Discuss: Windows XP EOL

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July 20, 2012 at 05:42:44
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Hi all,

This week's poll is about how long you intend to use Windows XP after Microsoft ends support for it. Discuss here if you think this very old operating system still has a future, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
July 20, 2012 at 06:27:13
I plan on keeping it as long as I can, I still enjoy firing up an old steam driven machine with WFW and another that has NT 3.51

Keep the old stuff running


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#2
July 20, 2012 at 07:19:35
As long as my recently retired from active duty PC is still working, I'lll keep running XP Pro on it. I've gotten 6+ years out of that bad boy so far and only just replaced it within the last month or so. I'm still using it for some things and will continue to do so until it dies.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#3
July 20, 2012 at 09:34:26
Never use it nowadays, personally never want to use it again and will not use Windows Vista, 7 or 8........

The sooner the NT line of Operating Systems is pensioned off the better.........

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#4
July 20, 2012 at 11:55:44
I stopped using XP the day nVidia figured out how to write a decent Vista driver--around 4 months after the OS was released.

"Discuss here if you think this very old operating system still has a future"

Oh it has a future. A few places around town still use Win2k. They'll probably upgrade to XP a year after it expires. :)

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#5
July 20, 2012 at 16:15:06
From the article:

"Support for Windows XP, which is still used by many businesses, is scheduled to end in 2014."

Still not convinced 2014 will be the cutoff for XP as the TH article mentions. Still used on way too many industrial systems, and those systems aren't likely to be upgraded given the current economy.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#6
July 21, 2012 at 09:48:49
I have an old laptop and an older PC. Both have XP Pro SP2 installed and work great. I only use Deep-freeze on both machines instead of an AV and both run great without the fear of catching viruses etc. I really don't care if M$ drops the updates as I don't use them.

I let the family and friends use the laptop for surfing the net and e-mails with no worries about viruses, and when traveling and using my MagicJack etc. The PC I basically use for downloading movies which I burn to DVD (5 movies on each depending on their size) and also I transfer them to a 1TB usb external drive to later watch on my WD player hooked to my big screen TV.

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#7
July 21, 2012 at 13:51:24
I have XP installed on all of my computers except one because XP shipped with them. I don't have enough money to buy a Vista or 7 license for them. Some of mine are too old to run Vista or 7, so XP is the newest OS I can put on them.

You've been helped by a 14 year old.


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#8
July 22, 2012 at 10:59:19
I just installed XP Home SP3 on my old HP laptop again. It has an A64 3200+ w/1.25GB RAM. It originally had XP but I tried Win7 32-bit on it for a while. It ran OK but I wasn't all that happy with the performance. I could have lived with it but decided to go back to XP.

I'm currently working on a Dimension 2350 (2.0GHz P4 w/1GB RAM) which had a pirated version of Win7. The owner couldn't figure out why it ran so poorly (only had 600MB left on the 40GB HDD). Apparently their son (who fancies himself to be a computer expert) couldn't figure it out either, even though he's the one that installed Win7 along with 3 anti-v programs, 2 anti-malware programs, 2 firewalls, plus all sorts of magical "fix-it" programs. It was a total mess. I could have re-installed a "special" version of Win7 but I talked them into going back to XP.

If you prefer the XP interface but don't want to run a 10 yr old OS & don't have the hardware for Win7, check out the new versions of Linux Mint 13 (Maya). It's a LTS (long term support) release based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS & will be supported until 2017.

Linux Mint Maya


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#9
July 22, 2012 at 11:22:56
I once made the mistake of trying Linux Mint a few months ago....biggest nightmare ever...missing lots of drivers and very limited....I still say the Windows platform is the most versatile and user friendly OS available.

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#10
July 23, 2012 at 16:59:25
XpUser4Real... I'll second that. I have been battling with Linux off and on for years and to this day have not mastered it. Installing new programmes is a nightmare and trying to find them and their details or file composition later is nigh impossible. I'll stick with Windows (although after trying Windows 8 Preview that is also debatable)

Regards


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#11
July 23, 2012 at 17:36:14
(although after trying Windows 8 Preview that is also debatable)

I'm thinking the same way Ewen...

You've been helped by a 14 year old.


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#12
July 24, 2012 at 10:06:48
I'm far from being a Linux expert but I've tried numerous distros (since the release of Vista) in search of "the best", & IMO, it's Linux Mint. There's generally little reason to struggle installing drivers or software from scratch, all you need to do is find them using the Software Manager or Package Manager on the Start Menu. They are then downloaded from the Mint/Ubuntu repositories & installed. If there's Windows software that you can't live without, it can usually be run by using Wine, but more often than not, there are Linux equivalents.

Mint Software Manager

If networks drivers aren't installed & configured automatically, Windows network drivers can be installed using ndiswrapper. It's really not that difficult if you're willing to take the time to learn it.


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#13
July 25, 2012 at 04:36:46
Whilst I agree that some hardware will not work with Linux, it is very few and far between. I state again I see no reason to use Windows !

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#14
July 26, 2012 at 02:22:24
I have XP Pro on one machine and XP Home on another. I am betting if the hardware holds out ( doubtful ) I'll get another ten years out of those operating systems in those machines. I still have a running 98SE machine that I have had since 2000. The end of microsoft support is not the end of a lifecycle. Just my cheap opinion.

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