Windows XP Still Dominates the Desktop, What's the Hold Up?

Windows XP Still Dominates the Desktop, What's the Hold Up?

Windows XP has secured its spot in history as perhaps the most beloved version of Windows ever, and it's certainly a fan favorite to this day. That might be understating things. More than just a fan favorite, Windows XP, for better or worse, is the most used operating on the planet, according to data by Net Applications.

The decade old OS can be found on almost half of all PCs with a 48.03 percent share of the OS market. That's down from 69.99 percent in November 2009 -- as far back as Net Applications allows us to look -- and down 50.5 percent in the month of September, but still well ahead of Windows 7, which is now on 34.62 percent of all PCs.


Windows XP might be a dead OS walking, but it simply refuses to lay down and die.

Vista, meanwhile, has dropped it's market share to 8.85 percent, down from 9.09 percent at the end of September and from 18.8 percent in November 2009. Vista lost its lead over Windows 7 back in July 2010, but never managed to threaten Windows XP.

What's interesting about these figures is that it's conceivable Windows 7 might not catch up to Windows XP before the launch of Windows 8 next year. It's hard to imagine that XP will retain its lead over Windows 7 forever, however, as Microsoft will finally stop supporting the legacy OS in April 2012 2014, and "there's absolutely no chance" of extending that date, InformationWeek reports Rich Reynolds, general manager for Windows Commercial marketing, as saying.

Which OS(es) are you rocking at home and/or at work?
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XP Pro all the way..only 32-bit version though...I was going to buy Windows 7, but Windows 8 will be out soon enough so there is no point and directx 12 will probably be in it as well.

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I think you'll hate Windows 8 "out of the box." When you can easily switch back to the classic Start menu and desktop it's OK, but the Metro UI sucks for anyone over the age of 6.

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The main reason I haven't grabbed Windows 7 though is because I'm still running a X2 4200 and SLI 8800GTSs..I'm in need of a whole system upgrade which will be soon...mainly waiting on LGA 2011 sockets to see how they turn out and hoping the LGA 1155 sockets will drop in price then too. Oh and my parents labtop runs Vista, I've used it a few times...HATE IT!! And I have ALWAYS used classic start menu, I can't stand any other start menu.

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I rock 7 at home on multiple systems, I love it. Unfortunately I'm stuck in leopard at work. In case anyone is wondering I prefer windows to osx.

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i made the jump to 7 about 1.5 years ago, until then XP all the way (Vista lasted one day on my box). Havent looked back.

But i also have osx on my laptop. where it lacks in allowing me to have full/any control, it makes up for with easy browsing/light computing. still prefer 7 though.

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I have:

2 computers running Windows 7

2 Running Windows 8 Dev

1 on Ubuntu 10.10

1 on Ubuntu 11.10

2 on OSX Leopard

1on OSX Snow Leopard

1 on OSX Tiger

1 on OSX Panther

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Microsoft has long claimed that the OS "lives and dies" with the computer on which it is installed. As long as PCs which came from the OEM with Windows XP continue to run, there will be "working" Windows XP units.

Remember, Microsoft *deliberately* made it impossible o do a direct XP-to-Windows-7 upgrade, and most people are not willing to spend $90 for a copy of Windows 7 *and* pay someone reasonably competent another $100 to install it.

So if MS wants XP to go away, they'll have to make it easy, painless, and much less expensive to make the transition. With most "big name" games selling for $60, that's a reasonable price point for Windows 7 Home Premium. They'd also have to provide a free-of-charge upgrade path from XP to 7.

And that's not going to happen. We all know it.

I am running:

1 file server using FreeNAS

1 domain controller on Windows Server 2003 R2

1 "garbage dump" and backup server on Windows Home Server 2003

3 desktops on Windows 7 (one Home Premium, one Professional, one Ultimate)

1 laptop on Win 7 Pro.

and a Roku box which runs Linux, and is easy for my non-techie wife to operate.

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1 laptop running Win XP Home

1 laptop running Win Vista Premium

1 desktop running Win 7 Ultimate

1 Android Tablet

1 Android Phone

1 WP7 Phone

and my Work laptop is Win 7 Enterprise

I've been thinking about trying out the new Windows Home Server 2011. How about a HotHardware review???

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Its almost 2012 if your still using XP you need to be taken out back and beaten and left for dead! GET with the program people!

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XP is reliable, stable, and very nearly the same thing as Win7 and Vista. it's just not as pretty.

Soooo why should I or anyone not use it?

And i'm hoping you're not assuming it's none technical people who don't know about computers who are using it... Because I know a great deal about computers and I still use it.

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It's those who are more technical whom I think still use XP. Frankly Win7 is only a prettier version of XP, with DX11. Most basic computer tasks (email, browsing, facebook, msoffice, etc) still work fine on XP, so unless you love Micro$oft so much you don't really have to buy every version. And I do agree with RTietjens that they have made it tough to directly upgrade to 7 from XP, even considering the fact that Vista was a disaster.

