One week before supports ends, Windows XP still installed on 27.69 percent of PCs

One week from today, on April 8th, Microsoft will release the final public patch for Windows XP, over 12 years after the OS was first launched. However, it looks like XP will still be used by a large fraction of PCs worldwide when support is cut off, according to the latest data from Net Applications.

The firm, which collects unique user stats from its tens of thousands of websites, has posted its March 2014 operating systems numbers. They show Windows XP is being used by 27.69 percent of all PCs worldwide. While that is down compared to February's numbers of 29.53 percent, it still shows that XP is still the second most used operating system in the world, behind Windows 7 at 48.77 percent.

Windows 8 and 8.1 still don't come close to XP's numbers. The updated data from March shows that Windows 8 claims 6.41 percent of the OS market share and 8.1 is still behind at 4.89 percent, despite being released as a free update to Windows 8 users. Combined, Windows 8 and 8.1 claim 11.3 percent of the OS market share, up just slightly from February's 10.68 percent.

However, the focus this month is on Windows XP and the fact that Microsoft will soon cut off support to an OS that many people around the world are still using inside their PCs. While the general public won't get any more XP updates after April 8th, many companies such as banks and even parts of the U.S government will pay big bucks to Microsoft for extended support contracts that will allow them to get updates until they upgrade to a more recent version of Windows.

Even though Microsoft has been warning the public for years about the XP support cut off date, and the dangers in continuing to use the OS beyond April 8th, there are some parties out there, such as the anti-virus company AVAST, who believe Microsoft still needs to keep XP software updates going for a while longer. It won't be long before we know which strategy is the correct one.

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This is purely the result of too many people who bring the term "can't teach a new dog old tricks" a whole new meaning, and WAY TOO MANY stupid Sys Admins who think a good firewall or AV will keep their XP's humming along with no issues. These admins I ream out like no tomorrow when I encounter their complete stupidity.

You know what would have been funny? If Microsoft had set Windows XP support end date to April 1, 2014 and then turned out to be April fools joke and instead they support it for another decade :D

LOL...people often ask "Why is Internet Explorer 8 the most used browser according to this one report?" The answer is in that graph image: Windows 7.

People often say that PC's are "crap" computers next to Mac and Linux. Well, tell that to the people who run Windows XP who do not feel the need to upgrade their computer.

I'm not sure what you mean by PCs are crap computers next to Mac and Linux. Linux will run on any regular PC :) You don't need special hardware :)
I have been running Linux only for a decade now on regular computers. I don't necessarily think it is better than windows. I use it because I personally like it :)

I'll be honest, if Windows XP supported my modern hardware, I'd still be using it also. The reason I found Neowin back in 2002 was because of Windows XP. I loved the support Windows XP got from the modding community. With Windows XP, I felt free to do as I please. When I'm using a Windows 8 machine, I feel like I'm being controlled by the North Koreans.

JHBrown said,
When I'm using a Windows 8 machine, I feel like I'm being controlled by the North Koreans.

How so? You can still mod the living crap out of it, be it the looks or components. Even flat out replace the entire shell. Just like XP.

Posting this from an unpatched stock SP3 installation, just a decent antivirus and the router's firewall between me and the jungle out there. Haven't had problems with this in years and I will have no issues with it after the cut-off date.

And why is everyone recomending a switch to Win 8/8.1? Why would I downgrade to that piece of [censored] when Ubuntu/Linux Mint/etc. run a lot better?

My games run a lot better on Ubuntu/Wine that on Win 8 on the same machine. Now that is what i call an upgrade, not that Metro [beeep] thing :))

john_alex said,
Posting this from an unpatched stock SP3 installation, just a decent antivirus and the router's firewall between me and the jungle out there. Haven't had problems with this in years and I will have no issues with it after the cut-off date.

And why is everyone recomending a switch to Win 8/8.1? Why would I downgrade to that piece of [censored] when Ubuntu/Linux Mint/etc. run a lot better?

My games run a lot better on Ubuntu/Wine that on Win 8 on the same machine. Now that is what i call an upgrade, not that Metro [beeep] thing :))

April 1 joke no doubt. Wine doesn't run serious games, and even if the remotely run, they run like ####.

sjaak327 said,
Wine doesn't run serious games, and even if the remotely run, they run like ####.

Welllllll I wouldn't go that far, really depends on the game. Some run rather well actually, including some "serious" games. Some are iffy/quirky. Some won't run at all. It's a crapshoot what works and what doesn't, check the database before wasting your time on something that's known to not run. If you're using it primarily for gaming and want the "it just works" factor then it's the wrong choice obviously, but if you're not using it mainly for gaming (or just hate dual booting as much as I do) it's a viable option.

microsoft should continue to support XP its a necessary evil.

