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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Hmmm....a bit late with the story
by rklrkl on Sun 1st Jun 2014 10:21 UTC
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This registry hack story is almost a week old and the XP updates you get are for Embedded XP and *not* Desktop XP. Hence, there's a chance some desktop XP patches (the ones you now pay for) won't actually appear in the Embedded XP updates. So, it's not really a good solution anyway.

To be honest, if you're still running XP, the chances are your hardware is pretty old/slow and probably will run like a dog if you try to upgrade beyond XP. As ever, the best way to upgrade from any Windows OS is to buy a new machine. You get it pre-installed and the cost is absorbed by the OEM, never mind that the hardware will actually be good enough to run it too!

It's why Vista got a bad rep - people trying to upgrade from it on dog slow kit found it needed more resources and bitched about it (I ran it on a new PC and it was fine - only fault I could see was the over-zealous UAC prompting).

As other people have said, perhaps a Windows-friendly Linux distro might be another route to take for XP users, especially if you're just a casual user that Web browses, e-mails and does the odd bit of word processing.

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