It is hard to imagine that Windows XP came out in 2001, and it is STILL running on 30% of PCs today.
COME ON PEOPLE UPGRADE !!!!!
<rant>I can understand while VISTA was out that there would be a resistance to get the latest Windows but Windows 7 & 8 are both out now. It’s time to move on. You hold outs are degrading the security of the Internet.</rant>
Anyway this is from USA Today
The technology industry has no respect for tradition. Disruption is the name of the game, and it sometimes takes only a few short years for a market leader to become an also-ran. To paraphrase Robert Frost, nothing tech can stay.
Then there’s Windows XP. Introduced to the buying public on Oct. 25, 2001, this relic is still going strong, found under the hood of nearly one-third of all computers today. And that’s not just personal computers — Windows XP variants power specialized medical equipment, point-of-sale systems, and even ATMs.
And the most important part is in the last 2 ‘graphs.
Computer security is increasingly important to private individuals as well, due to rampant identity theft, fraud, and growing privacy concerns. For these reasons, XP users should at the very least look into upgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1. Microsoft’s own website, AmIRunningXP.com, provides free information and software to ease the migration process.
But if you have a good reason to stick with XP, or simply love the OS, don’t fret: It’s not going to suddenly stop working on April 8. Going forward, you’ll simply need to take reasonable precautions. Be smart about which files you download, keep your firewalls up, and avoid using accounts with administrator permissions. But remember, it’s dangerous to go alone.