A decade ago, I'd had agreed with you, today it's shell of it's former self. An OS spewing Malware all over the world, as more & more security choices are saying goodbye, along with other software.WIN(dows) XP FOR THE WIN
I have a notebook machine with Win XP. Its pretty much dead. It doesnt open up hardrives, it opens up internet explorer for 40 minutes, it deleted all my files, nothing works. I have to admit, win xp didnt work out so good for me.A decade ago, I'd had agreed with you, today it's s hell of it's former self. An OS spewing Malware all over the world, as more & more security choices are saying goodbye, along with other software.
However, there are great uses for XP when used offline. Example the Hyperterminal that wasn't offered with Windows 7 can rescue failed Seagate HDD's, notably the famed Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 series that began with 'ST'. The HyperTerminal, when used with certain tools & carefully inputting values, gives a user a high chance at rate of recovery. And don't need to be online to so this.
There's also games for XP that can be played offline & I'm sure that others will have many more reasons to keep an XP box around, I have two, one in the closet since October 2013 & a Thinkpad T42 that hasn't been booted in several months, though both dual boots with Linux Mint 13, EOL is approaching soon, in April 2017 for that OS.
As for online though, no way for me, not on my home network, and no way would I dare to check email or worse yet make a transaction, even if on a network of another. MBAM alone cannot protect the OS, and the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool that can be manually downloaded & ran checks for limited infections , even during a Full scan.
For now, Windows 7 is still the King of Windows OS's, though W10 is closing the gap, and some W7 users are defecting to Linux, part of why for the first time in 10+ years, desktop share finally dropped from the 90% usershare, and will continue to decline. Mainly because of the way that Microsoft treated it's own customers in trying to shove W10 down our throats. They even admitted to it.
Windows 10 U-turn: Microsoft admits upgrade push was 'confusing' - TechRepublic
A Billion computers by 2018? I don't think so, even with the backdoor still open for this in need of 'assisted technologies', that in the fine print says it's not required.
Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users
If interested, use IE for best experience.
Im trashing that machine, its 10 years old, its really not helathy. I will salvage the ram and sell it for pennies.If XP has deleted your files, then the drive has gone bad of you have a severe Malware infection. It's probably a blessing in disguise that it doesn't open any of your other drives, and IE8 is one of the worst browsers ever for many XP users. At the time, that's what drove me to Firefox, because on a notebook with a single core CPU & 2GB DDR2 RAM, IE8 was sapping all of the resources of the notebook, killing battery life also.
I suggest that for your safety, you choose an alternative OS for the computer, this Forum has a Linux section, Linux Mint MATE 17 (better for older computers) is a drop in replacement for XP with a very similar Start Menu. And supported until April 2019, which buys you time to get a new(er) computer with a modern OS.
what? Haha.. No.. Flat wrong. MS has ZERO ability to track within Windows 7 if the end user does not wish MS to do so. ZERO.. The end user has ZERO ability to keep MS from doing so, in 10. ZERO. It is the entire platform of their OS. It is WHY they push 10 on folks using 7@splisav78: It's probably worth mentioning that total anonymity from tracking systems is long been a thing of the past, and not just from Microsoft; but from both Google founded in 1998, so next year will be 2 decades of non-anonymity. And of course if you are a cyber-criminal or terrorist, longer than that going back to the early 90s. So the thoughts expressed here about Linux are why many of us Techs and IT consultants are recommending that W10 or even XP boxes be re-purposed with Linux. They are not immune to viruses, as so often Mac users claim that apple machines are, but they are definitely more resistant and with only 5% of the world's 800 million computers in use on the Internet, they are not the targets for hackers and identity thieves that Microsoft is with about 90% of that figure, as mentioned, so if you are a cyber-criminal why write viruses to extort money from 40 million computer users on the Internet when you can get 700 million computer users (potentially) with the same amount of effort to write the virus for Linux or Mac.
For the last 5 years, several of us here have been experimenting with this re-purpose idea, but with very limited success. Even fewer successes for dual-boot Windows/Linux configurations (which I've been running for 10 yrs.+). Part of the difficulty is the lack of marketing dollars; Microsoft spends billions of dollars every year on TV ads and Cable TV ads. Most of my customers are seniors (55+ and over), and many were born prior to 1946 and thus grew up before the computer was even invented, and thus are mostly computer illiterate compared to baby-boomers (1946-1964) who grew up in the computer age, and gen-x'ers and millennials are already immersed in the tech when they are still in their cribs. The seniors and the older seniors, 71+, are very remiss to even consider moving off of windows, as that's all they know. And their generation, many of whom were born in the depression era are not willing to spend x2 times or more the cost of a Windows PC for a $1,200 Mac, let alone the premium it costs for their software or peripherals, or repairs. They won't even listen to the possibility of re-purposing 10 yr. old PCs to a single-boot Linux box or a dual-boot box (Windows & Linux) as mentioned.
I've been trying to get the seniors in my local Computer Club to listen to this idea for 5 years, and this year I am finally going to do a presentation on the potential switch-over to Linux on old PCs at one of our meetings. It might be a few more years before any of them will be adventurous enough to try the new configuration. I believe that the users in my Computer Club represent a microcosm of seniors in other communities all over the US, not to mention outside the US.
We'll have to see what happens, but if the 600+ Linux companies out there spent a third of what Microsoft did, a lot more folks would be dropping Microsoft and switching to pre-loaded Linux boxes which have been available now in Europe for the last few years and sparingly here in the US by US manufacturers such as Dell.
A lot of it has to do with Marketshare. If you don't believe this look at what happened to companies making PCs with their own OSes such as Atari, Radio Shack, Heathkit, and others back in the 70s!