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On Tuesday 8th April 2014 Microsoft officially ceased support for the Windows® XP operating system for all but a select few customers who are prepared to pay for extended support. If you are still using Windows XP, in the words of Douglas Adams:

Don't Panic.

 

I have seen a lot of people online giving a blanket recommendation that everyone dispose of their Windows XP PCs and replace them with nice shiny new ones (which nowadays will be running Windows 7 or Windows 8). I suspect that these people are simply scared to stick their necks out. Whatever their reasons, I am here to attempt to balance the argument.

Windows XP is a great operating system. In my not-so-humble opinion it has the best user interface of all the OSs that Microsoft produced (once you replace the default Tellytubbyland scheme with Windows Classic and switch the Start menu back to classic also). I am still using Windows XP and I intend to continue doing so for a long time to come. I am not overly concerned about Microsoft's decision to stop supporting it. However, it is clear from reading many web forums lately that a lot of people have been scared into giving up on an operating system that they know and trust, to replace it with something that will take an awful lot of getting used to, and that will require them to invest in new hardware.

I have therefore decided to do what I can to help those of you who are still left with your Windows XP systems but are unsure about whether you have made the right decision. This website is for you (and I apologise for not thinking of creating it sooner). That said, it's a free world and ultimately you have to be responsible for your actions. I can provide the information that I know, but you must make up your own mind, hence the disclaimer at the bottom of the page.

I hope that everyone who chooses to stick with Windows XP continues to have years of trouble-free service from it.

 

Michael