Solved Concerns re withdrawal of XP Support

December 27, 2013 at 16:34:43
Specs: XP-3 , 3.0GHz / 4GB
End of XP Support
Two programs that I make extensive use of - Microsoft Photo Story 3 & Arcsoft Showbiz work perfectly on XP but have issues on W7. I have maintained an XP machine alongside my W7 PC primarily to enable me to use these programs to their full extent. What happens to XP after withdrawal of support by MS? If it becomes necessary to reinstall the OS from the install CD's, will I be able to fully update it to the current status? Many thanks - Bob Deb

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#1
December 27, 2013 at 16:42:51
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XP activation and Windows update will function as before. The difference being that there will be no new updates.

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#2
December 28, 2013 at 01:04:12
Check the system requirements of the software but it's not likely it would need updates beyond sp2 or sp3 and a decent internet connection if the software connects.

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#3
December 28, 2013 at 08:50:59
I'd say that, if it is connected to the Internet, XP will most certainly require updates (but that's tough - you won't get them). The first time a security update is released for Vista it will be reverse engineered by the bad guys to see if the flaw also affects XP. If it does there will be an unfixable zero-day exploit.

Ar you absolutely sure the program's won't run, in compatibility mode, on Windows 7? If you have to continue running XP I'd suggest that you sever all links from that machine to the Internet.


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#4
December 28, 2013 at 09:19:03
I agree with ijack. Isolate the machine and you should be protected. You would still need to take care with anything introduced via external media.

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#5
December 28, 2013 at 15:54:09
My experience with Win 98 when that ended support is that after a course of time even getting the original updates became tricky - the website became a mess. That is why I am collecting all MS updates manually for XP and am saving them.

Whatever, the computer will keep working. If you intend to use it online then security is of concern and these two attempt to assist with this:

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

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

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
December 28, 2013 at 20:51:22
There are of course a boatload of XP updates but they may not be necessary to run Bob's software. Most are security related and rarely are needed to run general software. That's why I said he should check to see what his software requires and not worry about every pissy update that MS recommends.

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#7
December 28, 2013 at 21:41:08
Many thanks to all who have replied. I appreciate now that, with prudence & the option of DMR, I should be able to keep my XP up and running for the life of the PC. I will probably run it as an isolated stand-alone dedicated solely to the two programs mentioned as they form 90% of my computing needs. Re compatibility mode within W7 - for MS PS3 I have tried using XP compatibility mode without success. A check on Google revealed an avalanche of complaints & queries re the failure of MS PS3 when installed on W7. It appears that MS is phasing it out in preference for the MS Windows Movie Maker which, although similar, does not have the functionality that I utilise with MS PS3.
As for Showbiz, Murphy's law dictated that the W7 versions' most needed function (VOB file editing) was lacking in audio and several queries to Arcsoft failed to produce an answer. So it was a case of backtracking to the XP version which has full 100% functionality. A sincere thank you all.

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#8
December 29, 2013 at 04:09:47
I have yet to succeed in downloading and saving "all" the updates for XP. Clearly I isn't doing it correctly whenever I go to the downloads site (at M$-land)...

Perhaps those here whon is better gifted than those like "moi"in this regard can will assist... Just how duz I successfully get the whole lot as a download - and just not installed when downloaded.

Au secours, aidez-moi... aux barricades...


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#9
December 29, 2013 at 09:25:46
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You can get MS Updates here using KB####### in Search:
http://test.catalog.update.microsof...

You have to be careful to select the right ones for your system, and your update history can help. For Office updates they are usually cab files rather then exe's. I've not tried to master these (just clicking on them is insufficient) but once you have the KB number you can usually find them lurking on the net as exe files from MS. Sometimes you have to use Google in a cunning way to find them - bit tricky to explain on here but I always find them somewhere.

I agree, only the security ones really matter, but that is most of them. Obviously with time your security will drop but at least if you are up to date in April 2014 then you are starting from the best position.

I used Win 98 for some years after support finished - one of the "few" at that time. The problem this time is that as so many folk are sticking with XP it could become some sort of hackers paradise. Backup all your personal stuff and leave your backup device offline. That will mean if you get the crypto virus you will be able to replace the files rather than encouraging the crooks by sending money.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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