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back to article Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

If you're wondering who is still running Windows XP in this day and age, given that support for the OS is ending soon, the answer is it might be YOU! Or at least, so Microsoft suspects. But fear not: Redmond has stepped up its outreach program with a new website that's designed to get to the bottom of this mystery, once and for …

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Happy to report

My Debian box is not running WindowsXP :-P

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Re: Happy to report

Mine is. More specifically, IE6 on XP :D.

The website is just checking useragent strings; On my way to answer the next commentard's question...

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Re: Happy to report

My RiscPC is not running Windows XP.

Phew!

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<XP

What does it say if you're running, say, Win98?

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It tells you to sit completely still until you feel a stinging sensation in the neck and black out.

Oh, and if you think something happened to your room while you were knocked out, that's just your imagination. The Recovery Team will cut it out of your building and transplant it into a permanent exhibit in Redmond without even disturbing the dust under the bed...

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Re: <XP

I think i'd be interesting to play around with the browsers id just to see what the site would come up with if you said you were running IE1 on Win95.

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Re: What does it say if you're running, say, Win98?

"Wake up, Neo. the Matrix has you. Follow the White Rabbit"

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If your useragent does not say NT5.1, the website just reports that ou are not running XP (I tried back to windows 3.1).

How boring

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What about Windows XP64, that ran on 5.2 kernel?

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IE1 ?????

IIRC Win95 came with IE3 as standard, and IE4 was released with SP2 ?

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Re: <XP

> What about Windows XP64, that ran on 5.2 kernel?

Nope, according to MS XP64 ain't XP :D

According to WhatIsMyBrowser.com "Your web browser is: Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP SP2"

But according to http://amirunningxp.com "You are NOT running Windows XP"

Now that's interesting...

Also, I don't get the "submit" button when my useragent says IE6 on XP. El Reg doing Redmond's dirty work?

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Re: IE1 ?????

Not quite. IE1.0 came with Windows Plus (remember that?) and the OEM RTM version. You got the pleasure of IE3.0's company for the first time with Service Release 2. IE4 turned up the year after and did terrible things to your desktop.

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Re: IE1 ?????

> IE1.0 came with [...] the OEM RTM version.

Proof that closed-source is more polite than open-source: Microsoft has RTM support, GNU mostly offers RTFM support.

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Windows plus !!!!

Was that the add-on that had an option to resize the desktop somehow ? I recall installing it, and breaking one of our companies products. It was only me that had the bug. Eventually the developers had to remove my machine, and install debug on it, to discover it was the Plus feature. I would have got a bollocking, only two customers reported the same thing a few days later, and I got a pat on the head for being so thorough in testing ....

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I am NOT running Windows XP. Lucky me, for sticking with WIndows 2000.

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That makes 2 of us. Although the Microsoft website thinks I'm on 8.1

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Re: IE1 ?????

Surly you meat OSR2 Windows 9x never had "Service Packs" those were, and are exclusive to NT.

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Re: <XP

Isn't XP64, by any other Name just Server 2003?

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"Isn't XP64, by any other Name just Server 2003?"

Only in the same way that XP is Server 2003.

So, no, XP64 is a client OS and it goes out of support next month. Wags will argue that its driver support was so poor that it never came into support in the first place, but it is still rather sad to learn that even Microsoft have forgotten about it.

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Re: <XP

This:

http://bin.longlandclan.yi.org/index.cgi/20140316-072137-58242856/view

Apparently XP is ancient but Windows 2000 is fine.

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Neither does my Galaxy tab

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Sigh

Dear MS, stop twatting about with crap like this and FIX the abomination that is Windows 8-8.1-8.1a or whatever....

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Re: Sigh

Don't like it? Don't use it. If you must use Windows, use version 7, otherwise, there's Mac OS, Linux, Android, use them.

I'm getting sooo bored of the constant whinging about Windows 8.x and I strongly suspect that most of the people complaining about it haven't used it and will only be happy if it looks exactly the same as XP, even then I remember the bitching about XP when it was released.

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Dear MS, stop twatting about with crap like this and FIX the abomination that is Windows 8-8.1-8.1a or whatever....

Whilst I understand what you're trying to say, I'm not entirely sure how the people with the skills required to design and build a website could contribute to fixing the problems with Windows 8.

I seriously doubt that Windows 8 developers were taken off the project to work on this.

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>I'm getting sooo bored of the constant whinging about Windows 8.x

Whilst I tend to agree that we have extensively chewed over the Win8 UI abomination, what is interesting or concerning depending upon your viewpoint, is that MS are effectively only promoting Win8.1 to those still running XP. Whereas, 7, although not the latest and greatest version, is probably a more suitable and less traumatic upgrade and is still shipping and conveniently side steps all the public negativity and animosity towards Microsoft that Windows 8 has generated, which can only help MS to rehabilitate themselves in time for when Win7 drops off support in January 2020...

As for being happy if it looks exactly the same as XP; well after the recent el Reg look back at Win3, I'm actually quite keen to get back to the simplicity and functional cleanliness of interface the early windowing systems such as Win3, SunView, OpenLook and MOTIF exhibited! My only real limiting factor is the application software I have to run to facilitate working with various clients - much only runs under MS Windows so like others I have to get to grips with whatever UI MS decides to ship...

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Programmers reassigned?

Well, MS money certainly went into the site. Money that could (theoretically at least) have been spent on more bonuses^H^H^H^H work on fixing Windows 8.

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Here's your chance for Windows 3.1 glory:

http://tinyhacker.com/hacks/who-needs-win7-eye-candy-use-the-windows-3-1-theme-instead/

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Re: Sigh

There was little bitching about XP. As I recall, it was widely regarded as about time Microsoft finally abandoned the atrocity that was 9x.

