The first thing you need to know: Support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. You can get solutions to your Windows XP security issues now, but not for too much longer. If you’re still using Windows XP, you’re missing out on all kinds of security, productivity, and performance enhancements available in Windows 7 and in Windows 8.
If your computer is running Windows XP, you should take action. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP. Learn more about the product lifecycle.
To continue to get support, including security updates and updates to help your computer be more reliable, consider an upgrade sooner rather than later.
If you choose to continue using an unsupported version of Windows XP, Windows will continue to start and run. However, you won’t receive any software updates, including security updates that can help protect your computer. Think of it like an older car with non-working airbags: The car still works, but it’s not the safest ride in town.
Learn more about what it means if your version of Windows is no longer supported
"Think of it like an older car with non-working airbags: The car still works, but it’s not the safest ride in town." Not a good analogy. A better one is to think of it like an older car that is perfectly safe and has years of usefullness left. Then the manufacturer comes over to your house and removes the brakes and tells you to by a new car.
I've given a new life for several older laptops by installing Linux.
Microsoft: Re: your termination of XP. You stink!!!
XP is still the best OS for many people - me included - Microsoft abandoning it is shameful.
I'm totally supportive of Kathleen Townsend's comments, being also a Senior on a very limited income (thanks to Bernie Madoff and Enron debacles!) and I also am happy staying with XP. I've seen and tried to use other platforms, but XP is still my favorite. Let's have some user-friendly support. Thanks, Microsoft.
What happens to XP in Windows 7,when you have the virtual version installed? Can security still be a problem with no updates or fixes?
If MS really wants a significant share of the marketplace which still uses XP to upgrade from XP to Win 7 or Win 8, then why don't they provide an OS upgrade package which does NOT require reinstalling all of ones programs and moving all of ones files to an external hard drive. Shame on MS for forcing such a policy on their loyal customers.!!!!
XP still holds a large market share because customers like it more than the MS successor products. How stupid can any management be that forces their customers to make a significant cost and time outlay only to go from a product liked to one they don't like. This holds true for personal as well as commercial customers. Maybe MS can dismiss the personal marketplace but I know of no CEO who likes being painted in the corner- especially not in this economy.
For the first time in a long time, MS has given incentive for a large slice of the pie to now examine Apple or other alternatives! The MS competitors and other after market vendors are probably over-joyed and applauding MS on their current strategy.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Is MS going to release a disk/cd/dvd with all the XP updates for us that want to keep using XPand may have need to replace corrupt files?
HELLO!!!!! Microsoft----listen to Kathleen Townsend----I contend that she represents a large number of present users---including my wife and me --- who ,at our age, do not want to contend with having to start over with new computers and to learn a much more complicated operating system. We each have our own PCs plus one laptop. My wife is presently on course to buy a new Apple desktop rather than deal with a new PC with Windows 8.
Windows users since 1982
Started with DOS, Still have the discs and book. AND all the Windows programs etc.
Windows XP is a keeper , runs our DOS PROGRAMS with out problems. Windows 8
I understand won't run the DOS Accounting programs we have used since it came out
many years ago..
Not knowing to well enough alone, nothing I would say in writing .....@#@#@#
I now have XP, and W-98. I also like, trust, and believe Rush Limbaugh! Rush is an avid Apple user. What I've read and heard re W-7, W-8, my next will be a Apple product. Need I say more! Bye, Bye MS!
I also loved Windows XP and I am sad to see it be no longer supported.. but with the ever changing tech world we will always need "Always up to date" computers to ward off would be hackers and viruses and the like.. I was reading these comments about someone wanting to use as least amount of Microsoft programs as possible and sticking with open source.. and I think thats a wonderful idea.. but for those who dont like any version of windows beyond XP.. may I suggest a open source operating system that is 100% free to download.. use and distribute?. Give Linux a try.. there are several distributions to try.. the most popular would be www.ubuntu.com .. and www.linuxmint.com.. give 'em a try they are always up today and you receive free updates and upgrades to the O.S for life! I currently run either Ubuntu.. or Linux Mint.. .both are really good alternatives for current Windows XP users and in most cases you dont need to buy a new computer to use them! :)... if any one has questions feel free to Email me at Ladnercomputerrepair@charter,net and I would be happy to help :)
windows xp is the best, lightest, fastest, most popular and safest version of windows so far. ms should continue to support it if they have any business sense, or they may go out of business and their demise will begin- ending their domination of the OS sphere where they made their core business and fortune.
Windows XP is allmost perfect . No need for any other system/