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Windows XP Holdouts: 6 Top Excuses
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lharbaugh960
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lharbaugh960,
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3/17/2014 | 1:43:00 PM
The Real Reason
The REAL reason everyone is trying so hard to get people to move off XP is that it is the last version of the MS OS without the built-in NSA backdoor.
melgross
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melgross,
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3/17/2014 | 1:14:27 PM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
Sigh, another clueless Linux user. Look, it's fine for you, for whatever reason. But you guys keep popping up in almost any discussion as though Linux was the answer to everything. The fact is that almost no one uses it, and almost no one ever will. It's not a solution for the vast majority of people. It's something that a small number of fans prefer.
melgross
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melgross,
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3/17/2014 | 1:09:48 PM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
That's not a reasonable substitute for most people. The latest numbers have Linux distros at 1.18% worldwide marketshare. That's not going to change much.
moonwatcher
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moonwatcher,
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3/17/2014 | 1:00:01 PM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
Mint, Ubuntu or whatever....They are all cool in their own right and nowadays you don't have to be a geek to run them. Main thing is that if millions did this there would be far less waste going in our landfills at least all at one time, since these PCs could easily be used for several more years.

 

I'm planing on dual booting XP with Ubuntu...I will try using XP for going to iTunes and MOG though, hoping I don't get hosed....

I've never tried Mint...Sounds interesting....
moonwatcher
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moonwatcher,
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3/17/2014 | 12:53:02 PM
Re: Partially mitigating XP security risks
And Adobe Acrobat Reader....replace it perhaps with one of the more secure ones...I'm just going to image my hard drive...then if it starts acting flaky just wipe it and reload...shouldn't be too hard. If all else fails I'll put Ubuntu on in in a dual boot mode and start using it for most browsing.

I'm hoping that going to normal sites using XP such as iTunes, Google, and Yahoo won't get me hosed....We'll see.

 

 
GrayG879
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3/17/2014 | 11:07:13 AM
What a bunch of BS
I have friends calling me all the time (seniors) asking if they should upgrade their computers becasue MS is threatening to cut off support for XP.

 

I tell them if it isn't broke don't fix it.  I know of companies today that are still running Windows NT 4.0.  MS cutoff support fo NT 4.0 over 10 years ago.

 

There are simple reason to never upgrade.  If your hardware is supported by XP but not by W7 you would obviously be required to upgrade your hardware (get a new computer)  If you are satisfied with your computer and have spare parts or maybe even a few spare computes of the same make and model on hand,  there is no reason to go beyond XP unless you encounter web compatability issues regarding newer browsers and plugins such as flash, Java etc..

 

If you feel the need to pacify others who keep urging you to upgrade to W7/W8 tell them you are absolutely going to upgrade jsut as soon as your XP computer stops working.
Cynique
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3/17/2014 | 11:05:58 AM
All The Super New Features!
Ah yes, the new capabilities in Windows 7/8... The little box you can scroll for commmand and the popup boxes you can't navigate in reverse are really cool!  The thing they call a search box in the upper right corner of Windows Explorer is wonderful because you get to play with all kinds of extra steps if you just want to search contents of a date range.  That Windows Explorer boxes can't even remember their sizes and positions is a feature I would have paid lots of money for.  The locked directories that won't let you get to startup menus and other customizations are indescribably delicious.  The list goes on and on and on...

 

I spend 20% of my work day just enjoying the new features as I work through them on my way to doing my work.  But this is the best feature because I just pass the expense on to my clients.

 

I LOVE WINDOWS 7/8!
RadDoc53
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3/17/2014 | 11:01:13 AM
Upgrade from Windows XP
I have an old Windows XP computer, Pentium 4. Compared with my Windows7 box XP is slow to boot and to surf. Scrolling on web pages or Word is slow. The big problem will come when web pages no longer work with IE 8, as this is the last version of IE likely to work on XP. I now have a dual boot system with Mint 16. Installation is easy. Actually it is easier than a Windows install. It recognized all my hardware and my new printer. Open Office is great for most home purposes. It may not serve your business needs however. Frankly I don't expect to use XP. I have it "just in case". One reason to keep XP is to be able to install a SCSI card for use in an old slide scanner or some other legacy SCSI equipment.
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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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.
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