Report: Majority of Windows Users Still Run XP



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So here's my deal: I run three machines, a laptop, and two desktop. My first computer being one of the desktops runs XP, and I love it, cause I can load my WoW Desktop Theme, and have my quicklaunch bar seperate from the task bar, and all auto hidden and lovely. I still use it, cause Win7 and Vista present me with 2 problems: Quicklaunch Bar, and Screen Size. On my XP machine, I can still access my monitors awesome screen sizes in the 2000x2000 and higher range, but in Win7 and Vista, I can't do anything over  1600x1200, and I know the monitor can do at least twice that and more cause XP let me do it, and on a VGA connection.

So my Laptop runs Vista, and I like the Sidebar, it holds my gadgets so nicely, and yet it's gone in Win7, they left me the gadgets, for a lot of good that does, they don't even work properly on my Win7 Desktop anymore, and I only had the thing for 3 1/2 weeks, cause if that would at least work, I could load a gadget quicklaunch, but no, death to my gadgets on Win7.

I got my laptop for one reason: Portable computing

I got my new Win7 computer for one reason: Cause I could afford to

All my major computing is still done on my XP, cause my quicklaunch is my life, and I do not want it stuck to the blasted task bar, no matter how tech-cool it is, it's why I avoided the Mac OS-X, cause I hated it, it took up program management room, give me back the good old Mac OS stuff and maybe I'd buy one to play with, and kill that stupid Superbar/Dock.



Yah, I still use XP64 quite a bit, but I do have a coupla W7 systems.  I have a utility that someone pointed me towards last week and I am trying it out.  It's called Rainmeter.  It adds widget style tools on your desktop.  Take a look:




Of the customers we get and service here run Windows XP, and the majority of our work machines here at the office are XP. Also I overheard a discussion between two folks at work the other day. The business wanted to upgrade all their machines to Windows 7. Since they were using Windows XP they would have to do a clean install of Windows 7 and install all the required apps onto the systems. Moreover, if their server was Windows Server 2003  they would have to upgrade that to Windows Server 2008. Luckily enough, they have a Unix Server.


I have a computer at the house that users Windows 7 I used to be an avid user of Windows XP



I think others have hit the nail on the head when they speculated that corporate machines never "upgraded" to Vista and its progeny.  There are lots of servicable machines out there that either just won't run Vista/7 or their owners have no compelling reason to switch (new UI?) and lots of reasons not to switch (performance hit, driver issues, compatibility with old software). 

That being said, I'm typing this on an old Toshiba laptop with Ubuntu 10.10 that came with XP.  I boot into the XP side about every 6 months to run Windows updates and operate my Slingbox (STILL no Linux driver).  My gaming desktop is running Windows 7 with a little used dual boot of XP.  My work laptop has Windows 7.  My wife's old Compaq laptop has Ubuntu 10.10, though she rarely uses it since she got her MSI Windtop All-in-One that she uses in the kitchen -- came with Vista and barely ran on 2 gb of RAM, upgraded to Windows 7.  For us, Win 7 has been an easy learning curve.  I'm not crazy about the dockable task bar, but we're giving it a chance and you can always change the interface back to the old style start menu.  It's not much different from the dock in OS/2.  Wonder where MS got THAT idea...



Vista was Junk. SP1 helped a bit, but MS should be ashamed to have put forth such garbage before it was ready. Win 7 is a pain to navigate. It does not remember where you were last. XP has it's quirks, but it is actually more user friendly and seems to have more on the ball. I just find myself clicking way more to do the same stuff when using Win 7.

I run XP, Vista, Win 7, all versions of each. I use various Linux Distros as the needs arise. I like a lot of the live disks for working with hardware and recovering data. BSD is another.



