Windows XP Support End Date
- March 6, 2014
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Uncategorized
Windows XP Support End Date
I’ve heard most of the security issues with XP have to do with Outlook, Address Book and Media Player not with the system itself. Having said that, is a program like XP Lite which can pare down Windows XP to it’s bare essentials enough to keep XP running safely without the need for updates from Microsoft after the Windows XP Support End Date of April 8th, 2014?
Well here’s the thing. I don’t know how confident Windows was with their ability to retain the the security level of Windows XP for the past two years. They can claim it’s been supported and they’re releasing updates but to be honest with you, the Windows XP support end date and lack of updates aren’t the main reason Windows XP is vulnerable.
If you’re still using Windows XP, it is an incredibly vulnerable operating system. This is because Internet Explorer can only go up to version 8 and pretty much any piece of software that’s been developed for Windows XP is semi or completely obsoleted. So you’re already in a vulnerable state just by using it, even though Windows is releasing updates.
The the safest way to use Windows XP, the safest way to use any operating system, is to use common sense. The best antivirus software is you. I say “You’re the best antivirus” time and time again on my show. People always ask me “Craig, what’s the best antivirus software?” There are some great free ones. You can look into Avast! Home Edition. I like Avast! Home Edition. I recommend it regularly. Avast! Home Edition is completely free and it’s in the free downloads section of my website. I also recommend Malwarebytes Antimalware. Both of these free downloads work fine with Windows XP.
But here’s the thing: even with the Windows XP Support End Date closing in, Windows XP is going to be, and continue to be, vulnerable. It’s been vulnerable despite the fact Windows has been releasing updates. Just using that kind of legacy software in general puts you in that kind of situation. That being said, obviously use smart antivirus practices. If you are are a heavy Internet user I usually recommend shying away from the older legacy operating systems in general. But if you have adequate protection, and you think before you click on things, you’re not a guy who clicks on all the advertising or opens up a random emails, you’re in pretty good shape with Windows XP.
My entire office at my shop runs on Windows XP, and we will continue using it despite the Windows XP support end date. We have very few virus problems. Why? Because my employees are trained not to do certain things. Yes, they do get infected from time to time, but that happens on any operating system. So again the at the best antivirus is, of course, you. So if you have some basic understanding of what potential threats are your system, you can continue to use XP pretty comfortably without the worry.
Another option, you could invest in some better antivirus software such as ESET NOD32 or Kaspersky. They are always a good options. You may want to consider migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8 after the Windows XP support end date. Eventually your are going to have to migrate. I’m a huge fan of Windows XP so welcome to the stressful world of having to migrate. If you’re going to migrate, consider looking at the Chromebook. I like the Chromebook. It’s not for everybody, mind you. I do have a video called Chromebook vs Laptops vs Tablets, you might check that one out. I do a in-depth analysis of the differences between just using a PC laptop, using a tablet or using a Chromebook.
XP Lite, which you asked about specifically, is a great system. Make sure you’re using a up-to-date browser. Don’t use Internet Explorer, obviously. Don’t use Outlook, don’t use address book, and don’t use Windows Media Player. Don’t let the Windows XP support end date completely scare you off.