In Pictures: Computing fossils - Old tech holding on for dear life

Some ancient technology is still useful - and some just won't die

Wait, what did 'XP' stand for? Is your PC among the 40.7% still running Windows XP. This archaic, outdated operating system was released in October 2001. To show you how long ago that is (and to make you feel old), ten and a half years before that was April 1991, when Windows 3.0 was Microsoft's reigning operating system.

With such a large installed base, it's a good bet that an article like this one written ten years from now will include "ancient x86 box running Windows XP" in its rogues gallery.

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