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If you’re still using Windows XP, you should be making plans to upgrade to something that will be supported.
We’ve already explained why it’s time to let go of Windows XP and what will happen when Microsoft finally stops supporting it on April 8, 2014. It doesn’t support modern hardware properly and it isn’t as secure as modern versions of Windows because it doesn’t have User Account Control and other modern security features.
I’m not entirely sure why Microsoft released a variant of Windows XP about six months before the release of Windows 7, but there you go. We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers.
Windows XP won’t be officially supported for much longer.
An upgrade installation is most useful in cases where you have customized user settings that you want to preserve.
With a simple registry hack, you can net yourself five more years of official Microsoft updates for your aging Windows XP machine.In Chapter 2, "Installing Windows," we talked about baseline Windows XP installation concepts and features as well as how to perform clean and professional installations of the XP operating system.In this chapter I cover how to perform an upgrade Windows XP installation, in which Windows XP replaces a previous Windows OS without first removing all data from the system drive and starting from scratch.(Forget what you may have heard about UAC in the Windows Vista days — it’s better now.) As time goes on, Windows XP will become increasingly insecure and both hardware and software vendors will stop supporting it.Try using modern hardware or software on Windows 98, Windows Me, or even Windows 2000 — even Firefox no longer supports Windows 2000. Perhaps you’ve heard about how awkward Windows 8 can be on traditional computers — If you’re using Windows XP, we’re assuming you’re not using one of Microsoft’s Windows XP tablets.