Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/147312/microsoft-is-ending-support-for-windows-xp-in-2014-what-you-need-to-know/
Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 after 12 and a half years of supporting it. Microsoft has gone out of their way to extend support on several occasions, but the 2014 deadline looks like the final one.
Um...slight typo here: "Starting on April 8, 2014, no new security patches for Windows XP will be produced. Windows XP will remain vulnerable as new patches are found..." Shouldn't the second "patches" actually be "vulnerabilities"?
With that niggling detail out of the way, thanks for handling the subject is a sensible manner, offering multiple options instead of saying something draconian like, "Upgrade to Win 8 NOW or else!"
The only thing I would like to know is what Microsoft is going to do about activating Windows XP. Are they going to leave the activation servers online? Or are they just going to make it so people can't activate? I know for companies, it isn't as big of a deal because of volume licenses, but when a home consumer comes to me and asks me to reinstall Windows XP for them with their product key, will I be able to do it?
Microsoft is a bunch of BOOB's, they keep saying xp support is doomed but continue to support it. hell I was under the impression that they had already stopped providing support and updates for it like 2 years ago. if they want me to upgrade to 8 then they can PAY me to do it. if not then I will just stick with XP and 7. hell I use 98 just fine with no updates or support.
I have been a MS user forever, but when support stops for Windows XP, I will switch to
Apple's OS. I have an iPhone, iPod, and iPad so the transition will be painless.
Since my Toshiba laptop is about 4+ years old, a new MacBook looks very appealing.
Microsoft has made, in my opinion, a big mistake in not continuing support for this "workhorse"
of a product.
Chris' advice to switch to Linux is well taken. Let us hope that many Windows users do so !...
Article in a nutshell: Ditch XP, it's got so many security holes that there's more hole than fabric. Get Windows 7. Windows 8. Hell, even get Vista (shudder). Just get rid of the blue taskbar and green Start button.
My point of view: Just get them Lubuntu or Xubuntu, explain that the Software Center is the Play Store/App Store for PCs, and let them live
Microsoft wants users to be using new products... XP is old, and doesn't support their current vision. they want people to embrace the Windows Store, and metro. Hence, they must end the support for an old decaying system...
Never think that you are too clever for malware and vulnerabilities. Trust me - You are Not I hope you don't do any banking on that '98 system.
This article is inadequate. They need to think things through more, not just follow along with the MS marketing. If I have an old pc with Win7, are they telling me I should trash it and buy a new pc, just because Win7 is being retired? If I just use it for email and simple browsing.
Sorry to see it go, but it would be nice to know if that means they are ending support for the home server version of XP as well. Oddly Microsoft, which is energetically pushing its newer products, never got around to mentioning much bout they Home server upgrades. Go figure!
I know of 40 people in my town that not only cannot afford to change their OS but do not like Windows 7 and flat out refuse to even consider the abortion Microsoft foisted off as windows 8. It is all well and good to say you have to stop using a OS every 18 months when you have nothing but money to go and buy new systems, but when you live on fixed incomes, or none of the programs you work with and must have for work, will run correctly on Vista, Windows 7, or that new phone OS.
I rebuild and clean these systems for my clients, I install Zone Alarm, Avast, Spybot, SpywareBlaster, MBAM, SAS, Firefox, Thunderbird on their systems and walk them through their use. I make sure I turn off Automatic Updates for Windows and System Restore. Sitting behind a secure firewall and tough AV they have no need of those updates. Most came to me because of the havoc caused by Windows updates on their systems with their printers not working, their flatbed scanners no longer working, their computer locked in a boot/shutdown loop.
I have friends who say you must update and upgrade and I turn right around and when it comes time to do a cleanup and system backup on their computer, I have to remove gigabytes of adware, scareware, malware, trojans and kayloggers that Windows Defender and Windows Firewall let set up shop on a Windows 7 32 or 64 bit computer. Same with Vista 32 or 64 bit.
My point is simple: Microsoft can force people to upgrade only as far as they can afford to upgrade. Windows XP Home and Pro are still wonderful for everyday use at home and at work, I have three XP's; 2 Home and 1 Pro, all pre-service packs and I have exactly no problems with them. Not like the Vista or Windows 7's my clients bring in on a daily basis that run pure Windows software and no real firewall.
