Articles in Category: Windows XP

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.

Old Habits versus Change

Four Options for XP Die-hards

If you’re still clinging to XP and wondering what to do next, here are four options to consider.

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.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Is Microsoft Security Essentials supported on XP or not?

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?

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.

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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.

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What about all those cash machines running Windows XP?

The end of support for Windows XP could create security concerns way beyond personal machines. What about banks, and small business systems?

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?


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.

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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.

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Will Existing Updates Still Be Available after Windows XP Support Ends?

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.


I Can’t Upgrade to the Latest Windows. Should I Switch to Linux?

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.

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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.

Why Can’t I Activate Windows XP?

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.

How do I get the entire Programs menu to always display?

Well, I think I get what you’re asking about. But even if I’m a little off, what I’m about to explain actually covers several things. In fact, most people don’t realize that there’s a plethora of customization options related to the Start menu.

How Do I Get At System Restore In Windows XP?

System Restore settings are in the properties of My Computer, but actually running the System Restore application is a little less obvious.

Why is my USB device asking for a CD when I attach it?

We’ll look at some ideas to try to stop a USB device from asking for a CD.

How do I check the version of XP Service Pack 2 installed on my PC?

Well, first, let’s be clear: there is no version of SP2. It’s either there, or it’s not. There are several ways to find out, and find out what other patches post SP2 have been installed as well.

How Do I Get Administrative Privileges on Windows XP?

If you have the password for the administrator account, you can easily elevate any other login account to have administrator privileges.