You’ve probably been getting a warning popping up on your computer desktop and in your Microsoft Security Essentials dialog for a few weeks, and you’ve been seeing headlines for longer than that. If you have Facebook friends in the IT industry, they have undoubtedly been sharing articles for the last six to twelve months. 

For all existing hardware in existence, the drivers are already published if they are going to be. There will be no new feature of Windows, so today’s Windows XP is the best it is going to get. As long as people are using technology, hackers are attacking technology, and nothing is going to change. 

In the past, when Microsoft identified a vulnerability in Windows XP, they released a patch to correct it. Identification of vulnerabilities, however, usually results in analyzing the exploitation of those vulnerabilities. Nevertheless, it takes time to develop solutions, and distribute them to Windows users.

If your computer was configured to automatically download and install Windows Update, it may still take a week or more for your computer to receive and install a security patch. If your computer was configured otherwise, you never received such patches.

In fact, there are millions of bad people who attack technology, and many lesser security experts defend us from them, so good people first apply a type of triage when it comes to fixing holes. Those most likely to cause extensive damage are removed first, and the more-obscure or less-damaging ones are left on the back burner.