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federal agencies) will continue to use XP — and UK and Dutch governments are even Microsoft to continue support, but everyone else is out of luck. The company has agreed to provide anti-malware updates to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP until 2015.

When Mom's Windows XP laptop died a few years ago, I insisted she get a Mac. Thanks to Ubuntu and distributions such as Linux Mint, using Linux no longer has to be scary.Despite Microsoft's best efforts to convince everyone to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, Windows XP is still running on nearly 28% of all computers connected to the Internet. If you have to continue using Windows XP, make sure your web browser is at least being updated. Microsoft Security Essentials is free, but other security options are available — including suites from Kaspersky and others.If you absolutely must stick with Windows XP — maybe there is an app that won't run under Windows 8.1 — we highly recommend upgrading your day-to-day system and only running XP in a virtual machine.Think of a virtual machine as a computer that exists within a computer.Most users spend most of their time in a web browser.

If that's the case, you might want to look at a Chromebook, which is inexpensive and offers a good experience for the web-centric user.

It means you can run an entire instance of Windows XP on top of another operating system.

The benefit here is that nothing in the virtual machine can contaminate other apps or files on the main system.

If you want to move your apps over too, PCmover Professional is just $23.95 for XP users.

If you're interested in moving to OS X, Apple makes it easy.

Assuming you're not using a tablet, it includes the ability to basically turn off Windows 8's tile-based "Metro" interface entirely and stick with the traditional desktop you're familiar with.