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I've still got Windows XP running on my desktop, and Windows 7 Home Premium on a laptop. I plan to upgrade to a Direct X 11 card next summer, so I've just waited to upgrade XP on the desktop.

It's stayed useful so far....I hate how you can't drag and drop files in the specific order you want on Windows 7(except within folders on the desktop), a feature that's right there in XP.

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I'm mostly the only person in my family running Windows 7... I see much benefits from it's use such as the enhanced security, interface, DirectX 11, improved multi-threaded usage, future proof (in terms of RAM and CPUs) Don't get me wrong, Windows XP is reliable and they have been using it for a long time but I'm a Windows 7 guy.

Also many people seem to forget that they let people upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista when it was released, the result; tons of bad publicity due to incompatibilities when they've upgraded they're system. While that move might of migrated the bad publicity from Windows 7, it made XP users hesitant to upgrade (they could upgrade from XP to Vista to 7 but that'd be redundant and likely expensive.)

Still... People should be getting with the program to upgrade to Windows7

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Whats the hold up, well the first post on here tells that story "XP Pro all the way..only 32-bit version though...I was going to buy Windows 7, but Windows 8 will be out soon enough so there is no point and directx 12 will probably be in it as well." As far as it goes Sarah is still running XP Pro on her PC as well. There are not any issues DX11 works fine on XP as do the other drivers so not much of a point really for a lot of people software for now is generally still 32 bit max in the market in general. I like 64 bit Win 7 personally but it is not a neccesity as of yet. Another thing is or will be the cloud as anything running from the cloud would work fine on XP as well although it won't be nearly as integrated as Win 8. It will change pretty quick moving forward I would think when interaction becomes a different thing though.

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You guys flub up again. "Lifecycle fact sheet" (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle)

XP SP3, mainstream: Apr 14 2009. Extend: Apr 8 2014

Vista, mainstream: Apr 10 2012. Extend: Apr 11 2017

7, mainstream:To be determined . Extend:Not applicable

If i'm wrong please kindly list a Microsoft URL for proof.

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The end of life date for Windows XP was a typo, which has been corrected. The point, however, remains the same.

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depends problem is windows 7 doesnt have anything that you cant get on xp unless a high end machine that you confiqure perfectly xp will outperform 7 constantly. boot up load times in games fps in games zipping unzipping.

7 isnt bad I use it on my main computer but ones that dont have the juice can still do everything 7 can. Heck any of the features the widgets skins ect for windows 7 can be on xp too.

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I has runs on Windows before on my former PC. Windows XP never gave me an problems. NOW i did made a move to new Windows 7. Windows 7 is rock! I love Windows 7. Much better than Vista. I know that Windows 8 come out soon. I rather to wait to find what the problems with Windows 8. I can wait for Windows 8 come out with Service Pack 1 or 2 unless Microsoft find any bugs in new Windows 8 OS.

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You need windows seven for a lot of pc games! I multitask like a mother so yes i need the extra ram that 64 bit 7 gives me. Besides that the pretty graphics make use of this years hardware why else did i spend 1500 bucks on hardware to run xp? i think no. If you want old tech and aren't a power user or don't want to spend money on licences for your extra boxes than just put a version of Linux on it. I recommend Linux mint it looks good runs well on junk shop hardware and it's free not to mention all the free software that you can download for it

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I have a ton of systems in my house running a huge range of OSes.  I also have a bunch of stuff stashed in my parents guest house, which I decided to throw in at the end.

Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium (ASUS G73)
Laptop running XP Pro (Gateway NX860XL,  old laptop I keep around for backup)
Netbook running XP Pro (used for tuning cars)

My Desk
Desktop running Windows 7 Ultimate (This is the monster LANShark in my sig)
Desktop running UBUNTU 11.10 (Old A-64)
Desktop running FreeBSD 8.2 (another old A-64)

Desktop running XP Pro (wifes computer, its a piece of crap but she won't let me replace it)

Server Closet
Domain controller on Ubuntu Server 10.4 LTS
File and backup server running Windows Home Server
NAS running FreeNAS

Stashed stuff
Laptop running Windows 98SE (its got a freaking P4)
Desktop running Slackware(Athlon XP 2600+)
Desktop running Redhat (Pentium 3)
Desktop running Windows 95 (Pentium Pro)
Server running Windows NT4 (Goliath quad Pentium Pro)
Desktop running MS-DOS 6.22 / Windows 3.1.1 (Am486 DX4-120)
Desktop running DR-DOS 6.0 (486DX2-66)
Apple IIc
Tandy 2000
Commodore 64

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There are 5 PC's in the house that run Win-7. I have another with the current version of Ubuntu on it.

The Mac is gone now, but I have an iPad that works well.

I quit using XP a year and a half ago. I don't miss it.

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Windows XP Still Dominates the Desktop, What's the Hold Up? - I still run XP on my netbook at home.... why would I want to pay to install Windows7?


