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[2]: Even better solution...
by rklrkl on Sun 1st Jun 2014 10:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Even better solution..."
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Just a note that CentOS 5 and 6 provide 10 years of updates without having to do a major OS upgrade - CentOS 6 is supported until November 2020 for example.

I've used it on various desktop kit without a problem and it's a very solid and functional desktop (OK, it isn't bleeding edge like Fedora or Ubuntu are, but if you're doing serious stuff, you don't want that). In fact, CentOS 6 is so good, I don't even think CentOS 7 will be an improvement (several major changes that actually make things harder to administer), but I can stay on CentOS 6 for at least another 6 years if I want, unlike any other Linux distro.

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