Upgrade From Windows XP to a Modern OS in 7 Simple Steps

Danny Stieben 05-03-2014

If you’re still using Windows XP on your computer, stop it — right now. Windows XP has become so ancient and outdated What The Windows XPocalypse Means For You Microsoft is going to kill support for Windows XP in April 2014. This has serious consequences for both businesses and consumers. Here is what you should know if you are still running Windows XP. Read More that even Microsoft is pulling its extended support for it in a little over a month. In order to stay safe and get the most out of your computer, it’s important to upgrade to a newer operating system. If you’re unsure how to do this, just follow these steps.


Why Should You Upgrade From Windows XP?

Windows XP has been out for over a decade. Meanwhile, the Windows operating system has undergone many iterations. Maintaining old versions forever is not worth the effort for Microsoft. Dropping support for Windows XP helps Microsoft free up resources, but it can negatively affect you if you choose to continue using it.

No support for Windows XP means no more security patches, which leaves you unprotected from attacks. Antivirus programs can only do so much and you can expect hackers to take full advantage of the security holes when extended support ends.

To fix this problem, the only thing you can do is upgrade to another operating system — there’s just no other way around it. Depending on what you use your computer for and your personal preferences, there are three top choices: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Linux.

Pick An Operating System Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC? Buying a new PC? You have more operating system choices than ever. Which is the best operating system for your computer? Read More

I would recommend Windows 8.1 to everyone upgrading from Windows XP as it’s the most supported Windows operating system, which gives you the latest features and security fixes. There are also plenty of behind-the-scenes improvements to Windows 8.1 over Windows 7, including some fixes that claim to improve performance on systems that use AMD Bulldozer-based processors What You Need To Know About AMD’s New Trinity Laptop APU [MakeUseOf Explains] Intel has just released its new line of laptop and desktop processors, but they’re not the only ones working on a new product. AMD has also been working hard to improve its laptop APUs and... Read More .

However, it’s understandable if you don’t like the Modern interface (the tiles on the Start screen), so if you’d like to stick to something that looks more like Windows XP, then Windows 7 is your better bet. Honestly, if you’re still on Windows XP right now, then you’ll most likely feel at home the most with Windows 7.


If you don’t depend on Windows software and you’d like a free alternative, Linux is something to consider. If you don’t know much about Linux, it’s a good idea to check out how Linux differs from Windows Linux vs. Windows: 8 Key Operating System Differences, Explained Not sure whether to choose Linux or Windows? Here's how both operating systems differ, and why switching isn't as hard as you think. Read More  for everyday tasks.

Download It

5 download windows 8.1 installation media
Once you’ve decided on the operating system that you want to use, you need to get it. It’s easy to download a copy of Windows 8.1 Which Windows 8 Version Is For You? If you’re interested in upgrading, you’ll also need to know which edition of Windows 8 is right for you. The good news is that Microsoft has simplified the different editions of Windows in Windows 8... Read More . After you purchase a copy, Microsoft will allow you to download it in the form of either an installer or an ISO image file Overcome Windows 8.1 Upgrade Errors With A Legal ISO Download The Windows Store upgrade doesn't work for everyone. To avoid or fix issues, perform a fresh Windows 8.1 installation using Microsoft's ISO file download. You can even use the installation media on multiple computers. Read More .

Either way works, really — the setup file is easier, but the ISO file will allow you to be more flexible. For example, you can download it on one computer, burn it, and use it on another computer or multiple other computers (provided you have bought licenses for all of them).

Getting a Windows 7 edition Windows 7 Editions Explained In Simple Terms Read More is more difficult because Microsoft no longer sells the operating system directly. Legal licenses are still obtainable via online retailers such as Amazon, NewEgg, and TigerDirect.


These will only be OEM versions, which means that each license can only be used once. The disc that comes with it can be used repeatedly, but you’re supposed to buy a new license each time you install. You’ll also have to wait for it in the mail — there’s no getting the license ahead of time and finding an installation ISO.

All Linux distributions The Best Linux Operating Distros The best Linux distros are hard to find. Unless you read our list of the best Linux operating systems for gaming, Raspberry Pi, and more. Read More have easy-to-reach download pages which let you retrieve the needed ISO image file.

