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Nearly 30% of computers on the web are still using Windows XP. It was the first consumer version of Windows that really delivered on its promise, providing a stable, reliable system after the unreliable DOS-based Windows 9x systems. But all good things come to an end. There are many reasons people love Windows XP, but most of them aren’t a good reason to keep using it.

Your Windows XP Computer Works Fine

Your Windows XP system may seem like it works just fine. Why bother upgrading to a modern version of Windows when Windows XP lets you get on the web, use Office, and do whatever else you need?

Windows XP is still supported by software and hardware developers, anyway. New software usually still supports Windows XP, while hardware generally has Windows XP drivers, too. That new iPhone 5S can still sync with iTunes on Windows XP, after all.

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Unfortunately, the reality is that your Windows XP system isn’t going to keep working fine forever. As Microsoft stops rolling out security updates, it’s going to be increasingly insecure. Attackers will exploit all the security holes they know about. More and more holes will be found over time, and they’ll never be patched. Yes, you can try to secure XP, but you’re much more secure if you upgrade to a modern version of Windows Upgrade From Windows XP to a Modern OS in 7 Simple Steps Upgrade From Windows XP to a Modern OS in 7 Simple Steps It's time to say goodbye! Microsoft is ending official support for Windows XP on April 8 2014. Are you at risk? If you are still running this ancient operating system, it's time to upgrade. Read More .

Microsoft’s end of support is also a sign to software and hardware developers that it’s time to stop supporting Windows XP. New software and hardware will eventually stop supporting Windows XP, just as it no longer supports Windows 98 3 Windows 98 Bugs Worth Revisiting 3 Windows 98 Bugs Worth Revisiting Is it just nostalgia that keeps me attached to this OS, or was Windows 98 actually worth remembering? This operating system released 15 years ago had its ups and downs. Critics have been pretty harsh... Read More . Google Chrome will support Windows XP until at least April, 2015 — but Chrome may stop supporting Windows XP nearly a year from now. You just can’t use Windows XP forever, and now’s a good time to move on.

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Solution: Accept that Windows XP will become increasingly vulnerable to attacks and unsupported by new software and hardware over time. Windows XP will one day be what Windows 98 is today — an old, incompatible, insecure operating system.

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XP is Familiar and You Don’t Want Windows 8

Windows XP was with us for so long that it feels familiar and comfortable, like an old pair of shoes. But, when that comfortable old pair of shoes starts falling apart, it’s time to get new ones. Worse yet, the most recent version of Windows is very different from Windows XP. The first version of Windows 8 didn’t even have a Start button Start Menu, How I Miss Thee: 4 Ways To Make A Start Menu On Windows 8 Start Menu, How I Miss Thee: 4 Ways To Make A Start Menu On Windows 8 Windows 8 brought down the axe on the Start Menu. This is a feature that no one paid special attention to for years but its untimely demise has caused all sorts of despair. Not only... Read More , and Windows 8.1 8 Super Windows 8.1 Tweaks For Power Users 8 Super Windows 8.1 Tweaks For Power Users With Windows 8.1 came many changes. Some options are completely new, others were changed or moved. Whether you're using Windows 8.1 on a desktop, tablet, or something in between, these tweaks will come in handy! Read More still has an entirely new interface on top of the desktop.

Luckily, you can still upgrade to Windows 7 — Windows 7 will be supported until 2020 and is widely considered the new Windows XP. Windows 7 looks different, but it’s fundamentally very similar to Windows XP — Start menu, taskbar, Control Panel, and all the usual stuff. There’s no weird “touch-first” interface getting in the way.

You can also make Windows 7 look more familiar. For example, you can tweak the taskbar to function like it did in Windows XP and enable the Windows Classic theme, which will remove that transparent glass and provide you with a gray, Windows 2000-style interface.

Solution: If you like how familiar Windows XP is, skip Windows 8 and upgrade to Windows 7. You can make Windows 7 function and look more like Windows XP — and it works like an improved Windows XP even if you don’t customize it.

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New Versions of Windows Are Expensive

When we talk about “upgrading,” people think about taking their current computer and installing a new version of Windows on it. However, this is often a bad idea — a boxed copy of Windows 7 or 8 costs around $100.

This is actually a lot of money when you can pick up a whole new computer with a new version of Windows for a few hundred bucks. Rather than buy an expensive boxed copy of Windows, you should probably just buy an entire new computer.

