I was in the same camp actually as the audience this article is addressed to. My current opinion is: move to Windows 7 as soon as you can.
Or buy a Mac… 😉
Microsoft’s support for Windows XP may be fading, but a loyal horde of XP users plans to stick with this venerable OS for as long as possible.
If that’s your long-term goal, there are a number of steps you can take now to ensure a finely tuned XP system for months — possibly years — to come.
Link : Windows Secrets – Preparing Windows XP for the long haul