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Mar 3 2011   9:56AM GMT

Are you ready for the Windows XP retirement party?

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Windows 7’s birthday, and now we’re being told to start etching a more sobering date in stone:

April 8, 2014: The Day Windows XP Dies

This comes from Ed Bott, via Ed Tittel:

Service Packs 1 and 1a were retired back in 2006. Service Pack 2 rode off into the sunset last month, on July 13. And Service Pack 3 will be retired along with all editions of Windows XP on Patch Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

It’s true that this date has been pushed back twice, but this might be the actual end of the line, as both Eds point out, that at this juncture, Microsoft will almost certainly be handling at least 4 generations of Windows. The SKU count (i.e., the available flavors of Windows) enters dangerous territory:

  • XP has Home, Professional, Starter, Media Center and Tablet Edition, as well as the 64-bit editions.
  • Vista has Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Vista Business, Vista Enterprise and Vista Ultimate.
  • Windows 7 has Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate, and Thin.
Plus whatever versions Windows 8 brings. And while the XP end-of-life cutoff will be a tough date to swallow, there is some hope that it will ultimately simplify things for both users and admins: It’s an education Microsoft is currently paying heavily for, as Paul Thurrott writes:

I’ve harped on this a lot in the past, but in a bid to maximize profits, Microsoft has littered the market with far too many Windows product versions, or what the company calls SKUs (for “stock keeping unit,” retailing term). And while we can try to dumb down the conversation by explaining how, in any given market, customers only have two or three or four choices, or whatever, the fact remains: One version is not just enough, it’s optimal from the customer point of view. Just ask Apple: It offers just one version of Mac OS X. It’s called Mac OS X. Not Mac OS X Media Center Edition or Mac OS X Arbitrarily Limited Edition. Just Mac OS.

Michael Morisy is the editorial director for ITKnowledgeExchange. He can be followed on Twitter or you can reach him at Michael@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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  • RobCrombie
    Hopefully by the time XP dies, MS will have an OS that is not a pain in the butt. I hate the Win 7 Start Menu I detest that they deny us access to folders EG Since the Win 7 Start Menu does not have a Classic mode, you can trim some of the crap out of it, to get to as close to Classic as possible. Then when you try to add your own Start Menu folders, and move your menu items around, you get blocked from accessing those folders. Mutter, mutter.
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  • Yogender
    yeah , agree with RobCrombie comment In win 7 we have to drag and drop shorcut like my computer which was coming by default in Win xp by choosing Classic start menu.
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  • Skris88
    I recently downgraded my 6 month old laptop from Windows 7 Pro to WIndows XP Pro for a three-fold increase in performance! As an IT Consultant to small business (most of whom are struggling) upgrading their versions of Windows will require newer hardware- my guess is that they'll move to a distro of Linux. I'm already installing xPud where-ever I go, so when - not if - their PC or PCs fail due to another piece of malware that has 'somehow' bypassed bypassed their expensive Internet security "suites" - no doubt due to their use of MS office and related applications. My clients simply select xPud (installed via http://xpud.googlecode.com/files/xpud-0.9.2.exe) and access their webmail and online documents (iDrive via http://www.idrive.com) until I get the chance to go around and re-image their systems. The sad thing is, that once everyone is converted away from Windows, I might not have that many call-outs (right now, I'm happy - but my clients aren't that happy)! skris88 Sydney, Australia
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  • valmsmith
    I think that Microsoft has been busy playing the 'We gotta please everyone' game, and all any of us have wound up with is a number of OSs which become contrary to logic, and which don't have a lot in common with one another with the exception of the FAT system, and THAT can also be a nightmare, e.g if you happen to be logged on to the "recovery partition" in most modern PCs it generally uses the FAT32 system. Problem with that is even if one wanted to go there and use the stuff on that partition to repair the C: drive, it would be at the very least tough, because the FAT32 can NOT read the NTFS of the main part of the drive.
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