Why does the Virus Magnet, XP STINK ?
MS killed dead XP support on : April 8, 2014

XP is now at 0.2% world wide usage now, we can now say it is DEAD, three cheers to that!
For Relic PC's say 2001 made, run Linux. (even Lubuntu) (the "L" means light weight)

  • Solutions are,  buy Windows 7 in a box, or get it from Microsoft.com direct sales. ( or Linux UBUNTU V17+)_

MS Windows, XP   is now 17 years old and counting from (2001 to now) and MS (Microsoft) ended support  long ago on  April 8, 2014
MS = MICROSOFT every time I use that 2 letter abbreviation... bingo.
MS ended support , including all phone calls and all  requests for lost or stolen COA keys, (yes your key can be stolen by others and making your key now dead)
Some XP drivers still exist at Microsoft and you OEM PC makers web site.
XP activation online still works, and the last SERVICE pack is there.
Never run with out the XP   Ransom-ware patch for  . WANNACRY!
Everything has an end, bingo XP !

First the good things:( I will not talk about or cover MS XP OFFICE or MS games or  other MS applications"
  • If you don't have an internet connection, XP is always safe, ( no CD/DVD disks, no floppy drive, no USB ports with USB infected memory sticks connected)
  • XP runs the Solitaire game all day safe.
  • XP will still load to your old PC, made from 2001 to January 30, 2007, at VISTA release, newer PC than 2007 , many chips will fail under XP (SATA chips, top this list as do the Eternet chips) F6 HELL.
  • XP activation still works! unless you COA key was lost or stolen.
  • I can not think of any thing good about XP now. END IT. (everyone else did, why not you?)

Now the  bad things: (and growing) XP is rife with PAIN, endless now.  #5 is big time serious, as is #8
  1. Microsoft (MS) direct support has ended on Retail , XP support,  but not the military versions.(uncle sam has paid contracts here  US.GOV has for 30  millions of  bucks.+ )
  2. New devices added to your PC will not be supported by MS, (eg. a new USB devices, that most no longer support XP, like a new Wifi USB Dongle device, or USB headphones?)
  3. No new updates, from MS.  It is the end of the road for XP.
  4. XP does not like newer hardware, even most SATA chips are dead,  Newer than 2007 PC may not run under  XP, (missing drivers that do not exist)
  5. XP (no service packs) 2001 has over 700 exploits ! and far less with SP3 !,  If you do not load SP2 or SP3, WIFI WPA2 mode will be dead !
  6. XP SP1 home is also bad at  109 exploits   
  7. XP IE8 (ends there MS does not allow IE11 to install on XP) is full of danger and is a Virus Magnet, and vast web sites now ban XP IE8 or older !!!!, so  run Firefox v56 +
  8. XP has zero day exploits that will NOT be corrected, says MS ! <<< read that carefully !
  9. XP  INSTALLER asks for  F6   Floppy for missing drivers,  We call this F6 key Hell.  (HDD missing due to SATA chips not supported,  vast !)
  10. Microsoft Security Essentials MSE ,updates work, but may be frozen, IDK (most folks say frozen , but do your own research here)
  11. Microsoft is not  taking XP phone calls.... and for sure claims of your COA key was stolen if true, as many are.  (this can be a real show stopper, your KEY stolen) forcing you to virus infected KEY GENS. ouch.
  12. MRT.exe , MS Malware software removal tool. patches. I think is  now frozen. (to mid 2015 year final release)
  13. Many of the top forums , the members flat refuse to discuss  XP at all. (with the terse UPGRADE it, bozo ) 
  14. There is no MS "Defender" for XP. (Microsoft free Anti-malware software) AVG MAY SUPPORT THIS.
  15. XP Internet Explorer is no longer allowed on the internet but you can load Firefox. ( IE version 6 to 8 is banned) IE11 can not be installed on XP, but Firefox v60+ will.
  16. XP has no future!
OEM's ended selling XP install media long ago, most do that after 3 years after PC was made. (if your  PC is new enough w10- 32bit may load)

Here is a short list of chips of missing drivers for XP.  F6 HELL REASON 1 below:
 (the list is VAST but 2 things matter most of all SATA and Ethernet support)

The below shows the weakness of XP PnP, and gets worse as time progress, even mighty Intel dropped SATA support, now for there old ICH chips.  
Plug and Play, XP,  (pray?):  TESTING by me...  
If the Microsoft PnP servers  may show no XP driver support, 
this is all there is now for XP.
Learn that many chip makers are no longer in business (wiki that ) and there is no support. vast !
Learn that many chip makers, ended support on XP long ago or never even started it. (facts) vast.
The odd why that drivers are supported works in 2 directions. (both forward and backwards , yah)
Intel sends  a driver to OEM, OEM (say HP.com) integrates it to a PC and then sends the results to Microsoft PnP servers.
Later if intel ends support the OEM may still keep it there,  but Microsoft deletes it on there PnP servers. (so if PnP fails always go to your OEM.com next)
If a maker of a chip goes out of business MS will delete it from there PnP server. ( they say, gee, it is not supported so, out it goes)
Tricky no?
The best drivers are always at your OEM first,  and if PC is super new, the OEM now has no drivers at all there and only PnP works at Microsoft,com (policy changes tricky at HP I see)
If your hair falls out now, this is normal.
Is there a cure, for this?, sure, next time back up all your drivers, and download all OEM drivers to say a USB memory stick or to your backup server of any kind.

