R.I.P Windows XP, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Unfortunately, this is not a cruel April Fool’s joke. Windows is really ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and there is nothing you can do about it. The world’s second most popular operating system will soon become extinct and it’s time to move on.

Windows XP was released 13 years ago to critical acclaim. The newly-designed GUI made it easier to use your computer while making it look a lot better than its predecessor, Windows 2000. The operating system was also more secure because it was built upon the Windows NT kernel and users were required to activate the OS with a product activation key. The end result was a Windows version that was more stable and efficient than ever before.

XP quickly became the OS of choice for companies all around the globe. At its peak in popularity, over 76.1% of consumers were running Windows XP on their computers.  This trend has remained steady until today and according to NetMarketShare, 27.69% of computer users are still using Windows XP.

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12 years later, XP is still very popular.

Windows support cycles typically last ten years. But because of the popularity of XP, Microsoft decided to offer extended support for two more years. These two years expire on April 8, 2014 and XP users will be left in the dark after that date. PC’s with Windows XP will be unprotected and users should upgrade before it’s too late.

To simplify your transition to a new operating system, Newegg is having a huge sale on software, desktops, monitors, and everything else you need to build a modern PC. So whether you want to take things slow and switch to Windows 7, or be bold and take a leap into Windows 8, Newegg has you covered!

Pay your respects to Windows XP one last time and use it to upgrade on Newegg.com.

21 Responses to R.I.P Windows XP, We Hardly Knew Ye

  1. Rich Reid April 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Thank god. XP has more security patches than the Titanic had rivets, and at this point, I’d feel the same about booting up XP as I would taking a North Atlantic cruise in April on the Titanic.

    • IT professional April 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      And it’s clear you don’t work in an IT department at a large enterprise. XP is still prominent in the world for a reason.

      • Crypto virology consultant April 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

        Also clear he does not know much in the terms of security if he is saying any windows OS has ever not had that issue.

      • Han Solo April 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

        The only place it would be prominent is at Universities in which testing equipment software doesn’t work with anything else. It’s great that it has lasted this long, but like Mr. Reid said it has a plethora of security patches. It’s a dead operating system and needs to go. Windows 8.1 is a great replacement, but most people can’t get past the user interface change.

      • Rich Reid April 1, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

        3rd largest ISP in the U.S. and I loathe XP at this point. A few luddites in my department are still hanging on, as well as some senior execs who are so slow (technologically speaking) that they need a tow rope.

      • ThatGuy April 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

        As much as it sucks, it looks like its time to put together a new image..

      • software developer April 2, 2014 at 6:28 am #

        Reason being that enterprise are too lazy to upgrade until forever unpatched vulnerabilities force them to?

        It’s a nightmare trying to develop new products to support Windows XP. So many holes and bugs.

      • Ben programming April 2, 2014 at 7:20 am #

        You know what’s more scary? I still see win 2000 kicking around in some IT circles.

      • Actual IT Professional April 2, 2014 at 8:04 am #

        XP is still prominent in the world because old people are afraid of change. It’s clearly beyond time to put this dog down.

        Your large enterprise is going to have some serious problems in the next couple weeks it’s still using Windows XP.

  2. Dylan White April 1, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Windows xp is used on servers and for running roaming profiles it was easily configured and a preference to anyone in an it field because of ease of use it had security patches for a reason just wait windows 8 will to if it ever picks up like xp had

  3. Leaf_It April 1, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    XP is still better than Win8, and Win8.1 (though 8.1 was a step in the right direction…)

  4. thatdude April 2, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    R.I.P to the best operating system mane. Still better than 8 and 7…vista just flat out sucks and was a broken os.

  5. jayson April 2, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    they’re all windows. newer version always better.

  6. Chris L. April 2, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    I have a brand new Windows 8.1 laptop next to me and I still tend to boot up the old and slow XP machine more often because I can simply get more work done more efficiently on that platform than I can on Windows 8.

  7. I don't know anything April 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    7 is the new XP. I get seriously frustrated every-time I roll into work and see that XP Vortex BG staring at me lifelessly and the solid Tetris block toolbar. I need the turtle ship of 7!
    XP had a good run, and as the title says “R.I.P”.

  8. JIMBOB April 3, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    To me, Windows 7 is rock solid but I will always remember using XP and how much I enjoyed the experience.

