clicked on it in the first place.

    • @Lauren: Lauren, you are not stupid and don’t apologize for being old. Lots of us are. Your computer will likely be fine for another 6 months or so. No worries until then.

  68. Most older computers which are fine for average users won’t run the newer (resource hogs) MS OS’s very will.

    This will be the biggest shift to Linux OS in history! And probably the end of the MS dynasty.

  69. I agree with everything that’s already been said about the easiness, workability and reliability of XP, apart from feeling so comfortable and confident whilst using it.
    (I’ve had a few sniffs of Vista, 7 and 8 and have very quickly got exasperated with each of them).

    That article was so clumsily presented. It was an undisguised reconstruction of the MS propaganda releases that we dumb punters never see, (or even wish to see, for that matter).

    I have lost all respect for PC Pitstop and will only delay unsubscribing from it for the next few days while I watch what other feedback comes in on this topic.

  70. I have two computers running Windows 7 and six running XP-SPE, if I count a Netbook and my son's laptop. Some people CANNOT AFFORD TO CHANGE from XP; especially home users who don't want to replace old PC's with brand new ones; and I bet a WHOLE LOT of corporate users; even small businesses? – CANNOT AFFORD to change operating systems every two or three years, Microsoft you greedy fools! – it is NOT cost effective, there is NO incentive for a small business, or even for larger businesses to change when XP is doing the job for their specific business needs. Don't get me wrong, I like Microsoft but, as with all companies, the $$ intake is their bottom line: the "next best thing" is what they all push. 🙁

  71. I’ve just had to retire my beloved 10 year old Win XP computer because it’s now too expensive to repair. I bought a Win 7 laptop 2 years ago and earlier this year bought a Win 8 PC because, although I’m retired, I have a voluntary job teaching basic computing use to seniors at a local community centre so I have to keep up with the latest innovations. I also help out an elderly friend who has Vista. Out of all of these O/S I prefer XP – especially since I have a perfectly good scanner and several well loved and much used graphics programs which won’t work with any other O/S and have now been discontinued so I can’t upgrade them to install them on my laptop or new PC. I’ve got a printer which works with 7 but I’m faced with buying a new all-in-one just to get a scanner. Great – not!

  72. Well to all you stubborn people who can't afford to upgrade, it was actually $39 for a long time. Also the upgrade brought a XP that I had back from the dead.

    So now you will be using a more and more vulnerable system that will become more easily taken over and used to harass the rest of us. But just think of yourself.

    • @Richard Remmele: I remember having a conversation on that subjet a few years ago with a head technician of Belgacom,Belgium largest and oldest phone and internet company.
      In a nutshell, what he said was that the older the system you use, the lesser you are at risk, because hackers of all kinds tend to develop attacking code for the wealthier businesses, individuals and gov agencies that tend to update to the latest systems available. Indeed, when a technician came to my house 2 years ago to install ADSL, his portable PC was XP. That leaves me thinking…

  73. I think too many folks get caught up in a name. Think of it more as Windows XP’s structure being implemented into MS newest Operating System. Now with Vista, MS was trying to lock down way too many processes in thinking it would be more secure that way. At first, it basically locked the user itself from running processes in hopes to keep the OS more secure, well that failed. After MS fixed issues with later updates and Service packs just as it’s done in the past. Now with Win7 you get an XP feel with graphics a little more easy on the eyes along with technical advances in it’s operating system and features. It was a bit heavier on resources though, but not as much as Vista. Now Win8 is much lighter and so far is very usable, but still there is the “unknown” factor. To me, MS has always been pushing the envelope far further than it’s predecessors (Apple, Linux, etc,..) for I feel these other OS manufacturers “play-it-safe” and do not dare tread into unknown waters. This is what I like about MS, they take chances. Sometimes they work and sometimes not so much. And not all like that idea when you’re asked to “take-a-chance”, but I’m ok with it. I also like how a lot of features work with MS products without the need to install another module, software, or app just to get text to work via voice recognition. With MS, it works right out of the box. All other OS vendors charge for their upgrades as well. If you want to be “normal” go install their OS, if you want to be more of a “pioneer” you’ll stick with MS. So stop pouting and just upgrade already, all the over-the-phone support reps will thank you for it!

  74. More XP users automatically reflects more opportunity for malware infections. I see these statistics as manipulative, since they imply that XP should be replaced, when the explanation can be one of popularity and or user errors.

