Microsoft Windows XP on New Computers

It's rare but the older version of the operating system is still available

Windows XP

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April 2014 and no longer provides security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It encourages users to migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 10. Despite this, there are still some new and refurbished computers for sale equipped with Windows XP.

Why Would You Want XP Now?

Why would you want to buy a new computer with XP on it? Good question. Well, for one thing, you do not have to upgrade any of your current XP applications — that's a potentially big money-saver. If you are already familiar with XP, then you won't have to learn a new operating system. Also, you won't face any compatibility or driver issues between the operating system on your new system and XP on your old.

Are There Any Downsides to Buying XP Now?

Downsides are often in the eye of the beholder, but the fact that Microsoft no longer provides security updates or technical support for XP has to be considered a downside. Despite this, hardware and software manufacturers usually ship new products that are backward compatible with earlier versions of Windows operating systems.

Check the system requirements of your software to make sure. Not all software that runs on later versions of Windows is backward compatible with Windows XP.

It's What You Want That Matters

If you'd like to keep going with XP, you still can, but at least look at the features and capabilities a newer operating system can deliver. If you're looking at buying a new computer anyway, this is a good time to upgrade.