It saddens me, as it probably does a lot of you, that today will be our last day with Windows XP. The venerable Operating System from Microsoft has defied odds and still remains a mainstay on a lot of user’s desktop but with Microsoft pulling its support continuing to run Windows XP on your desktop would put you at risk. On the other hand upgrading would cost you a lot of money? Who am I kidding here for most of you upgrading will take up a lot of your time: scouring the internet for the proper Windows 7 torrent, waiting ages for the download to complete and messing with cracks( taking the risk that the torrent has malware to begin with) which will take up most of your time.
But what if you could continue to run Windows XP on your desktop without fear of malware ruining your life? What if there was a way to keep Windows XP despite Microsoft’s conspiracy to force you to upgrade? Turns out there is a way to do that using a special virtualization Linux distro called RoboLinux and before you Windows old timers flee into the woods in fear of Linux you should know that RoboLinux was made especially for this kind of work. The creators of the distro have spent a lot of time and effort to ensure that it is extremely easy to use with Windows XP and other versions of Windows. The best part is that the software is free.
RoboLinux Stealth VM software tools
These tools allow you to create and install a pristine copy of Windows and its associated settings into your machine. You can then install all the software that you use onto the same machine for example if you have an application that can only run in Windows XP. You can also update this copy of Windows with the latest updates, for example if it is Windows XP you can install today’s last updates. This “fresh” installation of Windows is then mirrored and protected in the stealth Virtual Machine partition on your PC. This allows you to use a “clean” unchanging version of Windows every time that you power up your virtual machine. Your data is kept in a separate folder that is also protected.
I am not a security consultant but the folks at RoboLinux make a pretty convincing argument as to why this is a secure setup. By making sure that there is a stable unchanging Operating System, this is likely to make for a secure computing experience because in the unlikely event that your machine is infected by a virus, you can always restore it to its original state by a simple boot and avoiding the infectious source in future. The software can also be used with other versions of Windows, specifically Windows 7 (you would be a nut job to run Windows 8/8.1 in a virtual machine anyway and nobody except you uses Vista) and of course the software is free.
For those who use other Linux distributions the software can be installed without the need to install the entire RoboLinux distribution. For the moment the software can be installed on the Debian family of distros which include Ubuntu and Linux Mint. These and the RoboLinux iso images can be downloaded from Sourceforge here. There is a promise that rpm packages for the Red Hat family but that is still in the works.
NB It is recommended that you use Google Chrome/ Firefox browsers on top of your Windows XP in order to thwart hard to detect keyloggers infections. There are some crazy people I know who still use the Internet Explorer browser that can with Windows XP! So go try RoboLinux and share your experience with us.
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