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Microsoft says it's really time to dump Windows XP thru this clever infograph

The sunset for Windows XP is approaching and if you have not left the operating system that launched twelve years ago – it is really time to move on now. Next month, support will be cut for the platform and your PC will become vulnerable to the terrible wrath of internet diseases and attacks. If you are feeling a bit stubborn and are digging your heels into the dirt, checkout this infograph that Microsoft launched on their developer network – it may change your mind.

To start, Microsoft wants to remind you of the obvious fact that Windows XP is going to be twelve years old and will no longer have customer support. In essence, this means that the company will not be supporting you with hotfixes or service packs in the future, and if any further vulnerabilities are found – you are on your own.

Microsoft compared the operating system infection rate for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8; the test discovered that Windows XP had the highest infection rate compared to any other 21 century operating system released by the Redmond based company.

For businesses, Microsoft also wants to remind the cost to maintain an out of date operating system can be “very expensive” compared to Windows 7 and Windows 8. In addition, the slower performance that Windows XP delivers can affect productivity and, as everyone knows, time is money.

For consumers looking to make the switch to Windows 8, you can simply head down to your local electronics store and pick up a copy of the software. If you are not a fan of Windows 8, which we hope you are, you can pick up a copy of Windows 7 instead.

Businesses looking to upgrade should look at the various programs offered by Microsoft for easy migration including “The Windows XP Migration Jumpstart Offering” and “Premier Support Migration Accelerators”.

Do you work for a company that still uses Windows XP? Show them the above info graph and see if you can help move them forward!

Source: MSDN; via WinBeta

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Microsoft says it's really time to dump Windows XP thru this clever infograph

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True. It's still used by many software geeks and computer tweakers, I'll always respect this OS for we could never see W8 without XP.

ME was the final revision of the 9x core OS. (windows 1-3.1 and 95, 98, ME)

2000 was also just a revision, but based on the NT kernel (nt 3.1 through windows 8.1)

There is also the Embedded system (CE and Windows Mobile, WP7-7.8)

And now Windows RT (and related WP8) for low power non-X86 architecture. 

Mm, the speed of Windows 8 is a greatly understated feature. But hey, pretty colours and fancy gestures are what enterprises want as far as Microsoft's marketing team seem to be concerned. =P

I also boot have Ubuntu 12.04 that booted up faster than win7 by a mile, once I installed win8 that boots up way faster than Ubuntu or Windows 7

 

while I have updated two of my systems I am keeping one on XP for the simple fact I have several programs I use that DO NOT run on 8 or 7. but 8 does run faster than XP. But. you have to admit XP was a hello of a ride. I will always have a spot for XP.

 

I never ran XP. I went straight from Windows 2000 to Vista. I never ran 7, I went straight from Vista to 8. I did use 7, and it was pretty darn decent! Even bought a copy, but by the time I got around to installing it 8 was out. :-)

Nah, get Windows 8.
Most people don't know that you can use W8 in almost the same way as W7... just stick to the desktop. Some seem to think that you have to use the Start screen, you don't.

Agreed.  I'm using Windows 8.1 and love it.  It took a couple of days to get used to it, but now I see no reason whasoever to go back to W7.  I spend 99% of my time in desktop mode.  In fact I boot to it.

It only took you a couple of days to get used to it? What!? No way! According to all the tech "journalists" it is sooooo confusing and soooo difficult to learn. You're a frigging genius! You must be very proud.

All kidding aside, it is extremely easy to learn, and I see no reason why, if a company is still on XP, why they shouldn't leapfrog Win7 and go right to 8.1. And with the updates planned for this spring, it should be a no brainer. Of course, there is always Vista (the most unfairly maligned Windows OS ever produced).

That's still true to some degree, my mother has switched to Windows 8 since she purchased a new laptop and she's never really gotten used to it. She still gets annoyed by it and sometimes frustrated even though she's been using it for over a year. So to many people (especially those who aren't tech-savvy,) Windows 8 is confusing. With that being said, she still did say that it wasn't as bad as she read.

And the new update, thanks to all the haters, brings more stuff to the desktop. So while W7 is better than XP and prefer it, I prefer W8 over all.

There are two big things I miss from 7 in 8.1:

Recent document list off pinned items on the Start menu

Universal Search. I know this is also related to Office 2013, but 7 with Office 2010 allowed me a single search point that would include email, files, OneNote content, programs and settings. Now I have to search three places for the same thing.

