How to carry on safely with Windows XP

Ten best practices to manage the risks associated with Windows XP now that Microsoft has ended support

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How to carry on safely with Windows XP
On April 8, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP, meaning no more bug fixes or patches. But according to Gartner, one third of enterprises still run more than 10% of their systems on the venerable operating system. Security researchers have warned that this comes with massive risk now that support has ended, and recommend upgrading to a newer operating system. However, Neil MacDonald, vice president and Gartner Fellow, recently wrote that it is possible to use XP while achieving manageable and tolerable risk levels. "Any system, supported or not, carries risk. For the majority of use cases, XP can continue to be used with the risk managed to a tolerable level, without requiring the enterprise to pay Microsoft for expensive custom support while migrations are completed," he said. "While doing nothing is an option, we do not believe that most organisations (or their auditors) will find this level of risk acceptable." What follows is a set of best practices for the continued use of Windows XP. (Getty Images)
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP
  • How to carry on safely with Windows XP

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