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Fortunately, Windows 7 was good enough that most people let go on their own. Windows XP was also the first OS to seriously suffer from a major “good enough” problem that saw end-users refusing to update long after the OS had passed its prime.
This was partly a reaction to Windows Vista and partly the result of XP’s unusually long tenure.
This is not to say that XP didn’t or couldn’t have stability issues, or that every 16-bit piece of software or 98SE-loving peripheral behaved well with the OS, but XP remains the only operating system I ever looked to for its ability to resolve issues outright that were hampering a machine on a different operating system.
Initially controversial for its “candy” visuals, devoted fans of the OS were clinging to it with both hands by the time Windows Vista was mature, insisting they’d let go when God Himself reached down to pry their fingers off.
Now, at first blush, you might be wondering why Microsoft would even care about Windows XP.
After all, it's an operating system the company launched in 2001 and Microsoft hasn't been providing security updates and support on it for the last five years.
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The company shared few details on the update, but said that the flaw it discovered in its nearly 20-year-old operating system is so concerning that its impact without a fix could be similar to the Wanna Cry ransomware attack that saw people around the globe have their data encrypted and forced to pay cash to hackers to get it back."Any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the Wanna Cry malware spread across the globe in 2017," Microsoft said in a statement.
"It is highly likely that malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and incorporate it into their malware."Microsoft didn't want to reveal much about how the bug works because it could give clues to hackers.
When Bill Gates decided to put a major emphasis on security with Windows XP SP2, Microsoft didn’t go with rebranding or launching a new version of the OS despite making a number of significant changes under the hood.
Prior to XP, Microsoft had iterated its consumer operating systems relatively quickly, with Windows 3.1 in 1992, followed by Windows 95, 98, and Windows ME in 2000.
The venerable operating system’s last publicly supported variant — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 — reached the end of its life cycle support on April 9, 2019.