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Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Bad news for some of you Blizzard fans: the company has revealed that it will soon end support for some legacy Windows operating systems. This, importantly, means that you won't be able to play any of Blizzard's more recent games if you're still using one of these OSes. It is worth pointing out, however, that the best Blizzard gave ever made - Diablo II - will still run just fine.

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Major security risk prompts Windows update (8, Server 2003, XP)

Major security risk prompts Windows update (8, Server 2003, XP)

Yesterday, we told you about a new round of security patches heading out to Windows XP. This is unprecedented, not only because Microsoft had long ago discontinued XP extended support, but also because Microsoft already pushed out security updates to XP last month. Windows XP isn't the only legacy operating system getting this new round of vital updates, as Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 are getting them as well.

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Windows XP PSA: There’s a huge, unusual security update you need to install

Windows XP PSA: There’s a huge, unusual security update you need to install

Windows XP users are being warned to update their PC, after Microsoft spotted "elevated risk" of cyberattacks from WannaCrypt-style malware. The update, which is being pushed out today as part of the company's regular Update Tuesday service, is unusual, because officially Windows XP falls outside of the currently active operating systems that Microsoft supports. In fact, Microsoft put Windows XP out to pasture back in April 2014.

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Windows XP may be dead, but it’s still getting patched

Windows XP may be dead, but it’s still getting patched

Microsoft may have walked away from Windows XP, blinking away the tears as it refuses to look back at its old OS, but some relationships are apparently too tough to quit with news of an updated patch for the deprecated platform. "Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft," exec Dustin C. Childs reminds us today, before going on to confirm that despite that it'll still be getting some degree of support.

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Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Windows XP is either dead or dangerous, depending on who you ask, but no matter which it's about time to move away from the old platform before stalled security updates leave you open to hacks. Upgrading to Windows 8.1 may be the most obvious option, but it's not the only one: head on past the break as we look at how you can refresh your existing XP computer, discuss replacing it, and explore some safer ways to reuse the hardware you already have.

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Internet Explorer 6 dies today: IE6 ends with Windows XP

Internet Explorer 6 dies today: IE6 ends with Windows XP

If there was a day to be joyful for the end of software builds, today is that day. Both Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 have officially been dumped by Microsoft. What’s this mean for you, the user of these relatively ancient pieces of hacker-friendly Microsoft-abandoned code?

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Windows XP isn’t dead: It just got more dangerous

Windows XP isn’t dead: It just got more dangerous

Windows XP end-of-life: the day that, for a very long time, seemed like it would never come. Microsoft has officially washed its hands of XP after twelve years, prompting celebration from security experts tired of the old OS' holes. Yet the shift in focus to newer platforms - like Windows 8.1 - means that many at-risk users will simply be left behind, despite Windows XP's still considerable footprint.

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Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Supposing you’re one of the last users of Windows XP out there in the universe, you’ll want to make sure you understand the implications of continuing to use that operating system after tomorrow. Tomorrow, after all, is the last day Microsoft will be offering technical support for Windows XP for the public. After that, it’s all about Custom Support for Windows XP.

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Microsoft to patch IE under-attack bug

Microsoft to patch IE under-attack bug

One of the most popular operating systems that Microsoft ever produced was Windows XP. Despite the OS being 13 years old, many business and consumers around the world still use the aged operating system. We also know that XP's end of support date is set for April 8, 2014.

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Microsoft launches XP data transfer tool and end of support notification

Microsoft launches XP data transfer tool and end of support notification

Microsoft really wants to be sure that people who are still running Windows XP know that the end is neigh. The end of support for the old operating system is April 8 and after that date, no more security updates will be coming. Microsoft wants users on XP systems to upgrade to a new OS.

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Windows 8.1 update expected April 8

Windows 8.1 update expected April 8

There are still a large number of computer users out there who are running Windows XP on their machines. Microsoft has been working hard to get these users to upgrade their OS, but some holdouts remain. The end of support date for Windows XP is April 8, which is right around the corner.

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Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

In a report overseen by Microsoft, the Windows XP operating system was found to be more than five times as vulnerable to viruses as Windows 8 is. Out of every 1,000 computers scanned, 9.1 Windows XP SP3 systems were infected with a virus, while only 1.6 Windows 8 RTM machines had to be cleaned. The report, which was conducted by Microsoft's own Trustworthy Computing Group, shows that the older the OS, the more vulnerable it is.

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