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Windows XP is no more Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Read More . It’s dead, done, dusted. Sure, it still exists and may even be sitting on your computer beavering away in the background. But with Microsoft having ended support for the aged operating system it’s time we all moved on.

But move on to what? That is the question.


We want to know, Microsoft Has Killed Windows XP… Now What? We simply want you to tell us how Microsoft ending support for Windows XP is going to affect you personally. Or, if you’re not still using Windows XP, how it will affect someone you know who is still persevering with this revered-but-ancient operating system Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More .

We know there are plenty of MakeUseOf readers out there still using Windows XP, thanks to the last discussion we conducted on the subject. And when Yaara recently asked what version of Windows are you currently using Which Version of Windows Are You Currently Using? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Version of Windows Are You Currently Using? [MakeUseOf Poll] Has anything changed in 4 years? It's time to find out! Tell us which version of Windows you're using right now. Read More , a sizeable 11 percent of you ticked the box to say you’re still using XP.

Not only are hundreds of you still fans of XP you’re determined not to let Microsoft’s actions prevent you from keeping XP going Long Live Windows XP! [We Ask You Results] Long Live Windows XP! [We Ask You Results] We asked: Do You Agree That Windows XP Needs To Die? Turns out you don't. Read More for a few more years. If that describes you, then let us know why you’re such a fan of XP and/or what you think of Microsoft’s decision to cull it.


If, on the other hand, you’re an XP user who is taking Microsoft’s advice and moving onwards and upwards to another operating system 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 , then detail your plans in the comments section below. Are you angry at Microsoft for ending support for Windows XP or do you feel the company was fair in pulling the plug after 12 years?

Are you upgrading your current hardware to Windows 7 or Windows 8? Are you planning on buying a new computer with one of these operating systems pre-installed on it? Are you ditching Windows entirely and switching to Mac? Or are you looking to get started with Ubuntu? What reasons lie behind that decision?

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  1. groaaar
    May 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Windows XP is probably the best OS MS will ever pull out.
    I installed 7 after hesitating for years, and I am hugely disappointed.
    The explorer is a nuisance (auto sorting files, how are you working in these conditions?)

    @ Dave P : you seem a bit obesessed about security issues. Well let me tell you something : XP is as secure as it gets, if you install Process Explorer and NetLimiter. I have ran XP without a firewall and an antivirus for years, and never had any problem. Never updated beyond SP2.
    Besides, if XP becomes a minority, hackers won't even try to infect it anymore. So the problems will get transfered to Windows 8. And I'm pretty sure it's as little secure as Windows 95. As Win 12 will be. It's just too badly coded, and it kills business if it's secure.

    I'm a bit reluctant using Linux. Okay, it's nice if you are a code wizard or if you just use basic computer stuff. But Windows XP had all the software needed. Most softs I use aren't even launching on 7. 7 is Windows 8 without the "fancy" UI, so it's bloated to the max.

    I'll soon switch my desktop back to XP. Who cares if its interface looks like 2001 ? I grew up with an AMIGA, I couldn't care less about the interface. A computer is a tool to perform specific functions, not an IPhone with fancy looks and whatnot.

    I'm seriously thinking about installing Amiga OS next.

  2. Daniel R
    May 10, 2014 at 5:47 am

    move on why ???
    Are you these kind of guys who need to change the car every year to feel more powerful ?
    to feel realized ?
    Do you move out every two years, just because ? because your home is not fancy is old fashioned or dont like to the neighbors ?
    Is just ridiculous. Sorry but that's the truth.
    Plus do you ever started to think if any update ir really necessary ? Ever ?
    I tell you in my experience every machine connected to internet 24 hs to dwonload Microsoft Updates (every) is ruined by his own updates. YES. Patch by patch the machine becomes slow and unresponsive, the usb devices stops working, you get blue screens and you eventually have to re format or reinstall your operative system.
    Virus ? No, Windows (automatic) Updates
    Don't believe all that you hear from Microsoft

  3. Daniel R
    May 10, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I'm still using Windows XP and I will to the End of times. Vista never liked to me. Seven is the same thing with different color / odor.
    Nobody is gonna tell me what to use. My money, my pc, my job
    and btw Im not a millonaire as uncle Billy.