This bitching is more like that that followed Vista: A lot of people complaining about a new interface that seemed to be change for change's sake, and grumbling that the new version provided little if any benefit over the previous.

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This. After all the "you'll love it if you just use it". Well, pushing on a week, and I try not to, out of the few hours I've had, I've face desked that many times, I'm knocked back to BASIC on the BBC Micro for improvements.

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This bitching is more like that that followed Vista: A lot of people complaining about a new interface that seemed to be change for change's sake, and grumbling that the new version provided little if any benefit over the previous.

There was quite a lot of bitching about WGA and how it would only inconvenience paying customers. Enough that Microsoft didn't distribute WGA with their volume license customers. Oh, and that fucking awful fisher price colour scheme, which was at least trivially changeable back to something.. well.. else.

Win9x was bitched at because it took up 80 to 100MB at a time when a 210MB HDD was not unusual. Oh, that and the horrific compatibility issues with DOS software which was still bloody common at the time.

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"I seriously doubt that Windows 8 developers were taken off the project to work on this."

With Microsoft you can never be sure...

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I had the misfortune to use Windows 8 for a week, the highlight of which was to temporarily lend the laptop to someone else whose machine wouldn't drive the projector available for his presentation. I just sat there and smiled knowingly at all the things he tried to do but failed.

Now back to a Win7 machine, which I brought home for the weekend to set up the Linux VM for everything that doesn't insist on Windows. I wish a few more places would port their stuff to Linux, it's chicken and egg at the moment where people stick with Windows because of the software and vendors won't port because they don't see enough people using Linux. If MS insist on continuing with their headlong plunge into the Windows 8 approach, I can see a lot of people would make the switch away from MS if all their favourite programs would run on Linux.

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The only "Fisher Price" stuff I've ever seen was on Windows 8. Windows XP, Vista and 7. Have all felt like a logical evolution to the Product. Vista has it problems. the GUI wasn't really One of these though, and such problems that it DID have, were finally corrected with Windows 7. Perhaps instead of working on Blackcomb, and that other Codename, of which I forgot... Microsoft could have charged for all those Service Packs on XP. To otherwise fund their expenses.

I mean whatever became of all those rumors of MSFS Filesystem, from 10 Years ago? That were to make NTFS seem as dated as FAT is now? Only to be droped 'cause MSFS can't brain now hurrr!

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This is where you, and I and everyone else reading this need to contact said "Vender" and in short demand at some level even modest Linux support. Wishing about it isn't going to make it happen!

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I HAVE NEVER USED WINDOWS 8 BUT I NO IT IS RUBBISH.

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And there was me thinking that Windows 8 had been coded by web designers....

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Never used a dictionary or spell checker either it would appear.

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"There was quite a lot of bitching about WGA and how it would only inconvenience paying customers. Enough that Microsoft didn't distribute WGA with their volume license customers. Oh, and that fucking awful fisher price colour scheme, which was at least trivially changeable back to something.. well.. else."

Hey.. Don't knock WGA. A very valuable and useful project.

It was WGA that gave me the final push to give Linux a proper go. And I've been using it ever since. Proof that some MS products do actually work.

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Outdated?

the humble abacus is still far more advanced and versatile than anything that has come ot of redmond.

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Re: Outdated?

Quite right. An abacus works with the intelligence of the user. Win 8 and its spawn still work* against the intelligence of the user.

* ok, only a small part of Win8etc but, like the curates egg....

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Re: Outdated?

Am I the only one to find the inclusion of a W8 laptop in the graphic of outdated items funny?

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Why ...

... did Kristina Libby have to register this domain herself, at GoDaddy? Why didn't the mighty Microsoft corporate machine take care of that for her? Is it also hosted by GoDaddy?

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Re: Why ...

You evidently have not had to deal with the bureaucracies of big corporate. It is so frustrating that sometimes I've seen people pay with their own personal money for things just to save them from the hells of the purchase process. Especially for low cost items.

Some places have tried to fix this by issuing prepaid credit cards, but then botched the whole thing by putting on top of that a contrived and tortuous process for getting one of these. End result is the same: penny wise and pound foolish. But the beancounters are delighted because they have done one more thing to get "costs under control" Of course when a multi million project needs three weeks of paperwork for buying a $20 domain they don't see any costs associated with that.

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Because for such a low priced product it would be more efficient to put it through as an expense claim then raise a Purchase order.. no crackpot conspiracy theory required.

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Re: Why ...

Maybe it's a personal project?

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Why the personal details?

It's a PR/Marketing exercise that was done as a last minute panic, the domain name was registered by some graduate in a PR/marketing company with the help of an IT person who has never registered a domain name. When they realise that they didn't want them there, another panic will start to remove them...

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They thought no one would notice. Now that you have.....

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"Because for such a low priced product it would be more efficient to put it through as an expense claim then raise a Purchase order.. no crackpot conspiracy theory required"

That's well and good.... until the beancounters, in their insatiable need to breakdown and analyze everything, start to classify all expenses and you can't log that expense because it does not fit into one of the categories.

Or worse someone abuses expense claims and "something has to be done" to prevent it happening in the future.

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I hope they check their logs

I just logged in with MS DOS 6.22 running LYNX 2.8. Yes, I use such a machine! In any case the site was polite and just told me that I was not running XP. This FreeBSD machine isn't either - but I knew that already.

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Re: I hope they check their logs

>but I knew that already

Maybe it's for people who aren't as clever as you.

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