Solved length of time I can use my 9-year old PC for the internet

August 12, 2012 at 17:59:03
Specs: Windows XP Service pack 2
I have a pretty old computer. It is 9 years old. I can still use Internet Explorer 8 but I cannot update anymore to Internet Explorer 9. I can still use the newest version of Mozilla. I have Windows XP on my computer. I was wondering how long will I still use my computer for the internet? I was wondering how long my computer would last without the internet. I tried to put new parts into the computer but they will not fit. The computer cannot upgrade to Windows 7 but I did hear it is possible but it is not easy.

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August 13, 2012 at 16:05:00
A good step to aid security on XP is to run your browser (at least) via "Drop My Rights". It's just a tiny program and a special shortcut. Sometimes I think that I must be the only person who has ever heard of it LOL.

Another worthwhile step to keep things at bay is to install SpywareBlaster.

Neither run in the background using resources.

I've never had a virus on XP (and only a minor one on W98) yet I've browsed quite freely for over 13 years

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#1
August 12, 2012 at 18:57:58
I don't think you will need to worry about internet access for many years. IE shouldn't suddenly stop working altogether. All you could miss out on are new features that some websites might employ. In any event you can continue to use Firefox.

There is no reason to believe that the age of the rest of your computer will affect internet access in particular. There are still folk on the internet using Windows 98.

Why are you not running XP service pack 3?

What parts are you trying to put into it and are there any specific issues?

I doubt your computer would be capable of running Windows 7.

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#2
August 12, 2012 at 19:23:14
"I can still use Internet Explorer 8 but I cannot update anymore to Internet Explorer 9"

WinXP doesn't support IE9. IE8 is as good as it gets. Microsoft is going to support XP until 2014, so you'll have at least that much time. Stick with Firefox. And if you haven't already done so, install SP3:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...


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#3
August 13, 2012 at 15:47:35
The issue becomes one of security. You can use FF or Chrome but the rest of the OS is open to attack. But by the same token it has been for all these years.

One might be able to use linux on it.

I doubt you could easily use Windows 7 on a 9 year old computer. By the time you pay for an upgrade you could have almost bought a new system.

You ought to see some of the old stuff that is still being used each day by industry.

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#4
August 13, 2012 at 16:05:00
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A good step to aid security on XP is to run your browser (at least) via "Drop My Rights". It's just a tiny program and a special shortcut. Sometimes I think that I must be the only person who has ever heard of it LOL.

Another worthwhile step to keep things at bay is to install SpywareBlaster.

Neither run in the background using resources.

I've never had a virus on XP (and only a minor one on W98) yet I've browsed quite freely for over 13 years

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
August 13, 2012 at 16:32:43
If it's any indication, I routinely use an 11-year old machine for internet access and still have nearly 20-year old machines that still do (under Windows 3.1 or Linux). Don't worry about the age of the machine. As mentioned above, as long as it is reasonably protected against "nasties", it should do you quite some time...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#6
August 17, 2012 at 21:11:05
Thank you for all your answers. I am not sure why I do not use Windows XP service pack 3. I hard it had some glitches in it. Also I had a difficult time getting Windows 7 off my computer and restore it to Window XP. I could use Windows 7 but my screen could not display the entire webpages and windows on the computer My father accidently erased the drive for Windows XP and so it took many hours figuring out how to put Windows XP on the computer and ask tech support for help. I know this sounds like a dumb question but why can they not just create computers where you can upgrade the computer by exchanging parts in them so you can use Windows 10 11 or whatever. I know you can exchange some parts. I tried to put a video card in my computer but it did not fit. I know that it is software but could they not create parts for the computer that updated software could be used or write a program so you can use new browers or operating systems on old computers. They would still make profit. Instead they have you buy a whole new computer. I do not understand.

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#7
August 18, 2012 at 10:34:07
Most folk are running SP3 fine (including my own XP) and non service pack versions of XP are already unsupported by MS in many ways. Up to you whether you install it obviously but if it were my computer I would do so.

As for the last bit, well MS write operating system software, usually to fit the current hardware but with drivers included for older hardware. What you are suggesting is a bit "way out" and against Windows philosophy from day one. Whether you like it or not MS are not interest in old computers. In any event new facilities need bigger and better hardware so the time eventually comes when a computer is just not up to it. You would be better off to stick with XP with all the latest updates, and should be OK for quite a few years. Evntually you buy a new computer with all the latest goodies.

There might be some situations where fitting a newer card is possible, if some specific need arises. Mostly you are better off to use hardware you have got, other than maybe adding a bit more RAM or replacing defective cards, power supply units etc.

It's a bit like cars. You can run with and oldie for years but, unless you are interested in vintage vehicles, you might eventually want the speed, comfort and other facilities that a more modern car gives you. It is hard to incorporate these things into an old car.

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#8
August 18, 2012 at 19:43:40
Thank you for you response. Today I talked to a service repair person who has been upgraded computers until the 80s and I asked him about Microsoft not supporting Windows XP. You are correct it is in 2014 but only for corporations. If you are using Windows XP for personal use Microsoft will not support it by the end of this year. That is what he said. I can still use Windows XP but Microsoft will not provide me with any security if I would get a virus on Windows XP. What can I do after 2012 to still protect myself from viruses besides buying a new computer? If I did buy a new computer I heard from the service repair man that Apple is good for visual but speed is a problem with the computer. Is Apple the best choice. I read that it is according to Consumer Reports. Actually they were the only computers that were ranked the best in Consumer Reports 2012. Is that true or is Consumer Reports biased? Did Apple have anything to do with the rating on Consumer Reports?