  4. Israel
    May 10, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I'm glad to say that I've had a pretty diverse Operating System experience. I upgraded from Windows XP, to Ubuntu 10.04, to Fedora 17, then finally to Windows 8. I think that Microsoft was definitely in the right for pulling the plug on XP. I get it: XP was king back in its day... over a decade ago. You can only give an OS so many service patches before you just need to overhaul the whole thing, and XP, in my novice opinion, was rapidly approaching that point.

    I also have to ask: Is it really an unreasonable, money grubbing maneuver to pull the plug on on an OS that only about 10% of the desktop/enterprise market is using? Are we going to go after Microsoft with pitchforks because they dare pull the plug on Windows 95? What about the applications that only work on Windows 95? Microsoft is a business, not a charity. I think that they are allowed to move on after over a decade of support.

  5. Remigius
    May 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Since Microsoft has killed windows XP.....shouldn't we in turn do something likewise to them by killing their business, and investing our money in cheaper and backward compatible operating systems from other sources, so that it can be used on modern hardware also.

    Manufacturers of peripheral devices should conform their devices to being backward compatible for previous OSes as well.

  6. John
    May 5, 2014 at 12:24 am

    It makes sense that they would stop supporting it. It's a bit of a waste of resources to continue making security updates for a 12 year old operating system that is, for the most part, already dead. With Windows 7,8 and Linux to chose from, I don't see why anyone would use XP anyways.

  7. mihailo
    May 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I had Windows 98 up until 3 years ago, now I have XP. Never had any support from MS, so killing XP by MS is not going to affect me at all. I never relied on then, nor I plan to in the future, I'll run XP as long as I have this 13 Year old PC, i. e. at least a few more years!

  8. Scott M
    April 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I switched to Ubuntu.

  9. Nad
    April 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Dave p. you're all over this topic repeatedly insisting satisfied ppl are gamblers risking stuff and wrong. point taken . repeating your statements (that I find vague) makes you appear ... evangelical. Do you work for Microsoft or have some motive for the sales talks? Your answer will help me weigh the pros and cons about whether to move off XP or not. Thanks.

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

      No, I do not work for Microsoft and have no motivation in getting people to upgrade other than my unswerving belief that it's time to move on from XP.

      I think it's time to let XP die, and I think Microsoft is well within its rights to end support after 13 years. XP is outdated, and with support ending, it's also vulnerable.

  10. Marvin
    April 17, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    If MS wants me to learn a totally new o/s, fine. I can move to a Mac or an iPad with keyboard. I have an iPhone so there will be better compatibility anyway. Doesn't matter to me if I use MS. They won't support me so I won't support them. I need nothing more than XP and the older versions of Office. They do everything I need or ever will need. To buy silly new software with features I don't need from them to improve THEIR bottom line is pointless. Even worse, RENT 365 software from them? I don't think so.

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

      You don't think 13 years of support for XP is long enough?! That's pretty good value for money.

  11. Colin
    April 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Microsoft does not make newer OS's because its better than there older ones. They do it to support there hardware and marketing of there products. They change the looks and feel of the OS to mask the real reason for the change, THERE interests (IE Slate etc...).

    XP works and still will be used for as long as computer component manufactures make drivers for XP. And if you are happy with the system and peripherals you have, you wont need to do a thing.

    Window 7, I so dubbed "The Heavy Weight OS". Needs 4gig or more memory to operate without delays. Why, cause thats what type of computers where being made at the time.'

    Windows 8, the "HEY YOU NEED A TOUCHSCREEN" OS. Not. It was to support there very cheaply made tablet. The tablets couldn't run with windows 7 bulk. So they stripped it down to run like XP does, but with a Touchscreen interface.

    And now Windows 8.1 comes out, the "We apologize on thinking everyone wanted/could afford a touchscreen system". Its a stripped down lean OS. But with Microsoft's record, did they just strip out all the patches/fixes of the older OSes that they eventually will have to put back in as patches? I hope not because it does run great on older machines that don't have but 1 gig of memory and at most a dual core processor.

    The bottom line is when support fully drops for the OS and you need a new printer, your also going to need a OS. But until then don't feel like you HAVE to upgrade. As the saying goes, don't fix it if it ain't broke.