Windows XP was replaced by Windows Vista long ago, but let’s say you skipped Windows Vista and stuck with Windows XP until Windows 7 came out. Windows 7 was released on July 22, 2009. That means, even if you bought a Windows XP PC when Windows Vista was current, your computer is at least four and a half years old.

Sure, if you have an expensive PC that still hums along nicely, you may want to stick with your current hardware — but most people will want to get new hardware. If you don’t want to buy a new computer just yet, securing that Windows XP system 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More can help — but you should probably be thinking about buying a new computer soon.

Solution: Buy a new computer instead of an expensive boxed copy of Windows.

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Upgrading is Time-Consuming

Upgrading takes some time. If you’re installing a new version of Windows on your current computer, you have to back up your data, install the new version of Windows, install hardware drivers, install the software you use, copy your files back onto the computer, and configure everything. Yikes! This could take all day, even if you know what you’re doing.

Along with the price, the annoyance of upgrading is a reason many people don’t put new versions of Windows on their current computers. Again, you’re better off just getting a new computer — sure, you’ll have to move your files to the new system and set it up, but setting up a shiny new computer feels a lot better than spending a day fiddling with your old computer.

There are also tools that make it easy to migrate your files. Microsoft is even providing a free copy of PCmover Express, a commercial data migration program. It will move your data from your Windows XP PC to a new Windows PC over the network. There are also other tools you can use — Apple even provides a tool that will copy the data from your Windows XP computer to a Mac.

Solution: Get a new computer and use a data migration tool to speed things up.

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Software and Hardware Compatibility

Some old software only runs on Windows XP, and some old hardware devices only have drivers for Windows XP. This software or hardware won’t work on newer versions of Windows How to Run Old Games & Software in Windows 8 How to Run Old Games & Software in Windows 8 One of Microsoft's big strengths -- and weaknesses -- is their focus on backwards compatibility. Most Windows applications will work just fine on Windows 8. This is especially true if they worked on Windows 7,... Read More , so you may be keeping a Windows XP system around for this reason.

On the one hand, if you’re a typical home user with an old program, maybe it’s time to find a modern program that does the same thing. If you have an old printer that doesn’t have drivers for new versions of Windows, maybe it’s just time to buy a new printer. You can’t keep using that old, unsupported stuff forever.

On the other hand, some businesses are in more serious trouble. A business might have critical, irreplaceable hardware that only supports Windows XP. Or they might have an internal line-of-business application that requires Internet Explorer 6 If You're Still Using IE6 You Are A Problem [Opinion] If You're Still Using IE6 You Are A Problem [Opinion] IE6 was the best of the best when it came freshly squeezed out of Microsoft's software factory. Because of that it was able to achieve the record 95% browser market share at the height of... Read More . Upgrading may just not be an option for a business if it requires having a new piece of custom software built or buying expensive, niche hardware. Sure, in the long run, the business should upgrade — but that’s easier said than done.

Of all the reasons not to upgrade here, this is the best one. If you can replace your old software and hardware, you should — but if you’re a business with expensive or custom stuff, you may not be able to replace everything in time.

Solutions: If you have Windows XP-only software, try upgrading to a modern version of Windows and running Windows XP in a virtual machine Download Windows XP For Free and Legally, Straight From Microsoft Download Windows XP For Free and Legally, Straight From Microsoft As the years progress and Microsoft moves on from Windows 7 into Windows 8 and beyond, it's certainly starting to feel like Windows XP is just an artifact of the past. But is it? There... Read More . You can then use your Windows XP-only software in an isolated container. If you have Windows XP-only hardware or software, you may want to isolate that XP system — unplug it from the network or block it from accessing the Internet so you can use your legacy hardware or software without exposing that XP computer to a dangerous Internet. Follow our guide to making Windows XP as secure as possible 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More if you just can’t upgrade.

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Whatever your reason, you won’t be able to stick with Windows XP forever. It’s time to let go of Windows XP and move on — even if you can’t upgrade today, you should be making plans to upgrade rather than sticking with XP for years to come.

Image Credit: jacinta lluch valero on Flickr, Martin Abegglen on Flickr

  1. jon
    May 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I completely disagree. Firstly XP is not falling apart and secondly that very misleading statement which suggests that Windows 7 is the new XP? Yes if you have a machine that has it pumped up with 8gb of ram and the latest graphics cards. A lot of people still have older machines. I am typing this on an older computer right now. And look at that screen shot with XP running in virtualbox. Windows 7 looks like vomit compared to XP. With it's ugly and clunky interface. XP is clean. Windows 7 is bloated and Windows 8? Don't even get me started.

