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

By Emil ยท 12 replies
Apr 21, 2011
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  1. Microsoft this week released the Windows XP End Of Support Countdown Gadget. You can grab the 50KB bugger from the Microsoft Download Center.

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

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    As useless like the Picture Puzzle, keep it up Microsoft.
  4. ... as Buzz used to say... XP to infinity ... and beyond !!!
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    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...
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    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.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

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

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    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.
  9. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

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

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    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.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Well until 2014 is a lot of time anyhow
  12. I suspect it was posted at the writers of XP rootkits
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,028   +2,558

    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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