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Will Windows XP be discontued

by user470 / September 10, 2008 3:20 AM PDT

Does anyone know whether Windows XP will be discontinued and not updated any more by Microsoft? Thank you.

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by Jimmy Greystone / September 10, 2008 3:30 AM PDT

Yes, ALL of Microsoft products eventually reach what is known as an End of Life (EOL) state where they are no longer maintained in any way, except for special patches generally available only to very large clients.

I think, but someone else can probably confirm, that this will happen for XP sometime in 2012. There's a page on Microsoft's site, if you can manage to find it, that gives specific time frames for this.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2008 3:34 AM PDT
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And another.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 10, 2008 8:20 PM PDT
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XP EOL (End of Life)
by b1j / September 12, 2008 11:08 AM PDT
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If there will be no support for XP after 2014 what is the EOL for VISTA? Is it viable to purchase and use a system which does not evolve but is discontinued? New systems have always been plagued with bugs and system errors Vista is no different and I feel that no one should be forced to purchase a product against their will in the name of progress.

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EOL of Vista
by Jrobin4006 / September 12, 2008 12:02 PM PDT
In reply to: XP EOL (End of Life)

According to a web page dealing with Microsoft, Vista is to be replaced by Windows 7 beginning of 2010. It's to be what Vista was supposed to have been in the first place.

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HEY NOW...Microsoft was just...
by make_or_break / September 12, 2008 12:06 PM PDT
In reply to: EOL of Vista

...trying to relive Window ME all over again. You know how contagious the nostalgia bug can be...

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 12, 2008 6:11 PM PDT
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I don't see anyone forcing you to buy something against your will.

There are plenty of alternatives available.


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by b1j / September 12, 2008 7:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Force?

Please read it in the name of progress? Why discontinue a proven system (say again) in the name of progress? If XP goes, users will be forced to seek the alternatives. Alternatives cost money and it would be against my will as I am quite comfortable with the XP system

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Your current PC might have died ...
by Kees Bakker / September 12, 2008 10:22 PM PDT
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in 2014.

Only if you happen to have a retail version of XP you could install that on a new PC in 2014. Maybe. In fact, if it works, you really can do it, and you're not forced to spend money on a replacement.

If you've got an OEM version of XP, its license dies with your current PC. With the price of Vista being about equal to that of XP, there's no question at all of spending more money than if XP still was available.


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Re: Will Windows XP be discontued
by JiMiZnHB / September 12, 2008 12:35 PM PDT


Basically what this site is saying to is Windows XP users DO NOT have to TRUDGE through vista (unless they purchase a NEW PC), and if the next version of Windows BLOWS you will still have time to wait for the next release of Windows as we will continue updates for Windows XP until 2014.

(i.e, XP is a GREAT OS. PERIOD.)

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Yes, it certainly will Windows 98
by aaasolanki / September 12, 2008 10:06 PM PDT

Windows98 was also an excellent OS, until XP SP1 came up and we got used to it...
Always wondered - How would the world stand today if Windows 98 was thrown open to the world (open-sourced)...?
Makes me draw a parallel to what Netscape has become today after it was opened up in 2000...
But Microsoft would never do it. That would threaten their existence...

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Yes and No
by GENE8 / September 13, 2008 9:57 AM PDT

Yes, Windows XP will be continued for some time, according to Microsoft. And No, it will not be updated beyond SP3, Microsoft also saids.

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