IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions for Custom Support

The IRS isn't exactly known for playing fast and loose with deadlines—your deadlines, that is. But when it comes to its own, its apparently a lot more willing to take their chances. In this case, that means paying millions of dollars to keep running Windows XP long after the deadline has come and gone. » 4/14/14 10:20am 4/14/14 10:20am

Photographer reveals the secret of the Windows XP desktop image

Charles O'Rear is the photographer who took Bliss, the image that became the desktop of every single Windows XP computer in the world. Billions saw it and probably think the photo is so perfect and colorful that it is computer generated—or at least Photoshopped. O'Rear reveals the origin of the photo in this video. » 4/10/14 6:31pm 4/10/14 6:31pm

Are You or Is Someone You Love Still Using Windows XP?

In just a few short hours, Microsoft will be halting any and all support for its fervently-clung-to Windows XP operating system. Which—as far as we can tell—is going to leave quite a few people vulnerable to the internet's many ills. » 4/07/14 3:20pm 4/07/14 3:20pm

Microsoft has a special deal for Windows XP users. If you buy a new PC, the company will give you a $50 gift card, 90 days of tech support, and free data transfer. Or, in the words of one Wall Street Journal reporter, "Microsoft is bribing people to stop using Windows XP." » 3/17/14 1:39pm 3/17/14 1:39pm

Most ATMs Are Still Running Windows XP--Which Is About to Die Off

The last ATM you used probably didn't feel very cutting-edge compared to your smartphone. That's because it's probably running Windows XP, an operating system so old, Microsoft will stop supporting it in April. » 1/17/14 10:26am 1/17/14 10:26am

A Decade On, Windows XP Is Still the World's Most-Used Desktop OS

Windows XP first went on sale ten years ago today. In that span, it has become the desktop OS of choice with a worldwide install base of as much as 80 percent. Here's looking at you XP. » 10/26/11 2:00am 10/26/11 2:00am

Windows XP on a 4K Display Makes Eyeballs Bleed

Although it's still far, far away from the mainstream, 4K displays do exist! Will they ever take off? It's too soon to tell, but if so, don't try to run XP with one—it's like a UI-crushing black hole. » 7/18/11 9:20pm 7/18/11 9:20pm

Microsoft's Windows XP Death Watch Counter Doesn't Work With Windows XP

Microsoft wants all of its Windows XP users to know exactly how much time they've got before XP is taken out to the back shed and mercy-killed with a shot to the nape. Which is why the "Windows XP End of Support Countdown Gadget," available now from Microsoft, would be so, so handy—if it were compatible with XP… » 4/21/11 3:20pm 4/21/11 3:20pm

Everyone's Favorite Windows Error is Now Artwork

500 prints of the Windows XP wallpaper "Green Hill" have been turned into a piece of art, called "My Favourite Landscape." Yes, the world's most infuriating computer error can now be cooed at in an art gallery. Ugh. » 12/17/10 6:40pm 12/17/10 6:40pm

Kitchen Computing Goes Star Trek

Some people install monitors in their walls for kitchen-computing, but usually stop at Windows or OS X for the OS. Not Dutchman Pascal, though—who created a Windows XP skin inspired by Star Trek's LCARS interface. » 11/24/10 6:20am 11/24/10 6:20am

There Will Be No More PCs Preloaded With WIndows XP

As of today, PC makers are no longer allowed to preload Windows XP on netbooks, the last type of machine to go. That means that no PCs of any type are rolling off the assembly line with Windows XP. On a separate but not unrelated note, today marks the 1 year anniversary of the launch of Windows 7. Times, they are… » 10/22/10 11:23am 10/22/10 11:23am

Microsoft to Allow Windows XP Downgrades Until 2020

Windows XP is dead, Windows XP will live forever! Windows 7 Professional buyers will continue to have an option to downgrade two gens to Windows XP for the next 10 years, according to Microsoft. » 7/13/10 1:20pm 7/13/10 1:20pm

Google Publicly Pulls Microsoft Up On Security Flaw In XP

Oh, it is ON between Google and Microsoft. A Google security engineer in Switzerland warned Microsoft of a vulnerability in Windows XP, but after they didn't fix it within five days, he went public with the hacker's wet dream. » 6/11/10 11:09am 6/11/10 11:09am

McAfee Will Reimburse Repairs For All Those PCs They Borked

After shutting down countless PCs around the world last Wednesday with a botched update, McAfee has stepped up to offer reimbursement of "reasonable expenses" associated with repair. But that's not all! » 4/26/10 6:13pm 4/26/10 6:13pm

Masochist Runs Windows XP On an iPad

First there was Windows 95 on an iPad. People cringed, but apparently they did not cringe enough, as someone else has managed to get Windows XP up and running on an iPad. Macheads, avert thy eyes! » 4/25/10 10:00am 4/25/10 10:00am

McAfee Update Shutting Down Windows XP Computers

Confirmed: a bad McAfee update for Windows XP has shut down thousands, possibly millions, of computers around the world. That's big trouble. UPDATED: » 4/21/10 2:05pm 4/21/10 2:05pm

Internet Explorer 9 Won't Run on Windows XP

If this morning's news of Internet Explorer 9's support for HTML5 and video acceleration got you excited, and you happen to run Windows XP, prepare to get unexcited: You won't be able to install it on your OS. Sorry! [IE9] » 3/16/10 3:56pm 3/16/10 3:56pm

Why Windows XP Users Upgrading Their Hard Drives Should Be Wary

Considering the fact that Windows XP is still the most-used OS worldwide, anyone considering swapping out their old hard drives for a new one should heed this advice: be careful. You may want to even consider not doing it. » 3/11/10 8:12am 3/11/10 8:12am

The Windows XP F1 Bug: Hijacking Computers One Help Menu At A Time

So there's this tiny unpatched bug in VBScript that lets sneaky websites run malicious code on machines running Internet Explorer on Windows XP. It's triggered when you try to access the help menu by hitting the F1 key. Whoops. » 3/02/10 11:40pm 3/02/10 11:40pm