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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by FunkyELF on Tue 8th Apr 2014 16:31 UTC
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Are there exploits that only Microsoft can patch?
Can't antivirus vendors close any holes in the system discovered after today?

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RE: antivirus
by shakeshuck on Tue 8th Apr 2014 21:59 in reply to "antivirus"
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Avast have recently been claiming that that's what they intend to do...

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RE: antivirus
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 8th Apr 2014 22:09 in reply to "antivirus"
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Yeah, I would imagine there are exploits that only Microsoft can patch.

IE vulnerabilities for one. Antiviruses can react to an ie bug by cleaning up after an infection happens. But they aren't always fail proof.

I think its pretty clear that XP is not a os you should run at this point. I understand there are some reasons why people are staying on it, but they all pretty much come down on the side of poor planing. No piece of software will be supported forever.

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RE[2]: antivirus
by Kochise on Wed 9th Apr 2014 07:44 in reply to "RE: antivirus"
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I'm still running Win2K on a box, not connected to the net though...


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