Windows XP was released in 2001 and since then it has been ruling the desktop operating system market until the release of Windows 7. Now, after 13 years, the support life cycle of the operating system is ending, and April 8, 2014 is set as the final day for the extended date of support. After this day, no computers running on Windows XP operating system would receive software updates or security patches from Microsoft. According to Windows tech support, Microsoft will not provide any kind of technical support for the operating system. This means that Windows XP operating systems would become vulnerable to threats and other bugs after this date.
Microsoft has released three service packs for the operating system and regular updates, all these years. The operating system required just 233 MHz of processor speed and RAM of 64 MB. A Super VGA (800 x 600) was enough for its video memory. The operating system also demanded only 1.5 GB of free hard disk space. Windows XP does not come in a DVD and therefore, your computer just needed a CD Rom for its installation. These configurations were available on most of the computers on those days when the operating system was released and this resulted in majority of users upgrading their operating systems to Windows XP. The operating system also attracted users since it had an improved user interface and other visual effects. The Start menu came with the two pane design in Windows XP.
Windows XP is also considered as a smooth operating system that does not use up all the system resources or does not freeze occasionally. The various editions of Windows XP released were Windows XP Starter, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center and Windows XP Professional. Users could also buy the 64-bit version of Windows XP. The Starter edition came with minimum features while the Professional edition has the most updated features. Media Center edition came with additional support for various media, according to Windows tech support.
It is estimated that more than twenty percent of the computers in the world run on Windows XP. In addition, about seventy-six percent of professionals use the operating system. Even though many corporate houses have upgraded their systems to Windows 8, many have not. The transition process is not easy due to the cost involved, compatibility issues and business disruptions. Therefore, we may still see numerous computers running on Windows XP after the end of support date.