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Regardless of the reasons for Microsoft making new operating systems, the fact remains that 13 years of support for XP was more than generous.

      XP works, sure, but it's fugly compared to the new versions of Windows. And it's now vulnerable to security holes, whether you want to admit it or not.

  12. Manoemano
    April 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    It doesn't affect me, I will keep using it till I die.

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

      No, it will affect you, mark my words. XP is now vulnerable and will not ever be patched again. That isn't something to be taken lightly.

  13. iThankM$S
    April 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Please amend previous comment re: Epson to -- Epson is not providing a free scanner driver supporting Windows 7 for my great workhorse of a scanner.

  14. iThankM$S
    April 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

    One year ago, installed Windows 7 Professional on home PC that had capability to switch up from Windows XP. On other less powerful home PC w/ Windows XP, without going into details, have practically "neutered" it. Will keep Win XP on it (since Epson decided not to make a driver for Windows 7 for a great scanner) but am adding PCLinuxOS, Mate. Recently, bought a fairly powerful laptop w/ Windows 7 Home Premium. Plan to install PCLinuxOS, Full Monty and dual boot the laptop. (Warranty on this laptop will not be voided, as manufacturer has no problems w/ adding a non-Windows OS).

    • Tom S
      April 24, 2014 at 2:14 am

      Have you tried installing the Epson driver under Compatibility Mode As Administrator?

      I have an old scanner that doesn't even have XP drivers, but the 95 drivers install in XP, and in 7 without issues.

  15. Craig
    April 16, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Anyone who ever depended on Microsoft for "support" has got more problems than the aging of Windows XP. I'm a programmer running a number of different machines and operating systems. Windows XP will remain on my communications computer and a few other boxes around here for the foreseeable future. Try doing a String search on Windows 7 or 8 and you'll understand why.

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

      What are you going to do about the inevitable security vulnerabilities discovered but unpatched in the future?

  16. nzlemming
    April 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

    For those who need apps that only run on Windows to run on Linux, check out WINE and download at

    It handles most XP level applications pretty well.

  17. TurnagainWoman
    April 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Linux Mint for me now. I didn't know it would be so easy, so nice.

  18. Carol O
    April 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I am still using Window's XP, have used it for years, it has always worked good for us. We have heard the other window programs had gliches, XP has always worked and if it's not broke why change it?

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Vista was bad for a time, then got fixed. Windows 7 is brilliant. Windows 8 is a love-it-or-hate-it OS which is getting better all the time.

      XP will be broken soon because security vulnerabilities will be discovered and not patched by Microsoft. Leaving you open to hackers. That's why you need to change.

  19. roetnig
    April 14, 2014 at 2:59 am

    No alternatives for AutoCAD on Linux. Forget anything serious with audio recording, DAWs on linux are simply pathetic.

    I'll switch to w7

  20. Azhar
    April 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I am not going to do a thing about it.Its all I can run on my Dell SX260.
    But I am gonna use Windows 7 on the new computer that I am gonna use.

  21. Bill Fleet
    April 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I'm afraid the reports of XP's demise are greatly exaggerated.

    That being said, our family is slowly moving away from it. My wife and I have XP running in virtual machines on our Macs, for those little things that just don't run on OSX, but we use it very infrequently. I'm exploring moving those virtual XPs to 7, but I flinch at the price.

    My almost-college-age child will be getting a MacBook Pro this summer, and her old Dell Latitude 630 laptop becomes a linux box, maybe. My middle kid's Lenovo t400 laptop already runs 7. The youngest one hardly uses her Lenovo z60t XP laptop at all.

    I'm exploring converting the two XP laptops to some Chrome OS variant, if that's possible. That might be a great leverage of that OS, if it'll run on older hardware. It certainly runs well on new, minimal hardware. CrOS Linux, maybe? I'll eventually end up with a household littered with cheap Web terminals, bathed in WiFi, punctuated by a few workhorse Macs, so that we can avoid ever having to actually talk to each other.

    Wait! no, is there something wrong with that?

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Damn, I should have mentioned Chrome OS and Chromium in my suggestions of alternatives. Good call.

