Slashdot Technology Story | One Year Later, "Dead" XP Still Going Strong. XP, the OS that won't die, owes its enduring life to millions of users who refuse to buy the hype of Vista, and who will likely wait to install Windows 7 when it comes as part of a new computer. This extended life is a testament to the maturation of PC operating systems, and to the human tendency to keep something we are comfortable with, and that works. XP is stable, seldom crashes, and gets the job done. I feel about it the way I feel about the 17 year old car that I still drive occasionally. If it still gets me from one place to another, with a minimum of fuss, I will keep it until it dies. In these tough economic times, we all could stand to resist the call of the new and shiny toy. Of course, I will still buy new gadgets, if they are within the budget. Operating systems, however, are like tires. They ain't pretty, but if they still work, keep them.