XP is Officially Retiring Today

By April 7, 2014Newegg Newsroom
Upgrading your PC to a new OS is a no-brainer. But which one should you choose?

Upgrading your PC to a new OS is a no-brainer. But which one should you choose?

Today is XP’s last day on the job and starting tomorrow, all computers running the outdated operating system will be left completely unprotected. Millions of people will be upgrading to a new version of Windows and the one they choose will depend on a variety of different things.

If you prefer a more traditional desktop, Windows 7 is the obvious choice. The taskbar and start menu are nearly identical to XP and users will have no problem adapting to it since it’s a familiar interface. This OS is fast, stable, and reliable.

Windows 7 has also been received with generally positive reviews from both consumers and critics alike. One reviewer from TechRadar called it “the best Windows operating system ever” and praised it for its new way of organizing files, improved backup capabilities, and less annoying notifications.

All in all, Windows 7 is a worthy successor for those that are upgrading from XP. However, there are some downsides.

The biggest problem with upgrading to Windows 7 is that mainstream support will end early next year. And although extended support will be available until 2020, before you know it you’ll need to upgrade once again.

Another factor to consider is the price. Windows 7 costs nearly the same as Windows 8 — a newer, faster, and more advanced operating system. If you’re going to upgrade, why wouldn’t you want the latest version of Windows?

Despite being criticized by early adopters, the newest version of Windows 8 has been met with mostly positive reviews. The 8.1 update that rolls out on April 8 also fixes a lot of the problems that plagued the first version and critics have been praising Microsoft for listening to customer complaints.

Among the new features are an enhanced Start screen, improved mouse and keyboard navigation, and support for 3D printing. If you want the best that Microsoft has to offer, WIndows 8 is definitely for you.

As great as the Windows 8 is, it also has some issues. First of all, to get the full Windows 8 experience, you’ll need a touchscreen monitor. This OS is designed to be touch-first and computers that don’t have this capability won’t be able to use all the great features.

Also, computers running XP won’t be able to upgrade directly to Windows 8.1. Instead they will have to install Windows 8 first and visit the Windows Store for a free update to 8.1. This won’t cost you any extra money but it’s an extra step that may seem tedious to some people.

No matter which version of Windows you decide to upgrade to, Newegg wants to simplify your transition to a new OS. We have great deals on everything you need to upgrade your PC including software, CPUs, hard drives, and more.

It may be the end of the line for XP, but it’s also a great opportunity to make your computer better than ever before. So, which version of Windows will you be upgrading to?

Join the discussion 41 Comments

  • Already using Windows 8.1 and I like it. Will be glad for another update, also can’t wait for 9. Some people don.t like change, I believe it is a top OS.

    • Then you are truly a r***** for even installing windows 8. Windows 8 is even more of a failure then windows Vista ever was, In fact I would rather have windows vista on my Computer over windows 8. Hell Id rather have an Apple PC then to own Windows 8. The set up and lay out of Windows 8 is made for phones. It is in no way set up for desktop use. Don’t Change things they are not broken or that Does not need changing. The design of the Desktop does not need to change from how its been just because of people using phones

      • Just because you don’t like it does not mean you opinion means more then anyone elses, I have been using win8 since launch and sade of a learning curve I have had absolutely no issues with it.

      • I agree. I tried the beta version of 8 and hated it. I’m waiting until 9 comes out to see if they listened to their customers. I’ll stick to Win 7 until they get it right.

        • mattforn says:

          Guys windows 8 is virtually identical to win 7… It still has a desktop, windows explorer, documents folder, etc. The only thing different is how the start screen/menu functions(which is still simpler). Out with the old, in with the new. Its also much faster and more reliable

          • Not quite, windows 8 simply does not function efficiently. The metro interface needs to stop existing, the desktop side needs a start menu. This is aside from its cloud integration, I cannot wait to see what happens the first time the cloud servers are effectively attacked. Windows 8 is set up for long term failure because of that alone.

          • Geoffrey Bush says:

            The programs you’re running also don’t appear on the taskbar. That killed it for me. That is the one, most important, feature of Windows and they removed it.

      • Don J says:

        You are obviously lost in stubbornness and technically challenged to be unaware that the Windows 8 Desktop is where you should be. It looks just like previous versions. If you can’t find it, select the first tile or Press & Hold
        the Windows Logo Key then touch the D key.