I still feel the Start Screen is a distraction when using desktop mode, but I would have a hard time going back to 7 now.

I need XP to run software that are incompatible with 7 or 8. These software are essential and have no upgrade path or alternatives.

How does virtualizing XP solve the problem? The issue is not the hardware so regardless if you run physical or virtual the problem still exists as long as you are running XP.

It doesn't solve the security issue, but does make it easier to fix. All you'd have to do is recreate the virtual disk and you're good to go. All your files would still be on the physical disk running 7 or 8, and the newer OS would be immune to the older vulnerabilities in Windows XP.

This. I recall there even being an XP mode for Win7 on launch, and now with Hyper-V preloaded into Windows 8, all it takes is the flip of a switch and a reboot and you can run it through that.

Or VirtualBox.

Or VMWare.

...Lots of options, I don't get why this is such a popular reason to say "Well, I don't want to update."

What does this software you use on XP do? I find it unlikely that there are not alternatives. Unless it was developed in house or the development was outsourced. In that case the development team needs to get with the times and start supporting the latest OS.

It controls an equipment that costs £400,000 brand new and comes with this proprietary software that was launched for Windows XP, before Vista days.

400,000 is a good argument for not moving. Have you contacted them to see if they will ever be updating? I would push for it. But they may not have the incentive to upgrade the software.

I think it is do-able for any company but that will require firmware changes on the instrument as well as hardware boards to get compatible. I am assuming a company that builds £400,000 worth of instruments, surely has good enough reason to not move away from XP compatibility.. but what do I know.

Its unwise to buy such expensive equipment and not have an agreement with the manufacturer to provide updated OS compatibility for the life of that equipment.

Its not like you could not foresee that XP will not last forever.

 

Ahhhh. Medical stuff. The one area where you can walk into a doctors office and find them still using Windows 2000 at times. That explains things.

Upgrade to Win7 or 8 and run a virtural machine with XP for your 'essential' software.

Just a thought... but if it is so essential to how you do business then your business ought to be able to afford to update its software on occasion. Every trade has tools, and all tools have lifespans. A good business makes allowances for this.

if the products you use are only compatable with Windows XP, then the creators must have died or left the programs for good... if theres not a single upgraded verson, its has to be fairly old, and you cant keep using it. Just like WIndows XP itself, its getting old, and is a huge securety risk if you continue to use it. I think its time to upgrade both your OS and your programs.

Perhaps it's time re re-evaluate the software that you "need" and if you do in fact need it and cannot upgrade as a result you can buy extended support from Microsoft for a few thousand dollars a year.

I have a scanner which is redundant now because all my pcs laptops are on 8 and it has no support after vista... Was a nice scanner.... Doesn't even work on compatibility mode :(

I run virtual machine with XP installed just to use my scanner - works very well. The minor annoyance is that I can't scan directly from applications, but hey, good scanner :)

Your best bet: get an old copy of Windows 2000 and virtualize. Windows 2000 needs only 256 MB of RAM to run, and every security blunder it has will be sandboxed, through virtualization.

What happens when there is no possible way to install XP anymore? In honesty there are already machines where its difficult to install windows 7. Installing XP is almost impossible. You'll be stuck on your out of date software with no way of accessing it. On the other hand if you get good quality software, you can still run it. I have software designed for windows 98 that still runs on windows 8.1. I've even managed to get a windows 3.1 program to run (but it required more work)

XP needed to die. It's security is so poor that its commonly used to exploit better versions of windows, it handles 64bit architecture horribly, its memory cap is below standards from ages ago, and it doesn't even have the search/snap features that are commonplace for multitasking workers. People who haven't at least upgraded to 7 need to be forced out of XP

"Tile vertically" snaps windows in XP to a given side. These features have been around a long time but just not as commonly known or readily apparent.

we use WinXP on the pcs of the computer lessons,the os and computers are really old-they still have the fat screen,i will show this to my teacher

I work for Toyota and we just switched to windows 7 this year, after our remodeling. Seeing windows XP in our PC's last year reminded me of my college days downloading from Napster and chatting on AOL...

XP is fine for my kids and will remain that way until the laptops it came on die. Only then will I move them to a newer OS. I don't care what anybody says.

Funny thing is, Windows 8 will probably run better on those laptops, and extend their life (outside of battery replacements).

Windows 8 made my barely useable WinXP netbook a MUCH better machine. Just sayin', in case you're trying to justify saving money.