Burn To Disc Or USB

If you have an ISO image of an operating system, you can burn it to a disc or write it onto a USB flash drive. We have a few articles on how to accomplish this, such as this guide for writing a Windows install image to USB How to Make a USB Installation Disk for Windows 7 Without Extra Software Want to install Windows 7 on your PC but don't have an optical drive? The solution is to make a USB installation disk. Read More , and this guide for writing a Linux image to USB Linux Live USB Creator: Easily Boot Linux From Your Flash Drive Read More .

Back Up Your Data!

Before you do any actual changes to your system, make absolutely sure that your data is backed up The Windows Backup and Restore Guide Disasters happen. Unless you're willing to lose your data, you need a good Windows backup routine. We'll show you how to prepare backups and restore them. Read More ! It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you have a copy of everything Cobian Backup - The Best Backup a Windows Computer Can Get For Free [Windows] Cobian Backup is a free backup software for Windows. It is crammed with featured, yet seems minimalistic at first glance. Users can create multiple backup tasks for different purposes, backups can be scheduled individually, back... Read More you’ll possibly want to have in a different location that you can restore from.


While there is a seemingly infinite amount of options available for backups (including the manual way), I recommend using CrashPlan, an easy and complete cross-platform backup solution How To Back Up PCs To Each Other Via The Internet Using Crash Plan Personal Backing up the data on your computer is vital. Yet not everyone does something about it. Why? Because backing up a computer remains a bit of a pain. If you own more than one computer,... Read More .

Install The New Operating System

Once everything is backed up, you can go ahead and perform the upgrade. Remember that on Windows you have the option to do a clean install, meaning that the upgrade will not just replace the operating system, but it’ll also wipe out all of your data to give you a clean start.

While it may not be as convenient to do, it’s a good idea if you want to get the optimal performance out of your system. A system installed via a clean install usually performs noticeably faster than a system that has been upgraded in-place.

Restore Your Data

When the operating system has been upgraded, you can start restoring all of your data from wherever you put your backups. This is usually done with the same method as you performed the backup. So if you used CrashPlan to back up, use it to restore.


Learn Your Way Around

Finally, now that you have everything restored, take some time to learn about the differences between Windows XP and your new system. The difference when using Windows 7 shouldn’t be drastic; the difference when using Windows 8 may be a little bit more due to the Modern interface.

You’ll be a lot happier with the operating system you’ve chosen to use if you actually know how to use it well. Some great places to check out are our Windows 8 Guide The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More and Windows 7 Guide The Windows 7: Ultimate Guide If you are afraid to upgrade from Vista or XP because you feel it is completely different to what you are used to, you should read this new guide. Read More .


Do you know someone still using Windows XP or have you sworn by it yourself?

I can only repeat how important it is that people stop using Windows XP. Sharing this article with your friends who are still using the operating system will benefit everyone. Anyone not willing to budge, however, should at least bulletproof Windows XP 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  from external threats.

How do you convince people to upgrade? What alternative operating system do you recommend and why? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Marcelo Esteban Mauricio
    February 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    You got something wrong:
    If one's doing an UPGRADE install, there's no need to backup anything, since more often than not the new OS will leave everything as it was before. One ONLY needs to make a backup IF DOING A CLEAN INSTALL.

  2. Pants
    May 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    You can't do an in-place upgrade from XP. Clean install is your only option.

  3. R Sen
    March 28, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Windows XP was awesome. I have upgraded to Windows 7. I have only one computer with Windows XP. The reason is old hardware, the PC was purchased in 2002. I have now decided - I will make a dual-boot system of Windows XP and Puppy Linux. When I want to surf the web, I will go to Linux and when I want to edit my documents, I go to Windows.

  4. Wantoo Sevin
    March 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Great article. I went to Linux over 5 years ago and have not looked back since. You get over the learning curve, and you turn into a genius. (except me, I'm still an idiot, but at least my computer makes me look smart)

    • Danny S
      April 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      That's very true. I think that a lot more people would adopt Linux if they bothered with the learning curve. I admit that it took me several tries at Linux before I could finally adopt it as my daily driver because I was very interested in the OS but couldn't adjust as quickly as I wanted to.

  5. Phil Tobin
    March 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    And you've run the Newsdesks of national newspapers, have you? Mmm. Thought not.
    Re-imagining of the truth in the service of prompting Subs to write a really sensational headline to sell the soddin' paper has absolutely nothing to do with filing copy so inept as to make it darn near inevitable that the propietor's wife -- whose son Knows All About These Things -- will be on the phone to t'Editor soon after the first edition has dropped.
    T'Editor will not be pleased by such a call and will advise the News Editor next morning of his / her displeasure. At which point, the News Editor will summon the reporter responsible for such discomfort and either kick his/her ass out the door or appoint him / her to the post of Oil Correspondent, Aberdeen.

