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Windows XP: Goodnight Sweet Prince

Windows XP: Goodnight Sweet Prince As of today, Microsoft will officially stop issuing patches and system updates for Windows XP. I know what you're thinking - who the heck still uses Windows XP? Well, apparently a lot of people. Windows XP is the No. 2 operating system, and all of those users are in for a world of hurt. Without system updates, XP users will become susceptible to a whole lot of nasty viruses on the Internet. So, what does this mean for you and your ancient computer?

If you're using Windows XP on your home computer I would assume you travelled back to 2003 and enrolled as an undergrad at your nearby college - because why else would you be using Windows XP? Microsoft issued this statement regarding the 13-year-old operating system. "The time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences." In other words, we don't have time for Windows XP - and when was the last time you gave us your money?

Microsoft will no longer issue patches or system updates that protect your computer against viruses and malware. This leaves your computer wide open and vulnerable. Hackers everywhere are hunched over their computers rubbing their palms together and quietly whispering, "Excellent." Once your computer stops receiving security updates, your personal information will become easier to grab. This hackathon won't start right away. Experts believe hackers will wait a few weeks or even months before attacking Windows XP users. Their hoping this gives XP users a false sense of security before they strike. You don't want anyone getting a hold of your identity do you?

You can use Microsoft's Windows Upgrade Assistant to see if your system meets the requirements needed for Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, at this point your old PC is more like a giant paperweight than a computer. Chances are you'll have to buy a brand new machine. But what if I unplug my computer from the Internet? Sure, you can convert your PC into a glorified electronic typewriter but it's still going to be susceptible. Say you take a USB drive from a newer computer and plug it into a machine that runs on Windows XP. That USB drive could hold a more recent virus that an XP computer isn't able to combat because of the system's lack of security updates.

Even before Microsoft decided to stop system updates Windows XP users were six times more likely to get hacked. Once those security updates stop, this problem will only get worse. If you're not ready to buy a new machine right away, we suggest buying anti-virus software and switching your browser to Google Chrome. If you're a little more technically savvy you can back up all your information, erase your hard drive, and install Linux onto your computer. There are so many free versions of this operating system you're bound to find something that will work on your old device. There are plenty of logical explanations to Microsoft's decision. The security threats people face today are significantly different from when Windows XP was first introduced.

As much as we joke about Windows XP's age the fact is plenty of schools and businesses still use this operating system. In fact, according to ATM manufacturer NCR, nearly 75% of bank ATMs run on Windows XP. Cybersecurity provider Cylance even says one of its major hospital clients' still uses Windows XP on more than 100,000 devices. The United Kingdom has even paid Microsoft £5.5 million for another year of tech support because 85% of it's computers at the National Health Service run on Windows XP. Businesses everywhere are scrambling to update. Some small business owners don't even realize how vulnerable they'll become and aren't planning on upgrading their systems any time soon.

If you're using Windows XP we think it's time for a change. You've lasted 13 years with this operating system and it's time to let go. Windows 8.1 is even going to incorporate a start menu so you XP users will feel more at home. More importantly, Microsoft is giving away $100 credits that will help your upgrading be less painful on your wallet. Get off of Windows XP today and start surfing safer tomorrow.

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Jackie Sorry Microsoft. I will use XP as long as I want to. Dictator.
Apr 14 2014 at 2:45am Copy Link
Roderick Nicolson This is just scaremongering. What nonsense! Microsoft was never able to protect the user properly thus the reason for needing third party antivirus protection, firewalls and other types of protection.
One thing is clear. Third party makers won't abandon their users like Microsoft is doing. So the XP user will be well protected for years to come, and without any Microsoft updates.
The only thing that will take people away from XP is advances in technology. When XP is a system that can no longer function well or properly with the newer hardware. Just like Windows 98. But even that is still not completely dead yet.
Apr 14 2014 at 4:05am Copy Link
William Todd Well, it may not be nonsense for people who aren't running decentthird-party anti-malware and firewall products - but then they've been at risk anyway. I'm still running Windows 2000 (nearly 4 years now after Microsoft stopped supporting it) with no problems at all: Avira AntiVirus still sends me updates for the last engine that runs there, Online Armor's last Win2K firewall remains a stellar product, Firefox 12.0 is only two years old and has most of the security features that the newer versions do, and running behind a hardware router/firewall prevents unsolicited external probes anyway.