I installed 8 on my nieces laptop (a hand me down from her mother) and it runs a million times better than XP ever did on it.

I am the IT director for a small company - I oversee about 50 computers, still have about 8 XP machines lingering around. I push for migrating but the resources just aren't there.

I was at the hospital visiting my father and looked down a really long hallway with a row of at least 20 computers all running XP, and thought to myself, it probably is okay as they wouldn't need these to be connected to the internet. Then a nurse came out of a room and went on one of the computers and went to Google. Yup, I take that back!

Are you sure it was XP? I know a home health nurse who has a Panasonic toughbook running Windows 7 enterprise, but it looks nearly identical to XP because of the way it is setup.
If it is XP, find a new hospital. LOL

No, this was XP, no question. I'm sure they have an upgrade plan in place, but it's more than a bit of a concern. Since we have a public health care system in Canada, all the hospitals are more or less in the same boat. At least for each province. It could be a funding issue, but still... scary stuff.

I work at a gas station where they use XP on all the computers. The IT guy hasn't even shown a hint of wanting to switch..

I still have XP sp3 on my desktop and it starts up 20+ second faster than my Windows 7 64bit on laptop. When I need computer fast I turn on Desktop)).. And if you ask I do not have any viruses on Win7 and on XP I have more startup programs (which slows down little bit)

M$ is just trying to initiate a panic to drive sales.
seems a lot like the y2k scaremongering all over again.
how old an OS is shouldn't matter, M$ just isn't making money supporting XP - that's the only reason... money.
Unix does well enough and flavors of that are decades old and still going strong on updates alone.
 

do they support XP more or less than they support 32bit windows applications?
updates to XP these days are usually for .net, malicious software removal tool and the odd IE8 security fix thrown in. I'd expect anyone using XP and connected to the web to using chrome or FF by now.
These updates are probabaly OS agnostic to the extent that XP/ 32bit W7/8 are the same.
I can accept the end of life support for what it is, it's the doomsaying I object to.
 

MS is just letting people know it is ending support and will no longer provide any patches or updates. It's the responsible thing to do. The OS will still run. You will just be more likely to get a virus since there will be many more inpatched vulnerabilities. I got way more infections with XP than 7 or 8 when it was still being patched. The situation will only get worse. Unix still has squads of geeks that create patches for it and keep it going since it is open source. Since XP isn't open source, that won't happen. All I can say is use it at your own risk.

First of all you can stop referring to Microsoft as 'M$', that stopped being funny in the early 2000s'. Second, yeah the age of products do matter. You honestly think XP was designed with the type of security flaws that are common today in mind? Car makers only have a certain warranty on their products because as we all know (with the exception of you) as things age and are used, they stop doing a job as well as when they are new. Simple fact of the matter is, 12 years is an extremely long product lifecycle and Windows XP should have been on its death bed years ago.

Yeah, I'm still running Windows 3.1 on my Hyundai Super 286. But that Windows 8 sure looks pretty. I may add a meg of ram and install it.

I use XP mode on on my Windows 7 x64 desktop.... It's a VM with that runs apps in Windows 7 that cant run under WIndows 7.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-xp...

I have a old scanner that still works perfect (and has great detail) but, is not supported in anything over Windows XP and is not supported under x64. In this case I would have to buy a new scanner JUST because there is no driver support. This allows me to use the scanner fine. Also I have some other older apps and games that have problems under 7/8 and this resolves it.

If you have old apps that you NEED to run under XP, use XP mode and upgrade your system...

Support will die for it soon, I would download it if you think you would need it...

Just because MS ends support, it does not mean it will no longer work. It will run but, you leave yourself open for security problems.

Check out VueScan.  I haven't used it but saw a bunch of positive comments about it.  Basically it lets you use old scanners on newer operating systems, probably with better UI/features than the OEM drivers.

$80 for the one that can do everything my scanner can do now ? Cool item and it supports my scanner but, for $80, I might as well spend the money to get a new scanner. Thanks for pointing it out though.

XP mode is free and works great. When you run it, it's just like your running it on your desktop.

I have used Vueprint and Vuescan with Nikon Slide Scanner CoolScan IV primarily. I now have a CoolScan V with Vuescan. I used to have an old Microtek Artix Di 2010 (yes, it was 8 years old until I ditched it a few weeks ago for a newer Microtek Di 6240S. I'm debating ABBYY versus Omnipage 18+. Has anyone had experience with those two apps?

