Should Windows XP Be Put Out of Its Misery? [Poll]

Microsoft recently released its plan to stop supporting Windows XP. Considering one-third of all the computers in the world are still running this version of the OS, it will obviously affect some people. Is Microsoft stopping the support too soon or should Windows XP be put out of its misery?

With two solid OS releases after the XP in Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft is apparently feeling confident in them, enough to stop supporting the twelve-year-old XP. After April 8, 2014, there will not be any more automatic updates to XP, meaning it won’t help protect your personal information. Anti-virus won’t help here. Additionally, new software and devices won’t work on the XP. Those still running that older OS will be forced into either upgrading the software or buying a new computer. Perhaps this is the plan: to get that one-third of computers to finally upgrade and spend more money.

Does a twelve-year-old OS have to be retired or can there still be a use for it? Is Microsoft just trying to sell some computers and software? Is it time for Microsoft to be put out of its misery?

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. No, it shouldn’t. But unless the 30% of Windows users that still use XP put their foot down, as they did in 2009, XP it will be killed. M$ wants to guarantee themselves a steady income stream by obsoleting their O/S every couple of years.

  2. Windows Embedded 2009, a version of Windows Embedded XP, is on Microsofts Lifecycle page as supported until 2019. Windows Embedded software updates will be provided for 2009. but no Windows Update, will require manual updating. Windows Embedded 2009 POS is a current Microsoft product for cash registers and computer controlled machinery.

  3. Microsoft really should continue supporting XP if only because of the huge number of users, myself included, who do not want to give it up, for no good reason other than the Microsoft bottom line.

  4. There is nothing wrong with XP for the average user. Millions still use it especially in 3rd world countries. M$ has made plenty of $$$ peddling OS’s that require relearning the interface. XP works. If there are security issues, fix them. And please don’t tell me that it cost too much. Every day my computer downloads 2 updates for Win 7.

    What would you do if all new automobiles suddenly put the drivers seat in the back, replaced the pedals with levers and the steering wheel with buttons. Thats what M$ does every time they change the interface. which is the easiest part of the os to write. It’s nothing but a bunch of pointers called shortcuts…

    1. I totally agree with “Satch”. That is why I didn’t like vista or 7 or 8. I am still trying to learn all the features of XP, and microsoft goes and changes all the controls, WHY? I can’t even figure out excell, it is just too bizar. If I need boxes, I use word 97.

  5. Oh Yeah, my way of retaliation is to run fedora 16 on my laptop, which is what I am happily using right now. it isn’t perfect for me, because I am still learning it, and fedora has moved on to 20 already! At least I am not bombarded by pop-ups and viruses every time I boot up.

  6. I have windows 7, but all of my relations and friends use XP. They are only using emails and a little surfing etc. Why should these people have to pay good money and learn a new system when what they have suits them and no dramas? Going to Win 8 would require a new computer and what is there to gain? Microsoft is greedy and seems to forget that Windows XP was developed to make it easy to learn and use. OK we have learned it and want to stay with it. Why cant Microsoft have some support and protection that you can buy and can leave XP going. I would be happy to pay $20 to keep it going for another 2 years. If 1/3 of the world is using XP that would be a lot of money in their coffers. I really think Microsoft has shot themselves in the foot over this.

    1. id be happy to pay only 20.00 for another 2years with my Windows XP or create an extension With LINUX operating systems maybe!!!!!!! Lets use all of our brains to Keep the good XP still going Some can not carry around their laptops or shell out 359.00 for a travelling internet??? let someone come up with atelephone to computer terminal connection ANYONE listening???

  7. After 13 years of existence, all the serious bugs and vulnerabilities in XP have been expunged. What remains is a stable, secure (as much as any Windows product can be secure), well-behaved O/S that everybody has gotten to know very well. It is going to take at least 10 years for Win 7 to get to the same point. Maybe.

  8. There are many good reasons for giving XP its retirement papers. Its twelve years old, meaning t was designed to run on twelve year old hardware. It can’t make use of modern equipment.

    I keep hearing how good XP is, how popular it is, how its the best Windows OS ever. I remember when XP was released people stayed away from it in droves. It only became popular when the service support was pulled from it predecessor. This was 5 years after XPs release. Before that everyone hated it.

