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Withdrawal of support for Windows XP

By bronal - 9 April 2014 22

I just got a message from Microsoft confirming the withdrawal of updates and support for XP from April.  I imagine others have had the same advice.

Frankly, XP suits me fine for my limited computing needs.  However, in fairness to Microsoft, it is unrealistic to expect them to maintain support for a product that is now over a decade old.

Naturally they want me to ‘upgrade’ to 8.1.  From what I’ve seen of it I don’t like it.  I was thinking of getting Windows 7 and installing that.  I have it on my laptop and quite like it.

What are others doing?

What’s Your opinion?


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Withdrawal of support for Windows XP
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aevans 8:42 pm
09 Apr 14
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Go wth 8.1 and use something like ClassicShell.net for the menu. One gets used to idiosyncracies. Can’t beat being current for security and compatibility with new things.

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screaming banshee 9:44 pm
09 Apr 14
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troll-sniffer 11:22 pm
09 Apr 14
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screaming banshee said :

Mac

Macs are for people with simple brains for whom the concept of actually have a file structure and control of one’s machine is too scary to contemplate, or too hard to learn.

I use XP without a single patch, just the Service Pack 1A or 2 or whatever it was. I have a firewall and occasionally I fire up a virus checker. I never open attachments on emails I don’t know the pedigree of, and I don’t use file-sharing or torrent sites.

Once in a blue moon I use the process monitor and internet connection window to check for unauthorised activity and it always comes up clean. So, unless you’re visiting sites you shouldn’t, file-sharing or opening email attachments such as prize giveaway offers, you probably won’t need to upgrade anyway. :-)

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Henry82 12:25 am
10 Apr 14
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What programs do you use? You might be able to get away with Ubuntu.

If you’re thinking of updating windows, might as well just get 8.1 and install ClassicShell to get the start menu back. (unless you can get a cheap win7)

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gooterz 12:54 am
10 Apr 14
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Linux .. its free

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shirty_bear 10:40 am
10 Apr 14
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troll-sniffer said :

So, unless you’re visiting sites you shouldn’t, file-sharing or opening email attachments such as prize giveaway offers, you probably won’t need to upgrade anyway. :-)

But I like those sites – it’s some of the best stuff on the interwebs. And we’d be lost without BitTorrent.

I say if you can lay your hands on Win7, then do it – from memory, it’s fairly easy to make XP-like.
Win8 has got “horrible Microsoft mistake” written all over it, just like Vista. The fact that 8.1 came out so fast re-inforces this.
Microsoft have a history of alternating between good (tolerable) and bad (utterly execrable) releases, so Win9 (or whatever idiot name it gets) ought to be usable again.

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HiddenDragon 10:55 am
10 Apr 14
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I used XP for about five years, and found the transition to 7 easy – quite similar but (as you would hope) with some improvements – e.g. favourites are much easier to use in 7 than in XP.

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EvanJames 12:15 pm
10 Apr 14
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Win 7 is the easiest transition from XP (I’m using XP too), and you can get an add-on called XP-Mode which makes it even more painless. They have said they’re supporting 7 until 2020 (at this stage) so it gets you over the stupid hump that is Win 8, where Microsoft forgot that not everyone walks around with their nose in a tablet, boring people on FB and Twitter.

7 is also a better bet if your computer is a bit old and not full of fastness and capacity (ie smaller processor, modest ram etc).

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arb 1:46 pm
10 Apr 14
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troll-sniffer said :

screaming banshee said :

Mac

Macs are for people with simple brains for whom the concept of actually have a file structure and control of one’s machine is too scary to contemplate, or too hard to learn.

I use XP without a single patch, just the Service Pack 1A or 2 or whatever it was. I have a firewall and occasionally I fire up a virus checker. I never open attachments on emails I don’t know the pedigree of, and I don’t use file-sharing or torrent sites.

Once in a blue moon I use the process monitor and internet connection window to check for unauthorised activity and it always comes up clean. So, unless you’re visiting sites you shouldn’t, file-sharing or opening email attachments such as prize giveaway offers, you probably won’t need to upgrade anyway. :-)

Let me just fix your post for you:

Windows XP is for people with simple brains for whom the concept of actually have a modern OS is too scary to contemplate, or too hard to learn.

I stupidly use XP and even more stupidly without a single patch, just the Service Pack 1A or 2 or whatever it was. I have a firewall and occasionally I fire up a virus checker. I never open attachments on emails I don’t know the pedigree of, and I don’t use file-sharing or torrent sites. I am of the illusion that this is all that is involved in keeping a computer secure because I am completely naive.

