Microsoft's Windows XP countdown gadget doesn't work on XP

By on April 21, 2011, 3:14 PM
Microsoft this week released the Windows XP End Of Support Countdown Gadget. You can grab the 50KB bugger from the Microsoft Download Center.

The gadget shows the Windows XP logo, the words "End of Support," and the number of days left (currently over 1,000) before XP finally dies. If you make the gadget bigger, the text "Get guidance and free tools to help you migrate to Windows 7" will appear, along with a button that tells you to visit the Springboard Series for Windows 7 website. Here's the gadget's official description:

Looking to get off Windows XP? Use this handy gadget to count down the number of days until Windows XP End of Support (EOS) in 2014.

The kicker is that the gadget doesn't work on Windows XP. Since gadgets are only available as of XP's successor, it can only be installed on Windows Vista and Windows 7. That means if you're using the XP death counter, so to speak, you have to have already ditched the decade-old operating system. Clearly someone at Microsoft didn't think this through very well, or just didn't care enough to release something for XP.

On April 14, 2009, Microsoft retired Mainstream Support for XP, and with it, support for IE6. The company is not planning to retire Extended Support for the operating system until April 8, 2014. If the company ends up releasing XP SP4 (highly unlikely), it will retire support for SP3 (released in April 2008) two years later, or in April 2014, whichever comes first. In short, Windows XP will continue to be officially supported by Microsoft for about three more years. Despite the support options, Redmond still wants XP and IE6 to die.

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Guest said:

Does have some slight use as IT that is using 7, but supports clients who use XP.

Cota Cota said:

As useless like the Picture Puzzle, keep it up Microsoft.

Guest said:

... as Buzz used to say... XP to infinity ... and beyond !!!


Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

It would be useful to us... as a reminder we need to get some 100 PCs off of XP, and we are talking about a financial institution...

tonylukac said:

My college still uses XP on all of its computers. The college is called COD, like the game. Business seems to just go with the OS that came with the computer.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

If this is a mistake, it's ridiculous o.o.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I have several file servers using XP, a couple with propitiatory software that doesn't work on later versions... so this gadget would just stress me out.

T77 T77 said:

Can't help it Microsoft....,but all I would say is LOL!!...

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I suspect this is targeted at Corporate customers for two reasons, i) all new PCs now come with Win7, ii) they are running majority of XP machines.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well until 2014 is a lot of time anyhow

Guest said:

I suspect it was posted at the writers of XP rootkits

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

It would be useful to us... as a reminder we need to get some 100 PCs off of XP, and we are talking about a financial institution...
Well, either that, or disconnect them from the internet.

All this nonsense about countdown to end of support for XP, doesn't mean squat, if you can't install Win 7 due to drivers issues. So, that's sort of a tacit way M$ is asking you, "would you mind buying a 100 new computers"?

The interesting thing is Window 7 is more secure than XP, "natively". However, aftermarket security levels the play field quite a bit. Well, nothing would help IE-6 save for buying off the malware publishers.

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