Why I still prefer using Windows XP

There are numerous good reasons to dump Windows XP as an operating system – foremost among those reasons is security, or, a lack thereof where XP is concerned. It’s February of 2016 and security updates have ceased to be released for Windows XP, quite some time ago. I prefer the Chrome browser and, recently, a yellow warning banner appears whenever it’s opened which apprises me that my operating system is about to become unsupported by Chrome. So there are software compatibility issues, as well. Still, though I have tried and tried to start using newer Microsoft operating systems (including Windows 10) I keep reinstalling (and using) Windows XP. Why? There are a few reasons.

XP is fast and stable

For a Windows operating system Windows XP, based upon my experience, runs “leaner and meaner” than any of the newer releases out of Redmond. In terms of speed, it’s the closest thing I’ve ever found to a Linux system. I hate watching that little blue, circular thing go round and round (and round) as I attempt to open a program in Windows 7 (or Windows 8/10). While newer versions of Windows have glitzier interfaces, there’s a price to be paid for all of the eye candy. It’s fairly simple. All of those sexy, new features slow down the responsiveness of the system. Sometimes, they slow things down to a point that the system hangs. Any computer operating system, in my experience, will “stall” now and then. But the sorts of bugs that cause such things seem to have been worked out, pretty well, over the long, development lifetime of Windows XP. The infamous “blue screen of death” is something one only sees, using patched up versions of XP, when there’s a hardware failure (for example, a bad stick of RAM).

As I’ve just mentioned, Windows XP is a computer operating system which matured – which was refined – over a long period of time (in terms of tech, nowadays). Windows XP, according to Wikipedia, was “released for retail sale on October 25, 2001” and was updated, by Microsoft, until 2014. Vista, which most users found terribly slow and cumbersome, was released in 2006. Most tech-loving PC users experimented with Windows Vista, and, decided to keep using Windows XP. In fairly short order, by the standards of Microsoft, Windows 7 was released (in 2009). It bore little resemblance to Vista, ran much better, and was adopted for use by a lot of PC users. Windows 8 (2012) featured a totally re-designed user interface and, in the opinions of millions of users, amounted to a complete disaster. It was quickly replaced by Windows 8.1. And, the most recent offering from Microsoft is Windows 10.

The bottom line, for myself, is this: Windows XP is, absolutely, a stable release and virtually all of Microsoft’s subsequent releases seem to run much like “beta” releases – like unfinished products, where significant software bugs are constantly being repaired. And, unlike Windows XP, before all of the problems are fleshed out and repaired Microsoft pushes out another operating system – a shiny, new version of Windows beset with it’s own problems. While a lot of PC users bemoan Microsoft’s lethargic release cycle, I wish they’d slow down a bit and get things right – as they did, in my opinion, with Windows XP.

XP still runs my important software

With very few exceptions, all of the software I need runs just fine on Windows XP. In fact, as I’ve explained, everything runs better and faster than it does on newer Windows versions. The exceptions, for me, are few and far between (and completely inconsequential, thus far).