At home:

Desktop is triple boot: WinXP, Win7, OpenSUSE

Laptop is Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard, and WinXP in a VM

Netbook is dual boot with Ubuntu 10.04 and Win7 Starter

Wife's computer is Win7 with a WinXP VM


At Work:

Mac Mini is Snow Leopard with Ubuntu and WinXP VM's

PC Desktop has WinServer2008R2

My test server platform is a 2-node Xenserver install with 3 WinServer2008R2 VM's, plus a couple Linux VM's

Back in about '96 I leapt from Windows 95 to NT and never looked back, was tired of poorly written apps taking down the whole system.  Driver support was less, game support was less, but it was worth it.  Never ran Win98 or ME, Win2k was decent.  Used to use FreeBSD quite a bit but haven't in years.  Started using Mac's just over 3yrs ago, but would never have touched them prior to OS X's Unix foundation. There are pro's and cons to every system.



omg XP winzzors.



Don't upgrade to Windows 7. You will repent like I did. The interface is absolutely unproductive yet Microsoft somehow managed to convince the media world and fanboys that the oh so wonderful taskbar is something out of this world. It's not a very very bad product like Vista but it's worse than XPs usability. Tons of removed features and stuff gone completely for no reason at all. See and The things removed from Vista aren't there in Windows 7 either. The same problem is happening to IE9, Live Messenger 2011, Photo Gallery, Windows Media Player 12, Virtual PC. Microsoft products are getting severely dumbed down and all the customizability and power being taken away from users. All it's about too much eye-candy and minimalism now.

Vista was the real step forward but usability and UI wise it's been a complete downhill slide from XP. Windows 7 continues this trend. Bad UI. Things lost forever.



Anonomous hit the nail on the head in the first comment. I run Win7 (did not come with it originally) on my laptop and XP still on my desktop. The only real reason I upgrade to 7 is so I would not be left behind in Tech. What irks me is that there are a lot of features removed from XP that I absolutely cannot stand, of these are:


Cannot pin network folders to start menu.

Thumbnail view is an angled picture....why? My CD collection looks like ass now.

Libraries are terrible, you can only pick one kind of view for every folder inside a library. (For example, if 'Music' folder is set to thumbnails, 'Music/Nirvana' has to use the same view. WTF? I created my own MUSIC and VIDEOS folder in C:/ to get around this.

"It is not possible to set Windows Explorer to remember individual folder window sizes and positions. Each folder window shares the same size, and their position cascades as more windows are opened." I'd like to understand the reasoning behind this one.

When no items are selected in a folder, neither the details pane nor the status bar show the total size of files in the folder.

Disabling Auto Arrange and Align to Grid is not available in Windows Explorer windows

The Arrange By option (called Stack By in Windows Vista) is only available for libraries and folders included in libraries. In addition, users can only Stack By predefined categories depending on the library type.

Although the Quick launch toolbar can be manually enabled in Windows 7, it gets disabled and its order reset after every restart, making it unusable.

Clicking a grouped application's taskbar button or thumbnail when it is active.

The configurable registry option TaskbarGroupSize under previous Windows versions is not supported.


Actually there are many more but this is starting to boil my blood. I'd like to sit down with a Programmer at Microsoft and go through the list of removed features point by point to get their exact reasoning why each of these features could not be left well enough alone. Something tells me they will release Windows 8 with these features put back in and call it "New & Improved."

F&*king A, Microsoft, if your OS didn't have the unabated ability to play high performance video games, you'd have nothing for the personal market.



Running Win7 HomePre on 3 month old Toshiba laptop. Six other systems running WinXP Pro SP3. Major issue is buying/upgrading application software. One major reason for not moving to Vista was no print drivers for the $2K MFP color laser. XP driver would not work. The XP MFP printer driver seems to work fin on Win7. As I replace hardware in the office I will move slowly to Win7. But if it isn't broken don't fix it.



I have Windows 7 running on my gaming desktop and my laptop. I am going to run a Debian and Windows 7 dual boot on my gaming rig.



My newer sytem I upgraded from Vista to 7 but the second computer is too old to run even Vista.  It is still a reasonably fast P-IV that my wife uses for email, surfing and playing card games.  My plan is to pick up a laptop in the next six months and give the XP machine to the grandkids.



