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simsboy27

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Hello All,

I have 2 computers running Windows XP and I was just curious how big of a risk it would be to run these computers with this operating system after support ends by Microsoft April 2014. I have a copy of Windows 7 but Windows XP has been my favorite operating system by far, I love the interface and how lightweight it runs. So my question being, How much of a risk would it be for me to run Windows XP after support ends in April of 2014? Is it a huge risk, or will I be ok just by watching the websites I visit?

Thanks in Advance!
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It all depends on what your computing habits and practices are and how well you protect and maintain your computer.

It's a little early at this point to know what the primary risks will be.

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If you do decide to upgrade that computer to Windows 7, make sure it has the "horsepower" to run it and that its devices support and have drivers for Windows 7.

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Like you, I'm still with XP and have no plans to change anytime soon.

Windows XP Remains the Second Most Popular Operating System in the World
Windows XP is still powering 37.19 percent of computers worldwide
Will this really change in April 2014?

Will Microsoft REALLY dump XP users in April 2014, as they claim? Or are they bluffing 'till the end... ;) 37.19% is a big market to lose just like that... They could sell new licenses, new Service Packs... 37.19% (and it might be more, IMO). I guess we'll only know in April 2014. :)

“If Microsoft wants people to upgrade from XP, then it should have produced a viable replacement OS for XP. What's the point of upgrading to Windows 8, if Microsoft are going to dump it and replace it with Windows 9 in a few months? Might as well stick with familiar, reliable XP,” one of our readers wrote.
If you're a die hard XP fan like I am, Windows 8 is completely out of the question. I'll take my chances after April 2014, like MANY others.



Microsoft Wants Only 10 Percent of Users to Stay with Windows XP

Microsoft has urged everyone at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 to support the XP to a newer Windows version transition, warning that sticking to the ancient OS is extremely risky for users.
Well then, Microsoft, keep those XP updates comin'! :D



Windows 8.1 Is Supposed to Help You Move Away from Windows XP, Microsoft Claims

Really! :eek: Oh yeah, the Start button... :rolleyes:

And tell that to the (hundreds of) thousands of companies, government agencies, hospitals, clinics world wide who will have to change their whole networks, and what about the millions of small businesses and stores still using XP... I'm sure they'll be glad to move to Windows 8 (8.1) if it's offered for free... :rolleyes:

I think it's time to make Linux a more viable alternative...
 
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I'm happy with XP. It works fine and is stable unlike Vista. It's not glossy like 7 and full of boxes like 8. May I suggest dual-booting as an option?
 

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I'm thinking all the Propaganda against XP is a ploy to get us to give more money to Ballmer's retirement fund.
I'm staying on XP as long as I can, or until M$ makes a good OS and quits ripping out all the good tools.

As long as Firefox keeps its browser updated, I should be OK.
If I get a virus, I'm Backed up
 

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I'm staying on XP as long as I can, or until M$ makes a good OS and quits ripping out all the good tools.
If Microsoft comes out with a new identical, but bullet proof XP, I'm buying! :D
 

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I think it will be very risky because the bad guys obviously will know the vulnerabilities they exploit will never be patched and I'm sure they will take advantage of that.
 

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I personally think Windows 7 is the way to go after April 2014, and will have a "long life" like Windows XP.

Windows Vista is in "slow death" mode, and is already losing driver support like Windows XP by some vendors.

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I switched over to Linux Mint 15(Cinnamon) from XP Pro a month ago, both my computer and the wifes. Everything I needed XP to do, I have been able to do in Mint, including the wife using Libre Office suite(comes in Mint 15) which is compatible with the Microsoft Office suit she uses at work.
 

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You can always change the appearance of Windows 7 to mimick XP, and really I do prefer Windows 7. I hate Windows Vista and 8 on the same level. I refer Vista as the son of ME.
 

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You can always change the appearance of Windows 7 to mimick XP
But you can't put the removed tools back in ... The latest "Tool" to die in W8 is the DVD Maker.
If the hackers are going to spend so much time trying to hack XP ... (a supposedly dead OS)
Do they know something that M$ doesn't ???
 

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Thanks all for your responses!!! I've been researching this for about the past month and can't seem to find any thread like discussions about Windows XP support ending. If the Moderators don't mind, I would like to leave this thread open for awhile so I can continue viewing peoples opinions on Windows XP and what they are going to do, so for that reason I'm not yet going to mark this thread "Solved."

I currently am absolutely loving Windows XP and I will continue using through April 2014 and see what happens after that. I don't like how Microsoft has to end support for such a popular operating system just to get more revenue on the Windows 8 junk. I will be moving to Linux (probably Ubuntu) if I decide to retire my XP. Windows 7 isn't bad, but its just not the same experience as Windows XP.

Does anyone have any suggestions on keeping an XP computer secure after updates seize? I'm thinking a good Firewall and Anti-virus but I'm sure there's more than that.

Thanks for all the Responses!
 

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Does anyone have any suggestions on keeping an XP computer secure after updates seize?
An External HDD and an Acronis Image.
I can restore my XP OS in less time that you can read one recovery DVD.

Actually, I've have a backup HDD with a fresh install of XP already installed and mostly updated, All I have to do is boot to it.
At the end of XP, I will perform the last updates and make a new Acronis Image .. and update my backup HDDs.

Are you familiar with Imaging for an OS backup ???
 

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I think it will be very risky because the bad guys obviously will know the vulnerabilities they exploit will never be patched and I'm sure they will take advantage of that.
If researchers can stop spreading word about new vulnerabilities each time they find one via news media all over the Web, informing all hackers at the same time who weren't even aware in the first place, maybe it'll help a little...
 
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For me, I will go as long as I can. The question that keeps popping into my mind is will developers continue to support XP? The biggest examples are the anti-virus developers in my opinion, but what about browsers and all of the other marvelous tools. The largest part of my question centers around MS' decision to leave XP out of .NET framework 4.5 complatibility. IDK, but developers who can more easily write for .NET 4.5 would have a dilemma over whether to go out of their way for a dummied down version of their program for XP and its .NET 4.0.

I am completely satisfied with Windows XP. I mean information is easy to come by and so much is known about the OS. I really hope that developers step forward to keep it relevant. For developers, it would be a big challenge making writing for XP an efficient process. Hope they decide to step in and do the job.

Pretty downcast overall. I suspect that XP will somehow remain alive, but I think it's going to take some big hits from developers who spurn it. I really do think it will survive, though...
 
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