If you are a Windows OS user, you might know very well that the aging operating system Windows XP has been abandoned by the software giant Microsoft. The end of support was long overdue. Actually, the software had made numerous attempts previously to end the support for Windows XP. Due to overwhelming requests from Windows XP users across the globe they had to extend it till April 8, 2014. But, months after the end of support there are still millions, who use XP for various purposes.
It is quite difficult to understand why many users still continue using XP. The end of Windows XP help and support means that the operating system users will not be receiving any security updates, non-security hot fixes and tech support services. There will no official Windows XP help and support of any kind for the Windows XP users. It is quite interesting that even after knowing the consequences, even some techies prefer using Windows XP over newer Windows operating systems. There might be many possible reasons. Here are some of the important ones:
When you are accustomed to doing something, we tend to continue with it. This is why most people hate change. Changing something so familiar that you are used to means you have to adjust to newer things. Many people consider new changes unacceptable. Windows XP has been around for 13 years. People are so used to the features of Windows XP that some find it unthinkable to switch to a newer and advanced version.
Windows Vista disaster:
Windows Vista was the successor to Windows XP, and we all know what happened, it was a huge flop. Windows Vista had many issues that forced Windows XP users to avoid switching to Vista. Vista is by far the worst Windows OS the software giant Microsoft Corporation has ever developed.
Products working on Windows XP
There are many software products such as accounting software that are only compatible with Windows XP. Those businesses that depend on these software programs find it difficult to switch to newer OS because of this reason.
No matter what these reasons may be, it is best to upgrade to newer versions of Windows. There are many advanced features these newer versions contain that XP users will miss out on. Moreover, Windows XP is highly vulnerable to malicious attacks. You will have to spend an awful amount of time guarding your system against hundreds of attacks.
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When a toolbar starts to bring troubles to your web browser, the best and easiest solution is to get rid of it. The sooner you get rid of a troublesome toolbar, the lesser the troubles you have to encounter. What makes a toolbar better or what makes it worse? If a toolbar simplifies your browsing experience, you can call it a good toolbar and continue using it without any concerns. On the other hand, if it creates more troubles to you than any good, it is high time that you considered uninstalling it.
Of late, I had to remove Bing toolbar from my web browser because I realized that it ate up a large chunk of my internet data and was responsible for the slow performance of my web browser. I uninstalled the toolbar and here are the steps I worked out to uninstall it.
How to remove Bing toolbar?
There are two options for you to remove Bing toolbar from your web browser. You can either delete it from your web browser settings or uninstall it from the Control Panel. As there are numerous web browsers, I think it is better to describe here the second method, which is uninstalling the toolbar from Control Panel Settings, so that each of you can work out the steps to get rid of the toolbar. The best part is that the same steps can be used to uninstall any other toolbar of your choice. The steps described here explain uninstalling Bing toolbar from the Control Panel settings of Windows 7.
You have successfully uninstalled Bing toolbar from your PC now. If you decide to restore the toolbar later on, type Bing toolbar in any search engine. The result should contain the link to download and install the toolbar.
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Microsoft has ended Windows XP help and support in April 2014. The recent research reports show that the businesses reluctant to abandon Windows XP aid the slowing down of PC sales by 10 percent.
The predictions say that notebooks, desktops and ultra mobile devices will get augmented sales. Gartner Inc. Research Director, Ranjit Atwal says that 2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market. The reports predict that the total sales around the globe are going to push by 570 million. However, the reports also mentions that if the predictions relate only to traditional desktops, PCs and laptops, the downward trend in sales is estimated at 6.7 percent for the current year. The predictions also suggest a drop in sales to 5.3 percent in the next year.
Research director at Gartner Inc. says, “Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe”. He also adds “This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets”. The researches show that it enhances the sales in some of the sub categories as well. In fact, the sales of premium ultra mobile devices get a steep increase by 49.8 percent. The tablet sales, apart from the PCS, desktops and laptops sales, could increase by 23.9 percent.
The new scenario takes over with the decline in the sales of tablets. Indeed, the recent trends show that the demand for phablets having screens between 5.01 and 6.9 inches is increasing, especially in South East Asian countries. Obviously, this would influence the sales growth of tablets down the line.
Research director at Gartner Inc. mentions that while Android still holds the top position, the trends show that users would like to have Windows as OS in their PCs, phones and tablets. The predictions also suggest that Android, Windows and Apple operating systems are going to experience a steep increase in its share, making the participation of ‘others’ sector negligible. The latter is going to witness a drop in its participation from 27.1 percent to 21 percent. Research Gartner Inc. says that Android will hold the top place with 52.8 percent, Windows at 14.4 percent and Apple at 11.6 percent.
Research director at Gartner Inc. also asserts that “Windows phones will exhibit strong growth from a low base in 2014, and are projected to reach a 10 percent market share by 2018 – up from 4 percent in 2014″. Even though Microsoft has withdrawn the Windows XP help and support, it favors the growth of sales of Windows OS. The predictions from the report show that Windows phone sales would lead to the growth of Windows OS sales in the end.
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It has been over three months since Microsoft officially ended providing support for Windows XP. The company had taken this initiative in order to allure the existing Windows XP users to the latest touch centric versions i.e. Windows 8 and 8.1. But then, this novel strategy completely went against the software giant and many users continued relying on the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft had expected that with the end of support for Windows XP, the sales of Windows 8 and 8.1 would see a phenomenal increase, but interestingly, that hasn’t happened yet.
According to the technicians at the Windows XP help, many users still call them up to know about the availability of support options and software updates for their aged OS. However, Microsoft has been strictly warning the Windows XP users to migrate to the latest operating systems. This is because since Windows XP is not supported anymore by Microsoft, the operating system is an easy target for hackers across the globe. Still, according to reliable sources, many users prefer the user friendly versions of the XP operating system instead of the advanced yet complicating options in Windows 8.
Although Windows 8 and 8.1 have witnessed a marginal increase in the sales over the past few months, it is Windows 7 that has clearly come out as the winner. After the demise of Windows XP, a large number of users switched over to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, according to what the technicians at the Windows XP help center state. This is because Windows 7 comprised of several advanced options as compared to its predecessor, but was also the most user-friendly of the lot. According to latest reports, the user market share of Windows 7 has increased phenomenally and more than 50 % Windows users now prefer this operating system. Compared to this, Windows XP stands at the second place followed by Windows 8, which has attracted only 14% of users.
Microsoft has now announced that it would be ending the mainstream support for Windows 7 PCs by 2015. This means that the large number of users who have now flocked to Windows 7 will have no other option than to upgrade to Windows 8 and 8.1. Moreover, the software giant is also planning to release Windows 9 by mid 2015. Undoubtedly, this version will have some of the out of the box features as well as user-friendly options to make it more appealing to the users.
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