After 12 years, Microsoft ending Windows XP support today

Microsoft will provide no more security updates or technical support for the aging OS after tonight.

After 12 years, Microsoft is ending support for its Windows XP operating system tonight at midnight. After this point, the company will no longer offer security updates and technical support for the OS.

If you are still using XP, Microsoft urges you to migrate to a "modern operating system" like Windows 8. Support for Office 2003 will also end today, April 8.

Microsoft launched Windows XP on December 31, 2000 and stopped selling the OS at retailers June 30, 2008. On October 22, 2010, Microsoft stopped selling Windows machines with Windows XP installed.

The end of support for Windows XP is proving problematic for some larger institutions. For example, thousands of computers in the Connecticut state government system still run Windows XP. The hard drives on the computers have tax information, inmate lists, and other various regulatory files, all of which could become vulnerable to security breaches over time.

Microsoft says enterprise customers (companies or institutions with 500+ employees) can reach out to Microsoft to learn how they can mass-upgrade their network of machines.

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MJ-X
MJ-X

Finally, its about time.

Nepti
Nepti

All things come to an end. WinXP is 12 years old. MS has been telling people for years now that this day would come. So it's here now. Businesses had plenty of notification and time to upgrade.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

And the Uk government waste tax payers cash by buying another year's support for there systems because they don't want to invest cash to upgrade the systems for better security etc goes to show how bone idle/lazy/haven't got a clue this Uk government is

grenadehh
grenadehh

Allegedly. They've said this for years. Regardless EVERY OTHER BUSINESS is still supporting XP so it really doesn't matter.

teapartycitizen
teapartycitizen

The EOLP (end-of-life problem) will not ever go away. With XP lasting 12 years, Microsoft announced that they will now only support operating systems for seven years. So the end-of-life problem is here to stay. All ATM machines and cash registers will have to be replaced every seven years now. The new end-of-life policy by Microsoft should make them and computer manufactures a fortune. Linux has been supported now for 23 years and will be supported forever according to the Linux foundation.

KilltheFANBOYS
KilltheFANBOYS

XP for it's time standards, is a great operating system. It was solid and crashed less often. Compared to trash ME.

I have moved on to 7 a little while ago since it's much more stable than XP. I still remember XP constantly restarting at the splash screen with the only solution being formatting it.

As for 8, I don't hate it and it's not bad. It's only a hassle since a lot of older drivers don't work with ease and the interface is also pretty hard to get over. Plus the Aero being kicked out makes the desktop very bland. Other than that it's a great OS.


As for Vista, it served a great base for 7. But that OS as a whole is trash.

rarson
rarson

If you're still using XP, then it makes no sense to upgrade to a new operating system, because your hardware is probably pretty old. You're better off spending the money on a new computer.


XP is almost 13 years old now. It's defunct. And compared to anything after Vista, it's a piece of shit (and even compared to Vista these days, it's still a piece of shit). Time to move on.

JRLennis
JRLennis

I've since moved on to Win 7, but I keep the XP machine around for legacy purposes.

Zloth2
Zloth2

It won't just be Connecticut, there's LOTS of businesses out there taking the "only upgrade when forced" route.  I expect quite a few small companies are going to run into trouble soon because they can't get their old, 16-bit programs to work on whatever new computers they get.

angeldeb82
angeldeb82

Thank goodness I've moved on to Windows 8 since almost a year ago.  :)

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

I thought that Micro$oft ended support for that horrible operating system years ago.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

First The Undertaker loses at Wrestlemania 2 nights ago..... and now support for Windows XP has ended as well. The end of 2 eras :'(

hystavito
hystavito

@PSYCHOV3N0M  Thanks for spoiling Wrestlemania!


Seriously though, does anyone know what time support ends?  I'm on hold with tech support right now!


Ok, still wasn't being serious, my apologies :).

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

With Windows 7, I have NO need for XP. :-\

kryotech
kryotech

RIP Windows XP. You are greatly appreciated, and you shall be sorely missed.

rarson
rarson

@kryotech  

Yeah, it'll be missed by morons who can't be bothered to upgrade their computers.

