Solved When Win XP support ends will we still get file updates?

December 2, 2012 at 15:14:44
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When Win xp support ends will we still get file updates?

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#1
December 2, 2012 at 15:20:03
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If you mean updated security and OS updates, then no. That's the definition of "end of support". Older updates are generally available, but it may take "some hunting around" to find them...

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#2
December 2, 2012 at 16:32:34

However, XP will still bash along quite nicely and if you want to continue with it that will be possible for some years to come. Security will become an issue and to that end please see Parts 1 and 2 of this:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

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#3
December 2, 2012 at 17:15:19

"However, XP will still bash along quite nicely..."

Agreed. I even suspect MS will potentially cave-in beyond the 2014 date due to the number of installations still active. I personally plan to keep using it on my netbook and old Dell 866MHz machine irregardless of what MS decides....

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#4
December 2, 2012 at 17:19:39

"I even suspect MS will potentially cave-in beyond the 2014 date"
Nice idea - they extended support a few times on W98SE.

Unfortunately I'm a bit less optimistic. Perhaps more likely MS will want to further their latest marvel because that will put lovely new bucks in the bank.

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#5
December 2, 2012 at 19:10:46

"Perhaps more likely MS will want to further their latest marvel because that will put lovely new bucks in the bank."

Likely true. But even though a majority seem to reject a new MS OS as soon as it's released, I think this says it best in the first line here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...

"Windows 8 is not a want, it’s a necessity. Not for you, the consumer. For Microsoft.

Not claiming to be a Nostradamus, but their 2nd paragraph in the review is quite similar to what I said in #2 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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#6
December 3, 2012 at 09:29:52

There might be some truth in the good-bad trend that goes with MS OS's, possibly because each step change has imperfections.

One could argue that the biggest Windows change was W31 to W95.

Possibly:
W98SE was W95 put right.
Win ME was a half-hearted stepping stone to Vista, bodged onto the wrong platform.
XP, is/was a very good OS, a reliable improvement over W98SE but keeping largely to the old tradition.
Vista was closer to what was envisaged for ME, on the right platform, but bloated.
Win 7 was Vista put right. Rightly popular.
Win 8 introduces another noticeable set of changes (some good, some bad).

So I do wonder if Win 9 will turn out to be Win 8 put right, and I'm rather tempted to wait for it.

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#7
December 5, 2012 at 00:14:25

Thanks for replies, yes MS are keen to have us all ditch XP, I suspect we would have to ditch all our progs that run on XP as well. OK for the rich or silly eh! I am sticking with it for as long as I can. stanj

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#8
December 6, 2012 at 05:33:42

Whenever I hear anyone raving about Microsoft's new O/S, I don't even consider buying it until I hear "service pack 1" is out! It's one area where it doesn't pay to be right on the cutting edge. All new platforms (linux included) will need tweaking once released I wouldn't rush out to the latest anything....patience pays off.

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#9
December 6, 2012 at 05:37:59

Most programs that ran on XP should run just fine on newer versions. Occasionally there are old dos based programs that do not run as is, but most things would be fine. You would need to reinstall programs, which if you did not have them could be an issue. Have fun with xp, lots of folks still like it.

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