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Windows XP Death Clock Doesn't Work on XP

By - Source: I-Programmer | B 98 comments

The end isn't that near at all.

The end is approaching for Windows XP… in 2014. The already decade-old operating system is still the main base for much of the world's PCs, despite Microsoft's efforts to hold those users away from Internet Explorer 9 (though the latest Firefox and Chrome work just fine) and the other latest Microsoft software.

In its latest push, Microsoft has made and published "Windows XP End of Support Countdown Gadget" – essentially a desktop gadget with a countdown clock until the classic OS is no longer supported.

Microsoft gives it the following overview: "Looking to get off Windows XP? Use this handy gadget to count down the number of days until Windows XP End of Support (EOS) in 2014."

The desktop gadget, however, is only supported by Windows Vista and Windows 7, which makes it somewhat puzzling as such users have obviously eradicated Windows XP from that particular system.

Still, it's a good daily reminder of just how many days left until Windows XP is off the map. Download it from Microsoft here.

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    bigman8291 , April 25, 2011 11:16 AM
    This is hilariously pointless.
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    bigman8291 , April 25, 2011 11:16 AM
    This is hilariously pointless.
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    three0duster , April 25, 2011 11:24 AM
    F'n Stupid is what it is. But at the same time typical M$. M$ is doing everything they can to spread the hate on XP. Ive turned off updates on my machine a long time ago. All they do is screw up my older hardware and software. Oh well, maybe a blessing in disguise.
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    gti88 , April 25, 2011 11:29 AM
    I think I'll wait till Windows 9...
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    manu 11 , April 25, 2011 11:41 AM
    I will miss win xp , still windows 7 is a great os but not nearly great as xp.
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    bv90andy , April 25, 2011 11:42 AM
    bigman8291This is hilariously pointless.

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    CKKwan , April 25, 2011 11:53 AM
    I want the Classic Start Menu in Win7!

    Otherwise I would just stay with WinXP, or move to iOS!
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    gti88 , April 25, 2011 12:02 PM
    CiuyWhy use win XP....

    May be because it works and cand do everything we need?
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    mcneck , April 25, 2011 12:04 PM
    How much money in man hours would have been spent making this desktop gadget? This is seriously depressing.... They could have used that money to actually make something that is not copying from someone else... or anything worth while......

    I hate it that when you use the open file dialogue, programming in .net, that you can't specify what kind of view you want (details, icons etc), and how you want to order it... and even if you can't do that, the fact that the OS does not remember what the user chooses is worse...

    They could have used that money fixing that, rather than something that is so utterly pointless it's not even funny, it's depressing...
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    randomizer , April 25, 2011 12:15 PM
    This is such a colossal waste of resources that it suits an April Fools joke. Microsoft just took too long to release the thing.

    jrabbit2win7 start menu is so much better, why would you want the xp menu is beyond me. maybe you should learn how to use the win7 start menu. learn to adapt to the advancements in technology.

    When I think about it, the only thing about the Win 7 start menu that is really any better is the search, which is taken from Vista. Everything else is eye candy.
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    snotling , April 25, 2011 12:34 PM
    jrabbit2win7 start menu is so much better, why would you want the xp menu is beyond me. maybe you should learn how to use the win7 start menu. learn to adapt to the advancements in technology.

    First, its not a "start" menu anymore... just a "windows button" menu, second: Who seriously uses the thing? One thing I learned from the disappearance of the classic menu is that even if it was better than the new one, using none at all was much faster!

    and Of course, XP must go now...
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    ginnai , April 25, 2011 12:50 PM
    XP, much like 98, is a stable rock solid OS. I will probably be using it well into 2014... although by that time, I should be good enough to switch over entirely to Linux.
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    elusion11 , April 25, 2011 12:59 PM
    wow! so many technological dinosaurs on a tech forum. please extinct already.
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    gzhang11 , April 25, 2011 1:07 PM
    ginnaiXP, much like 98, is a stable rock solid OS. I will probably be using it well into 2014... although by that time, I should be good enough to switch over entirely to Linux.


    and win7 isn't? then go back to use your 98, better yet, go back to use DOS, its bl00dy stable right? dumb%%$#%$s
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    wcnighthawk , April 25, 2011 1:23 PM
    OMG, 2014? They need to cut support now. There is absolutely no reason to be using XP in this day and age. Why gimp yourself?
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    shreejan86 , April 25, 2011 1:27 PM
    Why use XP when 7's here...
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    treefrog07 , April 25, 2011 1:31 PM
    Yes, let's get XP's classic start menu AND the file search (where I can choose the options) into W7. XP, but not W7 supports some of my favorite hardware and software - and I am not replacing perfectly good stuff to use W7.
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    amdfangirl , April 25, 2011 1:40 PM
    elusion11wow! so many technological dinosaurs on a tech forum. please extinct already.


    Please grammar already.
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    Anonymous , April 25, 2011 1:41 PM
    These guys screwed up Windows Explorer starting with Vista. Despite numerous complaints on their own support boards Microsoft refuses to acknowledge the problem let alone create a fix. I like WinXP's interface AND SPEED and but for the fact that it does not support newer hardware, I'd stick with it.

    Hey Microsoft, stop screwing with the GUI and work on making the OS as stable and fast as possible! If I wanted a MAC, I'd buy a MAC.
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    ta152h , April 25, 2011 1:43 PM
    It's funny to read all the cattle that do what Microsoft wants, without really thinking.

    I'm sure there are people that like Windows 7, but the reality remains, it doesn't do anything that Windows XP doesn't. Except it does it slower, and it does it with greater memory usage.

    At the end of the day, people don't really care too much about the OS, but about the applications it runs. There are big advantages in support and development with one OS, instead of constantly coming out with new ones. Every change has the possibility of causing problems, so that's why a lot of places want to stay on XP. It does everything they need, runs faster, and runs without potential compatibility issues. It's why even service packs have to wait a while; SP2 broke a lot of stuff.

    Also, the cattle that keep saying XP is very old forget that SP2 was a huge change from SP1; much bigger than going from Windows 2000 to Windows XP was.

    So, there are reasons for people to like both. My biggest issue with all of it is, the short life spans of the OS. Windows 7 will be replaced fairly soon, with Windows 8, and so on. It's not so hard for the unemployed folks here who love Microsoft, but when you're supporting so many different OS's, it becomes more difficult.

    But, Microsoft does this to make money, not to make people's lives easier. The world really needs a stable OS platform, not changes every two years that have the potential to break something. A longer life span would still allow innovation (although, Microsoft has a genetic defect that prevents this from happening, but fortunately they CAN copy other's innovations), while still not creating a support nightmare as they keep adding more. We'll soon have four OS's to support, with all their little differences. What a pain.
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