Windows XP has secured its spot in history as perhaps the most beloved version of Windows ever, and it's certainly a fan favorite to this day. That might be understating things. More than just a fan favorite, Windows XP, for better or worse, is the most used operating system on the planet, according to data by Net Applications.

The decade old OS can be found on almost half of all PCs with a 48.03 percent share of the OS market. That's down from 69.99 percent in November 2009 -- as far back as Net Applications allows us to look -- and down 50.5 percent in the month of September, but still well ahead of Windows 7, which is now on 34.62 percent of all PCs.


Vista, meanwhile, has dropped it's market share to 8.85 percent, down from 9.09 percent at the end of September and from 18.8 percent in November 2009. Vista lost its lead over Windows 7 back in July 2010, but never managed to threaten Windows XP.

What's interesting about these figures is that it's conceivable Windows 7 might not catch up to Windows XP before the launch of Windows 8 next year. It's hard to imagine that XP will retain its lead over Windows 7 forever, however, as Microsoft will finally stop supporting the legacy OS in April 2012 2014, and "there's absolutely no chance" of extending that date, InformationWeek reports Rich Reynolds, general manager for Windows Commercial marketing, as saying.

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Desktop 486 - Win95

Desktop AMD k62 - Win98

Imac - OS8

Desktop P4 - XP Home

Desktop Athlon 64 - XP Pro

Laptop Core2duo - Vista Home Premium

Desktop Phenom II - Win 7 Ultimate

Laptop i7 - Win 7 Home Premium

Tablet - Android 2.2

Various legacy computers - Apple II, Comodore 64, Tandy's, etc...

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One the major issues I have with windows vista, 7 is that every single driver you install has to be windows signed aka: a Singed driver. XP doesn't care. You can get a product that joe smoe made in his garage and install the drivers and windows will just take it! Which is awesome! Also, you don't need 451gigs of ram to  run windows xp, just put in a 1 gig stick, run msconfig, and your good.

Also, windows xp will let you delete about any folder or file you want, given that another program is not using it. With windows vista/7, even in safe mode and UAC turned off, it still tells you that you are not authorized to delete files, which is crazy! Its my computer, I own it, if I want to delete this folder dang it, let me!

What windows should have done was just leave the GUI as is and just kept adding support for more and more devices, as well as directx35+. The reasons windows XP has stuck around for so long it because of one fact, it works so well. Imagen F1 cars being replaced with semi-trucks and saying that they both drive the same..........exactly. When I turn on my computer with windows xp on it, its like saying hello to your best friend who is always willing to listen, go places with you, and just be there. Windows 7 is like the jerk you knew in high school who did dip and beat up the freshmen, then went and stole your lunch and took your car and said, "Hi! I'm windows 7, Nice to screw you over."

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lifeasjosh:
One the major issues I have with windows vista, 7 is that every single driver you install has to be windows signed aka: a Singed driver. XP doesn't care. You can get a product that joe smoe made in his garage and install the drivers and windows will just take it! Which is awesome!

Wait... This was a big issue; I mean it certainly is big if you're using a 64-bit OS (but then again, the signed drivers have allowed manufacturers to provide more decent support for 64-bit OS users like me, I mean when have you seen Windows XP 64-bit get that kind of support? That OS also required you to have "signed" drivers btw.) but the 32-bit version of Windows 7 would allow you to install drivers similarly to Windows XP, except that some may work due to the major changes in the architecture. I do have to agree that Windows XP remains viable for those with really old hardware though.

lifeasjosh:
Also, windows xp will let you delete about any folder or file you want, given that another program is not using it. With windows vista/7, even in safe mode and UAC turned off, it still tells you that you are not authorized to delete files, which is crazy! Its my computer, I own it, if I want to delete this folder dang it, let me!

Funny, I have never had this exact problem happen to me in Windows 7 or in Windows XP. These moments should not define your OS experience, I mean there are tools to get past this and it's not like it's limited to Windows 7, Windows XP has been known to act that way as well...

lifeasjosh:
What windows should have done was just leave the GUI as is and just kept adding support for more and more devices, as well as directx35+. The reasons windows XP has stuck around for so long it because of one fact, it works so well. Imagen F1 cars being replaced with semi-trucks and saying that they both drive the same..........exactly.

I have to disagree, the Windows XP GUI at this point did look well, dated and it's functionality was getting undercut by the fact that new buyers were finding it a bit convoluted to use. The Windows 7 GUI is a bit of fresh breath but it wasn't without it's controversy; it eliminated the classic toolbars, classic start menu and well, the classic look; I mean you can try to mod it but the native support for it is gone without a trace. Also your comparison doesn't make much sense, technologies and the general public perception of PC's are getting more and more advanced and we can't rely on the same old XP forever, how are you going to support new technology while maintaining the compatibility XP is known for?

I understand that you like Windows XP more then Windows 7 but most of what you're spreading around is erroneous, I mean you're making Windows 7 sound like the second coming of Windows ME.

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