Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st May 2014 20:29 UTC

Microsoft has stopped providing XP users with security updates, forcing them to either upgrade to another, newer operating system, or gamble with their safety. While the latest usage figures show that a large portion of users are moving away from XP, there's still a sizable number of users who aren't - or can't.

If you're an XP user, or know some XP users, there's a trick which makes it possible to receive security updates for the aging OS for another five years - right up until April 2019.

I have a better solution. No registry hacks required!

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RE: to be honest
by Drumhellar on Sun 1st Jun 2014 05:20 UTC in reply to "to be honest"
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all 7 does better is multi-core support.

There are also many changes to the virtual memory subsystem - including support for paging VRAM out to system ram so DX10 developers don't have to worry about manually swapping textures in and out of VRAM - D3D10 does that automatically, and is part of the Windows VM subsystem.

NUMA support is also much improved for multi-socket systems.

Windows 7 is actually capable of being shrunk down significantly smaller than XP - a 25MB system image is possible if all you want to do is run a web server. You can use 7Customizer to do so (Well, maybe not that far with that tool, but it is possible).

The recovery tools are far more robust with Vista and later, both the GUI driven tools, and the recovery console.

UI improvements abound - searchable Star Menu, dock-styled task bar (If you want it, that is), improved window management (Aero Snap, etc).

Security is better - not just the DEP found in XP, but ASLR, UAC, and several years of weeding out security vulnerabilities. Vista and later have greatly benefited from the security-focused changes to the Windows development process. Since Vista and later have lots more additions than XP, these things show up in 7.

UEFI support means Windows can use disk controllers to boot that might not be as easily supported on non-UEFI systems. I've had to roll my own XP install plenty of times to get it to be able to boot of various SCSI and SATA controllers.

With introduction of Vista, WinSXS came, and to this day i still don't understand the real purpose of it.

WinSxS is actually smaller than what Windows Explorer reports, and if you're checking the size of C:\Windows, the whole thing takes up significantly less disk space. Much of WinSxS is hardlinks, which Explorer doesn't account for accurately.

The purpose of WinSxS is two-fold: First, keep a store of old system files for the purpose of compatibility and being able to uninstall updates, and to keep copies of all Windows components on disk so you never need to supply a Windows DVD to install extra stuff.

Since these components are only loaded on demand, your "1GB exe loads faster than a 10GB exe" complaint doesn't actually have much meaning - there isn't a huge amount of extra code that gets loaded, and due to the MinWin refactoring, there is at times a reduced footprint.

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