    • Manuel, I totally agree with you. There are thousands more XP systems out there then the others, and many users that don’t bother to take the necessary precautions to protect their system. @Manuel Perez:

  75. I use a variety of operating systems, XP on one computer and it works great, Win 7 on a bigger machine and Win 8 on a laptop and a desktop and I still like XP the best and the XP machine always excepts software and hardware with no problems, unlike 7 and 8. I build and install and have found that when Microsoft has a bug that they cannot find a fix for, like the “installer bug”, they just carry it forward to their next version! Kinda sad at the prices they charge us!!!

  76. The numbers are scewed. What was the time frame used? In the past there were more XP systems running than any of the new ones. So of course the numbers for XP will appear worse. How many computers are presently operating on each system? Look who produced the report. It’s just a money grab.

  77. The problem with statistics is that they show what the collector wants them to show. If they worked on infected machines as a percentage then the statistics would be about the same for all operating systems. The odds of picking a number of infected machines to clean that use XP is greater as that operating system is still the main one being used. This is just a way of boosting sales of the new systems.

    I am still using XP which does all I need it to and uses less memory and disk space then 7 or 8 would require. That mixed with a modern machine gives me the speed that I need.

  78. You are so right. Microsoft is hoping people will drop XP so they can get more money. I hate Windows 7. And XP is the best OS that Microsoft ever made.

  79. Windows 7 does everything XP does except a little bit better… there's being pragmatic and then there is being stubborn. As of 2013 if you're still running XP you're just being stubborn.

    And for the record I'm a gamer who values every frame he pulls in game and keeps track of every little bit of performance he can squeeze out of his system.

  80. Why not keep XP along with the new software microsoft seems to be pushing…if its not broke..why fix it..

    Couple quick suggestions..why not keep Xp with full support and keep ur other O’s…the numbers of people getting each OS will tell which system they actually prefer and want…The transition for these big corporate companys are too complicated to list…

    Now say per sec…keep the xp support intact, say another five years or so , but ask for a fee to keep it..that way Microsoft’s most popular OS can continue to operate and still make a living…seems todays developers and companys’ want to get rick overnight..let’s go for the greater good and keep everyone satisfied..

    I know there will be those who believe in “seven” or “eight” religiously…but hey..to each their own…..if a person wants a volkswagon..why force them to get a mercedes..(starting to get my drift)

    Now for the comments i may get by posting mine..its my opinion and only mine..and for those who don’t like my opinions..my opinion is just as good as urs…

  81. this is full blown ms BS as long as you have a good quality updated AV program you are in fine shape avast,avg,kaspersky, zone alarm they block harmful websites and get every virus Ive encountered so ms is just trying to scare another buck for profit

  82. do you think i would listen to a company that is trying to get rid of one of there best operating system [windows xp] ignores another good operating system[ windows 7] and promotes one of the worst operating systems ever made [windows 8 ] no thank you

  83. I might consider it if Windows 8 wasn’t such a piece of rubbish. But as it is, XP is still far superior to any OS that M/S has deigned to release since then.

  84. I have a Windows XP Media Center Desktop,A Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit desktop and a new Windows 8 desktop…I like them all(although I have to say I like Windows 8 the least)…However,my favorite,by far,is the Windows XP machine..I agree with the other poster..as long as you keep your anti-virus up to date and don`t troll known malicious websites,I can see no reason why XP would be any more “vulnerable” than any newer OS..I agree,Microsoft,and to an extent pcpitstop are using “scare tactics”.

  85. In hindsight I should have bought several copies of W8 when it was $39. Now W8 costs more than my XP computers are worth so we will be staying with XP.

  86. The words “security”, “Microsoft” shouldn’t be used in the same sentence with the word “intelligence.” Oxymoron!!

  87. But there's no problem if you're not connected, right? I use my XP computer for MIDI music programs, a support denied me by Vista and higher Microsoft OS's. I only use Vista on my main, internet-connected HP 64 because of the sudden 'turn off' of IE and XP support. Music programs are still being built using a MIDI platform and so MIDI-accommodating operating systems are going to be my lab base for a while to come.

