Why does XP STINK ? (the list is endless, but  here are some opinions) XP has over 700 Exploits !
MS killed dead XP support on : April 8, 2014
                   The cure is Robolinux for free?
You love XP, but reality happens !

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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
Support means full support even phone calls !  The only support now, or future, is the Service pack 3 and few old patches, all now frozen in the sands of time.

MS = MICROSOFT every time I use that 2 letter abbreviation... bingo.
When I say the makers name HP below this means (fill in your PC makers name here)

XP peaked at 77% and now is below 2% (falling like brick, RIP)
Vista peaked at 23% and is now below 0.45%  12/2016 (RIP)

First the good things:( I will not talk about or cover MS OFFICE or MS games or  other MS applications"
  • Your PC came new with XP it rans for 16 long years, what more do you expect? "egg in your beer"?
  • Activation at MS still works. (that is if the key was not stolen by evil others using a KEYGENs !) oops, now you get to buy a new XP? wow....MS will not help you now.
  • MS still has online support for  service patch 3, and no newer patches forever... (making XP a  virus magnet)
  • The MS Online Plug&Play may fail, hard, now or soon but the manual way at ms still works.(see RECAP here)
  • XP will run only  IE 8 .(max)  There is no IE11 for XP and E8 is frozen in Virus Magnet mode. (run Firefox V56 and up) So is a non issue if you run new Firefox)
  • If you lost your XP install disk like most folks did  after 16 long years, I made a  MONSTER XP disk   here. << has all SATA drivers to it can run on most PC's.
  • If you buy matching (used) HP install media for you HP the OS will load, with no problems, that is because HP modified the media to support your HP, but actual MS disks do not.
  • If you don't have an internet connection, XP is always safe, ( you are not loading infected software from CD or floppy or USB stick , that is)
  • XP runs the Solitaire game all day safe.
  • AVG Antivirus company still supports XP.
Now the  bad things: (and growing) XP is rife with pitfalls, endless... seen them all I have... (most can be fixed driver wise)
  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 device, that most no longer support XP, like a new Wifi USB Dongle device)
  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, loading XP with out real HP disk sets or the F11 key Recovery. See my SATA fix. XP monster cure..
  5. XP (SP0) 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 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, (skip this until later is the cure but not if SATA drives missing see line 4 above.)
  10. XP installed fresh (if it even can be) get the drivers seen here. See here for Drivers.
  11. Microsoft Security Essentials MSE ,updates work, but may be frozen, IDK (most folks say frozen , but do your own research here)
  12. Microsoft is not now 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.
  13. MRT.exe , MS Malware software removal tool. patches. I think is  now frozen. (to mid 2015 year final release)
  14. Many of the top forums , the members flat refuse to discuss  XP at all. (with the terse UPGRADE it, bozo )
  15. There is no MS "Defender" for XP. (Microsoft free Anti-malware software)
  16. If you call your PC maker, you will learn , NO XP SUPPORT NOW.  Check it out.!
HP deleted XP support but there are some exceptions. Here is one, on a 15 year old HP PC. D510 SFF desktop (wow)  If this link is dead, that means 15 years is too old (LOL)

To hell with facts, I eat danger for breakfast ! you say?,  sure....  (no me....)

To run XP you need the best 3rd party malware A/V  package  there is, AVG paid version comes to mind. (or ESET)!

Never run XP with out sevice pack SP3 loaded. (know to that SP3 contains newer chip driver added, but is sadly grossly limited still and forever like this...)
Never Run the last XP Brower IE8, ever, run the newest FIREFOX v60+ . (avoid Internet Exploder, totally!) IE8 max only installs but need SP2 or 3, ON XP you must VOID IE totally now)
Do not run Browers of any kind that is just a shell for IE6,7,8,  or you will be sorry! RUN FIREFOX v60+
Never run with out the XP   Ransom-ware patch for  . WANNACRY!
Never run lacking a hardware firewall in your  router turned on , and all incoming ports turned off , inside said router fire wall. (or you get infected in seconds flat)
Never run XP  with the internal XP software firewall disabled. (and with incoming ports OFF)
Vista is dead and died Spring 2017 , get Windows 7 (or higher)
W7 and W10 are both still sold and Microsoft.com.  (W10 can be loaded as  trial for 30 days for free, hint hint)
Many  chips used say in 2002 , the chip maker never created W7 drivers. ( there are cures, but may take a new PCI card to replace the dead chip with newer working card, function and W7 drivers)
If you have  Desktop you can put in a new video PCI card, or a new wifi or ethernet card and get the PC running on say W7 that way.
On Laptops you can buy USB wifi/ethernet/sound dongle devices,to upgrade this harware so the newer OS can be loaded and made WHOLE.