    That, sunshine, is how it works. Editorial. . . finessing is, of course, standard operational practice. Editorial incompetence -- the kind that makes the paper look stupid -- anything but.

    • dragonmouth
      March 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      I do not need to have run a newsdesk for anybody, all I have to do is read the papers, love. One case I can think of right of the bat happened a few years ago. New York Times, which you will agree is not a fly-by-night outfit, had a reporter who worked for them for some years and apparently was quite successful at getting scoops. Long story short, it turned out he was making stories up. Needless to say, NYT was none too pleased and fired the bloke.

      BTW - had you read the article carefully, you would have noticed that it is about replacing particular software. The author did not make any assumptions about the hardware, as you apparently did. People do run XP on old computers but they also run it on computers that CAN handle Win 7 and 8.x. So, love, do be a more careful reader in the future and take you bloviating about media standards somewhere else.

  6. Philip Tobin
    March 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Times like this, I do have to wonder about the difference in standards between print journalists and online journalists: the former would've been kicked out the newsroom for filing an article as blatantly daft as this -- did the author never stop to think that if folks are running an ancient OS, then they're also running the ancient hardware that came with it??

    FACT: a 2004 desktop with the average specs of that era CANNOT upgrade to Windows 8.1. It would have a hard enough time of it, even confronting Windows 7.

    WHY didn't the author of this piece mention that? I thought the article was going to be of constructive help to friends and relatives of mine with Win XP lappies and desktops. Instead, it's an idiotic eulogy to an OS they can't even install. "Make Use Of" really needs to tighten its editorial standards here.

    • dragonmouth
      March 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      "the former would’ve been kicked out the newsroom for filing an article as blatantly daft as this"
      Not bloody likely! Many have not been kicked for outright lying. In fact they have been given awards. So, a little misdirection or editorial license is not going to be noticed.

    • Danny S
      April 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      For people who can't install Windows 8.1, I mentioned Linux as an option. While the instructions focused on Windows, the same general steps can apply to upgrading to Linux as well.

  7. Pijush G
    March 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Frankly, 32bit or 64bit really doesn't matter. Now all cpus supports 64bit execution. If you are using windows XP, there is good chances that your cpu do support 64bit architecture. The main point is, if you are going to use windows 7 or windows 8/8.1 , you probably need and 16x pci-e 2.0 slot for new graphics card for better viewing experiences on your old computer. What may not be possible on old motherboard. So rather switching to windows 7 or 8/8.1 , i would suggest to use Ubuntu(and derivative like pearos, elementary os or mint ), which is slightly similar to XP(some people may not be agree with me). Best of luck! RIP XP

  8. unicode
    March 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm


    I hope this article and comments will effect someone to just try GNU/Linux before upgrading to a newer version of Windows.

    Pretty much everything is already written...
    But the main advantages of GNU/Linux systems are:
    - it's free of cost, no need to buy a license
    - it is more secured than Windows
    - it's is easy to use
    - low system requirements

    Most of the computers still running Windows XP are already old, so to upgrade to a newer version of Windows you'll probably need to upgrade your hardware as well. Most of this computers can run GNU/Linux without any need to upgrade it's hardware.

    I've tried running Ubuntu 14.04 on a 7 years old, low entry laptop (Core2Duo 2.13Ghz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics) and it runs like a charm... Laptop from 2007, that can run, full featured 64-bit Operating System made in 2014 without any problems tells a lot how effective GNU/Linux is.

    So, try it before upgrade and you can do yourself a big favor in the future...

    You can download at:
    More opinions here: [Broken URL Removed]

    • Danny S
      April 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Trust me, I would have definitely recommended Linux before Windows on older hardware. But I've already promoted Linux in some many Windows articles, I kept it to a minimum in this one.

  9. Dick
    March 13, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Hi, Danny. What about a ten-year-old Toshiba Satellite P25 laptop? I can't afford to buy a new machine and I don't see how this one can handle Win7, or even Vista, for that matter.
    Pentium 4 2.8Ghz processor, 2G RAM right now running XP Home sp3. And I don't think I'm techie enough to run Ubuntu, although I do have a live Ubuntu CD.