  88. “The included infection rate chart appears to clearly indicate why users should replace XP as soon as possible”

    You’ve drawn the wrong conclusion from the chart. The reason the infection rate for XP is so high is because the vast majority of people using Windows are using XP. If people using XP followed your advice and replaced it, then the next report would show that the infection rate for 7/8 had suddenly skyrocketed. The problem isn’t XP. The problem is *Windows*. You should be advising people to replace Windows (*every* version) with Linux or OS X. For the average person, there is very little that can be done under Windows that can’t be done under Linux/OS X.

  89. I agree, I don’t want to get rid of XP because I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on new programs that will or might run on 7 or 8.

  90. The vast majority of the time, Windows XP get infected because of stupidity and neglect by the operator. I run a computer business and at least 95% of the computers infected were because of the customer either having NO PROTECTION against viruses and malware, or their antivirus program was expired. Another factor was that they NEVER paid attention when Windows told them to install updates. Most users just ignore the warnings and go about their business, and then wonder why their computer got infected.

  91. I use XP on a desktop I use for archival purposes. I think I’m just going to use it in an off line mode. It works fine, so at least I’ll be spared the hacking issue 100%

  92. If Microsoft wants you to upgrade from XP, then why do they still have them for sale. I just bought an XP8600 which is supposed tp be their newest computer.

  93. XP i enjoy using. Not complicated like Windows 8. I hear so many people complain about 8. I will stay with XP. Further more i can not afford to upgrade at this time. My PC is in fine working order, i keep it clean and do what is necessary to keep it that way. No problems at all with my XP.

  94. Microsoft is full of it.
    Its funny that they want you to abandon XP, and upgrade to Windows 8, but yet more and more consumer control over the operating system has been taken away.
    Shady, just shady on them.

  95. I still have XP on two machines. neither connects to the internet but they work beautifully and play all the old material that 7 won’t touch. No, I shan’t upgrade them – I can’t!
    Incidentally I remember a report many years ago now proving that we would be three times more productive using windows. That wasn’t true – we became less productive, novices never learnt how to use a PC but got used to windows. Report was sponsored by Microsoft – wonder why?

  96. I have a laptop with win 7, a desktop with win XP. I like XP way better then win 7. IMHO, you give win 7/8 a few years, they will have the same security problems as XP has now. most of the malware infections now are user ignorance. win XP is by far the best OS windows has come out with to date, so why get rid of a good thing, to only have the same/more troubles on newer versions.

  97. PC Pitstop should be ashamed and condemned for publishing this self-serving article for Microsoft. There is nothing arms length in this content and it is a profound conflict of interest. Microsoft has frittered away their credibility repeatedly such that their stock price has languished for over a decade. Win 7 was NO improvement over XP and Win 8 is a mutant abortion which totally disregarded the needs of its users

    Steve Ballmer’s departure is a welcome event but I’d suggest readers IGNORE ANY pending doom reports from this less than credible corporation!

    I will continue to use XP. I do have two Win 7 units in my offices but all here prefer XP!!

  98. I guess I would have to read the whole report to find out if they disclosed how many computers in each category are reported on, and if the computers are using any additional protection to prevent infection. I am sorry, but I am not going to take Microsoft’s word for it that I need to lose my XP. I use XP at home and Windows 7 at work. I like the Windows 7, except that it follows the new path of trying to do too much for you. I am not interested in changing OS at home, maybe Microsoft could satisfy their need for money and please its customers by offering further upgrades to XP on a subscription basis.

  99. MS loves to force people to buy new equipment, Bill Gates is starving and needs the money. XP is one of the few things MS got right so of course it must die. A lot of programs I need wont work in 7, and even with the XP mode, they wont work. Time to consider a MAC. At least they aren’t such blatant ripoffs

  100. XP was the 1957 Chevy of software.

    It showed us that we can build OSs that work just as the ’57 Bel Aire showed that American auto companies could build cars that lasted.

  101. After investing a lot of $$$ over the last ten years for peripherals and programs (scanner, video-editing programs, music notation, etc.) which work perfectly with Windows XP and NOT AT ALL with Windows 7, I too plan to stick with XP indefinitely. Okay, it crashes/freezes more often than 7 (especially when I try to cancel a printing job) but is quickly restored. And I would never give up Outlook Express for Live Mail.

  102. At 71 I have just got my head around XP- It works fine, a few hiccups, sometimes hangs a bit, a little slow but nothing is a train smash. 2 Years ago my computer techie installed Win 7.After a couple of days trying to get my head around yet another MS whizzkids idea of an OS I said: Take it away! Give me my XP back! I’ll use it till I am forced to change- then maybe Linux?

