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For anyone still determined to keep running a machine currently running XP going that bit longer, it's bad news. Windows 7 and Windows 8.x are both off sale now, meaning that you have to completely reflash your machine with Windows 10 – after paying for a copy of course.
Windows XP was the longest serving version of the operating system, arriving in late 2001 as a replacement for Windows 2000. It remained hugely popular and at the time the desktop edition was retired in 2014, it was still one of the most popular versions of Windows – seeing off Vista (not hard) and even the incumbent (at the time) Windows 8.x.
The continuing use of XP led to a number of security issues, not least of all the Wannacry ransomware attack which brought down much local and national government and the NHS, which XP had a wide use of the time.
A similar problem awaits in January 2020 when Windows 7, which still commands nearly 40 per cent of the Windows market, reaches end-of-life itself. μ