    • Bill Fleet
      April 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah, I think Google is missing a trick here: a one-button installer for Chrome OS for older Intel laptops should be a no-brainer.

      It would give a second life to 'recycled' or off-lease laptops, eliminate the 'who owns this Windows license?' issue for computer recyclers, and replace the old software with something continually up to date and safe.

      Seriously, the Goodwill computer center here (yes, they have one) sells a lot of refurbished desktop systems to first-time computer owners. The availability of a CrOS installer could mean even lower-cost systems, since the smallest hard drives could be used.

      Or 'grandma' systems, where email and light web surfing (cat videos!) are all she wants, but the system keeps itself clean and up to date with no fuss.

      I know Google wants to court the OEMs like Samsung and Acer initially, but I don't think the recycled market will overlap it that much.

  22. DesignWiz
    April 11, 2014 at 2:07 am

    A lot of interesting comments. I have been using Windows since 1987 with version 1.04. I have used virtually every version that was released. I loved my Windows 95 beta, it was super fast. I have an old Dell with 2 gig of ram and have tried just about every version including 8. Most were way too slow but never crashed. I have a new Gateway 64bit computer running 8.1. There are some NEAT features in 8.1 but not enough for the speed and stability of XP. I have the XP and Vista factory from my Dell and will always run XP. My AutoCAD and Photoshop run just fine n XP. As far as security MS Office and IE have always been like Swiss cheese. Since 98 I quit using IE. Years ago I used Netscape until Firefox came out. For office there is Libre Office totally with compatible with MS Office and free. MS security and anti-virus has sucked from day one. I have used Linux off and on for over 10 years now, but they don't have the software tools written for windows. MS has been trying to create a good operating system for years. They just keep selling upgrades and then spend years fixing them. The XP operating system works and will continue. I will use 3rd software to keep it save, don't need MS for that. Well that is my $.50 worth, a nickel with inflation,

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      You genuinely prefer XP to 7? I find that astonishing, quite frankly. Having switched to 7 as soon as it was released I now couldn't go back. XP looks like something from 2001, because it is something from 2001.

  23. Ed
    April 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Every OS sees an end-of-life sooner or later.

    It's time to let XP go. Some companies or individuals will take longer than others due to finances or software requirements, but eventually most will switch in the next couple of years. I'm sure you'll still find the occasional XP machine sitting in some back room, running some piece of software that refuses to work on more current OS's. These machines will probably have long since been disconnected from the internet and will continue to function, malware free, for many more years.

    In time, we'll have distant memories of XP and Windows 12 will be the norm. Someone will walk past that ancient XP machine still chugging along in some dimly lit room and ask if it's locked up because touching the screen yields no response. No matter how hard they press on the screen, or swipe in any direction, there is no response. No matter how loud they speak to it, no matter how often they say "OK, Google", still no response. They'll shrug their shoulders, walk away, and close the door behind them as they wonder why that monitor is so thick and heavy.

    • dragonmouth
      April 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      "and Windows 12 will be the norm."
      One thing will still remain familiar - Patch Tuesday when M$ is patching the same exploits in Win 12 that it was patching in XP.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      You paint a vivid picture! Windows 12... now that is forward-thinking.

  24. Dmitriy T
    April 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Can't say that XP's EOL will affect me deeply - there's no XP PCs in my house. And my opinion on XP is "It is/was second Windows which actually worked as advertised". But somewhere around Win7 release time WinXP became outdated.

    Recently i've been reinstalling XP as secondary OS on my desktop (for work-related software too expensive and too rarely used to bother with updating it to actual version) and performed "ritual facepalm" the moment i realized that i need either to switch my SATA to PATA (thus lose lot of HDD speed ) or acquire _FDD_ to install driver during installation. And this was just first part of 'Install all ther drivers' quest - something i didn't miss since Vista RC - which just worked.

    And working in XP environment...let's be honest : XP is a Win "NT5" 2000 with cheesy themes, few tweaks and lot of legacy support axed. UI is rough around the edges, performance on half-way modern hardware is worse than that of newer versions, and updates make it crawl instead of running (afaik problem admitted by MS).