I worked for Microsoft when the Vista project faltered into the PR driven (and caused) failure it became.  The original design goal of a pure 64-bit code base with a plethora of great innovations was destroyed by a desire for profits via shipping final product availability. Timeline after missed timeline caused pressure, which resulted in importing 32-bit code from XP to fill in gaps, and jettisoning inovations to remove other gaps.  It also resulted in MS Partners and hardware vendors have 18 weeks to develope drivers rather than the standard months.  That is WHY it was Microsoft's fault nothing would work on Vista hardware wise, though the saving face line was "Microsoft doesn't make hardware or the drivers for them thus it is not our fault at all" front lines support was told to tout.

Regardless - XP was really good.  If XP was an airplane, Vista was the Hindenburg (

Windows 7 is built on the same potched code base - but it is much more mature and developed.  Much more like the original design goals Vista was supposed to have met.  Many fixes, many drivers, much polish, many good things - built on the same hodge-podge code base as Vista.  It gives me pause, but it isn't a deal breaker for me now that I've had experience using it.

I like XP and 7. 

I now work for a school board that runs on XP.

Anyway - rant ends.  Here's what's on tap at home:

1) A Pentium 4 (Prescott) file server running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.  One 80GB OS Drive, four 2 TB drives for media.

2) A Dual-Core Core PC running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.  Just an 80GB drive.  This is for gaming and streaming media to watch on a Windows install of XBMC.

2) A Daul-Core Core PC running Windows XP Pro.  One 1TB drive.  Just for streaming media to watch on a Windows install of XBMC.

4) A laptop dual booting Windows XP Pro and Ubuntu.  One 160GB drive.

5) An original XBOX running XBMC.  Purely for streaming.

6) An Apple II - holds coffee.



One of my Pcs have Win 7 as the primary operating system. Another has Win 7, Linux Ubuntu, and finally I have a small partition for XP in case I ever need it again.



main system mac osx

laptop i use some times W7

1 pc i run W7 but i all most never turn it on and is now a back up system for my 3.5 year old mac mini with snowlepord that other then doing the os update to snow has never crashed till this day and i have never gon 3 years with out having to format and reinstall a windows system



main system mac osx

laptop i use some times W7

1 pc i run W7 but i all most never turn it on and is now a back up system for my 3.5 year old mac mini with snowlepord that other then doing the os update to snow has never crashed till this day and i have never gon 3 years with out having to format and reinstall a windows system



It's not a question of why people still run XP; it's also the simple fact that older machine often CAN'T run windows 7. I have 9 systems at home each on XP. Maybe 2 of them have enough resources to run Windows 7. The rest simply will not and never will. None of my systems have PCI-E, only one has SATA. So given that XP works just fine on these older, stable machines, why would I want to "upgrade" to something that's really doesn't give me anything that I don't already have with XP? To make it worth my while, I would have to upgrade the hardware as well. and if I did that, why would I slow it down (even if it's only a tiny bit) by adding Windows 7? Again, it's a question of ROI - what's my return on my investment.

I do see that in the near future, I will be forced to upgrade when Microsoft ends all further support for XP. But that's still a little while away. By then I'll hopefully be down to just 3 or 4 systems and it'd be more cost effective.



I run XP on several systems and it works just fine (see inventory below).  I only load Winders7 so that I can keep up and the new god-like 16-core EVGA SR-2 I built would have made me feel like a heel if I loaded XP on it.  So, W7x64Ult got the nod.  It does some things I like and some things I don't like.  I am a gamer, so Linux or something else wasn't really in the cards for me.  In addition, I work all day on Unix/Linux, so I need the change of pace.

XP is alive and well.




