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2/19/2014
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Windows XP Shutdown: 10 Facts To Know

The clock ticks for Windows XP holdouts. Explore the key issues before making your next move.
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XP will still run, but you're on your own
Your PC won't implode, melt down, or otherwise cease to function after the April 8, 2014, deadline for Windows XP support. It'll continue to work, but will become increasingly vulnerable to security threats. Why? Because Microsoft won't be sending out any more automatic updates that protect Windows XP from the ever-evolving horde of malware and other risks. It won't provide free or paid assisted-support options, either. Those brave (or clueless) souls who continue to use Windows XP after April 8 will do so at their own risk. Furthermore, more apps and devices won't work with XP when software and hardware makers ditch the platform to focus on newer systems.

XP will still run, but you're on your own
Your PC won't implode, melt down, or otherwise cease to function after the April 8, 2014, deadline for Windows XP support. It'll continue to work, but will become increasingly vulnerable to security threats. Why? Because Microsoft won't be sending out any more automatic updates that protect Windows XP from the ever-evolving horde of malware and other risks. It won't provide free or paid assisted-support options, either. Those brave (or clueless) souls who continue to use Windows XP after April 8 will do so at their own risk. Furthermore, more apps and devices won't work with XP when software and hardware makers ditch the platform to focus on newer systems.

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2/19/2014 | 9:57:39 AM
Re: Win XP is fine, just do it yourself
I have uninstalled AVG, installed another anitvirus and it found problems AVG missed.

I then reinstalled AVG.
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2/19/2014 | 9:54:30 AM
Bye Bye Windows!
The first Smart Phone was from IBM back in 1993!

Way before Win-XP.

In the end, I'll leave Windows rather that deal with that junk some idiot approved as Win 8!
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2/19/2014 | 9:39:57 AM
Win XP is fine, just do it yourself
I ahve never used Windows Update ... This article is full of ridiculous scare tactics. I don't use update on my WIN 8 rigs as well. THe update service just clags up your OS, especially when you play around with drivers.

for XP I use three great programs:

1) Security Task Manager (non XP process evaluation package - includes "ratings" and great descriptions of the process

2) FILESECLAB Firewall (the XP firewall is enabled as well) when set-up properly GIBSON RESEARCH give the security a complete 100% passing grade - better than what you get with WIN 8.1's firewall

3) AVG ANtivirus free

I have let hacker friends try and get into my network through my XP machines, using email attachments, ping attacjks, and all the other specious modes - Never had a chance 100% protection.

It depends on YOU the user to do it right, I would never trust my system security to the MS softheads.

 
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