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  3. DMiller
    February 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    If windows XP no longer works, LINUX is the better choice than windows 7 or 8, or 10,.... Why should we be controlled by Microsoft?

    • windows 7 crack
      March 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      No MS office

  4. LeeC
    April 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Another option we've taken in our household is moving to the Mac. Me, my wife, and kids now are primarily MacOS users on MacBook Pros.

  5. LWF
    April 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    If your PC is PAE (physical address extension) compatable then do give consideration to reloading it with a GNU-Linux OS instead of your current MS Windows OS. Depending upon desktop environment you choose installs are fairly quick and drivers usually all just turn on by themselves. If your machine seems to be non-PAE it may actually be and your CPU just might not have the PAE flags in place ( an issue I have.) Cost may be limited to a short steep learning curve and the expense of a boot CD/DVD/USB thumb drive to make the ISO file. CDburnerXP is a wonderful little Windows XP software package and allows for the slowest burn rate I have yet seen, always a good idea when making ISO copies. This is a fairly painless way to keep a Windows-like feel and keep usually oplder PCs still functioning well. You still must make backup copies and reload in to new OS unless you do a dual-boot of your machine.

  6. Gerald McMullon
    April 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Some hardware is not available in more modern forms. I have a film scanner which is only supported under XP and even Windows 7 32-bit wont run it properly. The scanner I would like to get was discontinued some years ago. There is nothing like it that is affordable for domestic use and even second hand is hugely expensive. It uses SCSI, not Firewire or USB. Current products do not support the wide range of negative and slide formats although flat bed scanners are getting close to the quality of dedicated negative scanners there is no current and supported alternative.

    I have also desk top scanners that do their job but need XP or older operating systems. My QMS color laser printer also has no drivers for later operating systems.

    My use of older peripherals declines I can't justify the costs of hardware and software updates every few years.

    I have been running multiple boot systems for 20 years allowing me to run older software and hardware on the rarer occasions I still need to. I tried Linux on some of the hardware but hit problems with drivers and alternative to Windows/PC software with no support from manufacturers and perplexing set up options that make no sense when used to the Windows supplied software and no user support either. On one old machine that runs Windows 3.11, 95,98.NT, XP and NexTSTEP the Linux installations locked and never installed. I ran up Ubuntu on newer hardware but hit problems with sound, TV, FM and drivers for my then fairly new printers.

    The only way to be sure of running a computer is to get one some time after the OS and hardware were released and get hardware that is supported by the manufacturer and community to get running and get all new peripherals at the same time - a significant outlay. When I first installed Vista and then Windows 7 my new hardware was not supported for some time until 64 bit drivers were released.

    My main reason for moving from XP is the support for 64 bit drivers lacking in XP 64-bit and the need to exceed the 4Gb RAM for video editing and graphics.

    A new operating system, whether installed clean on your current computer or on a brand new computer is only straightforward if you need nothing more than the OS and Office. All the other software can take several days to install, online licenses to validate, downloading the latest release as your old system had used automatics updates. Many of my licenses are tied to a particular hard ware configuration. No big issue with getting a new key but that can take over a week to get sorted out. It takes me typically a week to 10 days to finally get everything in place and to see the last demand for rebooting. If I only had one PC I think the task would be even harder as some software needs registry tweaks and work arounds to fix issues.

  7. Earl
    March 30, 2014 at 6:45 am

    If you happy with XP keep it for as long as possible. M$ is just trying to force you to buy another Operating system. Hardware manufacturers are in it too. I hate to say this but XP is probably the most stable and mature operating system in the microsoft family, I think NT 4 sp 6a was also very stable.

    Upgrading normally means putting out more cash.$100 dollars for an OS excluding office. Then they going to tell you you need a new computer because it Too expensive to upgrade your harware.

    Security and XP well what you got now is pretty much as good as its going to get. M$ and Security is a joke. Get a good antivirus stop using internet explorer as your web browser. While this will not cover all the problems it will keep going for a bit.

    I suggest downloading a copy of Mint linux or similar. there are alot of good choices out there at the moment. Your hardward will still be able to handle it come with an office suite builtin standard. I have never had a hardware or driver problem with linux. Mint for me is very similar to XP and I mean this in a good way. I dont want to upset anyone working on the project.

    Fixing computers since 1994.
    Been using linux since 1996.
    Been active in the Debian community since 1997.
    Still active and advising today to major corporations around the word.

