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    Windows XP: Prepare for the end

    Windows XP is so old, it predates 9/11. The software first landed on personal computers sold to consumers and businesses way back in August 2001. Yet more than 12 years later, a substantial number of PCs with Windows XP as their operating system are still in use.According to consultant Net Applications, XP machines represented a 29.23% market share last month, ahead of all the PC operating systems that came after it except for Windows 7, which has a 47.49% share. Microsoft's more recent operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, come in with modest 6.63% and 3.95% market shares, respectively, suggesting an area of concern for new CEO Satya Nadella.
    The many folks who still rely on Windows XP will have their own major concern to deal with in a few weeks. On April 8, XP reaches the end of the line. No, your XP computer won't suddenly blow up on that date. But it does mean that official support from Microsoft ceases. Microsoft will no longer issue patches or system updates to protect the machine against viruses, spyware and other malware that could result in crashes, or worse, the theft of personal information. If you run into any other kinds of snags, you won't be able to call Microsoft for technical assistance.
    "There is a risk," cautions Microsoft spokesman Tom Murphy. "How big a risk we can't quantify." But Murphy is unequivocal in advising consumers to part ways with the operating system that many have loyally stuck by all these years. "We're really black and white about that," he says.


    Though some third-party anti-virus software may provide some protection post-April 8, Microsoft still considers the computer system vulnerable.
    The April deadline shouldn't come as a rude awakening. Microsoft announced the date that XP support would end as far back as 2007, but a number of people haven't paid close attention.
    Windows XP: Prepare for the end

    I just upgraded to a Win 64 bit version on a clean HD, man what a mess before getting it right!
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    Interesting. Almost 30% of PCs still use XP. XP is still getting lots of updates.

    I still have two PCs running XP. They contain software that will not run on Windows 7 or 8. My solution to protect them is to never use those PCs for surfing the web or retrieving email.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Interesting. Almost 30% of PCs still use XP. XP is still getting lots of updates.

    I still have two PCs running XP. They contain software that will not run on Windows 7 or 8. My solution to protect them is to never use those PCs for surfing the web or retrieving email.
    I was reading a few days ago that some people with XP were waiting for Windows 9. The mobo manufacturer went bankruptcy a few years ago, so I cannot put the last Windows 8.1 version. Because my Mobo don't have the latest drivers, and I have already taken a few drivers for Win7 from the manufacturer parts, not the mobo manufacturer.

    So this the last time to upgrade my mobo because going higher. If I am going higher I am not sure to assemble another computer, I will just buy something ready to go for cheap.

    I still have my old laptop which is working great with xp pro that cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 and 8.1.
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