Why was XP the OS of choice between 2005-2014, even with its security flaws?

  1. MS' #1 concern is compatibility, #2 is security. Look at UAC, it focused on not compromising compatibility for the security running as a non-administrator got you. If you needed to run a specific app as admin, you could do that easily with UAC.

  2. A. It was already in place. The longer you're in IT, the more you'll see: companies and their users resist change at every corner - the willingness to sacrifice unseen "security benefits" for tangible "I don't want to learn anything new" is practically an unstoppable force in and of itself.

  3. I was in a Vista Beta and installed it dual-boot with XP. Game performance drop was significant on my PC at the time; this was when Halo 2 PC came out and it was playable on XP (the game was Vista only but there was a community hack to bypass this for SP at least) but slow enough to be annoying on Vista. I played like two MP matches and gave up until MCC came to PC.

  4. I think MS ruined most of businesses in terms of budget since Windows 10. What I mean is that 10 had a lot of issues, not because the machines had issues, but because the OS had issues by itself. I think XP was meant to be reliable and I wish that MS would stay this way... money is not cool sometimes.

  5. It was the last OS before the spec requirements severely jumped up with Vista and to a lesser extent, 7. Most public computers are not exceptionally powerful to keep costs down, so its a perfect fit.

  6. XP ended its extended support period in 2014, so you could get security updates up to that year if you were worried about that. Some people wanted an operating system that did not get in their way, so they preferred XP instead of Vista and higher.

  7. For consumers and normal people, it wasn't post 2010-2014. Those who were still running Windows XP were businesses, schools, government agencies. I've seen many XP computers at my college in 2012-2014 before they got replaced with Windows 7 around late 2014 to 2015 (and hopefully Windows 10 in 2022).

  8. Along with everything else people have posted, some monsters used it as the OS for their thin clients/embedded systems. We have a couple around here still.

  9. There were a variety of reasons for choosing XP over Vista and Win 7. The most prominent reason was performance and stability. The pace of release of advanced hardware capable of running Vista and Win 7 well was slow. Those systems were also expensive.

  10. Vista was too much OS for the hardware available at the time. I held on until a decent I7 came around, and then went Win 7 (along with XP mode).

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