    So it's time to put it to rest. To reverently place it's install disc next to Win95's and Win98SE's, silently say short dedication - and then boot either to Win7/8 or to favorite distro of Linux.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      This is why I do not understand people continuing to use Windows XP. Sure, you can carry on despite the lack of support. But that means having to use the outdated XP interface. Technology moves on at an incredible pace, and XP just doesn't isn't right for 2014.

    • Zoran N
      April 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

      You should try some of hundreds of great visual styles for WinXP :)

      My favourite is Koku:

    • Dmitriy T
      April 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Visual styles by itself won't add Win+"arrows" shortcuts, convenient position of 'fold all windows' button or correct font size choice (XP's is broken and ugly, not a way to go at hi-res at all) ...and tons of other things some of which by itself are not a big deal...but in reality make your workflow simplier and faster. And UI extension 3rd-party software usually comes with caveats and sometimes catastrophical errors, been there done that, no, thank you.

      PS Though as i'm no longer bleeding-edge tech guy, i was lured by MS promotion and upgraded to Win8 at 'special price' thus see current retail prices as...outrageous and from that POV understand why lot of people don't want to upgrade OS o n older PCs . That's why i never was Vista user despite public beta 2(was it x64? - i don't remember) both fascinating and never failing me during it's short life (on same desktop now running Win8).
      PS desktop is THAT old already?!

  25. dragonmouth
    April 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Please, please, please, Dave P, quit spreading the Microsoft FUD! XP did not magically cease working altogether on April 8th, 2014, M$ only decomitted support for it. Not that it makes much difference. M$ was not the one keeping XP secure, it was the security companies that provided effective anti-malware software. Upgrading to later versions of Windows will not resolve any of the security problems. After all, Windows is still a M$ product and you will still need third party software to keep it secure.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      That's true, of course. XP is still there working away on millions of computers. But the end of support means users are gambling on continuing to use an operating system that its vendor no longer cares about. I'm sure a high percentage of XP users will be fine for several years to come, but those who do encounter problems will wish they'd upgraded or switched to another alternative.

    • dragonmouth
      April 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Not to beat a dead horse but throughout the history of Windows, the vendor cared more about the quantity of product installed rather than the quality of product installed. However, as long as there is third party security available, XP users will be fine.

      "those who do encounter problems will wish they’d upgraded or switched to another alternative."
      Wish they'd upgraded - maybe.
      Wish they'd switched - definitely.

  26. Dave
    April 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    It is a bit tricky, as my bank has got a hands-off approach. If anything goes wrong with your Internet banking and you are still running Windows XP, too bad. Upgrading is a hassle and/or expensive and/or not something a not-so-tech person will want to try. Furthermore, neither Vista nor 7 (let us not talk about 8) has the user-friendliness of Windows XP. Ubuntu has its pros, but I would like to continue to use my "outdated" Office (whatever was wrong with 97/2003?). So I disconnected my Dell from the Internet to use it as the dedicated printer driver. And lo and behold: as of 8 April, my trusty thumb drives fail to run properly under Windows XP, even though they are fine on my other machines. Voodoo?

  27. Harry
    April 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    With good protection (of course by third-party applications) and avoiding IE, XP is as "safe" as it always was.
    No reason to do anything.
    Nothing has really changed, in spite of Microsoft's declarations.

    • Christopher Webb
      April 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Agreed! Microsoft xp EOL is FUD!

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Then keep using XP by all means. Perhaps you'll be fine, perhaps you won't, but I'd consider it a gamble.

  28. A41202813GMAIL
    April 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    In The Last 20+ Years, M$ Updates Gave Me A Lot More Headaches Than All The Malware Put Together.

    Not Dumping XP Anytime Soon.


  29. Paul-kristjan A
    April 10, 2014 at 11:44 am

    If you still haven't, now's the best time to upgrade to windows 7 or even 8, because these are secure

    • Zoran N
      April 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      WOW! Words "Windows" and "secure" in the same sentence? Guess you forgot word "not" between those two ;)

      But, isn't WinXP also very secure? It has received 3 Service packs and hundreds of updates - it must be very secure now :D

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Zoran, XP was extremely secure as of April 8, but from now on its security cannot be guaranteed. Any vulnerability discovered from now on will remain unpatched and open to abuse.