  • mmcgu1966 says:

    Windows 8.1 is good. Can’t wait to upgrade to 8.1 Update 1

    • Don J says:

      I’ve done the updates and everything works fine as expected.

      Some of the comments by others makes me wonder how they’ve managed to function in life at all.The confusion wasn’t caused by Win8. It may just be too much Red ‘BULL’.

  • Aru says:

    It seems like every other version is a better bet. I’ll probably stick with 7 until 9 comes out.

  • JJmaily says:

    All I know is windows 8 and now 8.1 Start up incredibly fast! Also with windows 8, out of 3 printers, I only had to install software for one of them. Even it showed up and I could print, but I needed the extra stuff for the malfunction purposes. Easily downloaded. Most all other programs re-installed without a problem other than Nero. It is incredibly fast and saves a lot of time. I like that you can run downloadable apps as well as legacy .exe programs. Someone said they would rather have a Mac than win 8. But I still can’t navigate Mac os using it for 2 years now as easy as I got used to win 8.

    • JJmaily says:

      One other thing. I just wish they would figure out how to incorporate all the small updates into the 8,1 update. instead you have to wait for 73 updates to finish before it gives you the option for updating to 8.1. That’s really my biggest gripe.

  • Windows XP was the best production OS until Windows 7 came out. Windows 8 and 8.1 are excellent choices for content consumption but not content production. Just like XP, Windows 7 will probably be alive for 10 to 12 years.

    I understand Microsoft is trying to deliver the same experience across all devices. However all devices do not have the same purpose. If they were all the same, then why own many different devices? – For instance, a phone may be used to view an excel spreadsheet, but creating and editing one on it is totally inefficient. A desktop or laptop is more efficient for creating documents. Touchscreens are great for moving between apps and playing candy crush. That’s what Windows 8 excels at.

    Hopefully, they will have two flavors of Windows in version 9.

    • Geoffrey Bush says:

      You’ve summed up the same argument I have been making against Windows 8 for a long time. It’s great if you can purchase a Microsoft Surface Pro, but the operating system seems like it was built ONLY for that piece of hardware.

  • I’ve been on a Mac for 28 years… not the same Mac of course 🙂 I work as an I.T. consultant, and I have moved my Windows using customers off of XP a long time ago. They’re all happily using Windows 7, and new Macs. I can understand why some people have not upgraded, but I think most people simply stuck with what they were most comfortable with. If that’s XP, and they refuse to upgrade after support has ended, it’s their funeral. They were warned.

  • What about Linux? Please add the option for the XP users switching to Linux or OS X

  • Bill says:

    Why is Linux not a choice?

  • Dan Brady says:

    I cannot make Windows 7 work with my color laser printer, so I’ll have one machine on the network running XP, strictly to act as a print server. Protection isn’t an issue – Webroot does the job just fine for me. Everything else that can will be migrating to Linux – the idea that I’ve got to buy and learn a new OS every few years for the same hardware annoys me quite a bit.

  • I’ve got linux 10.04 on another hd. Started preparing 2 weeks ago. Ready to make the exchange tomorrow!!

  • Bruce the Moose says:

    Of course “change” is the issue. The loss of productivity across an entire company of employees due to massive UI (User Interface) and device driver changes shouldn’t be taken lightly. I am a computer “expert” from several different points of view, and still use MS-Windows when I must. At issue is trying to do productive tasks I used to know how to do when I need to find all the new places MS hid the same functionality I used in prior versions of MS operating systems and tools. Often enough MS broke previously functioning subsystems, like multi-homed ethernet. Many years ago when faced with one of these large changes to the OS, then MS-Office Suite, I decided if I -had- to put this much effort into learning how to use a new user interface, I might as well use that effort to change operating systems and tools. I’m now a happy Linux user and use LibreOffice (on Windows, Linux, and Mac) to support “real work”. I’ve run 8 and 8.1, but I still use Linux and Windows 7, Vista, and yes, even XP. I have a lot of expensive equipment which uses device drivers in XP, which are broken in Vista/7/8/8.1. Same with Vista drivers. MS “breaks” everything with each “new” release. MS would “own” the PC market now instead of trying to “find” a new one if they’d continued to fix, improve, and maintain compatibility with what people already knew how to use. Instead, every few years MS users are told they’re going to have to throw away what they learned, and buy all new equipment, software, and learn how to use it all over again. This is a tremendous unnecessary waste of time and resources for most users. My solution is Linux. I’d be a Mac user if the platform were less “proprietary”. At least MS OS’s are fairly “open” for developers, even if they are continually moving targets. MS needs to get their act together and stop wasting “users” time and money with “new” brightly colored toys. Lets face it, the computer is a tool, just like your car. You wouldn’t want all your cars controls to change every 2-3 years, and your OS shouldn’t either.

