The number of Windows 10 users have surpassed the number of Windows XP users. It has been more than six months since Windows 10 was released. Considering Windows XP is no longer supported and pretty much a dying OS, I’m still amazed at how many people are still using Windows XP. I guess people are planning to ride off Windows XP into the sunset. If Windows 10 weren’t touted as being a free upgrade, I think the adoption would have been very slow. I know I wouldn’t have upgraded from Windows 7 if I had to pay for Windows 10.
Today is the day Windows XP is going to be orphaned. It won’t get anymore security updates from Microsoft. Zilch. Nada. Of course, Windows XP users can still use their machines, with maybe some annoying popup message saying it’s no longer supported and please upgrade. I’m sure users will find ways to disable the popup reminder. Windows XP is probably the best operating system Microsoft has ever had followed by Windows 7. And there were many flops before and after. The famous one of all is, of course Vista. Windows 8 seems to be following in the footsteps of Vista. It’s getting lots of user resistance. Some users still look for the previous version of Windows 7. Windows XP is officially retired, except that it’s still runs for a little while longer.
Microsoft is trying hard to get people to move off from Windows XP. It just doesn’t seem to be working. It’s falling on deaf ears. Interestingly, there was a slight increase in Windows XP use. Microsoft plans to drop Windows XP support April 8, meaning there won’t be anymore bug fixes, security updates, etc. Microsoft plans to use pop-up reminders after April 8.
The lesson to learn from all of this is, it is difficult to kill off a very successful product that still makes up 30% of your OS business. It’s going to take some time. The reality is, they may not all come back. In some cases, Users have found better alternatives in the form of our devices such as tablets and smartphones.
I imagine small businesses still have some old systems are still hanging around. If they haven’t moved them, there’s probably a good enough reason why they still run on Windows XP. There are many legacy systems that still run on Windows XP. Upgrades means they will break. But, then again, I can’t imagine businesses ignoring all of these warnings all this time.
So, I won’t be surprised if only a small portion of the 30 percent upgrades to newer Windows OS.
The power of influence on friends and family. That’s Microsoft latest plea to get everyone off Windows XP which ends support on April 8. Running Windows XP past the deadline mean potential security issues since Microsoft will no longer apply fixes or patches to security vulnerabilities. Experts estimate 30% of the web are still using Windows XP. Running Windows past April 8 is akin to running wild in a lawless country. Your on your own. But, didn’t you feel you were on your own the whole time anyways. The article from Ars Technica.
I recently had to access my Windows XP partition, which at this point in time, happens very rarely. Anyways, while browsing around the file system, I noticed two odd directories that look suspiciously out of place. I say delete them! Unfortunately, Windows XP won’t allow me delete these two directories. It says I have no permission, even though I am the administrator. I even booted into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. It simply won’t allow me to delete files. What’s up with that? It’s annoying to say the least. So, I downloaded Unlocker after a quick search online. When you launch Unlocker, it will give you the file directory structure. All you have to do is select a directory or file, and then choose the action to take. In my case, I want to delete. Well, after about a minute or two, the directories were gone. Awesome program for deleting directories and files that simply refuse to be deleted.
Unlocker will help you delete files that have with error messages like:
- Cannot delete file: Access is denied
- There has been a sharing violation
- The source or destination file may be in use
- The file is in use by another program or user