There are more Windows 10 users than Windows XP

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.

Windows XP Is Orphaned

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.

Windows XP Is Still Sting Hanging On

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.

Microsoft Attempt to Stop Using Windows XP

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.

Unlocker Comes To The Rescue

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

Just sharing.

Windows XP SP2 Days Are Numbered

The sooner Microsoft gets everyone to run Windows 7, the better. Windows XP SP2 will retire soon. July 13, 2010 to be exact. You can still use Windows XP SP2 as long as you want, but you won’t get any support or updates. That’s fine with a lot of people, but if you want support, you can always update to Windows XP SP3 which will be supported until April 2014.

Lenovo Q100 Review

I had a chance to play around with the Lenovo Q100 nettop. It’s a tiny computer about the size of an average external CD player. The footprint is impressively small at 6″w X 0.8″d X 6.80″h. We are talking inches here. It’s small enough that it comes with an installation plate that can be mounted on the back of flatscreen monitor as seen here. It can also stand up vertically  on its own stand as seen here. You can place it anywhere in your house, in the bedroom, living room or in the kitchen. It weighs only 1.67 lbs, and that includes the stand.

It’s very green. It consumes only 14 watts when in idle mode and 40 watts when fully loaded. So, what’s inside? It’s comes pre-installed with Windows XP SP3 Home Edition. It’s powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 230 processor with single-core Hyper-Threading technology, Intel 64 Technology, 533Mhz system bus and 512KB L2 cache. It has 1GB PC2-5300 667 MHZ DDR2 of RAM.  The hard drive is a 160 GB SATA 5400 RPM disk.

It contains 6 USB 2.0 ports, 2 front and 4 back. It has 2 speaker outputs, 1 front and 1 back, and 1 mic input in front. The audio is a High Definition (HD) audio, RealTek ALC662 codec. The network port is a built-in Gigabit ethernet RealTek RLT811DL.  Last but not least, it comes with a VGA port powered by an integrated Nvidia ION chipset MCP7A-ION.

The system is not a speed demon considering the price and footprint, but it performs admirably. It’s ideally suited for basic computing such as email and internet. I’ve used it for streaming videos with a videocam at ustream.tv. It worked great. Fry’s currently sells the Q100 for $189 pre-tax. While at it, you can get a Canon Pixma MX330 All-In-One Printer, Copier, Fax, Scanner for $59 with a $50 dollar rebate.  Technically, only $9.95.

50 Million Netbooks By 2010

An estimated 200 million units of notebooks will be shipped in 2010. Of the 200 million units, an estimated 25% or 50 million units are going to be netbooks. Microsoft may deem netbook sales insignificant, but 25% of the notebook market is a big deal.

Canalys, a leading market research firm details their netbooks report:

The PC industry is undergoing a more dramatic transformation than seen at any time in the last 15 years. The netbook category was invented as recently as 18 months ago by the likes of Asus and Acer and is the only PC segment enjoying growth this year. The impact of netbooks has been profound.

It has forced Microsoft to fend off a threat from Linux by reducing its operating system prices and to continue promoting its aging XP brand. Netbooks have dramatically lowered industry price points, attracting new categories of consumer buyers.

Furthermore, hard-pressed PC vendors have been forced to cut their operating costs to have any chance of turning a profit. The biggest change of all has been the success the telcos have had in selling subsidised 3G netbooks, emulating the mobile phone business model.

The market shares of PC vendors are changing rapidly on the back of their willingness to commit to the netbook category and their agility in chasing these new, substantial telco deals.

Read the rest of Canalys’ report.

Dell Mini 10 with Ubuntu

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The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 now comes with Ubuntu as an alternative to the standard Windows XP. The difference in price is about $90. Ubuntu is priced at $360, while Windows XP is $460.

The high end Mini 10 comes preconfigured with an Atom Z530 processor, 10.1 inch LCD display, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 1.3 mp webcam and a 6 cell battery. The standard color is Osidian Black. Additional colors are available for an additional $40-60.

The Mini 10 comes with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS or long term support. Ubuntu’s latest release is version 9.04, codename Jaunty Jackalope.

Is Vista More Secure Than Linux?

It’s debatable. Microsoft claims that Vista has less vulnerabilities in the first six months since the product was introduced compared to its predecessor Windows XP and Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4. That may be.

Does it mean it’s more secure? Not necessarily. So far, there were 12 Windows Vista vulnerabilities noted in the National Institute of Standards (NIST) in which 10 of them were rated severe, 1 medium and 1 low.

In comparison, Windows XP had 36 and 23 of them were rated high in the first six months. Red Hat Enterprise 4 had 129 bugs in which 40 of them were ranked as severe. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Workstation was worst having 281 vulnerabilities in which 86 of them were severe.

So, Is Vista more secure? Give it some time, then we can make that claim.

Right now, it’s too early to tell.