Windows XP Still On Top, May Be Last of Its Kind

John Storts
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Although it's kind of hard to believe for an operating system that's fast nearing its tenth birthday, Microsoft Windows XP continues to hold the top spot as the world's dominant OS, according to a recent Computerworld report that cited numbers from Web metrics company Net Applications.


Though the lead is a narrow one at this point at 52.4 percent, that's pretty remarkable. Whether XP's longevity can be attributed to the highly visible failure of Vista or other factors, it isn't likely to happen again, largely due to Microsoft's switch to shorter, three-year release cycles (down from five-year cycles used for past versions of Windows).


Regardless of the reasons for XP's endurance, it will remain a dominant player well into 2012, when Windows 7 finally overtakes it as top OS in the world (and Vista nearly falls off the map with a measly 4 percent share). For IT managers and pros, this means that XP (SP3 in particular) must continue to be supported until hardware and software upgrade needs allow for a switch. Like many other businesses, this support must likely coincide with that provided for other flavors of Windows as new machines are rolled out gradually.


To help the IT department continue to provide dependable support for all those Windows-sporting workstations on active duty, from XP to Vista to 7, our contributors have provided the following tools, templates and resources:


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Jun 14, 2011 1:36 AM Joy-Ellen Lipsky Joy-Ellen Lipsky  says:

For individuals (versus companies), the fact that there is no automated way of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 was the deciding factor for me to stay on XP.  Having to re-install all my applications, move over my Outlook files, and re-populate My Documents is too big a time commitment.  I figure it would be easier just to buy a new PC with Windows 7 on it (eventually).  So if Microsoft wanted us off XP they should make it simple and inexpensive for us to move up to Windows 7.

Dec 22, 2011 8:07 AM Allie Valenza Allie Valenza  says:

Why not? I'm still using Windows XP, it's my favorite. Not that I don't like Windows 7 but I don't feel the urge to get it like some people I know do.  XP is less complex though, and I tend to like simple things. Plus, the type of Windows I use is my last concern now. I hate malware files. Thank God for Regcure! I would've been lost without it.


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