Ever since the operating system was launched to the market, Windows XP reigned in the PC operating system market as the most popular operating system around the world. Even now, the operating system has more than double the share in the market than the latest Windows operating system Windows 8, even after Microsoft removed the support provided for the twelve-year-old operating system in an effort to popularize their newer operating systems. So if you are running Windows XP on your computer, it is high time that you change the operating system to a newer Windows version like Windows 7 or Windows 8.
According to the details we get from the Windows XP help website, as of April 2014, users will not be able to get any kind of support from the software giant. The only problem that you have in running your computer in Windows XP operating system is that you will be susceptible to virus and malware attacks, as you do not have enough protection. The hackers can take advantage of your outdated system to access your personal data. Another issue is that new devices may cease to work with the operating system and it might not have the necessary drivers to work with the operating system.
If you ask any Windows XP help technicians, they will advise you to upgrade your operating system to the latest operating system. You now have four operating systems to choose from- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
If you can wait for a few more months, then you can install the Windows 9 operating system which is scheduled to enter the market in spring of 2015. If you have been working on the computer for long, then naturally Windows 7 is the best choice for you as it shares the same user interface.
If you are ready to experiment with a new interface, then you can try Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system. It is recommended that you install Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, as you will get support for much more period. The mainstream support of Windows 7 is all set to end in 2015 so we wouldn’t recommend that you install Windows 7. However since the extended support can be availed until 2020, Windows 7 is after all not a bad decision.
So stop wasting time and install a new version of Windows operating system on your system to enjoy support from Microsoft.
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Ever Since the Redmond based Software giant stopped providing support for the Windows XP operating system, many developers have pledged to provide support for the Windows XP users. One among them, a Greek developer who calls himself by the name Harkaz, stated that he has developed a complete service pack for the Windows XP operating system. This new update is regarded as the fourth service pack for the Windows XP operating system by many. The developer posted in his Windows XP help blog that he was working on the update for months and has the update ready for beta testing.
The update is created by collaborating all the previous service pack updates released by Microsoft so that the user can have better security for his device. The update will be available for free and can be downloaded from the sites like Softpedia. The main reason that the developer stated for creating the new unofficial Service Pack 4 for Windows XP was that there are numerous users like him who would like to use the thirteen year old operating system even though Microsoft has stopped providing support.
The main reason for this is that some of the users will not be able to install a new operating system, as their hardware may not support the new operating system. This means that they will have to buy a new computer out of the blue just because Microsoft has stopped providing support for its operating system. According to the news we get from various Windows XP help forums, the update can be installed by anyone who is running his computer on the service pack one upgrade of Windows XP operating system.
Even though the update was created for providing better service and security for the computers, the developer asks the users to install the operating system on their own risk. Since the update is not official, you will not be able to get support for issues caused by installing the operating system from Microsoft or your PC manufacturer. Here we provide the statement he posted In his blog post, “Of course, Microsoft does not recommend anyone to install this, but such a service pack is clearly worth a shot if you’re still on Windows XP and you don’t plan to upgrade anytime soon.”
Even with the support for the operating system withdrawn from the market, fair shares of users are still using the old operating system for its ease of use and compatibility.
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Windows XP, the most popular Windows Operating System of the last decade, is no more supported by the software giant Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft pulled the plug on the aging operating system earlier this year, on April 8, 2014 to be precise. This means, there is no Windows XP help and support services available, none whatsoever. Though this news is pretty old, there are many Windows XP users, who are clinging on the thirteen year old operating system. Moreover, it is hard to imagine an operating system so old is still the second most popular operating system across the globe. Surprisingly, Windows XP is second only to Windows 7, which is the most popular Windows operating system at present.
This means that there are still millions using the old operating system for various purposes. When analyzed, some reasons become clear as to why people continue using an unsupported operating system like Windows XP. Here are some of the possible reasons why so many Windows XP users do not wish to move on to newer Windows versions.
XP’s thirteen years of existence
People hate change. Whether good or bad, change may not be happily accepted. Windows XP’s in use for thirteen long years means people are more familiar with this OS than any other OS. Moreover, Windows XP was actually awesome when it was launched. With many new updates to the OS, Windows XP has become solid. Users, who are too familiar with Windows XP will never feel like switching to any other Windows versions.
Windows Vista the worst ever OS
Another important reason why Windows XP is still popular could be the Vista effect. Windows Vista was supposed to be the best OS, the next big thing, but it bombed big time. Many Windows XP users did not even consider changing to Windows Vista seeing the horrendous reviews. There were too many problems associated with various aspects of Windows Vista. Moreover, Windows Vista was slower than XP.
XP-dependant business software
Last decade saw much third party software being developed for Windows XP. Actually, the problem was that the software programs were only compatible with XP. This meant that many businesses had to continue using Windows XP. Since, some SMBs cannot afford the cost of an upgrade and the associated staff training required they are risking everything by continuing with Windows XP
Windows XP might have been the best operating system for thirteen years, but with the end of Windows XP help and support, it is best to look for more advanced and latest Windows OS.
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If you are having a Windows XP operated PC and if you would like to change the operating system of the PC to another one, then first of all you would have to remove the operating system from the present computer. You must also remove the operating system from your system if you are planning to sell the PC. This may seem to be a simple task, as a mere format of the hard disk will help you accomplish it. However, the problem lies in the fact that you would not be able to format the hard disk by using the same operating system. For doing this, you would have to use some external programs. Usually the Windows XP installation CD that came with your PC would have these tools. Alternatively, you could make use of some online Linux tools for formatting the hard drive. Here we discuss simple instructions from Windows XP help desk for formatting the hard disk using the Windows XP installation disc. Instructions
If you follow the simple instructions given above, you will be able to format the PC easily without having to install a separate operating system.
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If you are trying to boot your computer from a CD-ROM or floppy disk, you might have encountered the error ‘NTLDR Missing’. So, what is the cause of this error message and how can you fix it? Let us find out in detail.
This error can occur if there is a floppy diskette in your computer and you try to load the operating system. Therefore, the first step is to check whether you have a floppy diskette in the drive and if there is, remove it and restart the computer. Now, if you are trying to boot the operating system from the floppy diskette, then it means that some of the files might be missing from the floppy diskette.
The above error is common when you try to install operating systems like Windows XP or Windows 2000. One of the reasons for this error message to pop up is the wrong boot settings of your computer. In order to boot properly from the CD-ROM, you should first make CD-ROM as the first boot device. If not, it will be only considered as the second or third boot device and this error may pop up.
Another reason for the NTLDR error is the memory card loaded in the card reader while booting the system. In this case, the computer tries to load from the memory card and in turn shows up this error. Therefore, before attempting to boot the system, make sure that no memory cards are present inside the card reader of your computer.
Sometimes, the NTLDR file becomes corrupted and leads to this error. If you are receiving this error on your Windows 2000 computer, you may fix this issue by creating boot.ini file in the floppy diskette present in the drive. You need to copy these files from one computer to another. Make sure that the operating system in both the computers is the same. Once these files have been copied to another computer, reboot the troubled computer. Then, copy the files NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM and paste it at the root directory of the hard disk. You may also perform this function using various commands. These commands are available with various Windows XP help forums.
Sometimes, the NTLDR error occurs due to the bad configuration of boot.ini file. In such cases, you will have to edit the file by locating it in the root directory. For additional help on this issue, you may contact the Windows XP help center or our technical support firm.
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