That dreadful old XP

Hewlett-packard / P6-2435ea
March 29, 2015 at 12:39:42
Specs: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 3.6 GHz / 6039 MB
Windows 98 died of old age and was not, by modern standards, very reliable. I won't mention Vista which was far too bloated for the hardware available when it was first introduced - it ran better when hardware development caught up with it.

However XP, which clearly is no longer capable of many of the modern features, continues to hang on, and It's amazing to see that XP still claims 19% of the market, compared to 14% for Win 8 and Wn 8.1 combined. Although Win 7 still occupies 56% of the market it still shows that XP was probably the most successful of all Windows operating systems (so far), it you were satisfied with what it could do. Although I understand MS's motives, I wonder just how long XP would have lasted if MS had continued to support it from a security standpoint.

Even now, if you use an alternative browser, I doubt XP (despite the scare mongering) does so badly on the security front. We still get plenty of Windows 7 and 8/8.1 computers on these boards which are stuffed with malware and viruses.

I'm using Win 8.1 generally but with the meat of my two HowTo's incorporated (that few seem to use) I don't feel frightened out of my wits to use XP online if I care to:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

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#1
March 29, 2015 at 13:38:35
Hi Derek, I've been using XP with Firefox since the day it came out, and continue to do so. I don't have any problems with it, security or otherwise. I can dual boot with XP or Win 7, but use XP 90% of the time. I wish M$ would have continued support for it, and brought out new OS alternatives if it wanted to. The bottom line is it always comes down to keeping up with or passing the Jonses. I still think it was a nice OS and will probably continue to use it for years to come along with Win 7 and my Macs. I'm sure lot's of people are with me on that one.

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#2
March 29, 2015 at 13:45:23
Much of the same mind as you both...

One of my Macs is Mavericks and win-7; the Macbook Pro is Lion and XP... And I have tres elderly Acer Aspire (2005 vintage) with XP rebuilt more than a few times... Avast keeps the pests at bay for XP and win-7; although it does tend to slow down boot to desktop a little (especially for XP).

'98SE was equally a decent OS - unlike its successor ME (which definitely wasn't for me...).

Perhaps it's time bring back dos and maybe even earlier systems; as likely many of the pests about these day wouldn't know about those...


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#3
March 29, 2015 at 13:51:05
trvlr

Re your last line. Could include Linux in that respect too. Apart from their small share of the market there are so many variations the bad guys must have a job to keep up with them.

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#4
March 29, 2015 at 13:52:57
Very true re' Linux (and of course Mac OS are derived from the same parent - Unix - as I understand it).

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#5
March 29, 2015 at 17:09:13
I have a 13.5" macbook pro lappy running Yosemite, and a new 21.5" iMac desktop running Mavericks. I haven't upgraded the desktop to Yosemite yet, although the upgrades are free. I bought them to learn the Mac OS, and I used to hate it, but it grows on you. I find both machines to be very reliable and virus free. I still have a home built pc running Win 7 and XP Pro. Each computer type offers something different, and I like them both. Mac and PC. I don't have a smart phone or iPad and won't be going that route anytime soon. I will use XP as long as possible, but I also think Win 7 is a great system too. I never used 8.0 or 8.1 and have no curiosity about them for now.

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#6
March 31, 2015 at 18:02:27
I'm still perfectly happy with XP. Just wanted to state my opinion. No issues with others picking other os of course.

::mike


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#7
March 31, 2015 at 18:26:06
When my XP went off with a big bang and smoke I was sure the PSU would have taken the mobo with it, so I got myself a nice new Win8 PC. Eventually I replaced the old XP PSU with a second hand one and up it came again - still online for occasional use.

I've found Win8 (now 8.1) fun but as I'm not into Clouds and so forth I daresay I could have still been doing just fine on XP. There's a fair bit I like about Win 8.1, for instance its speed and the new Bing News pages. As always with new operating systems they keep you up to date but an awful lot of improvements are little more than glitz and gimmicks. The meat of what I do could be done equally well on Win 98. Many of the improvements are really down to hardware developments rather than the OS.

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#8
April 3, 2015 at 11:22:42
It seems to me, many are unaware that WXP still has monthly security updates.

Have found it best to run updates manually as installation of such can be lengthy. When using older pc's one should decide when best run, otherwise can slow processing down for hours.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#9
April 3, 2015 at 12:23:11
Yeah Mike. MSE updates if you use it, Malicious Software Removal updates and any office compatibility packs you might be using. The first two will cease mid 2015, or so they say. Can't say they take much time but I always use manual updates anyhow, even on my Win 8.1.

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