    • Unicode 2
      March 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Hello Dick,

      Try Xubuntu 32-bit, it should run better than Ubuntu or Windows XP.

      You can look at elementary OS project, which is very clean and fast.

  10. Deborah H
    March 12, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I'm glad to read all these comments since my mom called in panic mode because she had a box pop up on her computer saying XP is going to go away. She's 80 years old and has a hard enough time with getting around with XP. I can't imagine trying to get her going on Win7. I like the idea of keeping it and managing her AV. She doesn't bank online. Her entertainment is email and games. She rarely uses the internet and the computer is off 60 % of the time. Seems like a waste to upgrade; it's slower than molasses in January anyway.

  11. hotdoge3
    March 11, 2014 at 12:21 am

    What are PAE, NX, and SSE2?
    Applies to Windows 8.1

    Physical Address Extension (PAE), NX processor bit (NX), and Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2) are features of the processor, and they're needed to run Windows 8.1.

    no 8 for me only win 7 as CPU no PAE, NX, & SSE2
    I don't like 8 may be ok with 8.1 and ad-ons ?

  12. dragonmouth
    March 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Longtime XP user will find Zorin Linux the easiest to switch to.

  13. Bobby
    March 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    A lot of the software that I use works best under Windows XP. Windows 8.1 usually won't run it. Windows 7 might. I've seen Youtube videos of people installing Win7 successfully on Pentium III systems and appear to run well. I don't have the money to get a Windows 7 desktop right now, so I'll tighten up the security on this system and keep using Firefox. I've not had a virus on this system since I installed XP - as long as you don't do something stupid or use Internet Exploder for a whole lot, and keep your Anti-virus updated, you should be OK until the motherboard dies.

    I still have a Win95 laptop, a Win98SE with unofficial service pack applied, and a WinME system (I need to run its unofficial service pack). The Win95 is for nostalgia, the Win98SE is for copying my home movie DVDs, and WinME, with its better Generic USB Storage driver support, gets me access to older laptop hard drives as well as converting old AOL .ART files.

  14. D. McDade
    March 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I'm an old fart. Me and the wife are gonna switch to Linux because, "she likes the penguin"! Nuff said?

  15. On W
    March 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Tried a few Linux distros. I Linux mint the best among them. It makes a great alternative for Win XP.

  16. James L
    March 7, 2014 at 12:05 am

    MSWindows 8.x will not run on a lot of perfectly serviceable machines, and since MSWin7 is no longer for sale, your only option is Linux (not that that's a bad choice by any means). And don't even suggest feeBay's selection of illegal copies for sale. And if you *DO* happen to find a legitimate, licensed copy, it will be grossly expensive.

  17. Rick van Leeuwen
    March 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This article is probably going to help next to no one with the stuff they will face during and after the migration. The only thing slightly useful is the tip to migrate to 7 because of a, by the writer suggested, similar layout. As the family here is forced to used Windows - the school agenda can only be opened with Windows (??) - and me Linux I migrated them last week from XP to 7. Most of there time is now spent finding "lost" features, like e.g. "search" which in XP used to be in their right mouse click.

    • zahran
      March 7, 2014 at 1:12 am

      just download Classic Shell™. it help so much who ever migrate from xp to window 7/8.

  18. John
    March 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    From XP directly to 8.1? Are you nuts? The only option for an old XP box or laptop is 32 bit Win 7. If you're lucky then "compatibility mode" might run the essential program that runs your business. MS has left XP SP3 running for far too long. It has become the global backbone of hundreds of millions of systems. I can see a class action lawsuit brewing if they don't extend the cut-off date or release the source code so a third party can continue support. MS should sell XP to Norton or Macafee or Google to look after, before Congress forces them to sell it for one dollar. We are only just recovering from a global banking crisis. 8.1 is only good for brand new hardware. There's no money for huge government and industrial buyers to change desktop hardware. When they do it will be a private company cloud and new Chromebooks. Only private consumers who love touch screen toys want 8.1. The rest of the corporate world will dig its heels in and wait for Windows 9. The most appalling thing about OS providers is the lack of back compatibility with legacy software. I shouldn't have to think about the OS, it should just run all the very best software refined over many years and it should run it forever. The OS should buffer brilliant stable software from the savageries of new hardware toys.