Michael Archambault, you gotta fix the wording in this sentence:
" If you are not a fan of Windows 8, which we hope you are, you can pick up a copy of Windows 7 instead."

This phrase has two meanings:
1) If you are not a fan of Windows 8, which hopefully is not the case and you are a fan.
2) If you are not a fan of Windows 8, which we hope, because Windows 7 is better (Personal note: this is an example, I love Windows 8).

Gotta fix the wording, or it might seem like it is the meaning #2, which promote Windows 7 rather than 8.

Does anyone find it odd that Microsoft is still "promoting" Windows 7?  I would have thought they'd leave Win7 out of this graphic.

It's for all the people who refuse to learn anything new or adapt to anything other than what they know and love... in this case, the old icon/shortcut-laden desktop.

XP was a great OS. By far, the most stable OS I had used up till then. Just the fact I used it for 10 years tells me it's the best ever. 2011 I migrated to Windows 7, another great OS, but not as great as XP in usability. Went to 8 in 2013. Ever since Update 1, it has been a good OS.

What they need is an ad campaign with Bill Gates and Seinfeld promoting XP. It will instantly make people run away from the thing.

MS take advantage of this opportunity and give a $100 trade in for any new PC or tablet at the MS store. That is what I am waiting on...

Funny that Microsoft itself still advises Windows 7. Seems they know Windows 8 wasn't well received among general users and advise them to move from XP to 8 could backfire. The sooner W9 comes out, the better for those users.

Did you actually look at the infograph? They didn't recommend 7 over 8, rather they mentioned it as an option alongside 8. My guess is that most people still on XP aren't too keen on change so Microsoft decided to remind consumers that upgrading to 7 is still a very viable option as 7 will be a lot more familiar to XP users than 8 will.

You would be surprised how well 7 runs on older hardware.  My organization made the switch not long after 7 came out because it increased the performance of some of our older machines.

With Windows XP I had schedule quarterly re-installs just to ensure it ran smoothly. Add to that the viruses, the adware, the malware, the slow performance, dated file management, horrible boot times, useless start menu, blah, blah, blah. It's 2014 people and those resisters need to get with the times or dinosaur up.

Only now, my company are looking to upgrade to windows 7 lool.

Edit: i see they have not used the American date style - mm/dd/yyyy (as in 04/08/2014). As it could be misconstrued that support expires 4th of august 14. Never understood why you guys had that odd format)... Lol

Win XP, you will not be forgotten by this generation to be one of the defining successful OS no one can argue. Job well done to the development team!

This infographic is giving false perceptions that running xp is all drama and danger and code level red. but let's not forget demographics here. Many people are used to xp. The demographic is becoming older. It's become part of their lives. They know the system in an out and know what foolish things not to. Sure in the grand scheme of things new is probably better and faster, but I think the majority think that business and home use is running fine as it is. And one needs to take into acoount that a new OS means new investments in hard- and software. Windows 8 isn't exactly cheap as is buying new gear in bulk for your company and the home. And in some sense for many people windows 8 probably does have a learning curve. Is the industry prepared to take this loss in productivity costs because of this? And that graph on the OS infection rate is, sorry to say, utterly skewed and one-sided is information details. In my experience windows 7 is not twice as bad in infection rates as windows 8. For goodness sake they are both plainy in basics the same OS only 8 is a bit better rewrite of windows 7 than windows 7 is to XP and Vista. But I am not convinced that the infection rate of windows 7 is over twice that of windows 8. I'm using the same antivirusses on both OS'es and have seen no difference in performance to virus infection rate on both. There must be a bias in the data.

XP was great for it's day, one of Microsoft's best. Windows 7 is also the great one. Windows 8 is good but, still needs time to be at the level Windows 7 or XP was at (you need 3-5 years before we really know what it's like and how it's accepted).

You can still play classic games(DOS based) in XP, that you cant run in Windows 7 or 8.... so still a reason to keep it around...I have a VM for it too...

One does not merely hop on down and buy Windows 8. Updating from XP is expensive, difficult and often impossible due to hardware and driver issues. I have several XP machines that are going strong and cannot be updated. I'm not just gong to throw them out!

But thousands of copies of this xp are already in hands of computers technicians, but most of them is windows 7.

8 is faster than 7, but XP is faster than 8. 8 has so much more functionality it would be literally impossible for it to be faster.

That said XP is prone to decay and needs to be set up properly, so most people don't experience XP at its peak performance.