    • dragonmouth
      April 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

      The entire idea that Windows is not secure because it is used more so it is attacked more, is a red herring. That is like saying that because Swiss cheese is more popular than other cheeses, the holes are created when, and because, the customer slices the cheese. The holes in Swiss cheese, as well as in Windows, are made during the manufacturing process.

  30. Von Adam Martinez
    April 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    If you have a machine that can run a higher flavour of Windows then go for Windows 7, not vista nor 8. But if you only have the machine that has a lower specifications over the 7 or any windows flavour, the best thing that you can do is to download and install any Linux flavour. I would recommend the Linux Mint. Having a Linux flavour installed in your machine is like having the freedom of upgrading to the higher version of Windows. This would be the best thing if you don't have any plan to upgrade the parts of you machine.

  31. Jim Gibson
    April 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

    My laptop is old (12 years) but I am sure it would carry on another few years with the right backup but Microsoft has made the decision to cut all support for this operatiing system even though it seems the world needs XP.
    The other day I bootet up my Dell Latitude 430 to do some internet shopping and was greated by an error message to say my onboard clock was not correct and even though the clock was showing the correct time I clicked to correct this, would you believe it the time is now 4 hours ahead of real time and if I go to control panel to adust this it tells me it can't find the file or data. I connected to Microsoft for an update but was shown a messege to confirm my pc is up to date and to re install my drivers, some hope of that.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      The world may think it needs XP, but you cannot really fault Microsoft for ending support 13 years after launch. That's a looooong time to offer support for an OS it's replaced three times already (Vista, 7, and 8).

    • dragonmouth
      April 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

      "you cannot really fault Microsoft for ending support 13 years after launch"
      Yes, I can. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

      "That’s a looooong time to offer support for an OS"
      Slackware, Debian, Red Hat have been supported since 1993-94. That is a loooonger time to support an O/S. Unix has been supported for even longer.

    • Dmitriy T
      April 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Ok, please show me year 2014 official security updates to !2007!'s Debian 4.0 Etch...that is newer than Windows Vista btw.

    • kwacka
      April 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Dmitry T.

      'apt-get update' and 'apt-get upgrade' does it for all versions of Debian doesn't it?

      Of course you will need to be aware of obsolete packages (apache vs apache2 for example) .

    • kwacka
      April 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

      In all the recommendations for Linux, I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the 'Live' versions.

      E.g. download a copy of Linux Mint, use a program such as 'unetbootin' to install to a USB memory stick and boot your computer from that.

      You'll get an idea of what the operating system is like, and it won't touch your computer's harddrive unless you want to deliberately save something.

      Also don't forget dual-booting - install Linux alongside XP and use that for most tasks, but XP is also available should you need 'XP only' applications - such as MediaStudio Pro (which won't even run on Windows 7).

  32. Zoran N
    April 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I work in small office. We have 5 PC's here, 3 with XP Home and 2 with XP Pro. I am something like "IT manager" and my decision is to remain with XP.

    For now, I don't see any reason to buy new hardware and/or new software. I don't think there will be some big problems with XP's "end of life". I have to say that XP works great on our both old and new PC's.

    Since I use Win7 HP 64bit at home, I have to say that I don't see any important differences between WinXP and Win7 (I don't care about that ugly Win8), so it is insane (imho) to buy new Win7 when we are very satisfied with WinXP.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I personally think it's a mistake for you as the IT manager in your office to make that call. Every vulnerability and bug found in XP from now on will remain unpatched, leaving your network open to being compromised. I'm guessing you've had XP for at least 8-10 years. Surely you've had your money's worth from this aged operating system?!

    • Zoran N
      April 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I see your point :) But, no - I don't see enough reasons to throw away are fine PCs and buy new, just to update to Win7. So, for now, we will remain with WinXP ;)

  33. Bill
    April 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I haven't found all the Linux forums to be too newb-friendly but if you can figure out how to use Windows XP you can use Linux. Mint is easy to install and works 'out of the box'. If you're still using a *really* old PC then something such as AntiX should work well. Long Term Support versions of Ubuntu and Mint due soon, either should be good for Linux newbs.

