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Windows XP Holdouts: 6 Top Excuses
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FrankOthemountain
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FrankOthemountain,
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3/17/2014 | 10:59:12 AM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
God Cuthbert, why is there always someone like you spouting about mint? Nautious.
FrankOthemountain
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FrankOthemountain,
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3/17/2014 | 10:57:37 AM
Fat old ladies
Everyone needs to stop whining around like fat old ladies. Like MS patches are so great..... Just image your hard drive and stfu already.
ChrisG034
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ChrisG034,
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3/17/2014 | 10:57:04 AM
Regarding Item #3
Startup time as a reason to migrate to a new system is 100% pure, unadulturated B.S. I have a Windows 7 laptop at home, not even close to 50% filled and it takes as long as my Windows XP laptop at work, which is 95% filled. Granted, hard drive sizes are different. Each has antivirus, each receives and downloads updates right away. My Windows 7 desktop at home also takes as long as Windows XP laptop. There really isn't a difference in loading time from XP to 7, especially if you have a lot of stuff in your system tray.
LesD311
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LesD311,
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3/17/2014 | 10:49:58 AM
Windows XP holdouts
The obvious (and free) solution to most of  these excuses is not even mentioned in the article.

Any system which can run Windows XP can almost certainly  run a modern Linux system (such as Linux Mint 16). Installing such an operating system might take less time than booting an XP system encumbered with twelve years of updates: some users report a five minute install.

Once Linux is installed you will most likely already have a familiar browser (Mozilla Firefox) and an office suite (LibreOffice) which does almost everything MS Office does.

Proprietary software designed for XP is just as likely to run under Linux (with Wine) as under Windows 8. For example, Internet Explorer 6 runs with Wine, but doesn't with Windows 8, and a lot of old software relies on IE6. The Linux desktop will be more familiar to an XP user than Windows 8, and LibreOffice will be more familiar to an MS Office 2003 user than the latest MS Office will.

And the old hardware will run faster than it has for years.
CraigHerberg
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CraigHerberg,
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3/17/2014 | 10:48:48 AM
Partially mitigating XP security risks
Clearly, getting new computers with a modern OS is the safest bet, but for those who hold on to XP for any reason, at least get rid of Java and Flash, which are two major attack vectors; and make sure to have a good security suite installed.  Craig Herberg
JohnM07501
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JohnM07501,
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3/17/2014 | 10:37:21 AM
XP Holdouts
Sounds like you work for Microsoft. XP still works fine. Your "excuses " are really valid reasons.
pratrous@fakeinbox.com
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pratrous@fakeinbox.com,
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3/17/2014 | 10:34:23 AM
My only reason for having to use XP
I have a PATA cd-rom with no SATA capability and my bios won't allow usb installs.  XP can fit on a CD, but not Windows 7.  I ended up using that pc as a linux console for use as a Minecraft server.  I would have used Windows 7 possible if they'd had a web install like Ubuntu.
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