IoT
Software // Operating Systems
News
3/15/2009
09:47 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Windows XP's Final Days: A Practical Guide

Users who shunned Vista and are clinging to XP until the release of Windows 7 can get the most out of the aging operating system by following these tips.

Windows XP's days have been numbered for a long time now. A long, long time. Just when it seemed like the end was in sight for Microsoft's flagship OS, it's had its lifespan granted one extension after another -- first due to popular demand, then due to the rise of the netbook (where XP turned out to be a far better fit than Vista).




Installing Windows 7 over Windows XP will force you to move the old OS into a subdirectory.
(click for image gallery)

Now, with Windows 7 well on the way, riding a cresting wave of positive feedback, XP looks like it's finally on its way out.

That doesn't mean everyone still using XP now is instantly going to toss it and grab up a copy of Windows 7. Historically, most people upgrade to a new version of Windows by buying a new PC, and not by picking up Windows in an off-the-shelf package.

And despite Microsoft's April 14th deadline for providing free support for Windows XP, companies still using XP will continue to do so for a while to come, especially if they have no immediate incentive to upgrade (e.g., their current PC works fine, thank you).

So what to do in the time between now and the eventual-and-probably-inevitable move to Windows 7? Protect your existing PC investment, prepare for what's next, and don't let anything derail you along the way.

Protect Your Existing PC

The first thing to do is protect your existing Windows XP installation -- keep it in top shape so that between then and now, you have as little as possible to worry about.

1. Clean up the worst of the mess. If you've been wrestling with spyware, viruses, or other annoyances, now's the time to get rid of as much of it as possible in one swoop. Depending on the level of confidence you have with doing such things, you might want to simply opt for a full system restore. Once you create a solid baseline to work from, then you can also elect to create a full-system backup as an additional safety measure.

Previous
1 of 4
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of July 24, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.