  19. George
    March 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Microsoft, after more than a decade of constant patching still can't make XP secure.
    Any new OS they bring out will likely to be just as vulnerable for the years to come.
    I work with some older people and there is no way they will comprehend how Windows 8 works. The new things in Win8 they don't need and will not use.
    Cloud?... I look to the sky and see them.
    The biggest problem with XP is that older people actually believe the hype and will buy Win8...and be miserable with it. An article like this would scare them into buying something they don't need. It's all about money, isn't it?

  20. Ed
    March 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    95% of ATMs are still on XP. Banks are scrambling to update. The procrastination in the US is unbelievable. I remember everyone updating BIOSs and PCs in 1999 in preparation for Y2K.

    I recently saw a 60 Minutes segment about the NSA and was shocked to see several XP machines in use. Glad to have seen one Linux machine in the bunch. didn't really take notice of Win 7 in use.

    XP came out in 2001; 13 years ago. It would be equivalent to using Win 95 in 2008 or Win 98 in 2011. I can understand consumers that don't have the money to upgrade, but, Good God, what is wrong with businesses and the government to STILL be stuck using a 13 year old operating system? Imagine still using an Atari ST in 2000 to do productive, business-grade work!

    • dragonmouth
      March 7, 2014 at 1:39 am

      "Good God, what is wrong with businesses and the government to STILL be stuck using a 13 year old operating system?"

      1. You are talking about thousands and tens of thousands of PCs to be replaced by companies and governments, In many cases the cost would be prohibitive.

      2. In 13 years companies and governments have written thousands of custom programs that run only on XP. Some programs could just be recompiled but the programs that take advantage of specific features of XP would have to be rewritten, and that doesn't come cheap. GOOD GOD is right. It would take a few million man-hours to do the conversion.

    • Zoran N
      March 7, 2014 at 7:49 am

      "what is wrong with businesses and the government to STILL be stuck using a 13 year old operating system?" --- well, if it works just right, why change it? That is why we will not upgrade our XP PC's in our company. It is very simple: there is NO reason for us to upgrade.

    • Ed
      March 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Good points DragonMouth.
      My issue was the procrastination. If companies had phased updates of equipment when Win 7 first came out (ie. more RAM, larger HD) the expense would be spread out. Then later on, replace machines not worth an upgrade. Phased upgrades/replacements spreads the cost over time, instead of waiting until the last minute, then have hundreds or thousands of PCs to replace. Eventually, this hardware WILL be replaced as systems breakdown or become infected by malware as vulnerabilities are discovered that won't be patched, and as antivirus companies stop support for XP (which will happen someday). So pay now or pay later, but these companies WILL pay for new hardware. Smart companies phase things in to minimize the burden of a huge upfront expense.

      Also, Win 7 Pro has XP mode for running legacy apps. This is free with Win 7.

      "if it works just right, why change it?"
      The best malware does not make itself aware that it is on your system. When vulnerabilities go unpatched, and malware finds its way into your company with no visible signs that it is present, Good Luck to you old Mr. Dinosaur. No go back to your Windows 3.1 machine, Sony Walkman, and VCR too :)

    • dragonmouth
      March 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      To you it may look like procrastination. I don't know how it is at your company but, where I worked, we never had the time to go back and re-write any programs because we were always creating new programs/systems and trying to satisfy the users' every whim.

      The situation with upgrading XP to some thing newer is similar to Y2K. Everybody new for centuries that Year 2000 is coming but did anybody rewrite their programs to accept a 4 byte date field? NOOOO! They all waited (procrastinated) till the last three, four years of the millennium to do anything about the problem. Then they sent their entire software inventory to Y2K conversion mills. I would not be surprised if "XP conversion" shops started proliferating in the near future.

      Actually, creating security updates for XP should be easier than for Vista, 7 & 8 because after 13 years most of the vulnerabilities in XP supposedly have been found and fixed by Microsoft. The newer O/Ss still have many surprises left for one and all. M$ could postpone the killing of XP like they did once before but they want to kill XP because it is no longer making money for them. With XP dead, M$ can sell tens of millions of copies of their new O/Ss as well as copies of other software. I wonder how many corporate customers decide that since they have to rewrite their entire software inventory, they might as well "upgrade" to non-M$ operating systems and applications?

  21. William B
    March 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Clean install without a doubt. You'll hate yourself if you don't!

