Windows XP

How can I keep using Windows XP safely after April 8?

Microsoft Windows XP

Episode 1067

Mark from Indio, CA

Mark hears that XP will stop being supported. Leo says yes, on April 8th Microsoft will release it's last security update. So what would be his options after that? He's on a budget and can't buy a new computer. Leo says that Linux is a good option, and it's often more secure. Leo says that Mark could also just continue to use XP if he takes steps and knows what he's doing.

Here's what Mark can do:

Is it possible to run Windows XP safely online using an antivirus program?

Episode 1062

Midnight Rider from Unknown City

Midnight Rider works for a city that runs on Windows XP. They are going to be running antivirus on their computers after Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and he's wondering if that's going to be adequate. Leo says the antivirus, including Microsoft's own antivirus program will still be kept up to date. However, it won't protect against a user installing software that could be malicious.

How can I get my computer to boot to my new drive? (Part 2)

Episode 1060

Michael from Long Beach, CA

Michael added a 2TB drive into his old Windows XP machine and installed Windows 7 on it. Now his computer won't boot to the drive with Windows 7 on it. Leo says he'll need to tell the computer that the Windows 7 drive is the boot drive. When he boots to XP, though, he can't see all of his hard drives. Leo says it could be that the hard drive is too big and XP can't see it.

Why can't I play video on my PC running Windows XP?

VLC

Episode 1059

John from Van Nuys, CA

John has a PC that runs Windows XP and he can't view videos that are sent to him through email. Leo says that it's likely a codec issue. He recommends downloading VLC Media Player. It can play pretty much anything. But the real problem is that after April 8th, Microsoft will stop supporting and updating Windows XP with security patches. So John's computer will be vulnerable to attacks. Leo says that's a cause for worry and John should take it off the Internet before April 8.

How can I protect my computer after Microsoft ends Windows XP support?

Episode 1057

Dan from Huntington Beach, CA

Dan uses Windows XP and is worried about security once Microsoft ends support for it on April 8th. Leo says that there will only be two more security patch Tuesdays between now and April 8th and once that's done, XP will no longer be supported. Leo says that once that happens, all XP users should pull their XP computers off the Internet completely. There are bad guys who collect flaws and exploits and take advantage of holes in the system. One such nasty thing is Cryptolocker.