The Disadvantages of Windows XP

Windows XP is an operating system that is widely used around the world, mainly due to the large amount of hardware and software that it supports. However, it is an operating system that has a number of flaws, and while some are minor, a few of them put users at a significant disadvantage.

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Multiple computers

Windows XP cannot be installed on multiple computers because product activation is limited to just one computer. If you want to install Windows XP on another computer, you will have to purchase a new license and a key code which can prove to be very costly. This is a major disadvantage as you will have to pay more to install Windows XP to another computer even in your own home.

RAM (system memory)

Windows XP features support for only up to 4 GB (gigabytes) of system memory. This puts you at a significant disadvantage if you want to run applications that require a lot of system memory to function properly. If you want to install additional RAM, you will have to purchase Windows XP Professional x64, which supports up to 128 GB of RAM, or upgrade to a newer operating system such as Windows Vista or Windows 7.


As of 2010, most games are designed especially for video cards featuring support for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11, which is a type of technology created by Microsoft to allow games to function efficiently on Windows operating systems. However, Windows XP supports DirectX only up to version 9. This causes games to look graphically less appealing when running on Windows XP, and the only solution is to upgrade to Windows Vista or Windows 7.


Windows XP was released with a lot of drivers for hardware components at the time of its release, but as of 2010, most of those drivers are outdated or the hardware they are made for are no longer in use. If you are running a computer with newer hardware and don’t have the drivers with you, you will be forced to search the Internet or elsewhere for those drivers.


As of 2010, Microsoft Windows XP is one of the most widely used operating systems in the world even with the release of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Unfortunately, this also makes Windows XP a prime target for malware creators. Therefore, surfing the Internet without anti-virus software can be very dangerous, because viruses made for Windows XP can collect your personal information or cause irreparable damage to the operating system.