From The Forums: Neowin members offer their Windows XP memories

While Windows XP will still be installed on many PCs for some time to come, today marks the last day Microsoft will issue patches and support for the OS to the public since it was launched on October 25th, 2001. Today, we wanted to get some memories and thoughts about Windows XP as a whole from Neowin's huge forum community.

We asked for some comments in our Windows sub-forum and we were not disappointed. Some forum members said that XP was the first OS that they installed themselves. One post from "astropheed" stated:

I love XP, quirks and all. Technically it's not even close to as useful as Windows 7, but I don't care. I'll miss it. In that way you miss things you know you have no use for anymore and only kept around because your Grandma bought it for you and she's no longer alive so you don't have the heart to throw it away... until one day Microsoft issues an end of life on that gift she bought you..... or you know, something like that.

Some memories were not as pleasant, at least at first. One of them comes from forum member "InsaneNutter" who said he was disappointed when he downloaded a beta of Windows XP for five days via a dial-up modem, only to find out it would not run on his family's PC.

However, his attitude changed when he got his dad to upgrade the hardware inside the PC so that XP could run. He writes:

I remember been stunned at just how much of an upgrade XP was from Windows Me. XP didn't crash, back then i was used to Windows ME blue-screening every hour or two. On Windows XP I loved how multiple users could be logged on at the same time, this allowed me to stay signed in to MSN Messenger when someone else wanted to use the computer, which was great when sending files to friends and getting messages. Back then MSN was basically the equivalent of a mobile phone for myself and friends, few of us had mobiles at the time.

Neowin member "matt95110" was like many people who joined the site in part because of the launch of XP. He stated that today, "I intend to do one final installation of Windows XP, update it to the final version and have a beer in it's honour."

Another person who still runs XP on his PC is "Hum", who wrote that he signed up to be a beta tester for the OS; he says he still has RC 1 on a CD. He added:

I remember going into Staples early in the morning, October 25, 2001, expecting to 'line up', to buy Windows XP. And I seemed to be the first one ! No one else seemed to be there to buy XP. I spent over $200 for Windows XP Pro and the XP Plus! cd. My Windows XP computer is alive and well, with all updates, ready for the future.

The thread about Windows XP memories and experiences are still ongoing in our forums and on this day.of days it's certainly an appropriate time to join the conversation and offer your feelings on this "end of support" milestone. 

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My main memory of XP is not one of the excellent features of this great OS. Instead I painfully remember the svchost.exe using the CPU at 100%, rendering my machine useless for some time. I spent several days trying to figure it out the root of the problem.

But don't take me wrong! Windows XP was very solid, consistent and user friendly. Windows 7, was like the pinnacle of the Windows XP legacy! Windows 8 was far from that, 8.1 is taking another different course.

workplace used to have XP on most of the machines. I would take advantage of the C$ shares to snoop around and look at files

I miss Windows Me and Windows 2000 more than XP.
Windows 2000 SP4 was love on first sight, Windows ME brought me System Restore and a clean, modern desktop. It brings me joy only by reminding myself how their Boot screens were looking.
Windows XP Home Edition, preinstalled, bloated and on a trackball laptop.. always crushed by PC Cillin antivirus at startup. MSN homepage was lovely and as a kid I didn't knew what twunk_32 and Dr.Watson were , tried double-clicking them hoping for a game to show up. (Win98 days)
Those were some good days!

Edited by Decebalvs Rex, Apr 8 2014, 4:03pm :

Back on Oct 25th, 2001 I was one of about 250 people who launched Windows Xp for Microsoft. I was doing support for windows 95/98 when it came out and was selected to launch it. It was a good OS it was what windows 2000 was supposed to be. To bad Microsoft has gone downhill since.

I joined Neowin when I got my first Windows XP computer upgrading from Windows 98. A 1.6GHz P4. It felt so fast for the time. I'd then spend the next 10+ years here.

XP was the last Windows OS I really knew inside and out. Back when I was a hard core "tweaker"

I recall spending many a nights on mIRC getting the latest beta bits of xp every time a new vers leaked, actually I think that's about the time I discovered Neowin...exciting times back then, glad to see it finally die tho lol

Most of my Windows XP memories come from the job I had supporting it at Microsoft. I was a Platform Performance Engineer at the MS office in Las Colinas, TX. The first surprising thing I learned about XP was how robust it really was. The VAST majority of issues it had were caused by 3rd party software or drivers. Anti Virus filter drivers were the biggest culprit. The 2nd biggest issues were around Internet Explorer.

I developed a lot of respect for the people and their efforts put into XP. I have a huge amount of gratitude towards Microsoft for that job and all I learned. It was the stepping stone to a much greater career. Many of the people that I worked with back then are still at MS. It is a fantastic place to work. I was a contractor at the time so I had to go after the contract was up. But the experience I got from MS led to a new (and even higher paying) job before my last day had arrived. A few months later MS offered me a permanent position. I turned it down but I had to thing long and hard before doing so.

So in a small but significant way, Windows XP had a role in making my career what it is today.

prathaprabhu this name stands for Microsoft products as some of you may know :) In the year 2007 when i started my carrier in search of Windows XP VL Keys, which now made possible of what I am today with Volume Licensing. I was using XP untill last year mid-2013 now I am using Windows 7. But XP is an Operating System that will stay forever in people's heart for sure.

Thanks :)

For me,
Windows XP Professional wasn't that much of an upgrade coming from W2K. Never used that crappy Windows Me, but even W2K was a HUGE improvement over Windows 98SE.

Never had a single issue with XP and it had always ran fine. Never once had to do a clean reinstall of it! Only time I did a reinstall was simply from a backup from when I was experimenting with Linux and screwed up my first couple attempts at dual booting.

Although W2K wasn't really a consumer based OS, it started the upward trend of great dependability that XP simply continued on with until MS decided to create that fine POS called Vista.

Don't have XP on any of the 9 machines here anymore and when I run across a machine with it installed on, it already takes a few minutes to get reacquainted, but it was and is a a great OS. Only to bad that all great things have to come to an end!

R.I.P. XP! :(

My memory of XP?
Going to a computer market, and standing in line for 30 minutes to purchase XP to install on my intel Pentium 233MHz. That beast had no CD drive, so guess what I had to install it with? Thats right, 14 floppy disks. Was extremely painful to install, and every week it seemed to crash, and required a new install.

Anarkii said,
My memory of XP?
Going to a computer market, and standing in line for 30 minutes to purchase XP to install on my intel Pentium 233MHz. That beast had no CD drive, so guess what I had to install it with? Thats right, 14 floppy disks. Was extremely painful to install, and every week it seemed to crash, and required a new install.

Wow you used floppy to install Windows XP on a crap machine and then blame the OS for the PC crash cropping? Way to present yourself as a Moron.