    • dragonmouth
      April 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      "I haven’t found all the Linux forums to be too newb-friendly"

      "If you’re still using a *really* old PC"
      Please define "really old."
      I use the latest version of Mepis on a P3 667mhz 256meg RAM laptop with no problem. It may not be head-snapping fast but for surfing the 'Net and using Office applications it does the job.

  34. Archit S
    April 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I have had a long association with Windows XP. My first computer had Windows 98 but I dont remember anything from that era. I can only remember my experiences from when it had XP. The computers in my school were all XP, till the time I passed last year. I think they still have it. My Dell Inspiron also came with XP. It said "Designed for Windows XP, Windows Vista Capable". That was 2006,Vista was just launched to negative reviews. So it wasn't until 2010 that I upgraded my laptop to Windows 7 (with just 1.5gb RAM) and it ran superbly. It was really a welcome change from XP. Cut to present, this is 2014. My modest desktop still runs Windows XP(1.5gb RAM, P4). And I don't think I need an upgrade. I have never bothered about Windows updates and my Laptop is my primary workstation so I dont bother about program compatibility and security issues.
    As for my desktop, my dad and my brother use it. Even I use it as a primary source of my movie & music collection. No one from us bother about the killing of XP and its update. And as far as I know, thats the case hundreds of other people. Many have admired it for its simplicity. Even the business organisations & schools run it.I would say it was the OS that actually brought to the world of computers. The thing about it is it just gets the job done. Gaming,programming,surfing, entertainment, editing and rendering etc etc. You name it & it does it.
    My desktop would eventually be upgraded, when it runs out of steam. It has a pretty old config, so it is now short-lived. And then I will have Win 8.1 installed on it maybe or maybe just convert it into a media centre. Until then the XP still lives on for me. And for many many people I know!

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      You never bother with Windows Update? You realize that leaves your computer more at risk than it would be if kept up to date, right?

      You're certainly not alone in sticking with XP. But having used Windows 7 surely you can see that XP is outdated in this day and age.

  35. Sreeraj R
    April 10, 2014 at 8:01 am


  36. Sameer Manas
    April 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Though XP has ended, not many are ready to switch to Linux versions of Ubuntu/Mint. We simply can't upgrade to Windows 7 as most computers that run XP can't support Windows 7 perfectly.

    The best way should be that Microsoft must open its eyes and provide a Lite version of Windows 7, that can be upgraded for existing XP users. This way it can still have some good rep rather than asking them to buy new hardware.

    • Sam W.
      April 10, 2014 at 5:39 am

      True, many aren't ready to switch to Linux. At least not for their primary machine. As to most Win XP computers not being able to run Win 7, I say BS. I've installed 7 on numerous XP systems for family, friends & others with surprising good results. You'd be surprised to know how old some of those computers were. I won't install if RAM is less than 2GB. My personal HP Laptop, dual core & 2 GB RAM, that came with XP Media Center, now has W7 on it. I thought I'd be busy looking for drivers but a check in windows device manager showed every single one went in, & I'm not talking generic drivers. As to other hardware, printers as an example, I've also had good experiences. That would cover HP, Epson, Canon & a POS Lexmark. Win 7 installs considerably more quickly than the lengthy installs common to XP. Skeptical users could swap in a spare or borrowed hard drive, preserving their XP or Vista drive to put back in if 7 doesn't work. My advice is give it a try. You'll probably be pleasantly satisfied.

    • Sameer M
      April 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Hi Sam,

      I've already tried using XP on an old machine. But the thing is Windows 7 is good for only systems that have a RAM of more than 2Gigs. On lower RAM's, its simply pathetic.

      Most XP systems all around the world are old hardware. No one has more RAM than a 1GB at most. So installing Win 7 on those systems is simply a waste of time. It will take ages to have a smooth experience on such systems with Win 7.

      Most users won't have issues installing drivers. However older hardware doesn't have all the drivers for Windows 7. A best example is my old Aspire 4720 Lappy. When I got Windows onto it, half of the system became crap. Not even its WebCam works fine. So a better version of Windows 7 is necessary to give XP users an opportunity.

    • nitePhyyre
      April 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      They did release a lite version of windows 7. Its called Windows 8.1 update 1. It was released early April 2014. It boots directly to desktop, has an interface designed for keyboard and mouse use, and runs well on systems with 1gb of ram.

