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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RE: NT 4 sp6A ---> XP sp2
by Drumhellar on Tue 8th Apr 2014 23:38 UTC in reply to "NT 4 sp6A ---> XP sp2"
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Weirdly, XP wasn't as good as a gamer as Win2K in my experience.

At least, when it came to DOS games, which was supposed to be the main improvement.

XP included more complete VESA emulation for NTVDM (the virtualized DOS environment), as well as Sound Blaster sound and joystick emulation, but using the 3rd-party VDMSound driver in Win2k did the same for sound and joystick support, and Win2k's VESA emulation - while not quite as complete - seemed to work more reliably for the DOS games I was still playing. I can't remember which ones they were, but there were a couple DOS games that just plain wouldn't work in XP, but would in Win2K.

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