In defense of XP
XP was the first operating system that Microsoft got right. Now, it want to pull the plug and leave millions of users without support. I think that's just wrong... and leaves the entire online community more vulnerable to attack, regardless of what operating systems are in use. In fact, I would still be running XP except the 32 bit flavor couldn't access more than 4 GB of memory (unfortunately, the 64 bit version had too many issues to make it worth the migration). I finally moved to Windows 7 and have been fairly happy with it, but I realize some hardware that runs XP may not have the horsepower to effciently run Win 7. Those folks shouldn't be abandoned just because it doesn't fit Microsoft's business plans. By the way, has anyone noticed that Microsoft seems to get it "right" with every other version of Windows. XP, good - Vista, bad - Windows 7, good - Windows 8, horrible. Here's hoping Windows 9 gets it right again. By the way, I got my wife a new laptop with Windows 8 and she's tried very hard to adapt to it. So far, she's had to re-image the machine twice from backups because Windows 8 becomes just about unusable, with things like the control panel disappearing and reappearing (plus a host of other weird stuff). She's very computer savvy, but Windows 8 has become a huge frustration for her. Now she's asking me to put Windows 7 on her machine. I can't say as I blame her. I did the same thing with my new laptop after spending some time with Windows 8. So, I don't blame XP users who want to keep it. I'd go Mac or Linux if i was forced to move to something as bad as Windows 8... and, believe me, I'm no fan of Macs.