While most of us have long since consigned Windows XP to the Recycle Bin of history, there are still plenty of PCs out there running Microsoft's long-since-defunct operating system.But if the recent swathe of ransomware attacks which have brought the NHS and companies across the globe to a standstill tell us anything, it's that Windows XP has become something of a liability.The beauty of the two systems being so interlinked is that updates designed for one system should work on the other.
Go to Start, All programs, System tools and run System Restore.Click Create a restore point, click Next, enter a description and click Create.To create the file, you'll need to be able to view file extensions, so open Windows Explorer (the file browser) click Tools, Folder Options.Click the View tab and remove the tick from the 'Hide extensions for known file types' box.Important system files and the Registry will be backed up.
System Restore will back up important system files and the Windows Registry You can restore them by restoring the Restore Point you created either in the normal Windows version of System Restore or by starting your computer in Safe Mode if it won't boot into normal Windows.
Seconly, Microsoft has stated that using this trick may not work as expected, and updates could in fact break the home edition of XP.
Of course, the company has a vested interest in that, but that doesn't mean you should ignore what it's saying.
To start in Safe Mode restart your computer and hit F8 during the initial Power On Self Test (POST) screens.
Select Safe Mode from the menu and your computer will boot into a cut-down version of the OS.
This is a completely clean install from a valid XP home disk. I would be surprised if Windows Update works correctly with any version but IE 8.