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#9
August 18, 2012 at 20:23:11
"I can still use Windows XP but Microsoft will not provide me with any security if I would get a virus on Windows XP.

What can I do after 2012 to still protect myself from viruses besides buying a new computer? "

Actually, they wouldn't provide you with anything whether or not you got a virus.

The time to protect a machine is before a virus is able to infect. There's many (free) anti-virus that still work with XP (and will likely continue to do so for quite a while after 2012). Avast! and AVG tend to rank at the top, but there are others that still protect quite well. Keep your machine updated with the latest anti-virus definitions and use anti-malware software as well. Malwarebytes is generally considered the best freebie, but there are others as well.

One thing you may want to consider is updating to SP3---but having had some of my own horror-stories with that update, I've stuck with SP2 and had no problems myself.

Start using some other internet browser other than IE. Newer versions aren't being developed for XP, but the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and others are still XP-friendly (as you already know).

"Is Apple the best choice. I read that it is according to Consumer Reports. Actually they were the only computers that were ranked the best in Consumer Reports 2012."

Never having used them, I can't say; but from what I've read, they are quite adequate (I don't play the MS is <> Apple game). Realize, however, that some (or maybe even all) of your software may not work with an Apple (at least not without some serious "tweaking"). That alone could be a significant cost.

All in all, if you're daily computer use only includes surfing the internet, sending/receiving a few e-mails and playing a few "low-tech" games, I'd personally be hard-pressed to justify a lot of money for a new machine when what you have should still work fine for quite some time...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#10
August 19, 2012 at 06:41:33
Do you ever use Microsoft support? I only did it once for a weird but minor bug in Microsoft Security Essentials, where it constantly rattled my floppy drive (and other people's too). They were totally useless and never fixed the problem. At one stage I found them remotely tackling the completely wrong issue and had to stop them in their tracks and remind them what I had actually reported.

What is more to the point is "Security." As far as I am aware Windows security updates will not cease until 2014 (all XP versions).

Firefox browser is as much like IE as any, and is frequently updated for security. Some folk have "gone off" Google Chrome because there are some questions marks about whether it spies on you or foists Google products on you.

Also it is important to take on board the suggestions already given in #4.

Otherwise I would not get too concerned about the age of your computer. A component can pop at any time (or you could get a software glitch), even on relatively new computers. You just keep going as long as you can and deal with any issues if and when they arise.

I doubt there is anymore anyone can add. If you have any problems incorporating the security measures suggested then by all means come back and we will be glad to help.

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#11
August 27, 2012 at 22:30:01
Yes I have contacted Microsoft support many times. I have tried to fix the problems alone before I called but it usually does not work all too well.

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#12
August 27, 2012 at 22:36:23
They tried to fix my problem but could not and wanted to charge me $99 dollars to fix. Norton helped me for free

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#13
August 27, 2012 at 23:03:00
I can no longer update any of the programs such as Internet Explorer, Adobe how long can my computer last without these updates. Will my computer be obsolete when cloud computing is required. I mentioned this on another post but wondering what people thought here.

I talked to a man from Chip PC technology and he mentioned that in 3 to 5 years there will be no more software and big data centers will protect your computer from viruses for a monthly rental fee. If you do not believe me call Chip PC or look up cloud computing.

Am I the only one alarmed about cloud computing or have have too many people become so conditioned to the corporations and governments putting rfid chips in everything, collecting all our text messages, emails etc drones that we don't mind having big corporations and government protect our computers for a monthly fee?

What about if they charge you ever time you want to save a document. What if you need that document and they charge you for it.

If they protect how will it not become their property? After all Twitter owns every word you write and the apps on your phone can only be used if you pay for them.

I was wondering with cloud computing such as what they have on Apple am I able to save anything to a harddrive, cd or print anything out or do they charge a monthly fee for that?

I know HP and Dell have been doing bad because they do not do big data and cloud computing but have we as a society ever thought that maybe Dell and HP did the right thing because with their computers you can still protect your own documents and install your own anti-virus.

It is sad when people care more about convenience than security and laugh at those who see any danger of a corporation charging you a monthly fee to protect your computers. I thought we wanted to be a free society where we still own what we buy. That is the last little freedom we have but some think as long as I can go to fast food places and buy what I want freedom is still there.

Chuck Baldwin who ran for president put it well when he said something like we think we are free until they come and take us from our homes. I am paraphrasing. We are losing our freedoms and cloud computing is just another wonderful way the NSA can gather our information but some slumber and laugh at those who warn and realize too late when all of the freedom is gone. Then their will only be sorrow.

http://www.onecitizenspeaking.com/2... Just say no




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#14
August 28, 2012 at 08:42:42
"I can no longer update any of the programs such as Internet Explorer, Adobe "

I have an XP and get IE Cumulative Updates from MS and also those for Adobe Flash. Both are about every three months.

It is possible to use "cloud" right now with your present rig.

Obviously the time will come when software writers cease to provide stuff for XP but that could be years beyond the end of MS Updates in 2014.

See this (and the link on it to a second one) which I wrote especially to help combat the eventual loss of security updates to XP:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

With any device the time eventually comes when you have to dump it, but got an old W98 computer which is still useable on the Internet. The main limit is the hardware because everything has got bigger (as usual). Copying DVD's onto the HD would be out because I only have 15G there in the first place.

I should stop worrying.

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