Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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"[q]I double this. There are a lot of computers around that aren't simply powerful enough to run Win7.

Virtually all desktops (and most laptops) built in the last 15 years can run Windows 7.

My deskop is nine years old and has an Athlon 4000+ and 4GB RAM.

Based on... your personal system alone?

Some very old systems can run Win 7 ok with what was a decent graphics card at the time but most laptops and business desktops have Intel graphics, you don't even need to go back as far as 10 years to find totally unsupported hardware.

Mainsteam laptops and desktops with Intel 915G chipsets run XP buttery smooth even with the lowest end CPU from the time and as little as 512MB RAM but are totally useless at Windows 7.

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