  8. SomeGuy
    March 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Lol whenever I have someone ask me to fix an XP PC I just laugh and move on. It'l like trying to fix a 1960's stove sure I can make it work, but whats the point. its an ugly pos that needs to die and rot in a hole somewhere.

  9. Cvetan
    March 28, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Oh wait, there is another secure option - use Linux!

  10. George Niuges
    March 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Your argument that attackers will exploit all the security holes isn't as valid as you say because hackers always write malevolent software for the prevalent OS (The majority of people who simply accept whatever is handed to them by Microcrap) Isn't that why Apple has so few problems with virus software?

    Why change from something reliable when Microcrap has a horrible history of writing bad software (ME, Vista, Windows 8 didn’t even have a Start button?).

    How kind of you to suggest that I buy a new printer or other peripheral in order to keep up and adapt.

    Wasn't XP the last OS that wasn't infected with DRM? (Which has often been likened to a virus in and of itself?) That's the top reason why I won't switch but it didn't even merit a mention in your article.

  11. Pijush G
    March 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Switch to user friendly version of linux, like ubuntu. Even you can get huge community based help, on how use linux. here is one of the happy go lucky type site http://ehungers.com/category/linux-tutorial/

  12. Austin
    March 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Really, your solution for Windows being to expensive was to buy a new computer? While that's not necessarily a bad idea, I feel like using Linux is the proper solution there. It's free, up to date, and will run well on XP-era hardware (with the right distro).

  13. Said Bakr
    March 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    If it is a matter of money and you are not obligatory attached to certain software has not Linux version or equivalent, you have to migrate to Linux, especially, Ubuntu Linux.

  14. Abdo R.
    March 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Buy a new printer? Are you guys even serious???
    Just because the "newest & safest" version of Windows fails at supporting old hardware doesn't mean people will invest in buying new ones, mainly because hardware is expensive as hell these days & users don't want to replace all of their hardware again in 10 years or less from now...

    Why the hell am I supposed to install a 10-20 GB operating system that eats up to 2 GB RAM just to do some simple tasks that I could otherwise do in my far less bloated & more efficient OS which I'm used to & even be able to run more (old) programs?.. This right there is what M$ should have considered long before trying to force XP users into upgrading, & I'm talking STRICTLY as a regular (home) user.

    If M$ was to make an OS whose Home Basic Edition is only as bloated as XP (or better less) with enhanced security & good software/hardware compatibility plus a familiar UI then I would buy it in a heartbeat.

    I'm still holding my breath for Windows 9.

    • Chris H
      March 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Well, older printers should still be supported. Very old printers may not be, but printer ink can be so expensive that buying a new printer may make financial sense anyway... Personally, I don't print things.

  15. suzybel
    March 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I'm lucky because my XP computers are not my main computers. I have old graphics software I'm just not giving up. As for installing Windows 7 or 8 on them, ain't gonna work, they're too old and slow. I don't use the oldies (2, one pc, one laptop) for internet use, only to update software like CCleaner & Malwarebytes. That being said, many people can't afford new computers, printers etc., let alone try to install new os on old computers. People are resistant to change and I think XP will be here for awhile.

  16. A G B
    March 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    It Will Be Very Hard For Any Newer OS To Beat All The Huge Numbers Of Both Hardware Drivers And Tweak Programs That Have Been Made For XP, And Collected By So Many Satisfied Users After All These Years.

    Downgrading ? - Not Me.

    XP, FOREVER !

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      June 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  17. Qowerinsky
    March 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This like most you see the demise of XP SUPPORT is nothing more than industry shilling. If you have made it this long without being wiped out by a virus or malware then you are going to be fine. Sure it;s easy to say "Just buy a new computer." but that often ignores the reality of why someone is still using an old computer running Windows XP

  18. kevin
    March 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I had been thinking about going to win 8 but according to the win 8 box it states that it will not work if running win xp and I have also talked to the computer techs at best buy saying that it cant be done they also said that u maybe have to change the processor chip

  19. Geek Hillbilly
    March 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    If you have to wind up using Windows 8.1,download and install Classic Shell.It will give you the XP desktop interface and boot straight to the desktop.It also gives back the Start button.It's free as well.
    As for me,the uncloseable NSA backdoor is a real problem using WIndows 8.1.It can't be secured and leave you vulnerable to government snooping. This is the best argument for switching to Linux and tell Micro$oft to get screwed.

