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Windows 7: Microsoft's Attempt to Force XP Users to Upgrade

20 Oct 2010   #1
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Microsoft's Attempt to Force XP Users to Upgrade

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Microsoft isn't particularly pleased about the continuing success of Windows XP, which has more than twice the installed base of Windows Vista and 7 put together. So it's trying its hardest to kill the operating system that won't die, including refusing to issue security patches for XP SP2, putting many XP users at risk. Is that the right way to get people to upgrade?

A report out yesterday from Net Applications shows that Windows XP has more than twice the market share of Windows 7 and Windows Vista combined -- 61.87% for XP in July, compared to 14.46% for Windows 7, and 14.34% for Windows Vista.



Microsoft's Not-So-Secret Plan to Cripple Windows XP - PCWorld
Looks like Microsoft is having trouble with one of their own releases.


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20 Oct 2010   #2
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I still have an XP machine. Lot's of businesses still run XP.
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20 Oct 2010   #3
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The keyword here is Service Pack 2. Service Pack 3 was released for Windows XP a while ago (April 2008). Anyone who is still running on Service Pack 2 should upgrade to Service Pack 3 already. This only effects Windows XP machines that do not have Service Pack 3. And this has been known for YEARS!
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20 Oct 2010   #4
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Its not something I am surprised about but I believe that time will come that Windows XP will fade out.
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20 Oct 2010   #5
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
Its not something I am surprised about but I believe that time will come that Windows XP will fade out.
Indeed, it will, eventually. I still get PC's from friends running Win 98. I "upgrade" them to Win XP so their grade school kids can play games.

Usually, only a RAM upgrade is necessary (plus the cost of the XP OS, minimal, as well) and my friends get a practically free system for their tykes.
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20 Oct 2010   #6
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Things get phased out all the time. Microsoft announced quite a while that it would be discontinuing support for XP users without SP3.
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20 Oct 2010   #7
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

The article is new according to the date, but I did just notice that it is a bit outdated for it's date.
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20 Oct 2010   #8
HJA

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
Things get phased out all the time. Microsoft announced quite a while that it would be discontinuing support for XP users without SP3.
I cannot understand why someone would not install SP3. I have to admit though Win7 has been much smoother in the update process.
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20 Oct 2010   #9
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
The article is new according to the date, but I did just notice that it is a bit outdated for it's date.


I'm not sure what you are mentioning. It's an August 4th article. Do you mean some of the information contained therein is outdated?

Often, an article will reference older material as a means to support the new material contained within.
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20 Oct 2010   #10
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

A lot of the installed base for XP is in the corporate sector, which is starting to look at their upgrade cycles again after a long time where they held of for cost and other reasons - all support for XP ends in 2014 so the situation should change dramatically in the next year or so.

another major reason for the hanging on of XP is the bespoke software vendors who refuse (or are unable to), upgrade their corporate software to work with later operating systems this is more of a concern as they can virtually hold corporations to ransom until an alternative solution is available.

This is also a reason for the numbers of users forced to use unsafe browsers such as IE6, which have little protection against today's internet nasties
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