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windows xp retirement

It's hard to grasp that Microsoft actually went through with this lifecycle. There are millions of people still on the OS. What can we do about anti-virus? Are there any options to keep XP still running?
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"If it works don't break it"
Now we have to upgrade hardware...software ... a big mess. What are the serious risks for still using it?
Well the bigger risk is the lack of security updates from Microsoft. Is someone finds a glaring hole in the operating system then you are on your own. And at the mercy of anyone that tries to exploit it (hacker, virus writer, etc.).

Also, over time you will find less and less people familiar with XP.

The other thing is Internet Explorer. I believe the highest version XP had released for it was IE8. So, I would recommend switching to Firefox or Chrome for all your internet browsing. But its uncertain how long those vendors will continue to write browsers for XP.
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I'm not sure whether or not it was 2-3 years (if not more) lead time was given.

@David Johnson
Microsoft actually releases a lifecycle for the product the moment it releases. Check out this site. Windows 8.1 already has a end of support date for 2023. They aren't surprising anyone. You know from day one when support ends.

https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=windows+8.1&Filter=FilterNO

Windows 7 is 2020.
https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=windows+7&Filter=FilterNO
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I thought that was suspicious timing on finding that hole myself.
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but - if they continue this way - they will force everybody on XP to use another browser - and that will cost them more in the end - right?
They don't want XP to be kept in use. The browser is irrelevant. Besides, you live in Europe anyway, where you get the "Browser Choice" with your Windows updates, and as IE was never any good anyway, I have been using that since it was introduced to install firefox and make it the default browser on every Windows PC.

I never use IE unless forced to (like on XP where it was required to run Windowsupdates), or when held at gunpoint...
Love the thread! Keep talking...I am learning... we need to increase the point count here lol
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"If it works don't break it" ==> Agree !

Rotary phones worked too right?
And they still work... on some phone lines but not all.
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yep - i saw it too
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