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#1 Hum

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:01

Even so, many consumers, businesses and government agencies have seen no reason to replace XP on their desktop and laptop computers, according to research firm NetMarketShare, which says XP powers nearly 30 percent of all personal computers worldwide. Others estimate 200 million or more XP users.

"XP is a solid operating system. People are used to it. They've got other software that's compatible with it. And all their stuff is on it," said Kevin McGuire, who owns the Bay Area Computerman repair shop in West San Jose. "I still have computers running XP in my shop."

While McGuire is skeptical of the more dire warnings about XP, other experts say there's reason to be concerned. Several makers of antivirus programs and other security software say their products will continue to work with XP, but they may not provide full protection.

Security programs can detect and neutralize malware, but they don't repair vulnerabilities in the underlying operating system, said Gerry Egan, senior director of product management at Symantec, which "strongly recommends" that XP users upgrade to a newer operating system.

But for those who really want to keep using XP, experts offer this advice:

First, be sure to use an updated anti-malware program; some experts recommend using two, since one may find things the other misses. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-malware program that you can download now; you won't be able to download the XP version after April 8, although Microsoft says it will distribute updates for an unspecified time.

Second, switch to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for Web browsing. Both will continue to work with XP and have the latest browser security features. The two most recent versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer won't work with XP, while older versions of Explorer don't work as well with newer websites.

Finally, stick to trusted websites and avoid using an XP computer for online banking, shopping or anything involving sensitive information. Better still, disconnect from the Internet and just use the computer for word-processing, spread sheets or games that are already installed on your machine.

While those steps may reduce the risk, "our advice is to upgrade," said Richard Yom, owner of the PC Clinic repair shop in San Jose. Still, he acknowledged, "some people will wait as long as they can."

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#2 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 12:39

Really don't understand the furore about upgrading from XP. People didn't have this kind of issue upgrading from earlier versions of Windows, so why is XP so special?

 

It's a dinosaur, get over it and upgrade.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 12:50

Really don't understand the furore about upgrading from XP. People didn't have this kind of issue upgrading from earlier versions of Windows, so why is XP so special?

 

It's a dinosaur, get over it and upgrade.

 

I could see it in relation to the problems vista has.. but 7 is rock solid.. pretty crazy not to update to 7.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 13:56

I could see it in relation to the problems vista has.. but 7 is rock solid.. pretty crazy not to update to 7.

Ditto that.. Vista was pretty bad until SP2 (XP sucked at first too), actually rather good now but tainted by its bad rep and 7's still better anyway plus plenty of support life left in it so no point anymore. Runs pretty decently on older hardware unless you got something really old with only like 512MB or something, and frankly XP and most current Linux desktops run like ass on those too.. a single tab of a current web browser will gobble that up in no time flat, never mind other background services. Time to upgrade/replace those junkers.

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 14:38

But, but, but XP is uber fast on my Core i7, 8GB RAM system!!!11!

 

 

:p



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:21

But, but, but XP is uber fast on my Core i7, 8GB RAM system!!!11!

 

 

:p

 

It is.  And that is something nice about XP on newer systems.. its far less resource intensive.  For those that need to power through something.. it does work well.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:29

It is.  And that is something nice about XP on newer systems.. its far less resource intensive.  For those that need to power through something.. it does work well.

Yeah, but your 8GB RAM will only be 3.5GB RAM unless you have the 64bit version, which is not very common.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:30

Yeah, but your 8GB RAM will only be 3.5GB RAM unless you have the 64bit version, which is not very common.

common enough.. plus couldn't you do PAE to extend it? Or does that still lock to 3.5.   Either way.. 3.5 on XP is like 16 on windows 8 >.>



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:34

a few mods & tweaks ill prob dual boot xp & linux

 

xp pro 64bit with latest updates



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:36

But, but, but XP is uber fast on my Core i7, 8GB RAM system!!!11!

 

 

:p

 

While it wouldn't see more than 3.5 gigs of ram ... on a boot test with a ssd I bet XP might boot faster than Windows 8.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:37

"anti-malware program; some experts recommend using two, since one may find things the other misses."

 

What experts are these?  You sure and the hell should not run 2 active running security based software -- That clearly is no expert if they are suggesting such a thing.  Now if you want a non active scanner to also scan some exes before you run, ok - but running 2 active antivirus/malware/firewalls has never been a good idea.  If your going to make a statement like that - you need to be CLEAR about how to run the 2nd one as a offline/passive type scanner.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:38

common enough.. plus couldn't you do PAE to extend it? Or does that still lock to 3.5.   Either way.. 3.5 on XP is like 16 on windows 8 >.>

Surely you would want to make the most of your RAM without using any hacks. Also, it depends on what you use your computer for. If you are like me then most of the time your computer will use more than 3GBs.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:40

While it wouldn't see more than 3.5 gigs of ram ... on a boot test with a ssd I bet XP might boot faster than Windows 8.

Why is anyone still booting new OSs? Put them to sleep and carry on. Win7+8 sleep-to-desktop > XP sleep-to-desktop



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:42

Why is anyone still booting new OSs? Put them to sleep and carry on. Win7+8 sleep-to-desktop > XP sleep-to-desktop

 

I should test the 2



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 15:48

I feel sorry for anyone whom uses XP 64-bit. For example its WoW64 pretty much sucks compared to the improved versions in Vista+. That's not all actually, but that's the big main one in my mind.

 

Just die already, XP.