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50 free tools to extend your Windows XP PC

Extend XP today, for free

While Microsoft is keen for us to move to Windows Vista, we've got other ideas. With a brand-new service pack and a slew of useful add-ons XP works better than ever. Here are 50 tools that can extend XP's useful working life still further.

Failure to launch


You see, in the 16 months since the OS launched, it's fair to say we tried – and failed – to convince you of the wisdom of making the move to Vista. It's a decent enough OS, but hardly the revelation that XP was or anything similar to the revolutionary way of working that Mac fans enjoyed when Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) launched.

With few compelling applications available and hardly anything of note to entice the business user, it's little wonder that Vista is regarded as a damp squib. Microsoft still claims the OS's installed base is on track to overtake that of XP, but that will depend on whether it holds firm on its plans to reduce the availability of XP licences in June 2008.

But what of the refuseniks? At the last count, more than 100,000 people had signed up to our sister site InfoWorld's campaign to make Microsoft extend the lifecycle of the popular, reliable and generally well-liked Windows XP.

We shouldn't be all that surprised at the force of resistance. For anyone with a half-decent PC and a good working knowledge of the way it operates, Windows Vista held – and still holds – little appeal.

At PC Advisor, we're pretty gung-ho about grabbing the latest technology and running with it. But with the exception of the odd laptop and a couple of dual-booted PCs, we're still largely XP users. In this, we think we're probably in line with most of our tech-savvy readers. There's nothing wrong with XP and we'll continue to use it for as long as Microsoft allows.

That's not to say it can't be improved, however. We've no idea just how many ways there are to customise Windows XP, but in the six years since it launched we reckon we've covered a few thousand tweaks and tools that make an XP PC uniquely yours.

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  6. Windows XP – Support goes on
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  8. The save XP campaign
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