Users Still Not Willing to Abandon Windows XP

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by hogndog, Apr 8, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. hogndog

    hogndog Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Posts:
    628
    Location:
    In His Service
  2. nosirrah

    nosirrah Malware Fighter

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Posts:
    561
    Location:
    Cummington MA USA
    When Windows 7 came out MS had to choose between allowing a full upgrade from XP (would lock XP users to 32 bit and create a support nightmare as apps stopped working) or force a regular install knowing that migration this way is a big PITA and a lot of people would not want to do it.

    Looking back maybe the only real solution would have been have a 7 64 pro or higher feature where while installing 7 your existing XP install would be pushed into a XP mode VM. This would allowed a move to 64 bit AND a more painless transition.

    Its way too late now though.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013
  3. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Posts:
    17,042
    Yes indeed, I am one of them. I will upgrade when hardware replacement forces the issue. But why bother now.

    Everything I need still runs fine on XP, with the right security apps, I feel every bit as secure. When I see all the problems people report inevitably it is on a x64 system.

    As to retiring XP and no more windows updates, so what. I haven't done a windows update in 2 years. Everything is fine and a weekend of scanning 4 machines with 2 scanners showed zero hits.

    Pete
     
  4. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Posts:
    1,439
    Windows XP was the best version of Windows Microsoft ever made. Windows 7 is much better. People are shunning Windows 8 in droves.
     
  5. Wild Hunter

    Wild Hunter Former Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2012
    Posts:
    1,375
    After 2014, everybody staying on XP will have to deal with the issues without any help from Microsoft. :p
     
  6. Boost

    Boost Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2007
    Posts:
    1,293
    Yup I'm one of them and have no issues or worries.
     
  7. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Posts:
    17,042
    That's the beauty of XP. I haven't had any issues.
     
  8. Given the turnover rate in this market, the new computer and OS you buy today will be obsolete in a couple years. And the security issues will remain mostly unchanged, because software developers are still playing the same old bug-chasing game. A lot of people probably think, "Why even bother upgrading if it won't change anything?"

    And you know what? I can't blame them for that. Even if it comes back to bite them.
     
  9. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Posts:
    17,042
    Curious how this can come back to bite me?

    Pete
     
  10. Sully

    Sully Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2005
    Posts:
    3,719
    I thought support actually ended on November 20, 1985? You mean to tell me they had support this whole time? sheesh.

    ;)

    On a more serious note, its sad to think that there are millions of people who actually depend on microsoft for such things. I am thankful I rarely need anything in way of support from them. Makes things like EOL a non-issue.

    Sul.
     
  11. xxJackxx

    xxJackxx Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Posts:
    4,047
    Location:
    USA
    And you may not. What you will likely start seeing after Microsoft ends support is that it will be hard to find new 3rd party software that will run on XP. If that is not a concern then it does not matter. If you want to run the latest and greatest of anything else, you will likely need a newer OS.
     
  12. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Posts:
    17,042
    So far that has only been an issue with Microsoft Office 2013. Time will tell. I think that will mainly depend on how many people abandon XP at that point in time.
     
  13. Mman79

    Mman79 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Posts:
    2,016
    Location:
    North America
    The likely good news to come out of this is that, eventually, even hackers will stop caring about XP :p Honestly though, move to 7 if you can. There are several things I liked more about XP than 7, but if you want new software and not have to worry about abandon-ware or doing this and that work-around, you're going to have to move up at some point.
     
  14. The Red Moon

    The Red Moon Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2012
    Posts:
    3,871
    What is the user base of XP.
    Im sure it must be one of the most used operating systems in the world with a strong following.
    Microsoft are taking a big gamble in stopping support for XP as this may sway either way.
    1.XP users will be forced to newer OS.So this could be a marketing ploy to bump up the numbers for windows 7 and 8.

    2.The large majority of XP users will dump microsoft altogether and use alternative systems.

    Time will tell.
     
  15. Kirk Reynolds

    Kirk Reynolds Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2011
    Posts:
    224
    It'll eventually come to the point where the user will have to drop XP and use another os just to surf the web, but I don't know how far off that is. Surely the average user will have moved on long before that time comes.

    The only thing that I miss from XP is native DirectSound3D. From a headphone gamer's perspective it's been a bit of a regression in terms of positional audio cues and spatialization after MS removed the audio HAL and deprecated DirectSound. If you're a headphone user playing games nowadays, you usually have to set Windows speaker config accordingly (5.1/7.1) and rely on your audio hardware/software to virtualize the pre-mixed multi-channel audio that the games sends it, something that onboard audio doesn't do on it's own, just so that you can get down mixed virtual surround over headphones. 3D audio is better than virtual surround.
     
  16. Wild Hunter

    Wild Hunter Former Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2012
    Posts:
    1,375
    Gamble? They already extended support for XP, they can't keep supporting it indefinitely and if XP users move on to alternative systems after 2014... so what? IMO, XP from an economic perspective means only one thing for MS these days: costs (marked to end in 2014, with no more returns).
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013
  17. JRViejo

    JRViejo Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Posts:
    20,926
    Location:
    U.S.A.
  18. Wild Hunter

    Wild Hunter Former Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2012
    Posts:
    1,375
    And a big portion of those "users" still using XP never bought a license anyway.
     
  19. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Posts:
    7,779
    For MS, it's time to move on, beyond XP. XP has been supported longer than any of their OS's I think.. for an unbelievably long time. I would have expected them to drop support much sooner, to be honest. I think it's completely reasonable. Apparently they will also support 7 forever too. I don't see any problem...
     
  20. JRViejo

    JRViejo Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Posts:
    20,926
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Kerodo, this Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search page details the start and end support dates of most Microsoft products. Just FYI.
     
  21. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Posts:
    7,779
    Good to know, thanks JR...
     
  22. JRViejo

    JRViejo Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Posts:
    20,926
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Kerodo, you're welcome! Take care.
     
  23. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Posts:
    8,028
    Location:
    Lloegyr
    Talking of older 3rd party apps, there is always OldApps. ;)
     
  24. NGRhodes

    NGRhodes Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2003
    Posts:
    2,331
    Location:
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Would be interested to know if that proportion any different to the proportion of pirated Vista or Win 7 (or even Win :cool: ?

    Cheers, Nick
     
  25. Which is where security problems really start to rear their heads. Outdated third party apps pretty much == insecure system.
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.