Seriously, networking alone on XP sucks compared to later operating systems, not to mention Windows updates and many other things. XP is dog shit.

rarson
rarson

@Zloth2

Huh? You upgraded from ME to XP?

Anyone that got saddled with ME has only themselves to blame.

07wintert
07wintert

anyone using xp and vista should be shot anyone using 8 should be burned at the stake.

rarson
rarson

@07wintert  

And anyone using Windows 7 over Windows 8 is a dumbass.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@07wintert  Windows 7 is just an optomized Vista reskin and rebrand. If you like 7 you like vista it's that simple.

07wintert
07wintert

@rarson @07wintert  ye i thought that. that's why win 8 is selling like hot cakes i think not ,generally people will defend because they have bought a new pc with it on and got lumbered with it. not my problem win7 discs can be bought in many location like ebay cheap. and don't bring stupid arguments about how quick it is because win7 is quicker in some areas also. there's many good comparisons online

rarson
rarson

@07wintert

Since when is the popular opinion the correct one? I switched over to 8 voluntarily, and I like it.

There's no mystery why people don't like Windows 8: because they're dumbasses who can't be bothered to learn how to use a new OS. Are you going to try to claim that you shouldn't HAVE to learn a new OS? Well I've got news for you: every Windows operating system has had a learning curve. The people who are saying these things about Windows 8 are the same idiots cursing 7 when it came out, claiming how superior XP was (which is fucking retarded; even back then, XP was a bloated, buggy POS).

7 is slower than 8. Period. If you're experiencing otherwise, it's because you don't have the OS set up right or you've got some sort of hardware/software problem. 8 is also easier to use than 7 if you actually bother to take the time to figure it out. And it's got a bunch of features that 7 doesn't have.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'm on XP right now. Never had a problem with it. I realize Microsoft can't support it forever, but telling you that the solution is to get a new OS is kind of a slap in the face.

But am I missing something? If XP launched in the tail-end of 2000, how has it only been twelve years of support up until now?

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@PlatinumPaladin  If you use it for gaming then you need to upgrade to another Win 'cause of directX, otherwise you could go linux.

Radnen
Radnen

Windows 7 is the new XP. Like Vista, 8 sucked too. So, perhaps Windows 9 will be the next good OS?

rarson
rarson

@Radnen  

Vista actually sucked. As in, it was a bad OS (it's not actually a bad OS anymore). 8 doesn't actually suck. It's just that people think it sucks because they don't know how to use it.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Phenomenal Operating System and a great run.  I hope Windows can reinvent itself like they did with XP.

rarson
rarson

@VegasAceVII  

XP was in no way a reinvention. It was based off of NT5 (aka Windows 2000). All they did was use the NT core to create the consumer OS. And even that wasn't very far off of the old Windows 98 interface.

daviz88
daviz88

not actual game news, but it is NEWS

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Hail to the King! So many great memories!

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

"migrate to a "modern operating system" like Windows 8". Hah!

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

The one OS I only reinstalled every time I did a mayor upgrade and not because it had bugs or issues.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

its okay, Windows 7 should last another decade or so

user_pt
user_pt

I still have a computer on the house with XP, I'm still unsure of what to do with it. Ubuntu would be the best option, but the one who uses it the most isn't exactly a tech savvy person.


Anyways, I had a blast with XP, so many memories. I learned pretty much everything I know about computers using it. So many times I complained about it, but now it is kind of sad seeing it gone forever. Never really thought the day XP was gone would actually come, but it is uninevitable. I'll still keep my install discs around, so that I can revisit the old days every now and then on an old computer. Goodbye old friend.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@user_pt I've still got one with Windows 98.  It's hooked up to absolutely no network at all, though.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

One of my old systems has XP...I feel a little sad by this.

rarson
rarson

@Jebril  

Yeah, because the dumbasses that are still using XP are going to be able to figure out how to install, let alone use, Linux.