I run.... mechanically separated chicken



XP on the desktop currently, 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop



Let's see, I have 6 laptops and 5 desktops on my home network. The laptops are: 1 Ubuntu, 1 Mac 10.4, 1 XP, 2 Vista and 1 Windows 7. The desktops are: 1 Mac 10.4, 2 XP, and 2 Win 7. I think that's a pretty good mix. I have some older stuff too that I don't use, including some old laptops running Win 95 and 98. Windows 7 is the best of them all, however I do like Ubuntu. If I include my work computers(which I am responsible for maintaining), we would have to include everything from Win 98 to Win 7 and a few Macs.



Three desktops running XP Pro SP3 - they'll go to Win 7 in the next couple of months if the hardware is capable of running it; otherwise, they'll either stay XP or switch to a Linux distro, probably Ubuntu.

My wife's two laptops run XP Pro SP3 because she doesn't want to change them - she's stubborn like that, but I'm trying to nudge her toward 7.

My work laptop runs 7 Pro (32-bit), and my personal laptop runs 7 Ultimate (64-bit).  There's just no contest...7 is easily better in every way.  Speed, usability, function, form...7 is what Vista should have been in the first place.



We run




and basicly any windows os including

95, 98, NT, win2k, CE, Vista(ugh), and 7




I was holding on to my xp install becasue i thought some of my old programs would not run on 7. So i did a dual boot of xp and 7 on this machine and 2 months later am srysly considering axing that to go solo on W7.  Everything ran just find in compatible mode so wth. W7 just looks soo good and yes it is faster.

Lappy with vista/W7 dual boot ( too lazee to just wipe it and go W7)

W7 on Wifes rig  

Kubunto on IrcD and Apache server.

Emac with whatever runs on it lol.

W7 on everything i build for my friends , 3 so far.

Mom's is still XP tho a nix distro might be a better idea for her just needing email and net access



1 Laptop running Ubuntu 10.04

1 iBook with OSx



3 - W7 64 Ult - Main system and two other fresh-built gaming systems

2 - W2003x64 Server - DC and FS

3 - XPx64 gaming systems - most have 4-8GB of RAM

4 - XPx32 - 1 laptop, 1 HTPC, 1 photshop box, and 1 gaming system (32-bit for driver compatability)

1 - Win2k! - hey, it's an old Fujitsu lappy.

3 - OSX (one is dual-boot W7 - MBP)

These are all home systems.  Yes, I am a geek.  Work lappy is still XPx32.

Windows 7 is nice, but I find that not all systems *need* it and some of the laptops run better on XP.  I am still working through some of the kinks in W7, too.  Like the "thumb.db" files that get in the way on network shares.




In my house between my roommate and I we have the following

2 Laptops running Ubuntu

2 Desktops Running Ubuntu

1 HTPC running Ubuntu

1 Server (Firewall box running Astaro, which actually uses SuSE as it's framework)

2 Servers Running Ubuntu

1 Sun Box running Debian

1 Dell Tower running WinXP (Only because it's my carbonite box)


Yest I have way too many computers in my house.



The guaranteed way to get a flood of comments.

Anyway, here's a non-comprehensive rundown:

Domain computers run a mix of XP Pro, 7 Ultimate and SuSE Linux (which integrates with Windows networks nicely)

All personal PCs except for one have XP (two x64, rest 32 bit), the other has 7 Pro

My computer runs OpenSuSE Linux and Windows Server 2008 R2

Servers mostly run Linux, one FreeBSD and one Windows Server Standard

Plus two System 7 Macs. I just fixed one up and surfed the Internet with it on IE3.



I have 5 PC's running win 7 pro and ultimate. I just downloaded and installed Ubuntu. It was quite easy to install and seems ok. I went to the Ubuntu forum to ask about virus/malware software and I will tell you I was hammered. They just don't get it. Instead of an intelligent response explaining why or why not to get something, they bash windows and basically call anyone running it a moron. This is why I have consistently stayed away from it because the attitude is just not positive. Oh well, they can have their 1% market share and superiority complex.

I will say the ubuntu install process was very nice. I wish they kept the X for exiting windows on the right side instead of the left side....