  20. Dave G
    March 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I still use PageMaker, which is not made any more. I don't like PageMaker's replacement, InDesign. I can still use PageMaker on Windows XP. If I upgrade, would I still be able to use my old PageMaker program on the latest version of Windows? I have my doubts.

  21. Zoran N
    March 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Heh... Is this makeuseof.com or microsoft.com ? :-)

    So, your advices are "buy new PC, buy new printer, buy new Windows..."? Well, I don't want to. PCs in our small office work just fine, WinXP is very fast, for now supported by more than enough software.

    For me, it is insane that Microsoft wasn't successful at patching WinXP in last 10 or 15 years :-)

    • Chris H
      March 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Just about every tech site out there is telling people to upgrade! I'm not one to toe the Microsoft line, but I do think it's long past time to upgrade from Windows XP. I've covered ways to stay secure if you still need Windows XP elsewhere, and there are things you can do to help -- but it's still best to upgrade from Windows XP.

  22. jelabarre
    March 27, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Buy new hardware??? In case you hadn't noticed, we are mired in a long and drawn-out economic DEPRESSION, with no sign of getting out of it before the "singularity". No one has the money to buy new hardware, so you're not going to be able to scavenge from the cast-offs from richer upgraders.

    Nope, stick with your existing hardware and install Linux on it.

    • Chris H
      March 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      I agree that installing Linux is a great idea, but the masses just aren't going to go for that.

      As far as buying new hardware -- well, if you want to move to a new copy of Windows, it's better to buy a new PC for a few hundreds bucks than a copy of Windows for $100. Microsoft makes much more money from you if you buy a boxed copy of Windows.

  23. Jeremy D
    March 27, 2014 at 3:41 am

    My new laptop came with Windows 8, which I immediately upgraded to Windows 7. If I could have found drivers, it would proudly be running XP, or better yet 2000. The overhead was much lower and the only reason I have a Windows OS at all is for a few games I run. Otherwise I just reboot to linux (I run Debian Testing) which in response to Howard B, does have Flash for Facebook and Youtube.

    • Keith Colyer
      March 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

      @Jeremy D: Windows 8 is so much faster than Windows 7, why would you do that? Unless you want the older interface (which I understand) - in which case simply use Classic Shell, Start8, or similar. I have an old PC that started out with Vista, upgraded to 7 (much better but still needed several minutes to boot), then to 8 and is now ready to use in seconds, even with no hardware upgrades.

    • Jeremy D
      March 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Keith Colyer. I don't like the touch screen friendly interface. I like touchscreens on my phone and tablet, but not at all would I want one on my laptop. I did try one once, and it's not a good fit. I didn't like the default configuration that wouldn't let my laptop truly shut down just to make start times seem faster. I absolutely despised the "web apps" (spware) that came installed by default, that I had to go through extraordinary measures to remove. Examples of these would be Bing, Skydrive, McAffee, and some stupid games. I'm not saying that 7 is all that much better, but it is better, and as I mentioned earlier that a nice copy of XP 64 bit would be installed if it weren't for a sad lack of drivers. My laptop has the Optimus graphics system, and XP will probably never be supported.

  24. Garrett M.
    March 27, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Another good option would be (yes, i'm going to say it) upgrade to linux. Many linux versions (like Canonical's Ubuntu) run very well on older hardware, and support most hardware (like XP only devices) right out of the box. It comes with a software store built in and has an excellent support community. While many people think linux is only for advanced users (and some versions are) many versions of linux are easy to learn and use for the average user. If you are switching from Windows XP, i would recommend Zorin OS (www.zorin.com) because it provides the familiar desktop layout many XP users are used to. Not to mention that all installs and upgrades are free.

    • Howard B
      March 27, 2014 at 3:02 am

      The problem with Linux is that most Windows software won't run on it (yes, I'm familiar with WINE and Cedega), and Windows users want their games and Flash for Facebook games.

    • dragonmouth
      March 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      And the problem with Windows is that no Linux software will run on it. :-) SO WHAT?! If you want games, use an console. Flash is one, big security black hole. It should be outlawed. Most Windows software has a Linux equivalent. Go to http://www.linuxrsp.ru/win-lin-soft/table-eng.html you'll find Linux replacements for Windows programs. Search for "Linux replacement for Windows" and you'll find other sites that list them.

  25. Kevin M
    March 27, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I laugh every time I hear another fear monger try and convince me to leave XP because its going to be unsecured and the hackers are going to take you out!