People will move from xp once their crap computer break, if they force it now what it happens its that people will use tablets or smartphone as the main computing device.

this its happeing and microsoft should realize it

eilegz said,
People will move from xp once their crap computer break

My PC isn't crap. It's a couple years old but it's got a Sandy Bridge CPU, etc. I don't plan on moving off XP unless MS produces something similar to it. More similar to Win2K would be even better. I don't need the babysitting things in XP. 2K was much better.

eilegz said,
microsoft should continue to support XP its a necessary evil.

Sure.

And Google and their OEMs need to support Android 1.1 still as a necessary evil.
And Apple need to continue to support PowerPC based iMacs too, as a necessary evil.

Microsoft's license agreement clearly states the risk assumed by the users of their products.

eilegz said,
they are still supporting gingerbread which its a windows xp equivalent in the android world

It is ? When was it released 2001 ?

Silly remark, any Windows version gets at least 10 years of support, regardless of how many Windows versions are being released.

I am sure actuall number will be much more than that as there are many computers which are without internet connections. XP will take another 4-5 years to become a blip on the radar. I have win 8 with startisback and do not deal with metro mess. I even know I can get free Win 8.1 but honestly, I find it worse than current win 8. So between bad and worse, I pick bad. LOL

Windows 8.1 is better than Windows 8.0 in almost every way. The sole exception is, imho, the Photos app. In every other way it's significantly better... and I'm confused why you think it would be worse.

At the very least, you should get on and manually apply all applicable updates before the end-of-support date.

After the end-of-support date you should ensure your XP machine is not connected to the internet in any way if you wish to continue using it.

ray_bk said,
I have Windows Update disabled for years and my Windows XP is running smoothly.

This just clarifies why there are so many XP machines still in active use... We know that the majority of the population is stupid, and your comment just shows either your IT stupidity, or ignorance, for not even updating XP over the years. Your actions are like the worst IT sin.

Filter the list by "NORTH AMERICA" "EUROPE" "AUSTRALIA" (aka the continents that count) and see the result.

Its the end of public support for XP, as long as companies/governments are willing to pay big bucks to Microsoft for support, it may still be possible to get patches as direct downloads post April 8th.

Yazoo said,
Its the end of public support for XP, as long as companies/governments are willing to pay big bucks to Microsoft for support, it may still be possible to get patches as direct downloads post April 8th.

Not likely, these hotfixes would probably not be released publicly. Otherwise what would be the incentive for the people paying big bucks ?

People aren't just gonna install 7 or 8 over xp it doesn't work like that you need a good computer.

And a large people still on XP probably don't think they can afford a good computer.

anothercookie said,
People aren't just gonna install 7 or 8 over xp it doesn't work like that you need a good computer.

I have a handful of machines in use here that were originally shipped with XP and they run 7 and 8 with zero problems. Same for a fair number of upgrades I've done for people, most of them didn't need any hardware. A few only had 512MB, and frankly that doesn't run XP all that well either once you get past the desktop. Not all machines that came with XP are late 90's garbage.

Biglo said,
Man if windows xp was 64 bit from the start it would have been much more relevant now.

It would still be on end of support. The 64 bit XP pretty much was the worst version of Windows NT in history.

sjaak327 said,

It would still be on end of support. The 64 bit XP pretty much was the worst version of Windows NT in history.

Well remember XP 64 really only took off at the "suppose to be end of life cycle" but it never really got any support like that cause Vista had came out and devs werent trying to develop for an old system.

McKay said,
You poor deprived Man.

it's boat loads better than stock 8 :) Also it's a work machine, my other runs 7.

I can't stand using XP at work, most of our work involves searching for documents other people created because it's a Mess. If we were on Server 2007 or higher, and Vista or higher we'd be able to search the network for it because the Server would have indexed all the files, but no. If we can't find it we have to use XP's search, which manages about 1 document a second.

runningnak3d said,

Your point? XP is still better than either one of those.

You forgot to start your sentence with "In my opinion" and forgot to end it with "for me"

No, Windows 8.1 is significantly better than XP in numerous ways... from security, to performance, to features, to standards support and API support, to end-user functionality and easy of use. To claim XP is better than Windows 8.1 is just to sound ignorant.

McKay said,

You forgot to start your sentence with "In my opinion" and forgot to end it with "for me"

It would be my opinion if Win8.x had more market share. It is fact, when it has abysmal market share, and almost no growth.

firey said,

it's boat loads better than stock 8 :)

Quite possibly the dumbest thing I've ever read here, which is quite the feat.

runningnak3d said,

Your point? XP is still better than either one of those.

Never mind. I scrolled down and found something even dumber.

runningnak3d said,

It would be my opinion if Win8.x had more market share. It is fact, when it has abysmal market share, and almost no growth.

So market share means the OS is "better?"

Well if your only definition of better = "more popular" than you're right. Buuuuut, you're not.

runningnak3d said,

It would be my opinion if Win8.x had more market share. It is fact, when it has abysmal market share, and almost no growth.

