Solved Windows XP Pro soon will no longer be supported

July 2, 2012 at 14:40:28
Specs: Win. XP pro, Amd 64 2.4ghzcpu. 2ghz ram.
I understand that Windows will stop supporting XP in the very soon.
How will that affect my computer?
Will this force an upgrade to a
new operating system?

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July 3, 2012 at 13:19:25
Lack of MS updates will eventually lower your security, so all XP users should either set themselves up as a limited user or use "Drop My Rights" (free - Microsoft employee). In fact they should have been doing one or other of these for ages.

I find running as a limited user a real pain, so favor Drop My Rights. It's a very tiny program and you just make a special (two stage) shortcut to your browser. You hardly know it is there, but for the odd specific situation just keep your normal shortcut around too. See here:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13554_3-9...

Another thing to do is have SpywareBlaster on you computer because this also uses no resources and blocks you from many "nasties".

Consider an alternative browser such as Firefox because that will probably be security updated for XP well after MS stop updating Internet Explorer 8.

I have Windows Vista and 7 in the house but still prefer XP as my workhorse. I will stick with it until either the software or hardware becomes so dated that it won't do something that I want. This has not happened yet and it might well be years away.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
July 2, 2012 at 14:47:00
won't affect your computer
won't force you to upgrade

just means no more security patches will be created
eventually you will need to buy a new computer

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#2
July 2, 2012 at 14:47:09
XP Pro will be supported by Microsoft for another 2 years. It's up to you whether you want to hang in there with it until the end, no one can force you to upgrade. There are still diehards out there happily plugging along using Win98.

http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173


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#3
July 3, 2012 at 08:38:25
We have old DOS systems that just keep running the old simple program it has been running for 20 or so years.

The OS and the hardware are kind of a matched set. You are almost stuck with a new OS and/or computer at the same time.

Hang up and live.


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#4
July 3, 2012 at 13:19:25
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Lack of MS updates will eventually lower your security, so all XP users should either set themselves up as a limited user or use "Drop My Rights" (free - Microsoft employee). In fact they should have been doing one or other of these for ages.

I find running as a limited user a real pain, so favor Drop My Rights. It's a very tiny program and you just make a special (two stage) shortcut to your browser. You hardly know it is there, but for the odd specific situation just keep your normal shortcut around too. See here:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13554_3-9...

Another thing to do is have SpywareBlaster on you computer because this also uses no resources and blocks you from many "nasties".

Consider an alternative browser such as Firefox because that will probably be security updated for XP well after MS stop updating Internet Explorer 8.

I have Windows Vista and 7 in the house but still prefer XP as my workhorse. I will stick with it until either the software or hardware becomes so dated that it won't do something that I want. This has not happened yet and it might well be years away.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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