    It seems to me that XP has become popular because now the world is full of IT geniuses who copy what others say so they appear to be geniuses. So they bash anything new because others do.

    If you need a reason to upgrade then security should be the reason. Newer versions are more secure and this is good for everyone.

  9. “Its twelve years old, meaning t was designed to run on twelve year old hardware. It can’t make use of modern equipment.”
    Your father is more than 12 years old. Is it time to give him his retirement papers? After all, he wasn’t designed to work in the modern world.

    People learn and update their skills. Operating systems also get updated.

    “Newer versions are more secure and this is good for everyone.”
    Windows O/S is like the real-life windows which somebody forgot to glaze (put in the security). Win 7 and 8.x may be arguably “more secure” than previous, but it still has a long way to go to be as secure as OS/X, Linux or BSD.

  10. Windows NT is what they all were and easily recognisable as such until they brought out Windows 8. Yes, Windows 8 is still based on NT, but they played a joke on us by taking away the Start button and menu and replacing it with this apps screen which may be all and good for touch screens, but is no good for office workers. Yes, I know they’re in the process of backtracking with changes in 8.1……
    Windows Xp is the most stable there has been, but I would argue that Windows 2000 was fairly stable too, and XP is really Windows 2000 SP5 or 6 or 7. just like you could argue that Windows 2000 was NT SP7……
    And don’t sack Windows 7. It is a very good and stable operating system and will be a good replacement for XP, with the addition that it will benefit more from modern hardware.
    The only problem with Vista was that it needed a powerful computer and in spite of warnings from Microsoft, manufacturers insisted on putting out basic computers and laptops with 512mb of RAM where as soon as you installed an internet suite, they could handle little else ! Yet at the time the hardware existed that was perfectly capable of handling Vista.
    Yes, there were changes, especially in security behaviour that people found strange. By the time Windows 7 came along, they had become accustomed to these changes and Microsoft had blended them in with less annoyances to the user. In fact they had already done that with Vista SP2 which was quite a tidy OS.
    However, I am still repairing old computers running Windows 98, and that awful mess they called ME (Why, oh Why, did they not release Windows Neptune instead ?), and Windows 2000, and computers running Vista where the most obvious solution has been to upgrade the RAM and these poor folk have been suffering needlessly for years with a slow computer, but over 50% of our business has been Windows XP, and a large part Windows 7, with the rest being MAC, Linux, and then Android tablets.
    The hardware for computers running XP is lasting, and the computers, both laptops and PCs are repairable with replacement parts readily available, so prolonging the life of both the devices and the operating system.
    Have you noticed that a lot of the laptops and even some of the PCs nowadays have less and less user serviceable parts ? In fact many of the laptops are sealed units like the tablets. I’ve even seen PCs where the motherboard is a laptop motherboard, and the only things upgradeable are the hard drive and the RAM, you can’t even add extra hard drives as there are no extra SATA slots and there are no PCI or PCI-e slots , so no internal sound or graphics cards! (HP/Compaq for example at the lower price range).

    So these were things that were helping to prolong the life of XP, too, and it would seem that manufacturers are now colluding with Microsoft to ensure that that does not happen with Windows 8/8.1. And let’s not get into UEFI !

    So, maybe all the home PC builders will either stick with XP,,maybe Windows 7, or turn to Linux :)

    But, as long as Mozilla and Chrome, and Security suites support XP, and there are spare parts and motherboards and processors that Xp will run on, I don’t see why XP can’t run for a good while yet. Just don’t use Internet Explorer !
    I’m still running it on a couple of my PCs, and typing this reply on an XP Media Center OS :)

  11. The only reason XP became a really solid machine was because it counter before Windows 2000, yes XP is great system but you should be greatful that Microsoft came up with Windows 2000, if there was no 2000 there wouldn’t be any Windows XP, 2000 lay down the foundematials that form into Windows XP, Microsoft can make really good operating system but sometimes I think they rush into having to shoot out are operating system, for example a really big one ME, that should of never really came out because it rush just to get something out even tho 98SE was out at the time it quiet a stable OS, pain the ass tho to install drivers but could of last until Xp came out in 2001. I saw some comment before about hating a OS that comes out, your so right because they judge everyting even before they use it, I did the mistake of judging Windows 8 before I used it and once I used I thought wrong, it runs very well on old and low end hard ware.

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