  9. Notofthiswar (@Notofthiswar) April 3, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    Personally I can not stand windows XP myself but I am only 24. I did use XP at some point when I was younger and I suppose it was alright but after having Vista and then windows 7 windows XP sucked. However windows XP Is the last to have outlook Express which supported Stationary. No other windows allows this and no 3rd part Email works right with it. its bull crap as my Mom makes them and they are Very well done and they kept her busy. I will say Windows 8 of any kind is a pile of junk. Its worse then windows Vista. Who ever thought of the idea of putting windows 8 on desktops needs to be fired and never work again. Everyone is just going to use windows 7 now. there is no windows 9 yet and we do not even know if they will make 9 like we all want it to be like. Exactly like windows XP and 7 and nothing like windows 8. but with better performance

  10. Matt M April 3, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    I realize that many people upgrade fairly regularly, though i notice that many people commenting on this are saying that it’s because “blah blah old people.” there is a good amount of people i am sure that haven’t upgraded simply because it’s not in their budget, or cannot afford to. While many people in IT and tech departments surely can, many others used to have factory jobs making decent money, now they are unemployed, or disabled. Does a rising poverty rate, or unemployment rate affect how often people spend $100′s of dollars on computer hard or software? I believe it does. Currently, I am using a laptop with windows 8.1, and looking back i notice that while i have 16 gb of memory installed, during the days of XP that would unstoppable. However, on this platform it is barely enough to play games. I like the operating system, but it’s just not enough, it’s too demanding, leaving too little to use for other things. I’m sure that hardware will catch up, as it always does. Then I look at my mother, who has windows XP, installed on a computer, she can afford a new PC, but isn’t sure what options she needs, I help her where i can, but her biggest fear isn’t a new OS, but rather the diminishing amount of removable drives, such as disc drives. This makes her choices less, and those that remain more costly. The point I’m trying to make is, some people aren’t just afraid of change, but some would be losing function.

  11. Jack April 3, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    I never had trouble with any of the Window’s operating systems after Win 95. I used XP for many years, then I used vista for 2 years without a single problem, I have used Windows 7 for the past two years again with no problems and I recently built a new PC with Windows 8.1 on it, and I have to say it is awesome, I love it. It’s so much faster to find and open what I want, I have the metro screen groups set up with Web Development, Software Development, and Productivity groupings so I know exactly where they are, hit the windows key and click the one I want, alt+tab to others. It is actually very easy to use and in no way hinders my productivity. The only thing I will say about it from a negative perspective is if you don’t know where it is at first, it’s very hard to find out how/where to shutdown the computer. Sure it still needs some tweaks, but I agree that people need to move on. It’s never good to get stuck in a rut.

  12. Ben April 3, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    People hate on 8.1 so much, but I really can’t seem to find their issues. The interface is new. That’s a fact of evolving technology and we can’t get around that. I still remember 95 and have used everything in between and I think 8.1 is perhaps the best release yet. The interface took getting used to and admittedly could have been better implemented, but in security and performance it has no match. As long as desktop mode is still supported in full (as it is still in 8.1), then usability is what you make it. Rarely do I use metro for things other than Netflix and I get along just as well as ever using my desktop. The introduction of the start screen and metro apps has not diminished productivity in any way. I will grant that some configurations are weird now, but weird is not bad. It’s a new thing to learn and explore. And anyone who claims that 8 is worse than Vista needs to be examined. It’s no contest. Vista was the worst thing to happen to Windows. Perhaps this new release of the MS-DOS source will inspire a new age of open-source Microsoft where extinct (aka unprofiting) operating systems can be released to public maintenance.

  13. Mike May 15, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    Unfortunately my PC provider can no longer supply PCs with XP or W7, so I got stuck with some new W8 machines. As a C programmer who started on UNIX/LINUX I don’t know where to start with the shortcomings of W8. Probably the fact that DOS is now gone. There isn’t even a decent word processor or ANY spreadsheet included like with XP (nor does it allow you to easily export your old programs). And most of all they give you no reasonable control over your own hard drive space, even the document space!! You can’t even add new folders to the “This Computer” or “This PC” directory or whatever they decide to change it to next week. To me it is like Gibbs trying to build a boat with playskool plastic tools. They make it exceedingly easy to shop, socialize and browse the internet, but anything else useful (creating web pages, programming, mailing programs, accounting, even running the built in Calculator) is like wrestling with a hippopotamus. I’ve already started swapping out the OS on our 10 new machines to vintage copies of XP (cheap on e b a y) W7 and Linux.

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