I have one old notebook that still runs Xp but all of our workstations and other computers are now Win 7. I have personally run Win 7 since the first Beta. It was the first Beta OS that once I tried it I did not want to give it up. When I use Xp I now feew deprived. Look, Xp was a great OS in its time but, it is really old... I mean old and so outdated.

I have used just about every OS out there from DOS 2 - DOS 4, Unix, various Apple OSes, Win 3.1, 95, 98, 98SE, Milinium (Yuk, BIG yuk), Xp and even Vista on one unit for a while. All of them work, some are better than others but WIn 7 is by far my favorite, none of them are perfect but 7 is really an excellent OS. I guess if $90 or so is that big a deal to some then they should just stick with Xp and get the most ues they can out of an old set up. Hell, a 10 year old cell phone still works also, you can make calls on it after all. :-)



I have 1 Mac (eMac) in the living room to play music and stuff. It looks cool, and gets the job done.

Work laptop is Win 7 Ultimate.

Wife's laptop is Win 7 Pro.

Work station is Win 7 Pro.

Main server is Win 2008 R2, which is running Hyper-V with XP Pro X32, Win 7 Ultimate, and other stuff that comes and goes.

Home Server Vail in pre-release form.

Gaming desktop is Win 7 Ultimate.

Media Center in the theater room is Win 7 Ultimate.

I also carry and Android Phone

I think that's it.



Home-built HTPC uses Windows 7 Professional,  my Lenovo Laptop recently upgraded from XP to Windows 7 Professional (XP became corrupted... good excuse to upgrade),  Wifes home-built desktop runs XP, Wife's Toshiba laptop running XP, home-built computer in basement running XP,  Daughter's latest Dell laptop runs Windows 7 Home Edition, and Son's Compaq laptop is running Vista.

The deal is if it ain't broke don't fix it, or in this case, don't upgrade.



I just upgraded from XP to Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit last week when I build my new PC. I usually dont upgrade OS unless I do a new build.



My personal machine is my acer laptop, and it runs Windows 7 Ultimate,as does the household PC at one of my residences (life style has me splitting time) the two KVM'ed machines at my other residence are both XP Pro SP3...

I also have several Live flashdrives, Mint, Ubu 10.10, Backtrack, and Chromium Vanilla by Hexxah.

I think most people stick with XP because it works for them, though the latest push with the Family pack may start to change that. I know I have tried XP on my laptop, and simply found that 7 provides much smoother operating in Dual Cores than XP does.

mi dos centos



My office laptop has Windows XP on it, but I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on it (as a dual-boot) for when I'm away from the office and not doing office work (I got permission before doing that). My home desktop just has Ubuntu 10.04 (I'll upgrade to 10.10 this weekend), although I'm thinking of dual-booting with OpenSUSE or Fedora. My wife's laptop is dual-boot with XP and Ubuntu 10.04, although she is weaning herself off XP. Hopefully, it won't be too much longer before I can say that none of our home computers run Windows. Now, if I can just say the same at the office, I'll be all set.



I have exactly two DX10 games and my XP install performs great and is very stable.  There's nothing about Win 7 that's worth $175 (for the full version of Home Premium).



I have one workstation at home with WinXP because the scanner company didn't release drivers for Windows Vista/7.  Forced obsolescence did not make my buy a new scanner.

I have a laptop with Windows Vista on it, and a laptop with Windows 7 on it.  There is also a netbook with Windows 7 basic, which is a horrible piece of crap that has certain things disabled for the sole purpose of nagging you to upgrade.  Cheap move, Microsoft, cheap move.

I really dislike what MS has done to the OS and pricing options.

I'd happily update my OSes to the latest and greatest is MS would leave it to a home and business version, and cut the prices in half.

But since they won't and don't, I take what OS the new laptop/computer comes with, and let Microsoft do their best to drag me kicking and screaming to their new OS.  So far, it isn't really working out for them and I'm seriously considering a single gaming workstation for that only and moving everything else to Linux.



