Windows XP has been retired but you can still get it

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

June 30th 2008 was the day that Microsoft officially pulled the rug out from under Windows XP. It was the day that the OS was given its gold watch, its long service medal and told to sod off and retire because it was hogging Vista’s limelight.

But as this Wired wiki points out, XP may still have the last laugh for quite a while yet.   Not only will Microsoft continue to support XP until the end of next year, but there are many places where you can still pick up a brand new legitimate copy of the OS if you want one.

For example, if you have Vista, you can “downgrade” to XP.   You can also do a bit of legwork and hunt round all the smaller computer chains who might be hoarding copies of the OS in their storerooms.

So put the celebrations on hold Vista.   You haven’t got the stage for yourself just yet.   XP still has a few curtain calls to go before it finally departs for good.

One Response to Windows XP has been retired but you can still get it

  1. I've been using Vista for a year now, and it's really been a mixed bag of experiences. Prior to SP1, it was unusable, but I decided to stick with it rather than go back to XP. (Too lazy to reformat and reinstall all of my crap.) I've finally reached a point where I'm happy with Vista. But I'm still concerned about Microsoft's support. The fact that they're already talking about Windows 7 is discouraging…almost like they're trying to sweep Vista under the rug.

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