Articles tagged: xp support

RIP Windows XP

Hey! The World Didn’t End!

I reflect a little on the sudden realization that Windows XP’s end-of-support date came and went and … nothing happened.

XP's Tombstone

Why Am I Still Getting Updates for Windows XP?

Windows update can update more things than just Windows operating system. So keeping it up to date is still a good idea.

XP's Tombstone

Are Offers for Continued XP Support and Security Legitimate or Worthwhile?

Offering security is one thing. If they are actually offering XP bug support, I would be immediately suspicious.

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Is it worth upgrading to get Windows XP Mode?

Installing a recently unsupported operating system so you can use an email program that hasn’t been supported for years is something I’ll advise against. There are safer ways to go.

Time to Upgrade!

What’s the Best Way to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7?

A clean install is going to get you a cleaner operating system.

Will it be safe to exchange emails with XP users after support ends?

XP machines may have a slightly increased risk of spreading malware. But in the end it boils down to safe computing habits – both for you and your friends.

Data data and more networked data...

Can Windows XP even run without a network?

An XP machine can run without a network. But would it still be useful?

Will Preventing XP from Reaching the Internet Keep Me Safe?

Keeping an XP computer off the internet will also prevent it from keeping any anti-malware tools up-to-date. You may end up less safe than you think.

Windows XP in a Virtual Machine

Is Running Windows XP in a Virtual Machine as Risky as Running XP Natively?

In and of itself, running XP as a virtual machine doesn’t make it any less vulnerable. You can add security by restricting what you do inside a virtual machine to the bare minimum required.

XP in a VM (on a Mac)

Can I Isolate Windows XP in a Virtual Machine to Stay Safe?

Unfortunately, as Microsoft ends support for XP any strategy to make it 100% safe will also render it virtually useless. A virtual machine does add some protection, just know the pitfalls.

Windows XP

What to Do About Windows XP

I recently posted a video summarizing my opinion of the options available to those who are currently using Windows XP, and those who plan to continue using it past its end-of-support date.

Windows XP

Windows XP Must Die! Long Live Windows XP!

Windows XP’s time is coming to an end. Like it or not, it’s time to move on. If you can’t (or won’t), I have some advice for you.

Cutting the Cord

Could I just keep using XP for storing pictures and playing games?

Limiting the use of an old XP machine could make it less vulnerable. Heck, you could just turn the computer off to keep it safe… but how useful is that going to be?

Can my image backup of Windows XP be used on my Windows 8 computer?

Backing up, particularly with backup image software, is for recovering from a disaster. It can also be handy when moving to a new machine, but probably not in the way you are thinking.


How do I protect my Windows XP after they stop sending updates?

When Microsoft stops support for XP your computer will keep working. The big problem is unsupported vulnerabilities.

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Will Macrium Reflect Free keep working in XP?

Current versions will continue to work. The real problem is what happens with future versions.

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How costly would it be for Microsoft to keep supporting XP?

Microsoft does a lot of work behind the scenes to keep an operating system going. At some point, the cost of maintaining an old operating system simply becomes too great.


Will Anti-virus Programs for Windows XP Stop Being Updated when Microsoft Drops Support?

When support for XP ends, you may find yourself open to unpatched vulnerabilities. Having an updated anti-malware tool is your first line of defense.

Tux - The Linux Mascot

How Do I Switch to Linux?

Changing a Windows XP operating system to a Linux platform is not a simple upgrade or migration. It’s more like starting over. Here are the basic steps.

Windows XP

How risky will it be to keep running Windows XP?

Support for Windows XP ends in April of 2014. An effort by Microsoft to make people aware of the risks in using it thereafter has been misinterpreted by some as an intentional threat. I’ll cut through the hyperbole and examine the real risks.

Windows XP

Will Windows XP Keep Working after Support Ends?

The end of support for Windows XP means that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates. But there are ways to continue using an older machine safely.