Facing the Windows XP apocalypse? Here are some options


#1

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#2

I held on to XP about as long as I could but am now using Windows 8. It’s not so bad, especially considering how bad XP 64 really was. I never use the “Start Screen” that looks like an iPhone interface and I’ve installed something called “Classic Start Menu” which closly resembles the Start menu to the bottom left on XP. With a few tweaks Windows 8 can be similar to XP, and actually better. We all managed leaving behind Windows 98, so saying goodbye to XP won’t be so bad. In 10 or 12 years Windows 8 will be the one everyone’s crying about losing while it’s on the same chopping block.


#3

You can make Windows 8/8.1 behave much like earlier versions without even buying-in utility programs - we’re not experts but we’ve hardly ever seen our Metro screens and made our new laptops work just like our Windows 7 laptops. However, we’re so acutely middle-aged, we remember the days before Windows and have been defeating Microsoft’s, supposedly, helpful ideas for years. :smiley:

On the other hand, the bought-in programs do seem a quick way around the problems people have with Metro and there’s even one (called ModernMix) where you can run Metro apps in traditional Windows rather than full-screen - which makes Microsoft’s project all seem a bit pointless.


#4

I should have said, of course, that, if you’ve still got old hardware, the sensible thing to do might be to use one of the simple-to-use Linux distributions - like Lubuntu or Linux Mint.

I’ve got an old laptop that dates from early XP days that now runs Lubuntu and will, quite merrily, perform all the tasks it used to when it was a sprightly young computer.


#5

XP, Vista, Windows 8, it doesn’t really matter.

What matters to me is having to run anti-spyware every time I use the internet because of all the rubbish the computer picks up.

Oh and stupid adverts appearing over what I am trying to read on the web.


#6

Firefox with the ‘NoScript’ add-on can sort out a lot of your advert annoyances.


#7

Hi Nelka,

If I can, I would like to give you a helpful tip here:

Make sure that your computer’s firewall is turned on.

If it’s off, that might be a reason why you are picking up some of these ads and other things when you are on the internet.

How to check:

Go to your computer’s start button, then to the Control Panel, then to the Security Icon. Look at the Firewall button. If it’s red, it is turned off, and you want to turn it on, to green.


#8

If their claim that 1 out of 3 computers is still running XP is true, that says a lot about where too many people are technologically. I mean really LOL.


#9

My high school, from what I gather, still had XP in 2012. =O Terrible!


#10

I don’t think anti spyware/malware will pick up the gap that Microsoft is leaving when they stop producing security patches for discovered problems in their XP OS. The next time they patch a flaw in 7, someone will reverse engineer the patch and apply it to XP. Voila, you have malware designed to penetrate XP that won’t be patched. Consider shutting down your XP or moving off. If that’s not possible, consider firewalling it off and not using it to browse the internet, e.g. application compatibility absolutely prevents you from upgrading.


#11

Windows 7 (and probably 8) won’t run some earlier DOS-based software one might still be using. I know it won’t run some of the programs I had written myself back some 20 years ago. W7 tells me to contact the author of the program when I try to run it. LOL.

I guess there’s no other way to sell new operating systems and software these days. Upward compatibility is a joke.


#12

It’s all these add-ons that find their way into your computer. That anti-spyware software you have might even be the cause of that. Watch out for the software that makes your computer run faster. It actually slows it down by running MORE processes in the background.

That said, I find running Firefox at least asks you before add-ons are added on.


#13

If you want to use old programs, you could run xp in a Virtual Machine. That wouldn’t avoid malware problems if it’s used to connect to the outside world, of course.


#14

I thought 7 was built from the ground up new OS. So that is not necessarily true.


#15

If companies bothered to make systems that would run the older software, then maybe more people would upgrade.


#16

No, it’s just that Microsoft has finally realized that they can’t do backwards compatibility forever. It forces them to keep in legacy support that only a small, insignificant minority actually needs (my guess is that this group mostly consists of businesses that have horribly written internal websites that can only work on IE6 shudders).

XP is over a decade old. In computer terms, thats several generations. Since XP came out, Apple started selling Intel-based Macs, dropped support for PowerPC, and now gets half their revenue from iPhones. It’s time for people to move on to an OS that supports modern features (multi-core, huge amounts of RAM, etc).

If people want to use legacy software, then they should understand that they will only be able to use it on a legacy system.

Really, if you are using system-critical software that only runs on XP, then that’s just poor planning and poor coding.


#17

Blame Microsoft, it’s their software. :shrug:


#18

But that is like blaming Ford for not making new parts for 10 year old Escorts.


#19

Wonder how much an XP 0-day will go for on April 8th.


#20

I like Firefox with Adblocker Plus - it’s free and blocks almost everything - including youtube commercials. :thumbsup:


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