  22. Jim
    March 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    There are some of the folks out there that will still not upgrade, because of older equipment. And it's not in their budget to get a new machine to work with. For them, stuck with the older machine. Could you go about telling them to getting the server pack for winXP, that way they could run xp as the base system, set up a VM (virtual machine) to run the mint/unbuntu thru. Or they have a another option, dual boot, or run a USB option. An example is I have a Compaq Presario V5000, that has no hard drive that operates on Mint, with a usb memory stick, of 8gb. Works nice, still a slug of a machine, But for an old one, one core, works fine for internet, mail, movies and such. Your local geek should be able to help, and you could refresh the instructions on how to do it for those who are new.

  23. Dennis
    March 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    My dad is still using Windows ME! He won't let us update his computer either. He knows how to work it, so it has to stay that way. I don't worry about him getting a virus because he only reads email if you call and say "I sent you an email" and he won't look up anything on the web, he'll call me and ask me to look it up.

    • billy.elliott
      March 8, 2014 at 7:31 am

      I experience the same type of obstinence with my mother...

      I've been unable to convey the S E R I O U S vulnerabilities, so I just employ one scare tactic after another... ( to no avail)

  24. Dan
    March 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I'm amazed that this was actually published. There are other options for those using XP. Upgrading is ONE option. Do your research, read your constituents own articles, and don't make blatent statements till you have. This is rediculous.

  25. Zoran N
    March 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    In our small office we have 5 PC's. All of them are powerd by WinXP (some Pro, some Home).

    And it will remain so until some of those computers dies. So, no hardware upgrade, no OS "upgrade".

    When someone say that this will make us unsafe, since we will continue to use "unpatched" OS, I just think how it is possible that XP is still so unpatched, 15 years after start, after 3 service packs and after hundreds of various patches?!?

    Anyway, leaving XP unsupported, will not be so good for other Windows users: it is possible that even they will suffer from increasing number of malware or "XP bot army".

    My suggestion to Microsoft: make XP open source!

    • dragonmouth
      March 7, 2014 at 1:23 am

      "My suggestion to Microsoft: make XP open source!"

      Will never happen! IF M$ opens up XP, then all the code they "borrowed" will be exposed. Appropriation of intelectual property without the owner's permission is an actionable offense.

    • Misha J
      March 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

      @dragonmouth That was my point exactly!

      On the other side, XP is still fast, cute and efficient OS demanding no special resources and my opinion is that catch is in it.
      Who would buy those oversized systems that support Aero and the
      rest of the graphic that sucks memory? Let us do not forget that M$ is involved in many hardware companies as well.

      So, verdict is clear as a new day - more $$$$$ that will be used for
      promotion and distribution of poisonous vaccines to Third World

      What a paradox!
      Give them vaccines but never (never incidentally) low cost OS that will help
      them develop. What is M$ - World Health Organization?

      Come on, what a BS!

  26. Richard Palmer
    March 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I've still got a machine running XP, just in case, but I haven't needed to use it for some years having switched to Linux.

    My suggestion, go to and download the iso image of a selection of appealing looking systems that offer live CD/DVD versions. If you can place the iso on a solid state drive (usb key or disk) using uNetbootin you'll save some time and wasted DVDs.

    Find the Linux installations that work with your hardware then install the one you like the look of.

  27. Robert
    March 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    It's time for everyone to move on to Linux. It installs on any/all machines, includes all drivers needed. It's also FREE, and there are Free Apps for everything Window$ has. European municipalities are converting for the cost alone, plus the FREE support.

    • George
      March 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      I used to keep trying, but every time I installed one or another distro and put a DVD in the drive it just didn't play. At that point aunty Mabel would have just reinstalled Windows XP.
      Instead, I just built a Hackintosh and never looked back in four years and now also use a completely free OS, Mavericks.

    • Robert
      March 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Old hardware may not come with a DVD player but a CD player. There are many flavors of LINUX, and most are made to support old hardware as well as new. Linux has always worked for me when Windows failed.

  28. kl
    March 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Older pcs cannot upgrade to even Win 7 due to hardware
    constrainsts according to MS's own compatibility diagnosis
    program. I plan going to Linux Mint, very easy to install and use.

  29. A41202813GMAIL
    March 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thank You, But No Thank You.

    I Do Not Care APRIL 9 Is Coming.

    I Have Not Installed Any Newer M$ Updates Since The SUMMER Of 2009 - 4 Years And Counting.

