A partial solution to some future Windows XP problems

There is a global fix for most issues that could affect Windows XP users in the future. It is called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit [EMET]. This fix can also strengthen newer versions of Windows as well.

In order to run the toolkit, you need to first install something called “Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 Extended”. The easiest way to verify if this is installed is to check “And or Remove Programs” in the Control Panel.

To do so, go to the Control Panel and click on Add or Remove Programs. Let the list of installed applications load [take a minute or two] and search for “Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 Extended”.

Note: “Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 Client Profile” is not enough. Also “Microsoft .net Framework 3.5” [or others] aren’t the same.

If you don’t have the “Extended” version, click on this link and click on the Download button.

Note: If Microsoft asks to install any other downloads, say No thanks.

When ask, run the application. Approve the license agreement. Follow the remaining directions. It will download what is needed from the Internet and then install.

To install EMET, click on this link and click on the Download button. You only need the “setup” file.

Note: If Microsoft asks to install any other downloads, say No thanks.

When ask, run the application. Approve the license agreement. Follow the remaining directions.

After the installation is completed the EMET Configuration Wizard will run. Click the circle [known as a “radio” button] next to “Use Recommended Settings”. Click on Finish to exit the screen.

You should see the “dashboard”. No need to play with anything. The computer has been secured. Click on the X at the upper right corner of the window. An icon will stay in the tray.

A reminder that this isn’t guaranteed to protect your computer [nothing is perfect] and does not replace your anti-virus or anti-malware software.

Note:  You will have a bunch of updates related to Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 to install after.

Note: This will not fix all of Windows XP’s future problems. It will however help in fight some security issues by strengthen Windows XP’s security.

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