No big surprise here, since mainly businesses are still hanging onto XP. Costs too much to upgrade in this economy. Not too mention upgrading any other software to be compatible with win7 is what really drives the cost up.

Sure you can spend a couple thousand dollars upgrading to Win7 for all of your users, but what about all of the other software a business relys on (eg CRM, accounting, custom software etc)? Not to mention time involved for troubleshooting bugs, purchasing new servers to run that brand new software and training users? Please dont even go there with xp mode on win7.



Exactly what I was referring to sammy_sam!



I hear ya...sounds like Microsoft needs to put the focus back on their business users instead of trying to compete so hard with apple on the consumer end.



Was just wondering if this survey from Net Applications is taking into account that the majority of large corporate networks, or if this is just based on public consumers? Most large companies are not willing to  go through a systemwide OS upgrade until they have to, so I'm wondering if this skewing percentages.. I run Win7 on all my home pc's, but XP is still running on any corp sytems I come across..



 My son still insists on Windows XP on his college machine. As I have long converted everything else in the house to Win7 ultimate, I really dislike working with XP. Everything about it just creaks. The interface is bad, hooking peripherials to it is a pain, networking is a lot of trouble, and just moving files around is clunky.

 I started enjoying the benefits of even Vista over XP, but Win7 just blows them away.

 I bet most of the reason is plain inertia or inability to build a Op sys from scratch. My son just does not want to worry about Diablo 2 (or so he says). Again, I think he is just used to XP so it is inertia.

Or some folks just don't care. They run their solitaire or mine sweeper and check facebook and e-mail. Who care what the op sys is?



I think the numbers are the way they are because many, MANY businesses haven't moved on from Windows XP.  I work for a government agency and can tell you the city and county government offices where I live - which number in the thousands of PC's - are all still running XP.



I'm running Win 7 Pro on my main rig. Wife's rig is XP Pro, My laptop is XP Pro, Secondary Computer(my old rig) is running Ubuntu 10.04 desktop and I am also running an Ubuntu 10.04 server that host VPN, Webmin, Samba file sharing, GNUmp3d for streaming my music collection online and of course Apache2, SSH and FTP.



XP (1), Vista (1), 7 Home Premium (2), Ubuntu (1). I'd ditch XP for 7 except for a very expensive printer with no 7 drivers. I'd ditch Vista except my wife hates change...

Maybe this is why they're offering that sweet family pack deal... very tempting.



Couldnt this be a result of a couple factors?

a) The ecconomy. Not everyone has money to throw at a new computer. Especially if the one at home running XP still works.

b) Older folks having a computer "just for email and internet access" dont need to upgrade their OS or hard ware (yet).


I cant imagine the people who are buying new systems, are having XP loaded onto them.



I still have Vista on my machine... dreaming of 7, but can't justify paying to upgrade to what is essentially just a patched version of what I have now.  Next time I replace my Mobo I'll upgrade, but you are spot on about the economy, IMO.



Two laptops with W7 Ultimate. One netbook with W7 Ultimate, and it works! Windows Homeserver. One laptop with XP. One server with Windows Server 2008R2. One phone with WinMo 6.5. Oh, and one with Ubuntu, sorry.



In addition to the XP Desktop collecting dust (Can't afford to make it a server yet - oh well) and the XP Laptop I now use for most of my daily usage and "light" entertainment, I also have an old (2001, folks) Mac that is both server and production-based stuff.  Yes, I know I'm going to get flamed (don't really care since the tools get the jobs done) but would love to upgrade soon...



FIRST POSTER!  WOO HOO!  Anyway, the family desktop is Vista Basic.  A laptop I am borowing (but not for much longer ) is XP Media center.  The laptop I am making payments on is Windows 7 Ultimate, although I am considering going to 7 Premium.  I may even try dual boot to XP Pro for S&G and more geek cred.  What do you think?  Is it worth dual booting to XP Pro when 7 is so sweet?  Your opinion is most welcome.




SGT Samuel E. McClard II



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