SOME FIRST STEPS TO HELP KEEP YOUR XP RUNNING SAFE AND SOUND 

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST UPDATES AND PATCHES FROM THE MICROSOFT UPDATE SERVICE.  MOST OF US WILL HAVE THESE SET TO AUTOMATICALLY HAPPEN BUT YOU SHOULD CHECK IF YOU DON'T REMEMBER SEEING ANY HAPPEN RECENTLY.  

    While most of the time the updates are a good thing - sometimes people have problems with an update and then turn off the automatic updates.

 One of the reasons you will likely not have much trouble with keeping your copy of Windows XP going is that it is definItely a mature product. In all the years since it was introduced there have been many attempts to find its weaknesses, ways to corrupt or take control of parts of it for various reasons and such.  Also in all these years your helpful folks at Microsoft have been hard at work to find improvements, patches to fix security holes and vulnerabilities just almost as fast as people have found them.  Consequently - XP is, in my opinion, probably the safest of the Windows versions for these reasons. It is very likely that any probable weakness has been found and fixed.  

    Now don't get me wrong - right away first thing - be aware that I share the usual displeasure with the bugs in Windows.  I can rant and rave for hours about how big, bloated and trouble prone Windows can be.  And how the majority of the world being stuck with Windows has prevented a better operating system from gaining a toehold on the market.  But not all of this is Microsoft's fault when you really look deeper.  If you want to keep your buyers happy, you try to build things to keep using existing programs and technology - and this resulted in many of better things which have come along being put on the shelf as they would not be initially compatible with the existing application software and hardware. 

   I can understand this even on my level with the little bit of programming I have done over the years.  If I start on a program - and expect it to be useful to the majority of the computer users, then I would write the program for use with Windows - and maybe think about applying the same work to a program for other computers later.  Then of course it is very unlikely it will really happen.  

   In a future post I will explain some of the history of the sizes and complexity of Microsoft Windows - it is a wild expansion from a program that fit on a few floppy disks to today's versions which require thousands of times the space.  

   Secondly - be sure you have some proper tools to keep your system protected from virus problems, malware, adware and spyware.  Check our page about tools and resources for keeping your system clean for suggestions.