The direct manual driver search works at MS. (even when XP PnP fails hard)

XP install disk hell:
MS XP will tell you at install time  (not HP disks) and shows ERRORs : no HDD found (HardDiskDrive) Top reason? No SATA chip drivers on that none OEM CD.
The words OEM means in the case of HP the HP offical install  disk set, or DELL disk set, or as your PC maker may be. (Original Equipment Manufacture) 
(the worst disk is a real MS XP from yeaer 2001, the best disk  is with SP3 on the CD label, but is still very very weak on drivers.) (not the offical HP disk called the HP media kit  it does work prefectly)
The word DRIVER means , that low level software you load that makes  chip, any chip inside the PC, (its box of chip, ok?) work right, or a function, like wifi/ethernet,sound  and lots more.
Lets say you have  the missing XP SATA driver, on say  USB stick or on a CD-R Disk (a perfect match) but XP installer setup.exe asks for the driver, and then ask you to hit F6 and load it from a floopy disk. (max pain)
I want you to know some PCs made 2004 to 2007(vista)?  had a special BIOS that contains a cool feature (for XP ) the Floppy emulation feature,that lets you use other media and fool the installer that you are using a floppy drive.
Or buy a USB floppy drive, then the horror of finding blank floppies in the year 2018.
One other trick on older PCs, is go into BIOS, and find the SATA chip, and while there turn off SATA mode, and turn on IDE emulation and XP now loads ok, later turn it back to SATA, and XP now runs.
The CDs install disk can be slipped streamed so that XP now has vast numbers of newer SATA drivers, (this is what I have , and made from scratch)  The USB floppy is like $10 on ebay the other is here.
XP monster disk building...
Far better is avoid XP like the Plugue.

The XP install errors ,  for HDD DRIVE  not found,   "No Hard disk found" means 2 things, HDD is dead or 99% more likely the SATA chip drivers are missing!
  • Bad HDD or cables to it fell off.(desktops have 2 cables there) If the HDD does not spin (heard) it is DEAD.
  • The SATA chips there are not supported directly with SETUP.exe (MS Install program) Use my  the Monster CD mentioned here.
  • The HDD has the wrong format  ( say an alien formatted disk, Alien means, for example and Apple PC formatted disk, it means you attempted to install a used non blank HDD in this PC)
  • The HDD is turned off in BIOS,   (this is done so you can boot to say a addin card, SATA card that is faster SATA3 or to SAS RAID controllers. ) So go in to BIOS make sure the onboard, SATA ports are enabled.
  • Using MS disks are  marked upgrade only and you are attempting a fresh install.
  • Using HP disk set is defective (scratched) or CD or DVD drive is dead, or bad in some way.
  • Using say, Dell install disks on and HP computers or the reverse. (a huge blunder this)
  • Learn that I never install any OS on ANY PC until I run full HDD tests. (booted to a Linux DVD in demo "try me" mode) I love , Ubuntu V16+

 Links that can help (mine and  others)"
The MS drivers may be gone but...
But all old MS OS updates/patches and for sure SP3 are still there   (I tested it End AUG 2017 and it's a GO , tested with WSUS app.)

    Many drivers page shows how to get them no matter what , if possible at all, Some are NOT!

    If you chip maker never made Vista or W7 up drivers, there will be no drivers for that  chip that does not work.
    Example are NIC (LAN) WLAN (WIFI) , SOUND, SATA , Even some very old GPU (video) chips and many more..

    See my  SATA comments on this page)

    Plug and Play, XP,  (pray):  TESTING by me...   Summer 2017 to see WHAT's UP and what is NOT UP.
    Fresh installed using XP with working slipped streamed SATA chip drivers (I have huge driver cache full of SATA chip , MS does not support, in 2001 nor in SP2 update)
    I testing live PnP actions in XP using a huge box of PCI cards of every class (video, NIC, USB, sound, wifi,etc)
    See my XP  search here at MS on topic.
    • 1/2 the old cards (about 25 old cards)some did not work live, and most newer USB devices are dead. (automatic PnP is dead)
    • I found that if I looked inside the MS driver server I could find many still there.
    • I also found most the drivers here, to built my monster install CD or better DVD.
    • Some makers of old chip still have drivers for XP, many do not, (out of business or flat ended the practices of doing this)


    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-8  8-21-2017             UNDER       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.