    NEWS FLASH!!! So what, MS does not support it and the reality of it is that is the best news to get about an OS. What it means to hackers is anyone that is still using it after it officially expires has nothing we want. Hackers want volume, they want the odds of capturing something good to have the best possible chance of working. They are not going to be wasting their time trying to exploit an operating system that to few people are using, the odds in favor of any return at all is just not there.

    So fear that your big ass Microsoft mama is not going to be around any more to defend you all you want. While I set here running a perfectly good OS that does everything that I want it to do without fail. I will stop using it when I find something I need that does not work on it.

    • R0thbard
      March 27, 2014 at 2:35 am

      XP still has a significant user base between small businesses scrapping by, grandmothers, and businesses that have legacy software that relies on it. "Hackers" target more than one thing, this is why you have IIS servers and Apache servers being compromised. Even if you [i]think[/i] you do have nothing of value for them, you're wrong. Computing power and another public IP address in their pool is valuable.

      The threat landscape has become far more gang like, and far less script-kiddie-in-his-basement-being-cool. A lot of malware/spyware/trojans are created for profit. The value comes from ad revenue (from injected ads), scraping for banking/other valuable credentials, looking for Bitcoin wallets, and as we saw with Cryptolocker, holding your files hostage and making you pay a ransom.

      As several security professionals have astutely predicted, there are probably XP vulnerabilities known by blackhats that they are waiting to exploit until after Microsoft stops releasing patches for XP.

      A major problem is that XP is frankly not hard to compromise by default, and is lacking in many of the security enhancements added in later editions. XP also shows horrible security architecture, evidenced by NTLM, lack of application privilege control, and BS mistakes like hardcoding an RSA private key into.

      It's a great oversimplification when people suggest that the reason Windows has had astronomically higher incidences of viruses and vulnerabilities is because it has a larger user base. It's true that the most popular products will be the most sought after, but that does not exclude products that are not the most popular. OS X, Linux, and BSD-based operating systems have had so few security problems due to the UNIX heritage of taking security and simplicity seriously. Windows has astronomically high compromise rates because Microsoft has always considered security an afterthought to development.

      Security is not pixie dust that you can sprinkle, it has to be a consideration into every decision from the start.

    • Kevin M
      March 27, 2014 at 3:57 am

      Believe your so called professionals all you want R0thbard, but I inhabit the underground as part of my system admin role. I know what they are doing, what they are looking for and many times how they plan on doing it. I can tell you they are laughing their ass off and quite frankly so am I. The keyword you should be taking away from what you just said is "probably". When your so called security professionals use that word describing what may or may not happen it is no better than when our weather man says sunny skies for the weekend, and if you believe your weather man you are to far gone to carry on this conversation. A security expert that knows his business is not going to use the word probably in a prediction.

      You are mixing apples and oranges with your comment. WTF does IIS and Apache servers have to do with XP? FYI, 99.99% of all home computers are on a dynamic IP so your argument that hackers are looking for this on grandmas home PC does nothing for your credibility. Since they will not have a static IP that blows your theory about computer power too.

      I don't have any pixie dust and I resent the comment that I somehow don't take security seriously. More proof that you are full of hot air to even assume that is fact when you don't even know who I am. I don't need to talk down to you because with all your talk, it is just talk and I can come back with real facts that relate to the conversation and don't have to mince words or use acronyms to make me look smart.

    • rdglo
      April 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      It's "I sit here" not I set here.

    • Kevin M
      April 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      You have the wrong forum rdglo - this is a discussion about Microsoft, and honestly I will be the first to admit I cannot spell and what makes a proper sentence to me is only that the message is understood. The bottom line is you got the message, it was clear and understandable, so who gives a rats ass? The fact that it was not proper English is completely and totally irrelevant! So take your I am better than you attitude and shove it!

  26. Anonymous
    March 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Windows 98 was pretty stable. It took a long time for government agencies to migrate off of it.

  27. Phil
    March 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium to offer long-term Windows XP support for $25 !

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/malwarebytes-anti-malware-premium-to-offer-long-term-windows-xp-support/#!BucYH

  28. Nikola K
    March 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Because my computer is slower than my phone :D

    • rag
      March 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

      a friendly advice - get more ram memory,it speeds it up :)

  29. Cider
    March 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    You forgot one very important reason - later versions of Windows lack the customization and many features that only Windows XP has: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7 No I don't want the added unnecessary features of Windows 7. I want XP features that I liked.

  30. Sreeraj R
    March 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Win 8.1 seems to be a good option. But its very costly for me

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