Try using modern hardware or software on Windows 98, Windows Me, or even Windows 2000 — even Firefox no longer supports Windows 2000. Perhaps you’ve heard about how awkward Windows 8 can be on traditional computers — If you’re using Windows XP, we’re assuming you’re not using one of Microsoft’s Windows XP tablets.
Or perhaps you’re perfectly happy with your existing software and just use your computer for very basic things, so you don’t see the point in paying Microsoft an upgrade fee.
It’s even possible to install older versions of Microsoft Office on Linux.
In addition to being secure, modern, and free, it’s immune to Windows malware.
This is why Windows 7 — the Professional version, at least — contains Windows XP mode, which allows you to run applications in a special Windows XP system.
Essentially, your computer will run an isolated copy of Windows XP where your Windows XP applications can run.
If you’re going with Ubuntu, you’ll probably want to stick with the long term service (LTS) release, which is supported for five years with security updates.
We’ve previously covered how to switch from Windows XP to a more secure Linux system.
Microsoft might have dropped support for Windows XP over two years ago, but the operating system remains hugely popular.