  103. Funny, I don’t even run 3rd party malware protection & XP has served me well for years. I will be migrating soon, though. Mostly for faster performance & better stability on the same old hardware… to Puppy Linux.

  104. I could give you 10 reasons to continue keep XP for many years (and i am going to), but should i? No, because those promoting XP abandonment don't really give a shit about my productivity, usability and user experience, they just want my money.

  105. My husbands PC is finally dying after 10 years of zero problems. Fortunately he bought a new PC – with windows 7 on it. Screw 8. It's too complicated, full of errors and a real piece of junk.

  106. Windows 8? I bought that. Then I switched to a Mac. I have been a Windows user since it first came out. 8 is an insult! My business programs won’t run on it. And the new model of Office is an expensive outrage.

  107. I am sure Microsoft would love for all WINXP
    and XP PRO people to move to another MIcrosoft Operating System. So FAR the only thing Microsoft has accomplished is producing products that are really apiece of “CRAP” to put it mildly. I have Win7 Ultimate on another ccmputer and I spend 60% of my time trying to operate some of the programs that I have on it that are NOT from the WIN7 generation that are important to me and have no WIN7 or WIN8 compatibility programs THAT WORK ONLY “PIECEMEAL” AT BEST IN WIN7 OR WIN8. Microsoft has managed to produce another program that will only operate the very latest software which cost the operators a considerable amount of fund to procure or upgrade. I am a retired Re-seller and a former Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer for WIN98 thru WINXP and could not see any reason to upgrade to something that I did not believe in or wish to support. EVERYONE MUST REMEMBER THAT MICROSOFT CAN ONLY MAKE MORE MONEY BY PRODUCING A PRODUCT AND THE CONVINCE PEOPLE TO USE AS IT IS BETTER. REMEMBER WIN200 AND SOME OF THE OTHER’S IN THAT ERA THAT WERE WORTHLESS.

  108. I have found Windows XP ro be an excellant O/S/ Graphs really show only the data that MS finds useful, you can prove whatever you want by accepting only the data you want to promote your viewpoint. As long as XP continues to work I’ll stay with it. I do weekly maintenance and have never had any threats.Only way I’ll stop using XP is either I die or MS sends a fix to KILL XP.

  109. Windows XP is one of the best I have ever used over the years since win 95. It accepted all the older software without problems. I still have one PC with XP tw0 others with 7. We all tend to ask why so many new versions in quick time. The answer I got from my youngest son was>>> Win 8 plus the extras is built for the new age of the hand held technology for the younger generation. Why is there never a study on the older generation who use a standard PC.

  110. If your XP is working fine and you like it, there is no major reason to upgrade. Furthermore, many costly software that are working beautifully should be upgraded. If you are concerned with “infections” just get a good malware hunter and a good antivirus. There is house that doesn’t need a good cleaning now and then!

  111. First why do you push Win 8 etc?
    Now i have $1000.00's of family history disks that do not work on Win 7/8 or what ever it is called they can not be replaced and are reissued to suite Microsoft..
    Now you tell your reader to get rid of Win Xp and use a Win programme that has so many problem it is no where as good as XP and being 66yrs old and tried the new windows give me Xp any time and i do hope that you are well paid by Microsoft..

  112. I just skimmed over the comments, have to check later in more detial. XP was good for me.I upgraded after 6 years to Windows 7, simply to be able to edit big data, as with video. My old system would not have coped with the latest graphic cards, a new processor etc. My XP still does good service in a small music studio, no internet connection to infect it.
    VIVA XP.

  113. This report6 is a fraud in my opinion with regard to the "Infection Rate" for Windows XP SP3 or any prior service pack of XP for that matter.
    Looks like another ploy to get XP users to upgrade to Win 8 to bolster sales of Win 8.
    I see no reason to get rid of XP SP3.
    Regards
    Roger H.

  114. A point often overlooked is that XP is the last Windows version using which, thanks to TAMEDOS, one can work in WordPerfect 5.1 — a matter that’s of importance to many writers.

    I’ve just finished 675,000-word nonfiction book of such complexity that, even using WP5.1, it took me two years. Using any of the wordprocessing softwares available on later versions of Windows, it’d have taken me twice that long.

