Windows XP – Only 31 More Sleeps To Go!

XP ‘End Of Support’ Popup

End of support for Windows XP is now just around the corner, on 8th April. In fact, XP users should start receiving official End Of Support popup notifications as of now.


Security concerns have been well documented but one well known security company has taken it even a step further, suggesting that future vulnerability patches relating to Windows 7 and 8 may present a perfect attack vector for hackers looking to exploit XP:

It [XP end of support] also means that the fixes that will be coming out for Windows 7 and 8 may end up helping hackers to zoom in on exploits in XP. After all, a lot of code in the current versions of Windows has been carried forward, albeit with modifications, from XP. <source>

PCmover Express: Free XP Data Transfer Software

You may have seen the recent headlines regarding Microsoft’s collaboration with Laplink to provide a free tool to help XP users transfer data. Many of these reports have been misleading – the tool, called “PCmover Express”, only transfers from computer to computer so will not work when upgrading XP on the same machine. It should also be pointed out that PCmover Express does NOT transfer installed programs.

pcmover express

That said; PCmover Express may be helpful for those users looking to transfer files, settings, and user profiles from an existing XP machine to a different Windows 7 or 8 machine – check it out and download here:

There is also a handy tutorial on how to upgrade from XP to Windows 8.1 on the same machine available from Microsoft here:

So, the end of an era draws nigh. All good things must come to an end but, regardless of all the security warnings, and considering the number of vocal die-hard XP users out there, it’s not too difficult to envisage an extensive XP botnet taking shape at some time in the not too distant future. Food for thought maybe?

About the Author

Jim Hillier

Managing Editor/Contest Coordinator of Daves Computer Tips - Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30 years of experience. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s. He progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PC's in the 1990s. Jim currently uses both Win7 and Win8. Jim has a passion for free software and hopes to share that passion with others during his tenure here!

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