End of an Era: XP support ends Today

What OS are you using?

XP
12
29%
Vista
5
12%
Windows 7
14
34%
Windows 8
3
7%
MAC OS
3
7%
Linux
4
10%
 
Total votes : 41

End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:35 am

Today is the last day for support for XP, I'm not sure if they are turning off the update servers themselves but there will be no releases of patches or updates. If you are running XP it would be wise to run the update service.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows ... pport.aspx

After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.

Support for Office 2003 also ends on April 8, 2014.


Tomorrow should be interesting as you can be assured there is numerous exploits and vulnerabilities the bad guys are just waiting to use. If you are still using XP it's probably time to consider upgrading to at least Windows 7. Site stats indicate about 10% of the people that visit here are still on XP.
Richard S.
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Ed.A On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:40 am

No dual options, so I checked 8 because that's the newest machine I have ( Asus ultrabook). My old Laptop is a Vista and my Desktop All-in-ones are 7's.

I understand they have to let go at some point. A lot of government (state, municipalities and even the Fed) are at risk. Should be a cottage industry popping up to fill the need that MS is dropping. Lot's O money could be made.
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:05 am

I saw it mentioned elsewhere that XP machines are actually fetching a good buck, I looked at my local CL and didn't see any high prices but it's going to be interesting to see what happens. If you need one of those machines.... I have a XP machine here with a clean install and up to date as of today.
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:13 am

My latest Lenovo came with 8.1, but I configured it to mirror 7.
Three other lenovos running 7.
One Lenovo running Linux.
Two HPs running XP, and up to date on updates. The kids use these.
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: D-frost On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:24 am

In todays 'GLOBAL' environment XP is still very popular. About November-December time frame, I was reading a survey(I think on BBC) and XP had a HUGE chunk of the worldwide market. Like, in the 40% range. The world will get along just fine without Microsoft support. Personally speaking, I turned off Windows update 5 or 6 years ago. I have XP Pro, running with Service Pack 1,2,and 3. It has gone in the 'crapper' once, in the last 5 years. I've had good luck with Firefox, and Opera, as browsers. IE is veeerrryyy sllloooowwww.
Remember, the U.S. is a 'gadget' driven culture. The majority of new gadgets is aimed at the Americans. We have more spoiled brats than any country in the world!


P.S. When I am unable to run XP on my 'pewter', I'm going to do what Smitty did to his.(details are displayed on Freetown Fred's recovery thread)

Also, the 'wifey' uses Windows 7 on her laptop. She spends her time on Facebook, and games. It's crapped itself 3 or 4 times in the last couple years.

That's my take on this.
Cheers
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:25 am

Mixed bag.

Linux preferred for the desktop (Mint v13) but has Vista boot option for 3-d games. Laptop runs Win7 and is a great OS.

at the end of the day it's all about sales :

Q - "What kind of improvements have been made on Flynn....uh, I mean Encom O.S. 12?"

A - "This year we put a twelve on the box."


eta : for the reference ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BORsUKQGd_E
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:40 am

D-frost wrote: Personally speaking, I turned off Windows update 5 or 6 years ago.


You have to keep things up to date. Just as one example prior to SP2 there was vulnerability where you only had to be connected to the internet.... I know this because I was doing a clean install on a computer and it got hit as soon as I connected to update. If you don't have your software up to date you are opening yourself up to known vulnerabilities.
Richard S.
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: D-frost On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:26 am

Good morning Richard:
I have hard copies(CD or Flash drive) of XP Pro, SP1 SP2, SP3, and browsers, and Norton. I do a low level format of the hard drive first, then load the system without the network or printer being connected. Only then will I connect to Comcast networking to allow updates from Norton. I choose what to update.

I'm not using this for a business, or financial(bill paying or online purchases), so I do only one back-up after a build, just in case........

Every 'pewter' has a purpose.This one is a 'Plain Jane, no bells or whistles'. Like somebody said earlier: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

Cheers
D-frost
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: warminmn On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:09 pm

I have XP and 7. I just downloaded Ubuntu onto my XP computer last night to run side by side. I'm hoping to use ubuntu for online stuff and still use my XP offline to work with all my pictures and music. Ive used Ubuntu before and liked it, not as good as XP but still thought it was good. I'll be damned if Im going to give microsoft over $100 to upgrade. I'd buy a new computer first.
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:07 pm

I wouldn't upgrade an XP machine to anything, right to 7 on a new machine.
Richard S.
 
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: Sting On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:09 pm

I need to vote for three? :D :D

OS HOG that I am
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:25 pm

I had no idea they had an 8 out - I though 7 just came out! :wacko: Can't keep up with this crap. :roll:

Nothing like forced obsolescence to rape your wallet .... :mad:
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:33 pm

I played with version 8 on a friends laptop for only long enough to feel like I was in a different world. One where everything was vastly more cumbersome and confusing than it ever needed to be, and where code bloat bogs down everything. If Windows 8 doesn't singlehandedly destroy Microsoft, I can't imagine what would.
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: rberq On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:50 pm

XP was the first Windows version I used for my job that didn't have to be rebooted daily to avoid crashes. Used XP for years, right up to retirement a year ago. It would remain running 24/7 for weeks on end. I never shut down my office desktop PC, because I could remote-desktop connect to it from my home PC nights and weekends, without the need to install specialized software on the home PC. Lots of people in my office had laptop machines they carried home and back, but it seemed like hardly a week would go by without somebody pacing the corridors and moaning that their laptop had crashed catastrophically and they were waiting for support to re-image the hard drive and re-install all their custom applications. I still don't trust laptops, they seem to be nothing but trouble. I'm thinking my next hardware update at home will be a robust desktop machine and a cheapo laptop to serve only as remote keyboard and monitor.
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Re: End of an Era: XP support ends Today

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:50 pm

I'm just gonna throw my 2 cents out their... Windows XP was the closest thing to perfect Microsoft ever got (idiots... my mom always said, if it aint broke dont fix it) :mad3:
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