Microsoft's AmIRunningXP.com states the obvious, educates the consumer

We know that you ask yourself on a daily basis, "Is this machine running Windows XP?" If you find yourself pondering this question late at night and wish there were an easy answer to this question, Microsoft has your solution.

Microsoft has launched AmIRunningXP.com, which, as the name implies, will tell you if your computer is running Windows XP. While this is obviously a simple question, it could provide useful information for an uneducated user to see if his or her machine is running the outdated operating system. If nothing else, it’s a bit of fun for Microsoft to help spread the message that Windows XP will soon being going away and now is the time to move to a modern platform.

The good news is that if you have been holding off as you dreaded thinking about moving your documents to a new machine, Microsoft will be releasing a free migration tool to make that process much easier. If the website and migration tool weren’t enough, Microsoft will soon introduce a nag screen for those individuals who are still running XP to warn them of the upcoming end of support for the platform.

You can’t fault Microsoft for doing nearly everything in its power to get users to move off of the decade old operating system. With April 8 quickly approaching, you better get you plans in motion if you're a Windows XP user, as you will soon be using an unsupported platform.

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still running on XP at work. IT says they have a PC ready with Windows 7 on it but it's still sitting in the box.

Not stupid at all.

I am not a mechanic so my car is 10 years old. Does that make me stupid? Some people just do not give a da** about their computers. They are smart in other areas and are busy thinking about a date, a bill to pay, or anything unrelated to the tools they have.

In their mind their mysterious box works and do not even know what an XP is? If it works out of sight and out of mind etc. They have more important things to do.

A lot of people don't know or care about what OS their computer is running. Most people think Word, Excel and Powerpoint is "Windows". Just because we like computers and we're tech savvy doesn't mean the majority of the population cares.

sinetheo said,
I am not a mechanic so my car is 10 years old. Does that make me stupid?

Does not compute.

You probably mean "car enthusiast", although even they appreciate an old car.

Windows 7 - End of mainstream support January 13, 2015!!!! End of extended support January 14, 2020!!!!!!!

Windows vista support will end long before then and we will have Windows 9 by then

I have TONS of customers still on XP. Every customer that calls me with XP I still fix but I tell them about the cut off date. What ever the current % of people running XP is, I would guess that pertains to my customers as well.

You wouldn't be suggesting that a neowinian purchases it and puts it to use now, would you... *looks up pricing*

Somewhat unrelated but MS has done a fine job of making a PC look like a windows PC over the past couple of years by showing the start screen on everything.
Hadn't considered it before but imagine how low tech a computer with a win 7 or less desktop looks now

I don't know anyone still using XP. I think I saw someone last summer using it on a laptop in Burger King, haven't seen it since.

Personally my last XP system was taken offline in 2009.

Many clients I work with still use it.

It works so why change what is broken in their minds. Most of the bigger ones are getting with the program and starting their migration in which I am a part of. But many small mom and pop shops, cash registers, and old people. Still run it. There is no need to change as it works.

Many are not geeks and do not want to touch them and deal with an upgrade. To them it is like a refrigerator. Only replace them when they no longer work etc.

Lord Method Man said,
I don't know anyone still using XP. I think I saw someone last summer using it on a laptop in Burger King, haven't seen it since.

Personally my last XP system was taken offline in 2009.

last person I saw was a university professor doing a powerpoint about 2 years ago

Randall_Lind said,
If you need a website to tell you changes are you don't need a computer.

most people don't even know what OS they use. you really think people go buy android or windows in the numbers they do? no, they have better things to worry about. fanboys just like to think so. they'll get what "comes with it"

neonspark said,

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Anyone thinking otherwise should try a few months as customer service at an ISP or similar
*coughs* What does the start button look like?*coughs*

Randall_Lind said,
If you need a website to tell you changes are you don't need a computer.

Shoot most people do not even know what a freaking browser is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4MwTvtyrUQ

I worked at a AOL call center years ago and one user told me he had Windows 56. He then went on to say some things were upside down. He had the monitor updside down when he moved and thought AOL made his computer.

Reason XP is around as it will be asked later on ... people don't know any better nor go to neowin or any other tech sites. It is a big black or beige box which is magic when you hit the power button.