The large field of suddenly unprotected computers is going to be mighty tempting. There are a lot of small businesses, in addition to many individual users, still using XP. Many, if not most, are unaware that XP is about to lose support and what that means. They will be ripe for having their bank accounts accessed, becoming spam bots, etc.
(Solved) - Best OS for my advanced netbook(30 posts)
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Are we talking about small businesses using XP OS to run their operations... or a lone individual who simply wants to continue using his netbook to view videos -- and perhaps do a few other things? Video formats don't change that frequently.
XP obviously won't be everyone's choice of OS anymore. But for now, it can still do a lot -- particularly if one can get it for cheap.
We really are a "throw away" society, aren't we?
Anyway, looks like OP himself has moved on??
Actually still on topic here because OP is looking to speed up a computer with an OS change. So, the discussion of operating systems does come into play. Just watching videos is one thing but if you have personal information that can be compromised that can be a disaster. Use your old system. Play downloaded videos, old games, look at saved pictures just don't use it on the net.
Although it won't help with your video playback issues, a good alternative OS for netbooks, IMHO, is Zorin 6.1 Lite. Based on Lubuntu, the UI is designed to be familiar to those who are comfortable with WinXP and/or Win7. I run it on a seven year old Pentium M 1.6G HP DV4000 laptop and it does pretty dang well, far less lag than XP on the same machine ever was.