Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Apr 2014 10:44 UTC

It wasn't meant to be this way. Windows XP, now no longer supported, wasn't meant to be popular. For all its popularity and sustained usage, people seem to have forgotten something important about it: it sucked.

The Ars forums are a place for geeks to hang out and chat about tech, and especially in the light of the hostility shown towards Windows 8, we thought it might be fun to take a look at how our forum dwellers reacted when first introduced to Microsoft's ancient operating system.

How times change.

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Humans have short attention span
by ronaldst on Thu 10th Apr 2014 20:42 UTC
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What I don't like however is how some people are shaming XP users to have them upgrade. How about leaving them alone. They're happy with what they've have.

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bassbeast Member since:

Because thanks to the braindead "hey lets run everything at admin!" design of WinXP they are a botnet just waiting to happen?

If they stay off the net? Fine by me, hell run win3.11 if that is what melts your butter, but when all those XP systems run by grandmas that think that 30 day trial of Norton that came with the system is "protection" get royally pwned its MY Internet and YOUR Internet that is gonna suffer. Are you not old enough to remember Blaster? How the whole damned Internet slowed down thanks to the badly coded bug DDOSing the net trying to find new boxes to infect? Its not just YOUR net you are risking running an abandoned OS, its ALL our net that is affected.

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Lennie Member since:

If they keep using IE on Windows XP it is also preventing us from moving to newer and better SSL/TLS and HTML/CSS standards.

Chrome and Firefox do still support Windows XP and will keep doing that. They don't have these problems.

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