It would seem to me that not only Microsoft will be giving up on XP, but so will those who write viruses. Certainly they will have moved on to bigger and better opportunities. While certainly the threat will not be gone, but it will be greatly diminished. Real threats are not aimed at home users, but companies and governments. The casual user is just collateral damage. I say Grandma can still send email and post Facebook to her hearts content without fear.
I hope you are not putting any personal info like that on any OS.
I am gone (bye bye) and so over Microsoft, got 2 laptops with XP and a Desktop with 7 on it (left). I not moving on with them, I'll keep the desktop with 7 on it till it crashes or Micro quits 7 just for kicks- like to look at boat anchors . I Have 2 IPads, 3IPhones, 2 MACs and in business plan will convert all to MACs this year. 30 years a Microsoft user, I go back to the old Tandy laptop with boot disks. 2 year ago I got my first apple device- after years of asking about and just not doing so - 30 days later I was wondering why I stayed with Microsoft so long. Those MAC's look a little expensive but when you consider the time and effort keeping a Windows operating system running, patches, virus program runs, geek buddy fixes, registry file messes, etc, etc, can't get in-touch with anyone and never a response from any one at Microsoft. Time is money and 8 is not going to get any of my time. I can't even give the old desktop/laptops that run windows away that are stored in garage (Boat Anchors) I guess Microsoft has come full circle back in the garage where they started .Bye Bye Microsoft.
I seriously doubt the virus writers will pass up on such a golden opportunity as all those XP machines sudddenly without support. I visualize them as a herd of hogs lined up at the trough, napkins tucked under their fat, little chins and fork and knife in hoof, eagerly awaiting the bonanza. While the business market for hard core virus writers will be diminished, it will not go away; there still will be plenty of potential targets who will not have switched over yet. And never underestimate the two bit virus writers who are after the less profitable but easier small targets, such as Grandma. If Grandma banks on her XP machine, that will be a treasure trove ripe for the plucking. Facebook is already holier than a sieve securitywise (email isn't much better), both from bad design (some deliberate) and the constant changes that compromise security if one can't keep up with them. Savvy users may have the computer chops to keep their machines reasonably safe but most of them would rather not bother and will have upgraded to Vista, 7, 8 or one of the Linux flavors (or, horrors upon horors, OSx). People like Grandma and Aunt Millie will be like sheep being lead to the slaughter.
There is error in the story about XP, MS has stopped any support for XP since 2012. If you tried to get any support for XP, MS will turn you out. As for hardware support is getting harder to find for XP, for the Linux support drivers is iffy too like XP. The only reason I don't use Linux because I support MS Office, I need to answer questions on Office. Now newest version of MS Office just works with Windows 7 or 8. I been using Windows 8 over year now, I have not any issues with OS. The OS is stable and workable for me. As for "Metro" screen, I just turn it off. I have been using MS products since 1984, MS DOS 1 to 6.2 and all the Windows versions from 1 to 8. Over 30+ years in working with "home" computers.
I don't think that people would stick to XP so long if MS created a worthy OS in the first place. Yes, Windows 7 might be okay to a point but Windows 8 is a total bucket of a crap. I have to admit, I use Linux since 2005 and am very happy. I do have XP however, but only because I need it to run AutoCAD - for work. I often wonder why would people subject themselves to constant torture of updating, upgrading, patches, virus - anti virus battles, spyware, mallware, crashing, blue screens, sluggishness, refusal to run, while trying to cling to Windows. In the Linux world there are many variations of way better OS's that doesn't give you any of that - just smooth and fast operation with thousands of applications. And it's all FREE. The only answer I could gather is:people like to pay and pay and pay and the more they are torched with their OS, the better they love it.
Support for XP also includes patching security holes as they are found. M$ has been doing that and will continue to do so until 01/08/2014.
I just found out that Ford is going to cancel support for the Model A next year! How can they abandon their users like that? I'm furious! When they stop I'm going to go buy a Chevy! Why, I can still run my Model T just great! I hate the new Fords, so it's bye bye for me next year, and all you fools should do the same!
...and not only that, but remember that Edsel they produced when everyone was happy with the Crown Victoria.
next page →