How to Protect Your PCs If You Are Still Running Windows XP in April 2014

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Summary

Organizations that will still run Windows XP after April 2014 need to ensure that their users' PCs are protected as much as possible from any attack, that critical applications remain available, and that Windows XP machines do not compromise valuable organization data or sensitive customer data.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1. Contract with Microsoft for Custom Support
    • 2. Harden Remaining Windows XP-Based Systems to Avoid Exploitation of Unpatched Vulnerabilities
    • 3. Verify Your Security Stack
    • 4. Replace Windows XP Clients With Thin Clients
    • 5. Switch to a Supported Browser
    • 6. Segregate Windows XP PCs on a Separate Network
    • 7. Virtualize the Applications on Windows 7
    • 8. Use Third-Party Products to Run IE6 or IE7 on Windows 7
    • 9. Move Applications That Require Windows XP to a Remote Desktop Services Server Running Windows 2003 Server
    • 10. Move the Windows XP Applications to Virtual Desktops — Hosted or Local
      • Hosted
      • Local
    • 11. Deploy New PCs With Windows 7
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