What happens to XP after June 30?

Matt

Senior Member
#1
Hey guys,

Just wondering, does anyone know what will happen to XP after June 30? Will Microsoft allow people to use it freely, or just be avaliable illegally (or resold only from old stock).
 


Kyle

New Member
#2
They don't lock it down.
It'll only be available OEM, or to people who've already bought it (or until it's out of stock)
 


#3
or as an illegal download lol
 


#4
it will only be available pirated,ofcourse the updates will go on...
 


Matt

Senior Member
#5
yeah, updates will continue till around 2012. Meh, looks like i better stock up on XP licenses if I want to have a business selling old laptops...
 


#6
i have an activation bypass for all version of xp that microsoft cant trace. if you want i ill compress it and mail it to you.
 


Kyle

New Member
#7
^^ That probably wouldn't be a good idea, even if untraceable.
It's for a business, you've gotta be 100% legit.
 


Matt

Senior Member
#8
Yep. So sounds like I'd have to bundle the computers with either some linux distro, or raise the price to include 512MB to install Vista basic.
 


#9
Microsoft has further extended the life of Windows XP so that computer makers can include the operating system on low-cost desktop PCs, the company announced at the Computex trade show on Tuesday.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/idg/IDG_852573C4006938804825745D0035EE3E.html?ref=technology
 


Matt

Senior Member
#10
I also found that you can just downgrade from Visso Vista Basta it seems, and not only to XP, but to Windows 95 if you wanted to.

I know Paul Thurrott received an email from soneone that was asking for an apology from him about that now they are going to lock XP so that you can't activate it anymore, and that your forced to move to Vista, so clearly, there is a lot of FUD about this. Oh well...
 


#11
It looks like SP3 will be the last service pack for Windows XP, so eventually support will end. But you should be able to use any Windows version that you like without being forced to upgrade.

So, after June 30th, XP will be phased out of the consumer marketplace, but will still be available for those who truely want it.
 


Matt

Senior Member
#12
I still see that you can get an OEM copy of Windows XP, so it doesn't really change a thing. Seems like you can also buy Windows Vista Buisness, and downgrade to Windows XP Pro, Windows 2000, or even Windows NT 4.
 


#13
Matt said:
I still see that you can get an OEM copy of Windows XP, so it doesn't really change a thing. Seems like you can also buy Windows Vista Buisness, and downgrade to Windows XP Pro, Windows 2000, or even Windows NT 4.
Yeah, so you can follow the route of building the computer yourself, and get an OEM copy of XP.
 


#14
u could install linux, its open-source (free) my recommendation would be ubuntu
 


#15
I also found that you can just downgrade from Visso Vista Basta it seems, and not only to XP, but to Windows 95 if you wanted to.

I know Paul Thurrott received an email from soneone that was asking for an apology from him about that now they are going to lock XP so that you can't activate it anymore, and that your forced to move to Vista, so clearly, there is a lot of FUD about this. Oh well...
XP Can be activated by any manner of means -- not all legal -- seriously guys unless you HAVE to have it just move on.
W7 will run on quite modest hardware. Use a Virtual machine for old XP legacy stuff that really won't work on W7.

I've finally retired my Win XP 64 machine - replaced with W7 X-64 build 7077 -- it's fine. I was going to keep it but the latest builds of W7 are so good I just decided to bite the bullet and change now.

I still need Windows XP to run some old legacy hardware which is totally incompatable with Windows 7 ( and also with Windows Vista) such as an old NIKON photo film scanner, a canon flatbed scanner, an old HP Plotter, and a Minidisc fast CD==>Minidisc burn application. These all run fine on a Windows XP Virtual machine -- this will last for years --don't need any updates etc etc.

Dual booting is a pig --don't do it unless you really have to. There might be some old Video editing apps which won't run on W7 and for this you need the REAL hardware so a VM won't probably work either.
Firing up a VM is easy, fast and convenient -- you don't even have to stop what you are doing on your HOST machine either.

cheers
jimbo
 


drevilwebmster

Extraordinary Member
#16
just read that in the oem channels ms will support xp thru 2014
 


#17
i think it will be available, but only by illegal means. i would like to have it, and use for next few years...
i hope atleast i am able to update it from the site for next few years. i ahve shifted to vista, but still feel that XP was really good!
 


john3347

Extraordinary Member
Premium Supporter
#18
Just continue to use it if you have it.

Can one not just continue to use their current copy of XP for as long as they desire whether it is "supported" by Microsoft or not? I was using Windows 2000 until less than 2 years ago and I am about to reinstall it on two of my computers because a couple of programs that I want to continue to use run sooooooooooo much smoother on 2000 than anything since. As long as I have a legitimate copy of the OS (or application) I am allowed to continue to use it. (If the copy is a pre-installed OS on a purchased computer, you may only use that copy on that computer, but you may do so as long as you desire. )
 


#19
As much as I like Windows XP, I strongly feel it is time for it to go the way of the Dodo bird.. ;) I believe Windows 7 will be the XP Killer!.. :)
 


whoosh

Cooler King
Staff member
Premium Supporter
#20
As much as I like Windows XP, I strongly feel it is time for it to go the way of the Dodo bird.. ;) I believe Windows 7 will be the XP Killer!.. :)
There are still people on windows 98 ! So I guess windows die hard .
 


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