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  • Started 1 year ago by vistual
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vistual
vistual
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Curious as to whats the latest ...
ive seen mentioned here and other places about the inevitable end to support and development but what exactly does this mean?

should xp owners be more seriously considering moving to vista / 7 / 8 ? (NOT interested in thoughts or opinions of which and why unless theres talk of support / development being stopped for one of those too) dont want this thread to become a "which is the better OS" discussion.

Just curious as if to weather or not its really time for one to be looking into getting away from xp and more importantly why.

what if it were a computer that was mostly used for kids to play games online? a computer where no real work / tasks are being performed?

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Xhi
Xhi
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If you are unconcerned about...

Security holes being open and no anti-virus/malware support
New programs that will not work on the old system.
Getting updates for any programs on that system.
New hardware drivers not available.
Any repairs to Hardware and/or Software would be your responsibility.

Then you can use it forever.

It would have the same effect a trying to use as computer with Wndows 98 or Windows ME on it today. If that is sufficient to your needs then you can do it.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Vistual, you have over 3000 postings on this forum.

Please tell us you posted this Topic in jest. :) :)

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whs
whs
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In that case you have only one problem - that is the possible security exposure. But with a good AV program, you may be able to wing that one.

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doctordeere
doctordeere
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"what if it were a computer that was mostly used for kids to play games online? a computer where no real work / tasks are being performed?"

Then use Steady State...
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....eadystate/

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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I still run a laptop with MSdos. It does it's job. Don't worry about old OS's.

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Zagreus
Zagreus
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I still use XP on an old machine for the grand kids ect and i suppose Microsoft are not going to send out any more updates, so i think the solution to this is to Image XP to an external hard drive just in case anything goes wrong. That way i don't have to worry about keeping it up to date.

Daveh.

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whs
whs
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That's a good approach. An image can always save your bacon.

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LadyFitzgerald
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Here are the End of Life dates for various OSes:

Windows XP 4/8/2014
Windows Vista 4/11/2017
Windows 7 1/14/2020

End of Life means M$ will no longer issue security updates and it is highly unlikely that anti-malware companies will continue to issue definitions for very long after EOL, if at all. Using an OS after EOL most likely will result in infections if the computer has an internet connection and extraordinary precautions aren't taken. I don't recommend running an OS past its EOL for most people.

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warlock
warlock
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Don't know the number of people using XP still but probably quite a bit. While MS won't be issuing security updates I would think that the anti-malware companies would still support XP. It might be a free version but, if they can make money from it............

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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MSE will still give Free security updates, just there will be no more O/S security updates or holes plugged.

XP will die of natural causes because there will be no more XP Machine Device Drivers issued for new hardware.

The same fate will follow for Vista and Windows 7 just as it did for XP, Win2K, NT, 98 & so forth.

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warlock
warlock
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@rick, just a question. What makes you think MSE will still give security updates when they come as part of Windows update? Did you read something?

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LadyFitzgerald
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I'm also wondering about that.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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I remember some article in which MS promised free MSE updates "For the Good of the Net" so out-dated machines would not help spread viruses, bots and so forth.

Kinda-Sorta The Good Corporate Citizen approach for forcing O/S antiquation.

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warlock
warlock
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Thanks Rick. Good answer, hope they follow through.

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LadyFitzgerald
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@ Rick. Is this what you were thinking of? If so, it's going to be available to only a handful of businesses for only a limited amount of time.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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No, that is for Business Customers under long term contract like the Government.

I read some where that regular daily MSE AV Updates would be available.

It was awhile back.

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canute
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I understood so little (with little certainty of what I did understand, BUT, it was so enjoyable seeing "clarity', and 'civility'. Thank You All.

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oldgeezer
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I'm not sure that Microsoft will bother to update XP, even out of the goodness of their hearts, and I don't think it will be to the advantage of XP users, even if they did. Already, I've found that a clean XP (re)installation will run relatively slowly if all updates are applied, simply because the more recent updates have been to plug security issues, rather than improve the running of the OS so looking to the future the options are to get the system further bogged down with 'cobbled together' updates, or ignore them and risk security issues. As XP is still a popular OS, especially amongst businesses, it will still remain a target for hacking etc. so the only real hope is that software like newer versions of MSE will still be able to run on XP. Remember that Microsoft have decided to put all their eggs in one basket with the development of Win8, so it is to their advantage to get as many users away from XP systems as soon as possible.

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