But it is becoming more difficult to find all the software I want to run (though I could use some of the enhancements found at places like to do so) and while I found Win 8 to be unacceptable Win 8.1 with Update 1 is getting closer and Update 2 may be closer still. If not, I can still upgrade to XP and enjoy another few years of a system that I like.
Apr 14 2014 at 8:49am Copy Link
Jackie I'm using XP. I was hoping Bill Gates could round up some of the original XP team and create XP2. Same look and feel, but better security under the hood. Give it the latest IE and DirectX. And write to DVDs. Plus be able to run old games and software. Course that's a pipe dream. And I can't stand using Windows 7 and the ugly areo theme. I hate the start menu and folder hierarchy Windows 2000 is great too..
Apr 14 2014 at 11:19pm Copy Link
jim prendergast Since Microsoft has NEVER put out an Operating System that was foolproof I am going to depend on XP and use virus protection and a hacker protection program to try to protect me.
Microsoft has never made any program that actually worked as it was supposed to. They have had more fixes and updates thank anyone can imagine. I think I will start a business and sell a program that does not work and maybe I can become a Billionare .I have a PC using Windows Vista and it has more updates than the PC with XP. I will keep using XP because I like the feel of it
May 2 2014 at 2:46am Copy Link
Rodney Henderson I think that everyone would like to be able to upgrade their systems to a new safe & secure version of windows, but Microsoft has not yet made one. I met a student in 2012 from Japan, that was fascinated with windows 7, he said that all the computers in he's school were still XP. Why doesn't Microsoft finish making one of it's versions of windows or one of it's most popular versions of windows safe & secure first, before making another unstable one. I think that would be called looking after your customer base. There are many disadvantaged countries with people that can not afford to get a new computer & get donated an older version to use, don't they deserve to have a safe & secure system to use too.
May 17 2014 at 4:57pm Copy Link
guru nyk my home pc has 2gb ram and 1.8Ghz intel atom cpu and has both 7 and xp installed but i still use xp as 7 requires much more resources to run.full xp install takes about 2Gb while full 7 install takes about 10GB ,also xp need only 100MB ram to boot up leaving rest of RAM for applications while 7 consumed about 500MB of RAM.this makes xp look better to use as less resources are consumed by the OS.all my hardware is detected by xp and all the software that i use still support XP ,so i still keep using XP.
I will start using 7 regularly only if and when i can afford to buy a 64 bit dual core processor and atleast 8GB RAM.
Jun 25 2014 at 5:43am Copy Link
Byron Young I had to use XP for work. When I retired I was still using XP at work and on my work laptop. My retirement gift to myself was to get a MacBook that ran OS X and would let me boot XP with bootcamp. That was eight years ago. Last year when I bought my new MacBook Pro, I didn't even install a boot camp partition. It had been over seven years since I had even started XP. Best decision I ever made.
Aug 3 2014 at 8:24am Copy Link
Ken Taylor Ha! Ha! Windows 7 is the new XP :)
Aug 4 2014 at 12:21am Copy Link
Andy Phillips " this point your old PC is more like a giant paperweight than a computer..."

No, it's not. For almost everything I want to do it works fine. ("They work fine", actually -- I'm sitting in front of four or so.) Who is this Pinhead moron and why does he think it's remotely reasonable to instruct us to throw away perfectly functional machines? There are plenty of antivirus products from sources other than Microsoft, so the main effect promises to be that Microsoft's malware attacks (a/k/a forced shutdowns) will stop.
Aug 7 2014 at 1:10am Copy Link
Graham du Plessis I too use, and love Windows XP. I've probably asked close to a hundred people exactly what they can do on any of the successive Windows programs, that I am unable to do using XP. Their standard reply is close to watching a cow looking over a fence; no one seems either able or willing to blurt out an answer! Apart from the odd few utilities and programs that merely change for change sake, I fail to appreciate why I cannot continue using XP.
Jul 28 2019 at 6:28am Copy Link

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