When Will Microsoft End Windows XP Activation

When Will Microsoft End Windows XP Activation

By Richard Hay for Windows Observer

Richard Hay offers an important follow up to his post about the end of support for Windows XP.–PC Pitstop

Last week I wrote a story about how all the discussion leading up to the official end of support for Windows XP in April 2014 reminded me a lot of the final months of 1999 as the year 2000 approached.

That story, thanks to being featured in last weeks PC Pitstop newsletter, has created quite a discussion over the last few days.

This post has come about because of one of the comments on that story:

What I most want to know is, will Microsoft also be stopping the auto validation system for when I have a full cleanup and want to reinstall from my fully bought and paid-for retail version of XP SP2 ?

A reply to that comment asked a similar question:

This is an excellent point. It didn’t even occur to me that MS might yank the plug on re-installation, although it would be great if someone could speak authoritatively to this point. I see is nothing on MS’s lifecycle page (windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle) concerning perpetual re-installation.

That got me wondering and I think it is a valid question so I contacted a rep at Microsoft and posed it to the Windows team.

This is the reply I got back from a Microsoft spokesperson:

After XP End Of Support, Windows XP will remain on MSDN and TechNet for customers who still need to activate and re-activate XP (there aren’t new retail copies). We don’t have a date to share around when activation will be shut off, but it will be on for the foreseeable future.

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This excerpt appears with permission from Windows Observer.

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16 thoughts on “When Will Microsoft End Windows XP Activation

  1. I dunno Brad, you're sounding like the inbred. I use all of the OS's for different things. XP is not a bad OS, and it's very stable.

  2. Has anyone considered old people in all this ? Xp is SO simple to use, to teach how to use, to fault-find. It should be a matter of honour for Microsoft to still reactivate XP for ever if needed.

  3. Unfortunately for many of us the latest OS that Outlook Express will run within is XP. So I am now constrained to using Microsoft’s Virtual Machine – an XP “sub-OS” within Windows 7 Pro. It works, but for how long. Typical Scrooge greed. When a company isn’t making enough money they figure out how to obsolete products. And rather than suporting decades long faithful customers, they force us to move on to the next maybe-not-so-functional replacement. Oops, did I forgot to mention that your new software will probably now be an annual subscription rather than a one-time purchase. C’est la vie.

  4. I have 2 laptops, one on XP Home and another 7 Pro. Between the two, I prefer using the XP. Mostly people still use XP because of personal preferences. It's not "an inbred fear of the unknown" at all.

  5. I have a 19 year old HP DesignJet 200 large format printer (plotter) that works perfectly well but is not supported by HP beyond XP (No Drivers for Vista or above). I use an old XP computer as a server for the printer on my network. Anyone have any ideas?

  6. I used to love XP (and still do) but now I feel the same about Windows 7. It’s so stable and smooth and is compatible with all of my old hardware and software. I’m sure in another 5-6 years time, people will probably say the same about this version.

  7. Brad VanHorn, you need to do something besides becoming a “top commenter.” And some of us don’t sit around playing computer games all day. So we don’t ask questions like why do people who bought XP and never had a problem with it want to continue using it. Let’s see, maybe because #1, it’s the most stable version of windows ever put out, and #2, we’re sick of reading complaints about every single Windows update since XP, and #3, we don’t feel like forking over money for another bug-filled edition that will be obsolete in a few years.

  8. I have 2 perfectly working calculators (Sharp elsi mates) from the early 80’s, a 2 speed hammer drill from 1977, and various other items that work perfectly well and are fine for what I need. Am I supposed to throw them away and buy new ??. As for why would anyone use XP in 2013, well it works well and does everything I need. I paid good money for it, so why should I pay again for something I dont want or need ?. With a view to buying a new computer I tried the Win 8 preview, took me ages to find how to turn the thing off. I don’t like it at all looks awful…charms ??? etc wtf., maybe the 8.1 will be better. Anyway nothing wrong with XP except memory handling.

  9. Why anyone would be using XP in 2013 is beyond me. It has to be an inbred fear of the unknown. It could always be financial, thats an excuse. But you can play xp games all the way up to Win 7

    • @Brad VanHorn: You asked why people why they would want to continue running an XP computers? I could come up with dozens of reasons why it is easier to run and it has nothing to do with games. It would take up this entire webpage explaining my point of view. I run both XP & Windows 7 and there is a world of difference starting with Windows Explorer.

  10. This makes sense. For I might be wrong, but isn't Microsoft committed to corporate support with the extended service licenses?

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