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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?

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thatsnotme 8:37 am 23 Apr 14

wildturkeycanoe said :

The antivirus programs are undoubtedly created by the virus programmers and continual software updates are required because the programmers keep creating problems in the system so that they keep their job. If you made a computer software package that never needed updating, you’d never make any more money once it’s installed around the world. Just like a car that doesn’t need servicing, requires no fuel and never wears out tyres, you’d screw over the entire motor industry.

I know we all love a good conspiracy theory, but the idea that a company like Intel – who now own McAfee – are themselves the creators of the viruses they’re trying to protect against is a bit of a stretch… There are more than enough legitimate cyber criminals operating the world over that Intel, and other AV manufacturers, don’t need to worry about creating more work for themselves – and in the process risk destroying their reputation.

wildturkeycanoe 7:23 am 23 Apr 14

davo101 said :

Roundhead89 said :

…and a few minutes to realise that none of your Windows programs work any more, the open-source alternatives suck and your printer and web-cam malfunction badly.

Guessing from your lack of knowledge about Wine that you’re not much of an Linux user; and from the comment about printers and web-cams, haven’t yet enjoyed the experience of trying to find Windows 8 drivers for family member’s old bits of kit (it’s great having to explain that they have to throw out their printer because HP has decided to stop supporting it)

Agree, it’s fine to keep updating the software on your machine [and the machine itself that can’t run the new software due to processing and memory requirements], but older hardware isn’t supported a lot of the time as drivers for new Windows programs aren’t available. Emulation modes are average, as they slow down considerably due to the processing power required. I have had to throw away so many discs with PC games that aren’t supported any more, replaced printer due to lack of support and I’d reckon it won’t be long before the new one is obsolete. The manufacturers have sucked us into a money pit, knowing that we MUST upgrade if they stop making updates for particular things. The antivirus programs are undoubtedly created by the virus programmers and continual software updates are required because the programmers keep creating problems in the system so that they keep their job. If you made a computer software package that never needed updating, you’d never make any more money once it’s installed around the world. Just like a car that doesn’t need servicing, requires no fuel and never wears out tyres, you’d screw over the entire motor industry.

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