If you’re still clinging to XP and wondering what to do next, here are four options to consider.
Windows XP – perhaps Microsoft’s most successful and popular version of Windows. At one point Windows XP was running on more computers than all other operating systems combined.
Windows update can update more things than just Windows operating system. So keeping it up to date is still a good idea.
Offering security is one thing. If they are actually offering XP bug support, I would be immediately suspicious.
Microsoft Security Essentials is throwing scary warning messages now that Windows XP support has come to an end. How serious is the problem that MSE is alerting you to?
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.
An XP machine can run without a network. But would it still be useful?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The end of support for Windows XP could create security concerns way beyond personal machines. What about banks, and small business systems?
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?
When Microsoft stops support for XP your computer will keep working. The big problem is unsupported vulnerabilities.
Current versions will continue to work. The real problem is what happens with future versions.
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.
When support for XP ends, you may find yourself open to unpatched vulnerabilities. Having an updated anti-malware tool is going to become your first line of defense.
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.
Someday, Windows XP critical update files will cease to be available. You can continue to use them as long as they are available, and I’ll show you a permanent solution.
Switching to a Linux product depends on how you use your computer. The good news is that you can try it for free, without making any changes, to see if you like it.
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.
I tried to activate Windows XP Home and it didn’t work. Thus began a phone saga with Microsoft support, ending in failure. Until I fixed it myself.
If you have the password for the administrator account, you can easily elevate any other login account to have administrator privileges.