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Despite Imminent Retirement, More Users Move to Windows XP

  1. #111


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Tepid, we can talk all day praising the virtues of 8.1 - fact is that people are not buying. And I don't expect that to change - even not with the freebie they are trying to launch now. Let's hope they do a better job with 9.
    I think MS added insult to injury with the botched store upgrade to 8.1. Just think of the thousands of people that bought new PC the latter half of 2013 and especially through the Holiday Season and most were most likely preloaded with Windows 8. I purchased my new HP Desktop in Dec. of 2013. The retail outlets were promoting the free upgrade to 8.1 and MS was overly promoting the upgrade and making it very easy. Wonderful, all these folks with 6 months old equipment and many more with brand new equipment did the store upgrade and crash. I don't think there are very many that made it through the upgrade with ZERO problems while most had issues from minor to major. I really sympathize with the average users that did not know how to fix the issues. Just look at the problems seen on this forum alone and the HP Support Forum is flooded with 8.1 upgrade problems. I dare say the average user doesn't even know much about driver updates and those are some of the easiest things to fix and not to mention how the 8.1 upgrade compromised the Refresh and Recovery options. I think some manufacturers were more prepared than others and I think it was also model specific. I upgraded my new HP Desktop immediately after making the Recovery Disks and spent some time making sure everything was as up-to-date as possible prior to the download. My system took to it very well but I am still working through some errors but nothing significant and no BSOD issues or anything close to what I have been reading about but I will most likely do a clean install of 8.1 in the not too distant future.

    My 12yo PC Pentium 4 1.6 has always been on XP with all the SP's and updates and I maxed it out over the years with additional internal HDD, max memory, twin CD/DVD Read/Writers and more but there was nowhere to go forward and it is now my backup, sitting right next to my new Desktop. I had used XP and everything that preceded it but never had any exposure to Vista or Seven and only a couple of days using Windows 8 and from my experience 8.1 is so far ahead of XP it is not worth comparing. And YES, I almost exclusively use the desktop.

    Bottom Line: MS had enough issues with Windows 8, especially with 7 users but they totally bottomed out with the 8.1 upgrade and the way they did it. It's no wonder the reputation of Windows 8 is in the trash.

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  2. #112


    LOL! What a coincidence! I was visiting the grandson today. He showed me his new riding dinosaur toy. I asked him "Is that your new friend?" "Yes" he said. "What's his name?" I asked. "XP!" he shouted. "XP? Why XP? I asked. "Dah, Grandpa! Short for Expired! Because he's so old!"

    I just had to take a pic.

    Click image for larger version
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  3. #113


    I still run XP in some older rigs, but it wouldnt make sense to have it in my newer systems.

    For my computer activities I use:
    Windows 8.1 Pro ~ 70%
    Windows 7 Ult ~ 15%
    Windows XP ~ 10%
    Ubuntu 13.10 ~ 5%
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  4. #114


    Posts : 58
    windows 8.1


    HippsieGypsie, if you really want to show your grandson a picture of a "dinosaur" show him an ATM machine. With 95% of the world's ATM's still running XP, it should not be too difficult to find one to show that XP has not expired, yet.
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  5. #115


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Now I know why all these people were camping arount the ATM machines. They are waiting for April when the machine spits out all the money, LOL.
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  6. #116


    Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Pro 64


    Must be statistical error. Who would today move from W2000 or ME to XP? Especially in numbers outweighing the people leavin XP.
    And did those people have legit XP licences laying around just to wait to install XP right before support ends?
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  7. #117


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Statistics is when you gather data to prove a predefined result.
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  8. #118


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I have a 16 year old car that runs wonderfully. I love it despite the 'old technology'.

    I also have a 1 year old car with all the modern gizmos you can think of. I hate it even with the prestigious star in the front. I am on page 257 of the 583 page user manual. I wonder what all the things are I will discover next. And I have not even touched the 262 page user manual for the radio.
    I have a 24 year 3 month and 4 day old car that I still service and work on and runs just fine. It does not have airbags and that's fine by me. I've read through the whole owner's manual front to back.

    But I still like some modern gizmos like electronic traction control and limited slip differentials.

    But I don't like old operating systems very prone to malware to be still used by people that do online banking. My credit union still uses Windows xp....
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  9. #119


    Posts : 58
    windows 8.1


    whs,

    Wow...Thank-you for reminding me. With card in hand I shall stand in front of the ATM and plan...

    And now on a more serious note, according to Chase, only 15% of their ATM's will be updated by April...to Windows Seven. From what I have been reading, Businesses are going with Seven, not Eight. What does that say?

    Actually, it is the businesses who are holding on to XP
    Windows XP won't die without a fight | Microsoft - CNET News
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  10. #120


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by ainteinstein View Post
    whs,

    Wow...Thank-you for reminding me. With card in hand I shall stand in front of the ATM and plan...

    And now on a more serious note, according to Chase, only 15% of their ATM's will be updated by April...to Windows Seven. From what I have been reading, Businesses are going with Seven, not Eight. What does that say?

    Actually, it is the businesses who are holding on to XP
    Windows XP won't die without a fight | Microsoft - CNET News
    That businesses and enterprise aren't going to reinvest tens of millions of dollars in IT to reevaluate their whole plans of mitigation that some have spent literally since the release of Windows 7 JUST because there is a new version out....
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