Once in a blue moon I use the process monitor and internet connection window to check for unauthorised activity and it always comes up clean. This is obviously more than enough to ensure malicious crap isn’t running on my PC, right? So, unless you’re using the internet in any way whatsoever, you probably won’t need to upgrade anyway.

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Leon 2:36 pm
11 Apr 14
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I switched to Ubuntu several years ago, and have found it more reliable than XP.

With Ubuntu I don’t have to remember product keys or continually spend money on operating system or software upgrades.

I still use XP for things like video editing, because I haven’t found a decent free Linux video editor. I’ll probably continue using XP for these purposes, but for security reasons I may disconnect XP from the internet.

I have another PC that runs Windows 7, and I regard 7 as an improvement on XP.

I recently bought a laptop running Windows 8. I find it hard to find programs using the standard interface, but apparently you can switch to a “classic” interface. The laptop came without any system disc or Windows product key. When the system stopped working I had to persuade the manufacturer to take the laptop back and re-image the disc.

If you buy a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC without a product key or system restore disc, be sure to create a backup system disc image before you do anything else!

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gazket 4:35 pm
11 Apr 14
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It doesn’t mean you have throw XP away. You can still use your old XP PC with a anti virus , you just won’t get any microsoft updates. Banks will do some crying as most teller machines run on XP.

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screaming banshee 5:49 pm
12 Apr 14
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troll-sniffer said :

screaming banshee said :

Mac

Macs are for people with simple brains for whom the concept of actually have a file structure and control of one’s machine is too scary to contemplate, or too hard to learn.

I use XP without a single patch, just the Service Pack 1A or 2 or whatever it was. I have a firewall and occasionally I fire up a virus checker. I never open attachments on emails I don’t know the pedigree of, and I don’t use file-sharing or torrent sites.

Once in a blue moon I use the process monitor and internet connection window to check for unauthorised activity and it always comes up clean. So, unless you’re visiting sites you shouldn’t, file-sharing or opening email attachments such as prize giveaway offers, you probably won’t need to upgrade anyway. :-)

Not sure what you’re on about I have a rather in depth file structure and as much control as I could ever need over the machine.

I also run a XP virtual machine which has exactly as much exposure to the outside world as it needs, the USB-serial adaptor. The Mac OS is a delight to use, whenever I can’t work something out I google the issue and voila, plenty of answers. I don’t need to worry about which video/sound/network/motherboard I have….like they say, it just works.

My days of building pcs which spanned from amigas and 8088’s to p4s are over.

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wildturkeycanoe 7:45 am
13 Apr 14
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What about home PC users such as elderly, disabled and those on budget incomes whose five or ten year old computers won’t have enough speed or memory to run Win7 or 8? Does that mean they will no longer be able to jump on the net or use their emails? If that is their only connection to the world [remote location etc.] how are they going to find the money to buy a new PC with Win7 software and then get everything transferred from the old one [knowing that hard drives have different connection plugs too]? They’ll need a PC expert to set it all up, let alone the purchase price of the entire system. The underprivileged are going to get left behind…..
At least with cars you can still drive them and get spare parts when they’re 60 years old. Computers are obsolete a week after you get them home.
Evanjames – you say support for Win7 until 2020. That gives another 6 years before everyone will have to upgrade again. It’s as bad as whitegoods that only last the warranty period and then you have to buy a new one. It’s a system designed to keep it’s own creators wealthy at our peril, a system almost necessary for living [email, bill paying, news, job seeking, gambling, school studies, tertiary studies, billing, work etc.]. We as a community are almost dependent on the internet and must cough up every 5 or ten years in order to keep using something practically forced upon us. I think some assistance packages should be considered by the government to keep the less fortunate connected. Oh, but the NBN got scrapped, so newer versions of Windows will suffer trying to sent data at 100kb/s, if at all…….

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davo101 12:24 pm
17 Apr 14
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wildturkeycanoe said :

We as a community are almost dependent on the internet and must cough up every 5 or ten years in order to keep using something practically forced upon us. I think some assistance packages should be considered by the government to keep the less fortunate connected.

One word: Linux. Get a copy of any of the lightweight distributions, whack it onto your machine, never pay for an operating system again.

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Canberroid 1:08 pm
17 Apr 14
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Linux is free if you don’t value your time.

Windows 7 is probably your best bet.

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