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Could Someone Else Save Windows XP?

Monday, November 18th, 2013 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management
 
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John  from Hamilton, IL writes:

Is there any possibility someone other than Microsoft might save the program if Microsoft doesn’t see the value of it?  

The one-word answer to that question would be “no.” But let me explain, Microsoft owns all the rights to XP and it’s not really that they don’t see the value of it, they just feel that after more than a decade it’s time to move on. There have been three new operating systems since XP was introduced (Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.)  XP isn’t compatible with a lot of new software and there are security issues.

 

Tim Rains from Microsoft pointed out in a recent blog post, “The security mitigations that Windows XP Service Pack 3 has, they were state of the art when they were developed many years ago.  But we can see from data published in the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report that the security mitigations built into Windows XP are no longer sufficient to blunt many of the modern day attacks we currently see.  The data we have on malware infection rates for Windows operating systems indicates that the infection rate for Windows XP is significantly higher than those for modern day operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.”

It’s hard for a 12-year-old operating system to keep up with current security threats.  Just in the way that manufacturers stop making parts for appliances and automobiles after a period of time, Microsoft would rather concentrate their efforts towards the future focusing on devices like tablets and services like SkyDrive.

If you have an XP machine, it is time to start planning your migration to a new operating system.

~ Cynthia

 

 

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3 Responses to “Could Someone Else Save Windows XP?”

  1. Clara Gordon says:

    I have a DEll Mini 10 windows XP and we tried to install windows 7 .The installation was good but now we can’t do anything it is too slow plus some of the programs won’t work. Can you please help ?

  2. Karen says:

    Why is Windows 8 so much slower than XP? My new computer is a whole lot slower than the old XP. Have yet to add more than 3 programs to it. Had it since May and still hate the OS. I even did the new 8.1 update. WHOA was that a mistake. Thank goodness I had done a back up before doing so. AS it totally locked my computer and the blue screen finally said to reinstall from disk!!! My machine is an HP Envy dv6 with Intel core i5-3210R 2.5 ghz
    6 GB ram…Should FLY!!! But is so slow I sometimes think at boot up that I didn’t turn it on!! Some programs are so slow to load… I think it isn’t working and click on it again. SLOWWWWWWWWWW
    My XP with 1/2 what the Win8 has under the hood is twice as fast and has a whole lot more on it. I wished to hell I had not bought it and just stayed with my XP and had a new hard drive installed.(it is getting weak!)

  3. Bill Phillips says:

    Got to agree with everyone that Win 8 is just.. no.. good. I have a Quad Core machine with 6 gigs of RAM that used to run XP Pro SP3. I finally bought Win 8 and what a mistake I made there. XP was fast…very fast. It only consumed 3.4 gigs of my hard drive with a new install. Win 8 takes 14 gigs with a new install. I tried Win 8.1 to get my start button back but it failed to do so. It bloated the OS to almost 30 gigs!! Talk about “slow”. It took 24 seconds longer to boot than XP did. It wasn’t as “peppy to use. Windows that used to “snap” open now dragged. My USB wireless adapter no longer worked. Had a search and search to find a driver then after I got it to work my internet was slower. I almost had to learn how to use a computer all over again. I know of a few people that bought new computers that have Win 8 and they are completely lost. They are sorry now that they bought the new computers. You would think that Microsoft learned a lesson with VISTA about drastic changes to an OS. I’ve used LINUX in the past. And if it ever comes to the point in the future where all I can use is WIN 10, 11, etc. and have to deal with an OS like Win 8 I will go back to LINUX. I know LINUX is a free “novelty” OS but compared to WIN 8 it’s a breath of fresh air.

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