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By now, you'll know all about WannaCry - a ransomware attack that ran rampant late last week and over the weekend. While ransomware attacks suck - they can cost a lot to recover from whether you measure that in ransoms or time lost in recovery - the worrying thing about WannaCry was the attitude of many organisations when it comes to updates and patching.

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Last week, a virus attack on the computer system of one of Melbourne’s largest hospital networks. It is cause for concern not only because it affected machines running Microsoft’s Windows XP, an operating system no longer supported by the software giant, but because a large number of businesses and individuals still using it.

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As operating systems go, Windows XP has had a fantastic run since debuting 13 years ago. It can be still found on nearly 28 per cent of the desktops in the world. It is the second-most installed desktop operating system, behind Windows 7, and it can be found in banks, government departments, in desktops across China and India, and in automated teller machines (ATMs). So why, as of tomorrow, is Microsoft ceasing support for its iconic operating system?

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In January 1996, Charles "Chuck" O'Rear captured the above photo on his Mamiya RZ 67 film camera while driving through the wine counties of California. It would go on to become the default wallpaper for Windows XP -- an image that has been seen by hundreds of millions of people. Here is the story behind the iconic photo, along with O'Rear's design tips for perfect wallpaper creation.

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Hey Lifehacker, So we are now days away from Windows XP reaching the end of service. I don't believe there has ever been a situation where so many computers will be left vulnerable in this way. It has more than 10 times the market share Windows 98 had when support ended for it. This is unprecedented, right? Is this likely to be a really bad time for an awful lot of people?

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Microsoft will end support for Windows XP in April, but before then, the operating system will continue to receive updates. Perhaps taking the opportunity to tie up a few loose end, the company recently addressed a performance-degrading issue that has reportedly plagued the OS for some time.