This is a topic that we get asked all the time. A client is running Windows XP and loves it. Refuses to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. That's fine we say...we advise them of the fact that Microsoft will stop issuing any updates at all for XP next year. But what does that really mean? What will happen if they continue to use XP? Will it get hacked or viruses without Microsoft's support?
Using Windows XP isn't a bad thing, regardless of how guilty Microsoft may want you to feel for not upgrading. Still, that doesn't mean your beloved netbook (or any old PC) is destined for the trash heap. Here are some things you can do with your old machine that make sense, and how you can continue using it the way you like without fearing for your internet safety.