The End of Windows XP





Microsoft has declared doomsday for Windows XP.   It’s April 8th, 2014.

Tim Raines at Microsoft says:

The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities.  

The gist of this article from Microsoft is that running Windows XP after April 8th is just asking for serious security issues.  Quite a few of you are still running Windows XP.  You can’t anymore.   It’s un-neighborly.  I think people should avoid letting their machines be turned into web bots.

So, it’s off to the computer museum with Windows XP.  I used this for a lot of years.  I’m not misty eyed, but Windows XP got the job done mostly.

Readers Comments (7)

  1. Yeah, unfortunately, I think you’re right. It’s time to retire WinXP. But I’m upgrading to Windows 7, not 8, because I don’t like the newest interface. There’s been a lot written about this already, so I won’t go into the issues. Sadly, I’m going to have to ditch a lot of my favorite utilities that don’t work with the newer OS.

    On another topic, can you get your hands on some of the movies made by the British during 30s, 40s and 50s. They produced some really good stuff.

  2. Can a machine now running XP run Windows 7? Maybe Ubuntu is in the cards?

  3. I don’t understand why using XP to go online after April this year will make it any more vulnerable than it always has been–certainly Windows Defender isn’t worth…beans. Don’t paid security suites protect XP?

    As far as my own XP goes, it hasn’t gone online in years–before I got broadband–but it does run the printer & scanner just fine, even though it’s over 10 years old, It’s a Gateway M305–the economic one at the top of their game at the time. It’s in another room so those devices don’t clutter up the current laptop area, and it stores old tax files & other long term data.

    I loathed Windows 7 when I used it for over a year on a Lenovo; so I use Vista Home Premium on a refurbished Dell Inspiron 1525 I bought on eBay. I had read MS’ tour of Windows 8 and thought it to be even worse than 7.

    I had a Dell Inspiron 1420 with Vista Home Basic; I was using Firefox, which let in a Trojan; it disabled Windows Defender while I was switching from one paid security suite to another.
    Moral there: Pull the online plug when switching.

    A lot of people were unhappy with Vista but I found work-
    arounds that did what needed to be done. And Vista mail sure beats Window Live Mail–which I found too confusing to use.
    I had to use Thunderbird (which leaves a lot to be desired) when I was using Windows 7.

    MS, with its pictures was hoping to outdo Apple–a lost cause.
    Where can MS go from where it is?

  4. XP dies vulnerable with newer versions of Windows pointing out security holes that will never be patched; forever amen.

  5. I will surely continue using XPSP3 well into 2015 and 2016.
    It runs good so I see no reason to change.

  6. The reason not to was explained. I think you have a few months after April.

  7. steve di gaetano March 19, 2016 @ 9:28 am

    After 14 years my XP burned out and good not be fixed. I had to buy a new PC and it came with *.1. With my xp gone I lost many programs and other information I can not longer use on this new machine. I have a very big hate for Microsoft it’s the money. Also I found out that the new machines do not come with “micro office” you have to rent it or buy it for over $450.00. Another scam.

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