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China is looking at home grown patch solutions now

For many people in the corporate world, there is no real reason or need to upgrade from the 14-year-old Windows XP to a more modern version like Windows 7 or Windows 8. Some cite costs as a reason for not upgrading, while others point to the fact that their “mature” integrated systems simply don’t need anything new or fancy to operate properly.
 
One of the largest organizations that has no desire to move away from Windows XP is the Chinese government. China instead plans to patch XP on its own rather than upgrade to Windows 8, because upgrading would be too expensive (Windows 8 sells for 888 yuan in China, or roughly $142).

Just a little bit of Windows XP nostalgia... 

Chinese firms have reportedly released special protection patches to shore up XP’s defenses and the Chinese government says that it is now assessing those patches for its own use.
 
Estimates peg the number of Chinese computers using XP at nearly 70% compared to 18% in the U.S. As of early April, 25% of all PCs on the market were still running Windows XP.
 
Despite the reluctance for many to leave XP behind, Microsoft finally ended official support for Windows XP earlier this month. So many people weren't keen to move from XP in the business world that Microsoft offered to extend support for some companies for a hefty price. 

Source: Sky



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RE: Not for anyone
By Guspaz on 4/23/2014 11:43:37 AM , Rating: 2
USB3 support: Windows XP officially does not support USB3, and while a limited number of manufacturers provide XP drivers for their controllers, the vast majority don't. Intel doesn't, and certainly no onboard USB3 ports will work unless downgraded to USB2 mode in the BIOS.

SSD support: XP works with SSDs, but has sub-optimal behaviour. There's the whole shouldn't-run-defrag-on-SSD thing, the partition offset thing, etc. Most of these issues can be manually worked around. You can disable defragmentation, or manually re-align your partitions, for example.

DirectX 11: Sure, but DX10 isn't supported either, and not all games still support DX9. There are ways to trick DX10 into installing on XP, but I wouldn't rely on that sort of thing.

Power management: you're missing lower power use. There's more to conserving power than just supporting sleep states. Newer versions of Windows provide longer battery life while performing the same tasks by supporting newer power saving features in processors. XP is pretty bad in this regard. It'll work just fine, it'll just use more power to do it.

The main issue with XP, of course, is that the lack of security updates going forward are going to be increasingly problematic. Everything is fine for the moment, but as soon as somebody finds a remote exploit and Microsoft doesn't fix it, the show is up.


RE: Not for anyone
By Dorkyman on 4/23/2014 12:05:07 PM , Rating: 2
I hear you, but still many (most?) people view this as MS desperately trying to milk additional revenue by forcing people off of a product that works really well already.

As for USB3, I did a quickie search, found a USB3 card on Amazon (first hit on Google) and it was compatible with everything from XP forward.

Regarding SSD, yes, I don't defrag any more and I had to realign the partition, which took a couple of minutes. I use a Plextor SSD and boot is about twice as fast as the 10,000 rpm Raptor I used before.

Anyway, I will switch to a different OS when there's an application that I need which won't run on XP. I use a LOT of applications and it hasn't happened yet, but we'll see.


RE: Not for anyone
By Labotomizer on 4/23/2014 12:24:27 PM , Rating: 5
Yes... Supporting a piece of software that you could have bought 14 years ago for all this time and finally ending support is "milking" the customer. Seriously, what are you people on? No other OS in history was supported as long as XP. No Linux distro, no Mac OS release, NOTHING. And people act like Microsoft is trying to screw them over for ending support on a 14 year old OS that, at most, you paid $200 for. Wow.


RE: Not for anyone
By Dorkyman on 4/23/2014 4:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's just ridiculously old.

You know, to me the OS is just a tool. A tool to help me get work done. I've got a whole variety of tools that I use all the time. Some are quite sophisticated and yet maybe 40 years old. I haven't thrown them out to buy newer tools because they still work fine.


RE: Not for anyone
By itsfreebecauseiwantit on 4/23/2014 5:56:57 PM , Rating: 1
what a fucking retarded comparison.... Maybe your mommy should also keep holding your hand for the rest of your life?


RE: Not for anyone
By Dorkyman on 4/27/2014 11:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
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