How To Use Windows XP After Support Ends

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

By on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

A lot of people are having trouble saying goodbye to Windows XP even after Microsoft has cut off support for the ancient operating system. Earlier this week we gave XP fans some tips for how to keep Windows XP around even if they upgrade to Windows 8, but what about those XP diehards who just flat-out refuse to upgrade to a new OS? For those hardy souls, The Guardian has put together a handy guide for XP stragglers who still can’t let go but who also don’t want to be open to the barrage of malware that will now run completely rampant on their machines without Microsoft’s support. More →

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How To Run Windows XP On Windows 8

How to keep Windows XP alive by running it through Windows 8

By on April 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

How to keep Windows XP alive by running it through Windows 8

Some longtime Windows XP users are having a hard time letting go of the operating system that has served them so well over the years, but The Register has discovered a way to keep Windows XP alive even if you’ve upgraded to Windows 8 or higher. More →

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Why Windows XP Is Good

Why Windows XP might have been Microsoft’s best blueprint for a tablet OS

By on April 9, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Why Windows XP might have been Microsoft’s best blueprint for a tablet OS

One of Microsoft’s bigger frustrations over the past couple of years has been the continued devotion to Windows XP, the operating system that’s been around for more than a decade and that still has a devoted following despite the fact that Microsoft is pulling support for it after Tuesday. More →

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Windows XP Support Ends

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM.

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

If you’re still using Windows XP and you’re not doling out extra cash to Microsoft to maintain support, then congratulations: You’re now vulnerable to all kinds of fun malware that hackers have been saving up for just this occasion. It’s April 8th, which means that it’s also the last day that Microsoft will give technical support for Windows XP. More →

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Windows 7 Vs. Windows 8 Market Share

Windows 7 has the most to gain from XP’s impending demise

By on April 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Windows 7 has the most to gain from XP’s impending demise

With support for Windows XP due to end next week, XP’s market share has predictably started to decline… but it’s not benefiting Windows 8 nearly as much as it’s benefiting Windows 7. The Next Web points out that NetMarketShare’s latest numbers show a predictable decline of nearly two percentage points for Windows XP over the last month along with a rise of a combined 0.62 percentage points for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and a rise of 1.46 percentage points for Windows 7. This means that between the end of February and the end of March, Windows 7 adoption grew more than twice as fast as Windows 8 adoption. More →

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What Happens When Windows XP Support Ends

In just over a week, XP stragglers will be hit with ‘every form of malware possible’

By on March 31, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

In just over a week, XP stragglers will be hit with ‘every form of malware possible’

Unless you’re already paying Microsoft extra to keep your Windows XP machines safe from malware then you really should upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 within the next week. Tom’s Guide talks with a couple of security experts about the impending end of support for Windows XP and they conclude that, yes, staying with Windows XP after the April 8th cutoff date will be really, really bad for both you and your computer. More →

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Windows XP ATM SMS malware

The ultimate heist: Hackers use SMS to get ATMs to pump out cash

By on March 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

The ultimate heist: Hackers use SMS to get ATMs to pump out cash

Microsoft is dropping support for Windows XP on April 8th, and with 95% of all ATMs still running XP, this could become a major problem for any banks that haven’t signed agreements to keep support running past the deadline. And today, we learned of an ATM attack that could be easily fixed if the ATMs update to Windows 7 or 8: According to Symantec, attackers have found a way to steal money from ATMs using SMS messages. Symantec first noticed this attack late last year, when the attacks were happening in Mexico. In a blog post on Monday, it noted that a new variant of the malware, called Ploutus, had been translated to English.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Savings

Microsoft offers $100 discount to XP users upgrading to Windows 8 PCs

By on March 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Microsoft offers $100 discount to XP users upgrading to Windows 8 PCs

It’s crunch time for Microsoft as support for Windows XP will finally wind down for good on April 8th. In order to convince the stragglers to convert to its latest operating system, Microsoft is offering $100 of instant savings upon the purchase of select Windows 8 PCs over $599 when upgrading from Windows XP. If you’re in the market for a cheap netbook or an affordable desktop, you’re probably out of luck, but anyone with a slightly larger budget that wants to upgrade to Windows 8 should take this opportunity to shop around.

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Windows XP Upgrade Offer $50

Upgrading from Windows XP can now get you $50 worth of free stuff

By on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Upgrading from Windows XP can now get you $50 worth of free stuff

People, what is it going to take for you to finally ditch Windows XP? Microsoft has already sent out plenty of warnings to XP users letting them know support for the platform will end on April 8th. However, if the threat of getting nailed by countless new strains of malware isn’t enough to get you to upgrade from XP, Microsoft is now sweetening the offer with $50 worth of free stuff… but the catch is you’ll have to buy a new computer with Windows 8.1. More →

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When Windows XP Support Ends 1.5 Million ATMs

1.5 million ATMs will still run Windows XP when support ends in April

By on March 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

1.5 million ATMs will still run Windows XP when support ends in April

Well this should be fun. Reuters reports that ATM maker NCR claims that two-thirds of all the ATMs running Windows XP in the world — or just under 1.5 million ATMs total — will not be upgraded to a newer system by the time Microsoft ends support for XP in April. More →

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When Windows XP Support Ends

Windows XP diehards aren’t going quietly

By on March 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Windows XP diehards aren’t going quietly

Microsoft has a problem: It desperately wants any remaining Windows XP users to upgrade to a newer version of the operating system but a huge chunk of them still haven’t budged. The latest numbers from NetMarketShare show that Windows XP still accounts for around 29.5% of all desktops in use even though Microsoft is due to end support for the 13-year-old platform on April 8th. ZDNet reports that Microsoft plans to pester remaining XP holdovers starting next week by sending them pop-up notifications reminding them — again — that it will end XP support within a month. More →

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Windows XP Market Share

Not dead yet: Windows XP somehow gained market share last month

By on February 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Not dead yet: Windows XP somehow gained market share last month

With Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP in April, you would think people would start moving on to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Apparently they aren’t and instead, Windows XP’s market share is increasing. According to the latest report from Net Market Share, XP’s market share increased from 28.98% in December to 29.23% in January. More →

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Microsoft Windows XP ATMs

A disaster in the making: 95% of ATMs still run Windows XP

By on January 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

A disaster in the making: 95% of ATMs still run Windows XP

As we’ve mentioned multiple times, now is really the time to upgrade from Windows XP if you haven’t done so already. Even though Microsoft will extend support for its Windows XP security products through July 2015, the company has warned that “the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited.” Bloomberg Businessweek reports that some of the most important machines that desperately need to upgrade from Windows XP are ATMs, of which an estimated 95% still run on Microsoft’s older operating system. More →

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