I retired XP in 2009 when I bought a new Dell laptop running Vista, which was replaced a month or two later with Win7. The first Win8 computer in our house was my daughter's and I was insanely jealous, even though she preferred to run it as Win7, using the desktop.

My first "live tile' experience was my phone. I so wanted to download Win8 for my laptop but my daughter kept reminding me I was taking 20 units in school and had no time for an OS upgrade or anything else to learn. Two hours after turning in my last assignment, I was downloading 8 and have never looked back. I LOVE this operating system (now 8.1, of course)!

They say it takes 3 weeks to make or break a habit and really, that's what daily use of any operating system is -- a habit. Having worked as a sys admin, I can attest to the fact that after 3 weeks, the whining stops as people become accustomed to something new. Windows XP? Kicked ass over the Windows 98, but 8.1 stomps all the predecessors. Get over the infatuation with the desktop as your main screen. Give 8.1 three weeks.

I want to point our one fallacy in this article. No person's PC "will become vulnerable to the terrible wrath of internet diseases and attacks."  All the vulnerabilities that windows XP has now are the same vulnerabilities that it will have when it reaches the end of it's support cycle. You will not become vulnerable. You already are. Its not like microsoft is going to turn off your firewall or something, and services like Norton and Avast will still continue to run properly. Windows XP is a dangerous operating system. It has been for years. Nothing is going to change in April, its just going to stop. You are still going to be proected against all the same threats now, and after the date. Things that are a threat now, will continue to be a threat, and you will have no protection against new threats.

 

It just seems that there is a big misconception about this whole thing. There are no hackers sitting on special hacks, waiting for April 8th to come so they can deploy their malware. If there are any viruses or dangerous software that are going to work on April 8th, then that means they all work now.

This is an infogram aimed at businesses not single users. For a single user to upgrade its very very straight forward. For a large company wanting to upgrade 1000 PC's its not a simple matter of installing the OS on those 1000 PC's. Many large company have software running and working well that may not work on Windows 7 or on Windows 8, you cannot go into a shop and purchase this software. It is most likely a lot of large companies have specialist software installed.

Even if there is an updated version of the software that will run on Windows 7/8 many compaies would still be reluctant to upgrade as a bug in the new software (which is very likely) could cause a large disruption to their business. Even without updating OS's many companies don't like upgrading software if it's currently working well.

There's a ton of other reasons as to why a company will hold off upgrading there PC's operating system.

So for everyone saying how great upgrading is, it is but its not that straight forward for a large company :-)

I have no sympathy for a large company who decided to not update and find a migration strategy long ago.  No excuse.  Microsoft has been saying that XP will be dead on this date for a long time.  If a company's leadership didn't understand the ramifications of dropped support and decided not to address it by either migrating or mitigating risks, then they are in for a real treat and will eventually realize that they have to do something.

There's plenty of excuses as to why a company hasn't switched over. For some reason you seem to think you can just walk into a shop, buy a new air traffic control system, stick a CD in the drive, hit install and everything is ok. No need to run the old and new systems in parallel for a few years, happy days. :-)

No need for Banks to worry, or you to worry about your bank account. They just need to buy some of the shelf basic home Banking app for a few pounds, and install it and double click on the icon and its all cool :-)

And all those millions of ATM machines around the world are suddenly not going to work because they haven't been upgraded yet.

And it doesn't cost a penny to have any of this done and there's no down time at all! Happy days! :-D You'd make brilliant decisions without knowing the risks, happy days! :-D

Anyway who said anything about a company deciding not to upgrade? I don't think you'll find any company who would ever say they won't upgrade. It "can" take some companies a very long time to switch over to a new OS and it always does.

I'm sure it's not straightforward, and I also think there is something to be said for something that "works" (even if using it is actually risky, and inefficient, and whatever else) But these companies have had years to be preparing. I think that if you as a major corporation don't have a strategy that alllows or actually plans for new computers at least every 6 years, then you are doing it wrong. It would be like a taxi cab company that never makes plans to get new taxis meanwhile most of their cars are averaging 300,000 miles on the odometer. Thats what windows XP is. A taxi with 300,000 miles on it.

Most of these companies would in fact upgrade there PC's more often than every 6 years's. Upgrading has nothing to do with the OS's. They wouldn't care if they were still using Windows 95, its the software they are using thats important not the OS. They would rather stay and use an old version that works rather than upgrade to a new version that may not work.

Your example is completely of the mark. There's thousands of cars out there that a taxi company can chose from, but there may once be one or two types of software product specially written that will do the job