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What to Do After Time is Up?

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help' started by vom53, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. vom53

    vom53 Established Techie7 Member

    Microsoft will soon be ending their support for Windows XP. Although there may be options to upgrade to a newer operating system or change to a Linux distro, factors such as computer hardware and personal preference may cause users to stick to Windows XP.

    Luckily, Google Chrome will be supporting XP until 2015. However, with Microsoft's last security update on April 2014, what do you plan to do?

    Some notes:
    • Major free antivirus and antimalware programs will be ending their support for XP at the end of Q3 2014. Previous versions will work, but system definition would not be updated
    • Newer software will no longer supports Windows XP
    • With the exception of a few firewall softwares, all will be stopping support for XP after Microsoft's April 2014 announcement.
    • Third world countries will still be using XP.
  2. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    XP is an obsolete antiquated, legacy operating system that needs to go away - or at least get off the Internet.

    As you noted, several major anti-malware programs have already announced they will end XP support when, or shortly after MS ends support. This is because anti-malware programs rely on a fully patched operating system.

    Much new software already only supports the latest operating systems.

    It is already circulating around security circles about vulnerabilities discovered but NOT reported - or yet exploited. And that badguys have already developed malicious code to exploit those vulnerabilities but are waiting to release an onslaught into the "wild" after April 8th.

    Is should be pointed out that Microsoft announced over 5 years ago that April 8, 2014 would be the last day of support. So no one should be surprised or blaming MS here - there has been lots of notice and plenty of time to budget for new hardware (if needed) to support a more modern OS. Also it should be noted that many retailers are offering "refurbished" W7 and W8 PCs for under $200 and brand new W7 and W8 notebooks for under $300. They may not be speed demons or full of fancy bells and whistles, but they will provide solid security. That said, they may very well be speed demons compared to XP era hardware.

    The bottom line is this - the problem is NOT whether XP will continue to work or not - it will. It will not suddenly stop working. The problem is Microsoft will stop providing security updates after April 8, 2014 for any newly discovered vulnerabilities.

    After April 8 my advice is to disconnect any remaining XP systems from your networks and the Internet - if not for your own security, but for no other reason than to keep that system from becoming compromised and turned into a threat against the rest of us!