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The End of XP Marks The Beginning of Hell

A guide for what to look out for if you are stuck on windows XP and some of the dangers involved with utilizing legacy software and hardware.

The End of XP Marks The Beginning of Hell

To some of us it's the end of an era that was mostly turbulent. Operating systems came out to replace windows XP and they, too took a small flop. Microsoft wanted to put the Axe on XP yet, were delayed due to adaption problems. Even with windows 8.1 it's said, Bill Gates had issues installing it. So, you can see exactly what is going on in the landscape.

To those of us who don't like change (and that's a good part of the population.) I need to make a statement that you should download the XP service packs from Microsoft before they are removed and you can no longer get them. It may seem a bit far-fetched as to why anyone would want to download the service packs and there is good reason for this.

Considering windows update will no longer fetch packages as a nice little message has come down the pike alerting users over the funeral date of XP, if you still rely upon XP (whether inside or outside the enterprise) you may know some of the inherit risks of not having updates for a specific operating system. At this point we are not only talking about security fixes, it's also about functionality which may be broken, nor become non-existent if you don't have a patch.

Ultimately this does root itself back to security because now users who are still on XP may fall victim to fake XP upgrade patches. 15 minutes to install a 127KB malware application? I'm sure a lot of users will fall for this. So in short, download the service packs, burn them to CD, and even so -- if you have the means to store it do so. Because if your computer cannot be upgraded, chances are you will come across a lot of malware before you find that service pack and get it installed within your computer.

Resources:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768378.aspx
For those of you who require windows XP SP1 I can supply a link if contacted. I will also include an MD5 of the file within the web location as a link.

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