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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Microsoft has ended all sorts of support for its Windows XP operating system since April this year. The operating system, which was released in 2001, will no longer receive any updates or patches from Microsoft. As you all know, working with an operating system that does not receive the latest security updates is very dangerous. However, one of the developers has come up with a solution. He is in the making of a Windows XP service pack 4. This unofficial service pack is claimed to contain all the updates released for the operating system until now.
The third beta version of the SP4 is ready and we might soon see the release of the full version. In addition to integration of all updates, the major attraction of SP4 is the inclusion of new security fixes. However, these fixes are aimed at ATMs operating with Windows XP operating system and also POS machines.
Earlier, there were reports that the updates can be received for the operating system by altering the registry entries. However, Microsoft says that installing updates through these methods could prove to be more troublesome for the users. The company gives out warning to the users that the security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers.” The statement from Microsoft further says, “Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP.”
Now, keep in mind that SP4 released for the operating system may or may not be helpful. This is because it is an unofficial release by a developer and it is not yet clear how the unofficial service pack was tested or was it tested at all for issues.
According to Windows XP help forums, it is never a good idea to install the patches released by third party developers for the operating systems due to the absence of proper testing. It could put the operating system in more trouble.
Windows XP help forums advice existing Windows XP users to upgrade their outdated operating systems to Windows 7 or Windows 8 for enhanced safety of data and to avoid troubles. You may go through various online support forums or contact Microsoft support to find out more on the upgrade options available.
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According to recent market reports, the sales of the Windows operating systems have increased considerably over the past few months. With the end of mainstream support for Windows XP, many users have relented and started to upgrade to its successive versions. This has resulted in the increase in the number of Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems. Along with this, Chromebook users have also increased and have thereby led to an increase in the overall PC sales.
Moreover, the technicians at the Windows XP help state that the PC shipment sales will decline much less as compared to what was observed last year. The improvement in the sales of systems running on the Windows operating system is definitely pleasing news for the software giant, which has been trying hard to retrieve its customers who had migrated to other operating systems. Although there will be a decline in the global shipment sales this year, it would be just 3.7 % this year. Compared to this, the overall dip in the shipment sales was around 6% last year.
According to the Windows XP help technicians, the user share of the Windows XP operating system has decreased in the last three months. Although there are many users who prefer using the same operating system instead of the latest touch-centric versions, many people have been following the trend of migrating to the Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems. The reports also state that PC shipment sales will reach anywhere around 303.5 million and that include 133.5 million desktops and 170 million laptops. In 2012, the decline in the shipment sales was almost 9.8 %, which was due to the sudden advent of other devices. For example, Tablets were launched on large scales and were available at a relatively meager price as compared to desktops.
However, sources from IDC state that the Windows XP replacement cycle won’t last forever and the software giant will have to implement new strategies to carry on this positive trend. Microsoft has decided to launch Windows 9 by next year i.e. mid 2015. Codenamed as Threshold, this operating system is said to comprise of many unique and sophisticated features that will definitely make up for the issues that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 had posed for the users.
Therefore, it can be said that Microsoft has finally succeeded in moving atleast some of its users from the aged OS versions to the latest ones by terminating the services for Windows XP OS.
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