Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2014 15:38 UTC

It's finally here. After 12 years, 6 months, and 12 days on the market, Windows XP has hit its end of life. It will receive its last ever set of patches on Windows Update today, and for the most part, that will be that. Any flaws discovered from now on - and it's inevitable that some will be discovered - will never be publicly patched.

How bad is this going to be? It's probably going to be pretty bad. By some measures, about 28 percent of the Web-using public is still using Windows XP, and these systems are going to be ripe for exploitation.

I never liked Windows XP (I used BeOS during XP's early days, and Mac OS X and Linux during XP's later days), so I'm glad to see it go. This terrible operating system should have died out years ago.

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RE[2]: Windows 98SE
by Bobthearch on Thu 10th Apr 2014 01:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Windows 98SE"
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It was sent in a cardboard mailer direct from Microsoft Corporation. The disk is titled, "Microsoft Security Update CD," dated February 2004.

It contained updates for Win98, 98SE, 2000 Professional, ME, and XP. But since it was mailed after 98SE support ended, I believe it contains the last software updates and security fixes for that OS. Later ISO downloads from Microsoft contain only files for Windows 2000 and newer.

Haven't had to use it in many years, but back in the day it saved the headache of downloads in a dial-up era.

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