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3 things you need to know about the end of Windows XP

3 things you need to know about the end of Windows XP

Hang on to your hats. The dreaded date is coming up fast. On April 8, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP.

That means no more security updates. If hackers find a serious flaw, it will be open forever, which means your XP computer will become a magnet for viruses and other attacks.

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Still, I know plenty of people aren't happy with Microsoft's decision. In fact, I rounded up some of the more extreme comments I received on the last article I wrote on XP's end of life. You can read them here.

However, Microsoft seems committed to dropping XP, so don't count on another reprieve. And, either way, XP is 13 years old, which is equal to centuries when it comes to technology. It's time to move on regardless to faster, more secure systems.

Before the big date arrives then, here are some things you need to know. Even if you aren't running XP, be sure to share this with people you know who are.

Next page: Let's kick things off with the basics. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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