  • Jon Vance says:

    Windows Vista is still supported until 2017! If you turn off UAC it’s pretty much Windows XP with better DirectX support.

  • CJ says:

    8.1 is currently the fastest, most reliable, and most intuitive OS in the entire windows lineup. I work for geek squad and also build my own PC(s). So I say this based on experience and fact. I handle over 200 computer issues per week. Every OS out there. Msoft launched 8 a bit prematurely, but they’ve redeemed themselves.

  • Needmopower says:

    Because this is really a last parting shot-over-the-bow at the the brothers Steven and the mess they dropped in everyones lap. 🙂 -Seriously though as a shop owner/Microsoft partner and reseller and tech net member, 8 is good and it does have its place, it seriously lacks the horsepower to multi task heavy desktop apps like video editing, DAW’s and other workstation type software that 7 power’s thru easily. As for Linux I do believe they are only considering commercial OS systems here and most likely trying to figure out what to do with that overstock of xp discs in the back room and how to still make some money out of em – Linux still uses too much raw code and too little GUI’s for the average bear and for me I’ll stand on the “threshold” and wait for the first RC. I am a linux user as well and I would love to run Mint Olivia 64 on my twin 7990’s but it won’t load without a ton of fussing.. it’s still hard to beat windows for the vast hardware its readily capable of installing into no matter what flavor or age.

  • Sean Wirges says:

    already have gone up to Windows 8.1, also using the classic start menu shell, so it has the best of both worlds.

  • Anyone who upgrades to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.1 is just being a baby. There have been two major updates since 8’s release, with substantive changes which answer the complaints of both touch and non-touch users. Some products never seem to overcome a bad initial reception.

    If you’re really coming from XP, and you’re the kind of person who keeps an old OS that long, maybe you should avoid 7, since it’s almost five years old already. Windows 8.1 is still being updated, so you won’t have this out-of-support issue again soon.

    • Ogichidaa says:

      “Anyone who upgrades to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.1 is just being a baby.”

      @Josh H. – So I guess MSDOS v6.22 isn’t an option in your book?

    • The biggest complaint is still unresolved- the lack of a Start menu. The Start Button added to 8.1 just goes back to the Metro interface, which is crap for desktop computers and an utterly pointless addition. The Metro screen is a tablet interface, plain and simple. On desktop PCs the lack of a primary navigation menu is a huge loss. It’s simply a more efficient navigation tool.

      Desktop computers are not tablet computers. The Metro interface is a huge pain on desktops, and the desktop mode is pointless on tablets. Couple this with the fact that some programs will only work in one environment or the other, it’s a poor design.

      Additionally, anyone who says that the Win 8 desktop is the same as the Win 7 desktop is full of it. Basic functions such as adding icons and the quick launch are a hassle. So no, people who upgrade to 7 instead of 8 are not being babies. They just refuse to drink the Microsoft kool-aid and see Win 8 for what it is- A tablet OS that sucks on desktops.

      • What do people find so useful about the old Start menu anyway? Ever since Windows 7 perfected the taskbar, I’ve barely touched the thing. It’s basically just a shortcut to My Computer, Control Panel, Shutdown, and pinning your applications to the taskbar.

        So you think pinning apps to the taskbar is a hassle in Windows 8? Try this… press the Windows key, start typing the name of the program you want to pin, when it comes up, right-click it, and select “pin to taskbar.” Or you can just press enter to open the application, and the right-click it in the taskbar to pin it.

        Missing the old Start menu? Right-click the lower-left corner of the desktop (where the Start button is if you have 8.1.) That context menu probably has what you’re looking for.

        Wow! Your primary complaint about Windows 8 is solved. Now you don’t have to endlessly cling to what you perceive as the last good version of Windows, just because it has the Start menu you like. When people would rather upgrade to a five year old OS than learn a couple basic functions like this, I feel pretty well justified in calling them babies.

        Even if you don’t like the modern UI apps, the Windows 8 Start menu is more useful. You can pin and group the apps, and resize the tiles as you like. The only thing that makes it a “tablet interface, plain and simple” it that it takes up the full screen (Gasp! More mouse travel!!!) I think your resentfulness of Microsoft trying to cram a Frankenstein OS down your throat is not allowing you to realize it’s actually better.

