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As support for Windows XP comes to an end, there are several alternatives, including: just keep using it!
When Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and I can no longer get updates and what have you, how will I keep my Compaq Presario with XP, which I've come to know and love, running?
In this excerpt from Answercast #35, I look at what it means when Microsoft discontinues support for XP and how to keep using your old machine.
It depends. There are a couple of different approaches to take when this eventuality happens.
Windows XP is going to continue to be supported, at least for critical security fixes, until sometime in 2014; I believe it is. Until then, you're getting those kinds of fixes.
That may or may not matter. Windows XP may not be the target for a lot of new malware that it's not already being protected against.
Remember, when the support stops, you'll be protected against all of the major malware vulnerabilities that have been discovered – to that point.
Hackers will be going out and looking at whatever the more popular systems are – at that point.
Things like Windows 7 presumably, or perhaps Windows 8. They'll be targeting their efforts at finding vulnerabilities in those version of Windows rather than older Windows XP systems; which will be dwindling in terms of usage.
So, you can just keep using it. I mean let's face it, I know of people who are still running Windows 98 without too much of a problem.
The other alternative (I'm assuming that your machine is not powerful enough to run something like Vista or Windows 7) you might consider is to use an operating system like Linux.
Many Linuxes have smaller footprints and can be kept more current and more up-to-date than Windows XP. That would be something to, at least, investigate.
Consider trying out a version of Linux with a Live CD:
Give it a test drive. See what you think of it. That could very well be a
viable way to lengthen the life of your existing Windows XP machine.
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