    Microsoft’s is a stupid move, and one that PC manufacturers should be protesting. When this machine packs up, as it inevitably will, I’ll be scouring eBay and yard sales for a replacement on which I can run XP and WP5.1.

  115. When windows 7 hit the market I ran the microsoft test to see if my computer would work with windows 7. It suggested I would have to upgrade my computer in order to use win 7, so it seems that XP is the only windows I can use. I am tired of MS Bulls–t and if I have to learn a new OS it will be Linux. I am tired of being boxed up with MSoft.

  116. I'm not sure what that graph is supposed to prove. That's probably equal to the proportion of operating systems that people are using.

  117. So, just out of curiosity, what do we do with all the perfectly usable hardware that does not have the resources to support Windows 7 but is capable of running Windows XP? Should we just convert them all to Ubuntu?

  118. I love Windows 7 and when I purchase new software it goes right in and works great. But to let XP go I would also have to let go of my really great Kodak camera and PictureMate photo printer and several other programs that still work good but will not load into 7. I’m hanging on to my XP until I absolutely have to let it go.

  119. I still use Win2000 on a couple of old laptops and it’s fine. No annoying updates, either!

    MS must be desperate if they’re trying to get us to drop their best product!

  120. Well as much as I hate to admit it, I believe it is time to give it up as Microsoft is no longer supporting it. To me it was the best, most durable and the longest lasting Windows ever. As you could see the long awaited Long Horn aka Vista didn't go over too well, In fact it didn't withstand the test of time any longer than Windows "Me". I've had Windows 7 and really like it the best for desktop application. I now have Windows 8 and so far it's ok but built mostly on the mobile foundation. I would recommend to anybody changing from Windows XP to go to Windows 7 and believe you would like it better than XP.

  121. Major problem is I have 2 Laptops and 1 Desktop that can not be updated to a newer OS, which millions will have the same problem, unfair is Microsoft to do that.

  122. wouldn't have anything to do with their dialing back on support for the OS?
    I love XP and won't give it up until I absolutely have no other choice.

    • I feel the same way, love XP and haven’t experienced any problems yet. I using McAfee Anti Virus Plus for years and so far so good.

      • I agree with Jim and Fred. I’ve used XP now for years, without much serious drama. I run a full version anti virus program and tried to maintain my pc’s health, relatively successfully over the years. XP does everything I need and my philosophy is, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” 😉 All these warnings about abandoning XP are all well and good, but I’m not taking them too seriously until I really have to. For those still running XP, my only advice would be is to back everything up that’s important to you, and continue to keep up to date with Windows Updates (while they’re available lol), and have a good anti virus. Good anti virus? Everyone should have one of them anyway 😉

  123. I use AVAST FREE and I have no problems with XP.

    Whats the deal anyway? I read some months ago that Windows would stop supporting XP end of Oct 2013 … now they just want us to do away with it ourselves???

    • @Nancy: They are not supporting it as of April 2014. That does not mean you have to stop using it. Some of our government offices are still using Windows 95, believe it or not. I actually worked at one that still used DOS and did not upgrade until a month or two before I left.

  124. I think the more important thing the graph shows us is that Microsoft needs to design, build and sell us far more secure products than they do from the getgo. Why is it that you don't learn from past mistakes and take the appropriate steps to avoid the same pitfalls? Iteration after iteration of MS product keeps turning up with identical flaws and we are stuck downloading "security fixes" on a monthly basis, much like one might go pay a utility bill. I'm certain I am not the only one who is sick to freaking death of it.

  125. Better to purchase a single license of Sandboxie that will provide better protection than Windows 7 & 8, and the license allows for use on multiple computers for personal use. Thank goodness for alternatives to the XP bundled apps like IE that Microsoft refuses to upgrade to support features like Server Name Indication (SNI).

  126. I will N-E-V-E-R abandon XP, like Alex says, it works and it's simple. Windows 7 & 8 are pure horse—-, bloated, unintelligible, and illogical, and FULL of "features" I don't want. If I am ever forced to use them, I'll buy Oracle's emulation software to preserve the look and feel of XP.

  127. Yeah like Microsoft wouldn't want to make people buy their products by convincing them to ditch XP. Funny it's the first version of windows that works perfectly. I've had it for several years with no issue, and don't see a need to upgrade unless they force people by some nefarious means. Sorry Microsoft you made XP a little too good. But they learned, and build in errors in future versions like their past versions.

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