        Even with all this said, there are others like you who are complaining, and the next round of capitulation (Windows 8.1 Update 2) will include an option for the old Start menu, as well as the ability to run modern UI apps windowed in the desktop.

        • Bruce the Moose says:

          You make it sound so easy by deftly setting up your “Start Button” straw man and kicking it down. When you learn to read other people posts, with comprehension, you’ll learn your over simplified usecase doesn’t begin to cover the issues with “new” MS-OS offerings.

          Put your Microsoft Kool-Aid down for a minute and consider; if I gave you a device driver to a piece of equipment from Windows XP and ask you to install it and make it work properly under 8.1, as it did under XP, can you do it? What does this have to do with the Start Button? The manufacturer doesn’t provide drivers for Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1. No matter how many times I visit their web site, or pick up the phone to ask for them, they don’t magically appear. That’s “real world”. What’s your solution? Throw away a $10,000 piece of equipment and buy another which will work with MS’s latest $80 OS? Hmm, let me think about that… Umm, No! Huh, it does work with XP, think I’ll be “the kind of person who keeps an old OS that long” and stick with XP.

          Now lets look at my spiffy laptop which works great with Windows Vista x86 and x64. Hot damn, lets upgrade this sucker to Windows 7, or 8, or 8.1. How many of my laptop’s custom drivers still work? Let’s see, less than half last time I tried. This “upgrade” leaves me with a half dead laptop. What’s your solution? Throw away a $600 piece of equipment that still works well? Then buy another which will work with MS’s latest $80 OS? Hmm, let me think about that… Umm, No! Huh, it does work with Vista, think I’ll be “the kind of person who keeps an old OS that long” and stick with Vista.

          See a pattern here? What does this have to do with your Start button usecase? I think I’m going to start calling you Mr. Magoo.

          Until these issues are addressed, “upgrading” to MS’s latest brightly colored toy offering can’t even be considered in an “real world” sense. When you start using the OS for “real world” work, outside of tinkering with your own OS innards, you may learn enough to appreciate “real world” issues outside of the MS Chapel. More evangelizing and MS dogma won’t make these issues go away.

          Ever hear of backwards compatibility? Standardized API’s for 3rd party software? Helping to protect your customers investment in $$$ and Time? Have another sip of your MS Kool-Aid and give me an answer. Gasp! Whining “out-of-support” and shrilly talking about a “Start” button aren’t answers “baby”.

          WHQL should turn their function around and tell MS-OS developers their new OS offerings don’t qualify until they’re compatible with existing 3rd party software!

          • I’ve updated a laptop which originally came with Windows XP to Windows 8. Many times the driver installers will trip you up, saying they’re not compatible with your version of Windows, but if you unpack the installer and direct device manager to the driver files, they’ll install fine. Running the driver installer in compatibility mode can be a solution as well.

            Any driver that works for Windows 7 will work for Windows 8. My gripe was people choosing Windows 7 over Windows 8. You seem to be trying to draw me into a whole other discussion.

  • Dan B says:

    I, too, am lost in stubbornness and technical incompetence. I stubbornly insist on using a perfectly good printer I spent good money for, and I am not technically competent to make it work with Windows 7 – I’ve tried all of the tricks I’ve heard of, and it just will not print when connected to anything but an old XP desktop.

    I understand that Microsoft believes that I should buy all-new hardware and software every few years, but I disagree with them on that point.

    • Bruce the Moose says:

      Hee, hee, your singing to the choir. (I fully agree)

      I would like to see a model where MS can continue to make money from supporting these “classic” operating systems. There are a lot of us who’d like to continue using what works (for us) and not have to deal with the “collateral damage” from “upgrades” until we get a hankering for more speed and features which can be addressed when we have the cash to throw at Microsoft and hardware vendors to scratch that itch. In the software industry, most customers will only pay for “new features”. “fixes” are expected to be “free”. MS offered free fixes for some time, and now this free ride is over.

      I personally will continue to use XP for development support of clients who’s systems are based on this “classic” technology. On today’s hardware, these classic systems are really fast, and don’t need a lot of memory. If they accomplish what you need and there is little need to play the “upgrade” game.

