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Windows XP survival guide: How to upgrade (or not)

Melissa Riofrio | April 7, 2014
It's coming: XPocalypse--the end of Microsoft's support of Windows XP on April 8. Anyone who still has a PC with Windows XP is either scrambling to figure out what to do with it--or in some state of blissful denial about it all. Or, they are lashing themselves to the mast of their old XP schooner, determined to ride out the storm.

You can take precautions to keep your XP system secure after Microsoft stops issuing security patches, but there are no guarantees. Security experts are warning of a hacker feeding frenzy after XP is cut loose. "Answer Line" columnist Lincoln Spector offers some additional tips for staying safe with XP.

Before we leave you holdouts, it's worth one more try: Upgrade from Windows XP. It's not a ploy to get you to buy a new system. It's a reasonable recommendation to move on to newer and better things. It doesn't even have to be Windows 8 — although the latest updates, also starting April 8, address many of the objections people have had with the latest OS. Windows 7 would be fine. But sticking with Windows XP is something only stalwart — or stubborn — souls should dare.

 

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