Here is proof of such tactics.
GENERATION 1: (XP install fails for lack of SATA chip drivers, F6 HELL and or NO HDD FOUND.)
XP SATA support: if this fails the OS installer shows, no HDD found. (sure the chip is missing to  it)

2001 to 2003 years had very thin line of SATA chip support and not  one is Intels.
Facts on SATA, in 2004 (Q2) Intel Shipped, The first ICH5 South Bridge with only 2 SATA ports (and x2 IDE ports) 82801EB (B = base set) There are RAID versions, ER.
VEN_8086, DEV_24D1 (D1 = sata sections)ID's.
Me fooling around at Intel.com intel I discovered it dropped almost all ICH support for Intel South Bridges, that  did exist back in 2004 to 2007. (if one is savvy one can find then on the internet , searching)
Your OEM PC maker may still have a set of drivers, for a 2001 PC, but most do not, (Dell does, they have the deepest support of any PC made even beating HP)
The 801s below only support IDE (801E is first chip to do SATA. See my Mirror below for the old Intel driver set for 801E up.
The trouble here is when Intel ends support so does Microsoft. (PnP servers get these driver deleted) The OEM may not delete them, ok?
Intel offical support 2018 on XP, note vast ICH chips missing and "E" for sure.
My questions is what is the ICH5 to 10 support for XP at Intel first then at MS PnP servers.
I see no support at MS Pnp servers for the above but for the below yes.
I have this huge driver pack for storage devices (chips A to V and for sure all old intel)  v12.09 here.
The LOST drivers, are here.
The ICH5 to 9 XP/Vista drivers I have, are here, lost at intel.com  and mirrored    here.(2004 to 2007 years.)
Gen2: (are not lost yet)
2008 started PCH set (hubs) now has SATA began series 5. P55 and PM55 is mobile.  Q3-2009 XP is full supported at Intel.com
Intel shows only these have support  " INF Update Utility - Primarily for Intel® 6, 5, 4, 3, 900 Series Chipsets" (ALL ARE MODERN BRIDGES)
Windows 2000 upto W7, and Server 2003 /2008 both.
  • ntel® 5 Series Chipsets
  • Intel® 3400 Series Chipsets
  • Intel® 4 Series Chipsets
  • Intel® 3 Series Chipsets
  • Intel® 900 Series Chipsets
  • Intel® 800 Series Chipsets
  • Intel® Server/Workstation Chipsets
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500/3500 series
  • Intel® 6 Series Express Chipsets
  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family

None of the above is in the XP Install disk so errors out showing no HDD detected.
The XP disk supports 2001 to 2003 non Intel chips and only a few.
One other trick with XP is SP3, service pack 3 has more SATA drivers added (but is very limited) but I flat refuse to make a list of that, but do get XP install disk that shows "with SP3" on the label, ok?
I do have a home made from legal MS real disk, slipped stream XP disk with all SATA drivers and all Ethernet chips ever made that supports XP. (see my Monster CD here)

This is all I know on XP ,  all else I wish to forget FAST !
The REAL DEAL! THIS CD. (can be had new in box of ebay, called NOS, new OLD stock. and is legit and COA key good.

The  future of XP is here.  See my GIF's:  (Cures and  symptoms)

2001 PC's  getting serviced?
The nuke option is best for 2001 PCs and for older we use for boat anchors.

Next is running Pirate XP or Torrent version?, then doing  banking?   OOPS? that be CRAZY.

Endless crashing, XP loves to Crash, even for GILL BATES. (even standing on  stage !)

Typical XP users, mostly every day from 2014 to infinity. (gee get W7 ok?)

Best solution is nuke this PC, buy 2010+ PC and put on W7 or W10, end the endless pain of XP.

XP is a virus magnet and its broswer IE8 or older is not allowed at all on vast numbers of web site, and growing and IE11 can not be installed on XP, but Firefox v60+ will.

version-9  8-21-2017              (less is more revision, 12/2018       all is this page is in my opinion only, and can change easy as the world  or MS changes.  This is not HP affiliated in anyway, nor MS.