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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.

The save XP campaign

Is Windows XP the most popular Microsoft OS of all time? You'd think so, judging by the desire from consumers and businesses to extend its availability. One of PC Advisor's sister titles hopes to increase the pressure on Microsoft to abandon plans to kill XP in June, and it needs your help.

The main reason why XP has surged in popularity is that its successor has been so badly received. Opposition to Microsoft's 'most important desktop OS ever' has already forced the company to extend the life of XP from 31 December 2007 to 30 June 2008.

But, as we went to press, the software giant was insisting new XP licences would soon be killed off, and that's caused outrage among those who aren't ready to move on.

PC Advisor's sister title InfoWorld has launched a ‘Save XP' campaign and this has collected more than 100,000 signatures so far. It's targeted mainly at the business community, but we continue to receive emails from consumers who are desperate to know that Vista won't be the only version of Windows they'll be able to buy for the next two or three years.

InfoWorld is also encouraging Windows users to contribute their own videos on why XP should be saved.

"In the past, Microsoft has responded to customer dissatisfaction and changed its plans, so there's reason to believe it will listen today if the message is loud enough," said Eric Knorr, editor in chief of InfoWorld.

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