      Windows 7 on the other hand, is just brutal with anything less than 6gb. Windows 8 ran smooth as butter on my computer than was crawling with 7. And that was before 8.1 and the 8.1 update 1 upgrades. Both of which increased performance.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      I can't see Microsoft doing that, unfortunately. You have to remember, MS ideally wants everyone, including Windows 7 users, to upgrade to Windows 8 at this point.

    • dragonmouth
      April 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

      "MS ideally wants everyone, including Windows 7 users, to upgrade to Windows 8 at this point."
      And once most users are on Win 8, then M$ will want everyone to move up to Win 9, then Win 10, etc. Microsoft's business plan is predicated on forcing users to upgrade their software every few years. The problem with the M$ business plan is that it is not sustainable in the long run because at each upgrade point, they lose a percentage of users to other options. Sooner or later the percentage left will be down to 0%.

    • Col. Panek
      May 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Ask a teenager to install Linux for you.

  37. KT
    April 10, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I went XP, mint 7, mint 9, mint 13, pclinuxos mate. I keep a stripped down Windows 7 hard drive for gaming only. Mint was an easy switch for me, but I heard Linux Zorin might be easier for the less tech savy.

  38. Dominic C
    April 10, 2014 at 3:11 am

    For my old laptop I already installed Ubuntu and am using it as a media server. My mom just wants something to watch her episodes rerun on thus I had found this an easy alternative to keep the machine alive and to just do the extreme basic and surf the net

  39. Eric T
    April 10, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Mint is a great way to make the huge switch over to Linux. I started with Mint and a couple of other distros, and I have to say that Mint was the easiest to start with.

  40. Jerry
    April 10, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I found an old Dell Inspiron notebook and an Acer netbook in my closet, both still running XP. I downloaded and installed Lubuntu Linux on each. Installation was quick and easy on both machines. Both seem to perform better now than they did with XP. Unfortunately, no software that I currently use, with the exception of Google Chrome, runs on Linux.

    • dragonmouth
      April 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      " Unfortunately, no software that I currently use, with the exception of Google Chrome, runs on Linux."
      What special software do you use, other than games?
      Unless you are using very industry-specific software, there is a Linux equivalent for most of Windows software. Check out:

    • Jerry
      April 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      dragonmouth, I don't use any games, mostly genealogical research tools. An area widely ignored by Linux devs.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      How are you finding Linux? Apart from the lack of software available for your particular needs?

    • Jerry
      April 14, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Dave P,
      GIMP and LibreOffice are about the only things I've used on the Linux machines. GIMP, of course, is excellent. I've used it for a few years on Windows. LibreOffice is less satisfying. I really prefer to use MS Office 2013 on Windows 8.1. Maybe because I've been using the MS product for more than a decade, it just seems more natural to me.

      Linux itself is easy to ignore; but isn't that what an operating system should be? Stable, functional and unnoticeable. It doesn't get in my way, and doesn't make demands on my time or attention.

    • kwacka
      April 16, 2014 at 10:10 am


      have you checked out GRAMPS? (also works on Windows, Mac OS-X, & Net/Free-BSD)

      Its in the repositories of mos distributions, so apt-get install gramps (on a Mint/Ubuntu/Debian) should get you there.

    • Jerry
      April 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm


      Interesting that you mention GRAMPS. I just found, and installed it on Monday evening and I've been experimenting with it, and comparing it with the database program that I currently use.

  41. Henry L
    April 10, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I switched to linux mint! There's a lot in common, and a lot of improvements from Windows.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      How are you finding it? Steep learning curve?

    • Rick
      April 29, 2014 at 2:13 am

      No, it is fairly easy to learn. My wife was not too confident about switching to Linux, but when she tried it she found it simple enough is glad to not support Microsoft any longer. I have tried several different Linux distributions and their variants and I like Linux Mint the best. I currently use the Linux Mint MATE 32-bit edition.

      You can download Linux Mint and burn it to a DVD, then reboot to the DVD and try it without installing it on your computer (granted it will run slower because it is running from the DVD). Here is the link to the different Linux Mint editions:

      DistroWatch is a website which provides news, popularity rankings, and other general information about various Linux distributions:

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