Happy birthday XP!—
For a computer operating system to survive 10-years and remain the most popular OS for PCs is simply amazing, and Microsoft wishes XP would simply cease to exist and have users move up to a more current Windows OS. Why? More profits.
As odd as it may seem, the majority of PC users around the world are still running on a Windows platform that was introduced in 2001; which might as well be a million years in the ever changing computer industry.
XP ranks as the number one OS with Windows 7 and Vista taking up second and third place, respectively.
Some analysts believe this is due to people just feeling comfortable with XP and not seeing a need to move up. In part, this is probably true, but the real reason may be connected to something more pragmatic in nature: if you upgrade, you lose everything on your computer.
The horrible unspoken truth
In order to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 or even the much berated Windows Vista, a user must literally wipe out everything on his or her computer and start afresh, which basically means having to reinstall every program that ever existed on their former setup.
For many XP users this is simply not an acceptable option because setting up their computers all over again as they were setup orginally would require hours, if not days of locating program discs, downloading apps, reloading wallpaper images, screen savers, and a host of other little details.
For Microsoft to move current users off XP to a newer operating system (and thus make more money for the company) it will have to tackle the problem of maintaining a computer’s program integrity, i.e., provide a transparent migration with all the users’ apps and setup intact after the install, and have this accomplished automatically.
It’s possible but improbable
A mountain can be moved. That is possible. But it is highly improbable unless someone possesses the resources or has the faith to accomplish such a task.
In the case of Microsoft, making the upgrade from XP to the newest Windows platform without wiping the disk clean is possible, but improbable, not because it can’t be done, but because it would take too much money and time to make it happen.
Bottom line: XP users will hang on to it for as long as they can.
Written by: Frank Ling on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 1:01 PM
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