    For Me, What Is Going To Change, In The Next Few Weeks ? - Nothing.


    • Jay
      March 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Good for you.... My brother has XP and changing to a newer Windows OS would require getting a larger hard disk and most of his software programs would not work and Windows 7 would be so slow with existing CPU... so if something happens (he has his files, photos, documents, music, etc backed up) then a new computer will be purchased. By that time it may come with Windows 15 ???

    • Ray
      March 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      RE: For Me, What Is Going To Change, In The Next Few Weeks ?

      - You are going to be running a O/S that is not secure and you can be sure that hackers will exploit these security vulnerabilities on your PC. Hope you don't do online banking or buying.

    • George
      March 6, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      You're right. Just remember the Millennium scare.
      As far as Rays answer, that you're running an O/S that's not secure: You're ALWAYS running one that's not secure, hence the updates from Microsoft almost every day on Win8.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      March 7, 2014 at 10:32 am


      Tell Him To:

      A - Have 2 External Copies Of Everything Important,

      B - Change The XP Firewall Settings To 'No Exceptions',

      C - Use An AV Religiously Updated Every Single Week.


    • A41202813GMAIL
      March 7, 2014 at 10:40 am


      What Did You Not Understand With '4 Years And Counting' ?

      And, Yes, I Browse The Internet Every Single Day.

      Do Not Worry, I Refuse To Use Anything Other Than Hard Cash.

      No Plastic Money, No Online Money, I Even Refuse To Use Checks.

      I Use Brick And Mortar, And Only Do Business Face To Face.


  30. Alex K
    March 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I have Windows XP and ain't gonna change it for all the hype about Windows 8.
    It's just as Vista - an interim OS. I could as well wait for Windows 9 which could be as good as Windows 7. Besides many antiviruses (like Emsisoft or Malwarebytes) offer extended support of XP for 2 more years at least. And these software programs rank higher than Microsoft Essentials.

    • Rafael
      March 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Antivirus doesn't stop security vulnerabilities from being exploited.

    • dragonmouth
      March 7, 2014 at 1:16 am

      Windows Updates do not seem to stop security vulnerabilities from being exploited, either. Or they create new vulnerabilities.

  31. Iohm T
    March 6, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Ahh. It's about time.
    I was a big Win XP fan once.
    I was surprised they will only be decommissioning it just now.

  32. Samarcia M
    March 6, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Just tell us to buy a new system because most times the new OS cant work with an XP system because there is problem getting drivers. Both from manufacturers and Microsoft

  33. m
    March 6, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Most hardware that came with XP can only support 32 bit OS and has insufficient RAM & video hardware to support Win 7 or Win 8.

    XP OS + Apps might be 10 GB
    Win 7 installed with out ANY additional app is at least 15 GB

    For the novice, the aggravation & cost is probably greater than buying a Chromebook.

  34. Kevin
    March 6, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Once again the fact that Windows 8/8.1 comes with a desktop environment, as well as the tiles, is being left out of the article. Why?

    • Christopher M
      March 6, 2014 at 2:59 am

      @Kevin, its the very first recommendation in the article...

      Perosnally I have used Ubuntu as a work OS, and Windows 7 as an everyday use environment. Ubuntu is very easy to use on a new PC, and has a Windows like feel to it once you learn your way around,

    • Danny S
      March 6, 2014 at 4:27 am

      I understand your point, Kevin. I mentioned the traditional desktop as well when people were complaining about Windows 8 when it first came out, but people are still fixated on that as it's something (different) they see all the time.

      Imagine how people who are still on XP will feel about Windows 8. Do you think they won't be fixated on the tiles? I wish they didn't but they probably will be.

  35. Marco Antonio
    March 6, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Today there are plenty of modern, sophisticated, stable, usable, reliable operating systems to use. I would recommend using Linux, and specially Manjaro Linux. I used to use Ubuntu, then Debian, then passed on to SolusOS, and now I am in love with Manjaro. It is sufficiently user friendly, there is a lot of documentation, and it should more than suffice your computing needs as a regular user.

    The only thing may be if you are an extreme gamer, you may have to overcome some difficulties, but you always have Play On Linux, etc. Give it a try!

  36. Robert
    March 6, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Dont install Linux Ubuntu on a windows computer, it does not have the drivers for wifi, I purchased a copy of a dvd installed it and lost my wifi connection. Until Linux Ubuntu supports wifi out of the box I will stay away from it.

