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How long before Microsoft Windows XP disappears?

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    How long before Microsoft Windows XP disappears?


    Windows XP is in decline, on Netmarketshare's monthly numbers, but can we project how much longer it will stick around? It may be longer than you think

    Netmarketshare's monthly updates on the state of the operating system and browser markets are useful not because the numbers are accurate — they clearly have a margin of error — but because they show trends. The most obvious trend at the moment is the decline of Microsoft's ancient Windows XP. This enables us to project how long it will be before Windows XP finally disappears, and you're welcome to have a go in the comments below.

    The first question is, "What does 'disappear' mean?" There will clearly be a rump of Windows XP users for a long time. There are, after all, still a few people using Windows 98 (0.01 percent) and Windows 2000 (0.03 percent).
    Read more at: How long before Microsoft Windows XP disappears? | ZDNet

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    I have an old Pentium 3 800MHz 1GB PC133 running Server 2003 for legacy compatibility with old hardware / software. Also I like to live in a museum like house !

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    Trends


    Given current trends, the W8 series will vanish long before XP, assuming that W9 is any good.

    OTOH, if MS insists on making W9 more annoying than W8, XP may outlast both.
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    Likely not until the PC its installed on finally dies.
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    I have been repacing xp machines left and right. The older generation basecally are the ones holding on to them, and their kids are telling them they need to replace them. They are very slow compared to windows 7 and 8 and cannot run the newer technology or games that are out there, and with many programs and antivirus programs except avast who said they would only support xp for one more yr to give ppl a chance to chang over, the machine is just down right vulnerable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    I have been repacing xp machines left and right. The older generation basecally are the ones holding on to them, and their kids are telling them they need to replace them. They are very slow compared to windows 7 and 8 and cannot run the newer technology or games that are out there, and with many programs and antivirus programs except avast who said they would only support xp for one more yr to give ppl a chance to chang over, the machine is just down right vulnerable!
    Fast boot is a gimmick. On the same machine, XP is consiferably faster than 7/8.1 after the system boots up!
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    Windows XP is what sites write about on slow days.... They might as well write about how DOS is still widely used in business networks around the world (and, man, is it ever!) Borrrrrrrrrrr-r-r-r-r-ring. Computer hardware lasts a long time--it's in the nature of how it is manufactured, and back in the days of XP computer hardware cost a lot more than it does now, so people naturally want to keep it longer. All this chitter-chatter about XP is pretty silly, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatup View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    I have been repacing xp machines left and right. The older generation basecally are the ones holding on to them, and their kids are telling them they need to replace them. They are very slow compared to windows 7 and 8 and cannot run the newer technology or games that are out there, and with many programs and antivirus programs except avast who said they would only support xp for one more yr to give ppl a chance to chang over, the machine is just down right vulnerable!
    Fast boot is a gimmick. On the same machine, XP is consiferably faster than 7/8.1 after the system boots up!
    My personal experience has been just the opposite. Windows 7 ran smother and faster than XP did on my PC's. Even Windows 2000 ran faster on the same hardware. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by eatup View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    I have been repacing xp machines left and right. The older generation basecally are the ones holding on to them, and their kids are telling them they need to replace them. They are very slow compared to windows 7 and 8 and cannot run the newer technology or games that are out there, and with many programs and antivirus programs except avast who said they would only support xp for one more yr to give ppl a chance to chang over, the machine is just down right vulnerable!
    Fast boot is a gimmick. On the same machine, XP is consiferably faster than 7/8.1 after the system boots up!
    My personal experience has been just the opposite. Windows 7 ran smother and faster than XP did on my PC's. Even Windows 2000 ran faster on the same hardware. YMMV
    By faster, do you mean they "feel" faster, or did you actually do pseudo-scientific tests like measure the fps on games that ran on all 3 OSes? And if so, will you share with us the results?
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    Well, here at the Neck Hickey Institute, after exhausting studies on this subject, have calculated XP's half life decay, and estimate that there will be small amounts of residual effects that will remain for a minimum of three thousand years. And we are seldom wrong.

    Regretfully, we were unable to measure the true collateral damage that it's mere existence may have caused, perhaps we will never know. But, such are the ways of science when dealing with questions as these.
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