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Windows XP Holdouts: 6 Top Excuses
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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