    • Moe Safadieh
      March 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Never had problems with Linux Ubuntu and my Wi-Fi, plus you bought a DVD? Why not just download the latest version from

    • Joe
      March 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Linux supports a very wide variety of all types of hardware including wifi - maybe even yours - if you look for support on various forums,

    • Bniedem M
      March 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

      UBUNTU is a 'free' and very good operating system. I have been using UBUNTU for many years and never found any problems with drivers and/or programs.
      My advice is: DO install Linux Ubuntu and learn how to use it!

    • Matthew O
      March 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Like they have been saying, just download the latest version of whatever Ubuntu flavor you prefer. And for wifi problems, it's not Ubuntu's fault, but the proprietary drivers that aren't available out of the box but need to be loaded later on. There is a relatively painless way of doing so with the driver manager that takes care of restricted drivers. Specifically in my experience over the years with Linux distros, it's Broadcom wifi adapters that are the issue as they restrict their drivers. Generally it's an easy remedy using the driver managing tool I mentioned, or loading the Linux compatible driver sets for your specific adapter via Synaptic Package Manager. It can all seem difficult but it's rather simple thanks to the extensive documentation and forums all easily found and sorted by simple Google searches.

    • Robert
      March 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      How am I supposed to download and install the drivers for my wifi card if I dont have an internet connection? I did an experiment and installed it on my MacBook pro, it had no problem reading my Airport card, I had a wifi connection. But on the Windows Machine, it could not read my card, I had to reinstall W7 and there was no problem with wifi. Why should I go through the hassle of finding the drivers for ubuntu????? It makes no sense. Get your act together people.

    • ctglahn
      March 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Many wifi drivers ARE included Linux right out of the box, and the ones that aren't can be installed using a utility built into Ubuntu (NDISwrapper) if you have the Windows driver disk for the wireless card. I use Linux Mint 14 on 3 of my laptops, and have never had problems with the drivers not being found. The last time I had wifi driver issues in Ubuntu was release 9.10 .

  37. Said Bakr
    March 6, 2014 at 1:48 am

    We have should notice an important factor. Hardware performance with Windows 8. I don't think that the majority of computers that already run Windows XP able to run Windows 8 smoothly.

    As a simple hint, If you are not attached with certain software that could be run only on Windows or there is no alternatives for its functionality, you would have to consider Ubuntu Linux. You may able to get some help about alternate software for linux from

  38. Jerry
    March 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I upgraded my laptop to Windows 7 . Because of some hardware protocol, I can't update my video driver. I'm stuck at 800X600.

    • Andrea G
      March 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      That doesn't make much sense, Windows 7 has built-in support for a huge amount of hardware. What laptop did you install it on?

    • Jerry
      March 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Dell 600 series. It's a hardware protocol. I don't remember the exact acronym

  39. Roger G
    March 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    what if you have a 32 bit system? any suggestions?

    • Cutler C
      March 6, 2014 at 12:28 am

      32 bit windows 7 is pretty good, and most linux distributions have 32bit versions as well.

    • Jade
      March 6, 2014 at 12:46 am

      RE: Roger " Microsoft and many other OS providers make both 32 and 64 bit OS, so if your running 32 then that's what you'll want to get."

    • Don
      March 6, 2014 at 1:49 am

      Roger G, most linux distributions come in 32 and 64 bit flavors. That was easy :).

    • James V
      March 6, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Go to and find a 32 bit OS. Hit "search" in the upper corner and you'll go to a "chooser" page where you can find something that fits your hardware and likes. If you have an old machine Lubuntu would work, or Bodhi if you like eye candy. If it's really old, has like 256M memory for instance, try Puppy.

    • Danny S
      March 6, 2014 at 4:28 am

      It shouldn't matter whether your system is 32-bit or 64-bit -- Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux all support both. So, no difference.

    • dragonmouth
      March 7, 2014 at 1:11 am

      "So, no difference."

      Yes, difference. More and more Linux distros are dropping their 32-bit versions. And as we all know, 64-bit O/S will not run on a 32-bit machine.

    • Anon
      March 31, 2014 at 2:57 am

      You'll often see 32 bit listed as x86. This is the same thing. 11

  40. Davin Peterson
    March 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    HP is selling new PCs with Windows 7 installed.