      To answer your earlier post, as an “expert” I still have blind spots. Its not possible to be all knowing. Even with “blind spots” I’m still an expert with 30 years of experience in this industry. Don’t confuse “understanding the Win8 concept” with “accepting the Win8 concept” for my application. There are good reasons why Win8 exists, it just isn’t the solution to “all” computing problems as the MS hype machine powered by MS Evangelists/Marketing suggest.

  • Bruce the Moose says:

    “You seem to be trying to draw me into a whole other discussion.”
    Cough, “Start Button”
    When the discussion is really, “what OS will you use next?”

    Okay, you seem to be trying to be helpful, just lacking information and experience, except for possibly a few Windows internals which seems to be your forte. So I’ll try to be nice this time and overlook the rest.

    First, most “normal” users can’t unpack the driver installer. Several PC Repair Shops might not be able to either, which is where many “normal” users will end up. This is going to cost them $100-$200 for this assistance. This is part of the issue. Like you, I can and have the tools to do this, so if I ever attempt this again, I’ll keep your suggestions in mind. Frankly I don’t want to waste my time “playing”/fighting the system to make it do what it should do for me.

    Let me share something which happened yesterday. A “normal user” friend of mine brought his Dell XP computer over yesterday with a brand new Windows 8 x64 disk in his hands and asked if I’d help him through the process. He was terrified about the prospect of attempting this himself. His machine is a 2.8GHz Pentium-D based system. I suggested I give him another HD and max out his RAM for Windows 8 until he was sure this would work for him. He was excited. I installed Windows 8 and all his applications for him. This took a little over ½ day, and he bought me lunch. He didn’t like the Metro interface, the keyboard we were using didn’t have a “Windows Key”, and he didn’t like having to “login” to “his own” machine. I showed him how to get around the lack of a Windows Key. He’d heard about the 8.1 update adding the Start button back in, so he was eager to get on to that. Windows “Store” wouldn’t let us up upgrade to 8.1 until we’d spent over 2 hours “updating Windows 8”. It seemed the MS servers were very slow (everything else internet based was responding quickly). When we finally did install 8.1, we got a page saying “Your processor isn’t sufficient to run Windows 8.1, you need PAE, NX, and SSE2 instructions” At this point he said, “forget it, we’ve wasted a whole day, I don’t like Windows 8, 8.1 won’t even run on my system, and I’m gonna try Windows 7 next”. This is the kind of Black eye MS gets with these “improvements”. There might be a way to get it going (check the BIOS for NX support, etc), but he’d already had it and really didn’t like what he saw, and watching this experience made him “hate it” (Windows 8.x).

    BTW, I don’t normally do “tech support”, I’m many pay grades above that, but will help a friend in need. From a marketing success point of view, MS made three sales for that computer, the original XP, one copy of Windows 8 which is going into the garbage, and a copy of Windows 7, if he can find it. He said if he can’t find Windows 7, he’ll switch to Linux, like I did. I’m not particular about what OS I run as long as it works and doesn’t waste my time. MS OS’s waste a lot of my time. Linux isn’t for everyone either, but it is working better for my application(s) than MS-Windows. I will run a licensed copy of Windows 7 (or XP) in a VMware Workstation VM when I need it to run certain CAD/CAE/development tools. This way when Windows eats its own undershorts, as it inevitably does, I just blow away the VM and unpack a fully configured fresh VM from my archives and keep going. All my real work is stored on network drives outside the MS-Windows VM environment.

    • douglas says:

      Why would he still have a pentium d PC, let alone want to use one? Its a 9 year oldCPU based off of Intel’s worst architecture. If thats his CPU, I’d hate to see his other hardware. His mobo and hard drives are probably shot and his PSU is probably about to grenade. Even if it was still working, I highly doubt it could run anything past maybe vista with any amount of success. You should have told him to go out and get a cheap win8.1 laptop for $3-400

      • Bruce the Moose says:

        Can we borrow your credit card # for that cheap $3-$400 upgrade? I promise we won’t need it long. 😉

      • Dan Brady says:

        He probably still has it running because it still works – not everyone is caught up in the ‘gotta buy new everything every week’ craze. I’ve got an old 386 running DOS with DesqView that I power up every so often – there’s games that run better on that than on my XP machine. My pickup runs fine, even if it’s legally old enough that I could buy it a drink.

        People don’t lease computers for a year or two – they buy ’em, and there’s no sane reason to not keep using them until they finally die. I understand that you like throwing your money at bleeding-edge technology – and I won’t sneer at that – but you don’t need to sneer at folks who want to get full use out of their purchases.

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