Deadline Day Is Here for XP Users
Security 'XPocalypse' looms as support ends
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2014 3:22 AM CDT
The last Windows XP computers were shipped in 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – The millions of people still using Windows XP are on their own after today. After years of warnings, Microsoft will finally pull the plug on the popular but outdated operating system after nearly 13 years, reports the Los Angeles Times. After a final update today, the firm will no longer issue security updates and bug fixes for XP and while PCs using it will continue to function, Microsoft warns that those computers will no longer be secure, the BBC reports.

There have been three major Windows releases since XP came out in 2001, but analysts believe around 30% of PCs in the US were still using XP as recently as February—in businesses as well as homes. But despite the huge number of die-hards, Microsoft has shown no sign that it will extend consumer support for the operating system, reports PC World, though some large users are getting support for a price. The British government is among them, having paid a hefty $9 million to ensure another year of updates.

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Apr 9, 2014 10:14 PM CDT
Debian to the rescue. Just stay away from Gnome and install LXDE or XFCE on top of the minimal install.
Apr 9, 2014 11:43 AM CDT
Will miss good old XP, was pretty good! Saw this coming and tried out Ubunto, But wasn't to thrilled with its problems for some attached hardware, couldn't find drivers to work my sound card. Plus, heard it wasn't friendly with some high profile games. 4 months ago, got a nice refurbished Dell Optiplex 780 2 Duo 3 GHz Tower w/Win 7 Pro. for a mere $200 on eBay. Pumped it up to 10GB of Ram, and installed a 650 Power supply with a sweet XFX Radeon 6670 DDR3 graphics card. Now I can play Crysis, Battlefield 3, BioShock. Oh, and I cloned the 250 HDD to a 1TB Western digital HDD, nice and roomy....Happy camper. Win 7 Pro is better than XP.
Apr 8, 2014 11:05 PM CDT
Windows XP still cranks on in my office...on the dumb terminal that is not connected to the net. I've always kept a computer off line. They don't crash, they don't get overwhelmed with new "flash" needs, they just work and crank out documents and spreadsheets. Want productivity from employees? Put them on a dump terminal. There are times you need the best technology and there are times you can hum along with an antique.