Normally one does't judge the quality of a product on market share alone. 11.3% market share still isn't small and it is certainly not abysmal considering it only has two operating systems higher up, and a #### load of operating systems trailing it.

firey said,
I am posting this from a machine running windows XP :D

So what, you think this makes you cool or something? No, it makes you a bloody moron.

-=MagMan=- said,

So what, you think this makes you cool or something? No, it makes you a bloody moron.

got me 6 likes.. and it was the truth.

Microsoft intented to force people to use the store and therefore create a Microsoft account. But the common user simply doesn't know anything about that and especially not what a Microsoft account is and why they should do it. Hence they never get the update

elangab said,
Being a free, downloadable, improved update - how come there's more Windows 8 % than Windows 8.1 ?

Since it is in the store.. not everyone knows about it. My mom is still runnign windows 8.. she didn't event know there was an App store.

When I showed her it.. she said she had no use for it, and that it looked like a worse version of the store on her phone (play store).

-adrian- said,
Microsoft intented to force people to use the store and therefore create a Microsoft account. But the common user simply doesn't know anything about that and especially not what a Microsoft account is and why they should do it. Hence they never get the update
You can download Windows 8.1 from the store without a Microsoft account.

firey said,
Since it is in the store.. not everyone knows about it. My mom is still runnign windows 8.. she didn't event know there was an App store.

When I showed her it.. she said she had no use for it, and that it looked like a worse version of the store on her phone (play store).

So she's still on Windows 8 and you didn't upgrade her system for her?

Studio384 said,
You can download Windows 8.1 from the store without a Microsoft account.

But this is not supporting an automated update by the system

Romero said,
So she's still on Windows 8 and you didn't upgrade her system for her?

nope she is fine with 8 I don't use her computer.

Studio384 said,
You can download Windows 8.1 from the store without a Microsoft account.

Which is another problem: having 8.1 in WU would have been a better solution. On the other hand it is understandable MS desire to increase the Store visibility. Not to mention that the upgrade to 8.1 is a lengthy process.

firey said,
nope she is fine with 8 I don't use her computer.
I don't use my parents' systems either, but still make sure they are kept patched and otherwise up to date. It's not as if 8.1 and even Update 1 differ significantly in terms of UI from 8 and 99% of the changes are optional anyway.

Romero said,
I don't use my parents' systems either, but still make sure they are kept patched and otherwise up to date. It's not as if 8.1 and even Update 1 differ significantly in terms of UI from 8 and 99% of the changes are optional anyway.

I see them once every couple weeks, don't really focus on her laptop when I am there.

elangab said,
Being a free, downloadable, improved update - how come there's more Windows 8 % than Windows 8.1 ?

I wonder how many of those users CAN'T upgrade due to their system CPU being blacklisted by 8.1. It's a real shame 8 and 8.1 don't share the same system requirements...

pjak said,

I wonder how many of those users CAN'T upgrade due to their system CPU being blacklisted by 8.1. It's a real shame 8 and 8.1 don't share the same system requirements...

I am one of those users. 8 runs fine, but cannot install 8.1

pjak said,
I wonder how many of those users CAN'T upgrade due to their system CPU being blacklisted by 8.1.
How many CPUs were actually affected by this?

-adrian- said,

But this is not supporting an automated update by the system

Nor should it be. Not everyone enjoys unlimited Internet quotas, or wants their computer upgrading their operating system automatically. It should be a user-initiated action, though the choice of using the App Store rather than Windows Update as the delivery mechanism is a bit of a disappointment.

Wasn't Microsoft to send through a message to users of XP to [urgently] upgrade, via Windows Update? Microsoft also did state they were going to release a new migration assistant...

Probably 90% of those users aren't actually aware that support is coming to an end (or what it means). Scaring people with facts about security (ie. XP vs 7/8) is probably the best way to get users to think about upgrading.

I wish Microsoft would sell Windows 7 alongside Win 8 and let users choose what to buy. Same goes with Office [2010 and 2013].

Edited by 68k, Apr 1 2014, 1:24pm :

Take in account that an actual change in marked share because of this message should be visible the 1 may, not a couple of weeks after it starts.

68k said,
I haven't yet seen a message come up on my XP PC/virtual machine...

I've had it come up on the 3 computers I have running XP at work.

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Probably 90% of those users aren't actually aware that support is coming to an end (or what it means). Scaring people with facts about security (ie. XP vs 7/8) is probably the best way to get users to think about upgrading.
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And what percentage has auto update turned off?

Scabrat said,
My question is, who are the users that have Windows 8 and havent upgraded to 8.1 yet! What are they waiting for!?

They just don't know it / don't care.
We're not all tech savy you know.

boumboqc said,

They just don't know it / don't care.
We're not all tech savy you know.

True. Its just so much better =).

boumboqc said,

They just don't know it / don't care.
We're not all tech savy you know.

Pushing it through the marketplace was a bad idea imo. I'll bet a good chunk that knows about it doesn't know how to get it and expects it to come through windows update or something.