chrishoffman — 2014-03-10T04:04:43-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/184137/windows-xp-end-of-support-is-on-april-8th-2014-why-windows-is-warning-you/
Microsoft won’t be releasing new security patches for Windows XP come April 8th, 2014, and they’re making sure all Windows XP users know it. You’re on your own after this point — no more security updates for Windows XP!
nsdcars5 — 2014-03-10T05:00:59-04:00 — #2
I just realized - Windows XP is a mere nine months older than I am. Wow, that's old...
scott_vt — 2014-03-10T06:31:57-04:00 — #3
So, you were conceived right around the release date. Happy times
nsdcars5 — 2014-03-10T06:53:52-04:00 — #4
Oh, wait, no... that came out wrong... XP's nine months younger than me. Which means XP was being conceived when I was
scott_vt — 2014-03-10T06:59:48-04:00 — #5
Either way we'll still support you after April 8th.
loudermp — 2014-03-10T16:16:50-04:00 — #6
I am not a windows fan and mostly only load software that is free, in fact I use windows 7, but I also have a dual boot of PC Linux OS (free) I play with every once in a while, the reason I have not switched is I am a gamer and most AAA games are only available for windows, I have tried WINE in linux but it is a little too difficult to setup properly and of course the game itself takes a performance hit, but if you are not a gamer or a lite gamer I would suggest switching to linux, a distro such as PC Linux OS is a rolling distro meaning it updates to the latest version, there may be other rolling distros available you may want to consider, if you decide to convert I would back up any user files to a flash drive or CD first, luckily I have enough hard drive space to dual boot and once booted to linux I am able to use a file manager to copy my user files from windows 7 to the appropriate locations in linux, just as an example I have single a directory of my user files, Firefox files (browser), and Thunderbird files (email, you may not have email files if you just use the browser, Thunderbird is a email client which means it downloads emails from the web and runs on the local computer), usually a switch or upgrade takes someone at least moderately experienced or may require a lot of research by searching the internet and reading articles and forum posts, all user files may not be compatible in linux but they may not be in newer versions of windows either and may require converting, one could probably stick with XP but you may only have success (remaining malware and virus free) if you are an experienced user and are very careful and when companies say they will continue to support XP this refers to the app running in XP not preventing malware and virus that can only be prevented by using security patches from Microsoft, even an XP Chromebook will be susceptible after April 8 if Microsoft does not supply Google the necessary security patches, which I am not saying Microsoft will not I am just saying the user should be sure this is the case, good luck.
fred_meister — 2014-03-10T16:37:13-04:00 — #7
I guess one of the last "relevant" questions about XP will be "How do I get rid of this damn popup".
2noob2btrue — 2014-03-10T18:20:31-04:00 — #8
MS is really over hyping the discontinuation of XP support, heck, it's even made the evening news on TV.
loudermp — 2014-03-10T19:47:25-04:00 — #9
I agree MS and the news are probably over-hyping the possibility, but it is a still a real possibility and I would recommend a user upgrade to something supported if you use your PC for financial purposes such as banking or purchases, even if you do not use your PC for financial purposes if your PC contains personal information it can be stolen to be used in another identity, it only takes one infection to loose your identity to someone, a supported OS can still be infected but by having a supported OS you lessen the chances, I personally do not recommend updating to an MS or Apple OS because they cost money, free alternatives exist such as many varieties of Linux and React OS (still in development) which is based on windows NT and there may be others, but to ignore or belittle the possible problem is not the answer.
nsdcars5 — 2014-03-11T00:37:43-04:00 — #10
ReactOS is not based on the NT kernel. It remakes the NT kernel. Also, it is a clone of NT 5.1, which is basically another way of saying "Windows XP"....
2noob2btrue — 2014-03-12T02:28:26-04:00 — #11
If you are still using XP it's probably for legacy application support and more likely than not you will also have a PC running a modern OS for your personal finances and everyday usage. The only real place where XP is a concern is in enterprise and MS is offering paid support for XP even after the end of support date.
iceytiger — 2014-03-13T22:07:47-04:00 — #12
You are so far behind the times, windows xp is when the pc came into its own, many people got thier first computer with xp and they will not want to change, my inlaws and wife among them. they dont like change, and do not want to, i am forcing my wife to, and will be telling my inlaws no more support from me for xp machines
Lots of senior citizens and non tech people are that way also, what they have is working and they like it that way, and do not want change or want to learn anything new.
2noob2btrue — 2014-03-13T22:31:48-04:00 — #13
Ah irony, we meet again. Exactly how am I "so far behind the times"? Clearly there are far too many complacent XP users out there.
nsdcars5 — 2014-03-14T04:03:29-04:00 — #14
Maybe a few, but not necessarily all. Usually they can get along just fine as long as you restore the XP taskbar behaviour and tell them they removed that Start thing, now you have to click on the logo.
a41202813gmail — 2014-03-14T11:34:08-04:00 — #15
Not Planning On Dumping My Legacy Software Anytime Soon.
I Have Not Used Any Newer M$ ( Only M$ ) Updates Since The SUMMER Of 2009.
And, Yes, I Browse The Internet Every Single Day.
CHROME Is My Main Browser, But Not The Only One.
XP, OFFICE2003 AND IE8 FOREVER !
adriank_it — 2014-03-17T06:26:29-04:00 — #16
I was amused when I did a manual Win XP update today, that one of the important updates (that I could deselect and hide) was re the XP EOL warning!
fred_meister — 2014-03-17T16:44:37-04:00 — #17
It's only since MS announced end-of-life decisions for XP that there's been this intense discussion.
Apart from the security issues - and there's been over 11 years of updates - XP still does what it was designed to do, and will continue to do so for at least until the end of ... (pick a year).
IF the OS is intensely targeted then the preludes of doom will have proved to be correct.
However if not, then the OS will be good and useful until other stuff happens - hardware failures that can't be fixed, Perhaps activation issues - if MS are that stupid. But XP will be around for quite a while methinks.
Regarding nasties - if an XP machine is taken care of and is secured, and is behind a firewall (router), and the browser is secure; then XP should be fine.
However, that doesn't account for "click fanatics", which is where most domestic users might come unstuck.
While the security issue is valid and important, where common sense prevails things will go on almost the same.
For me, its a sandbox for the browser of choice (NOT IE) - and if that doesn't work, then Linux Mint is a good alternative. But I don't see that being an issue for a while yet.
Call me old-fashioned possum, but if I'm going to learn a new OS because MS want me too, then it won't be one of theirs. BTW I went from Linux Mint to Windows XP, simply because two apps didn't play well under Mint, and I couldn't be bothered to re-boot for a 10-minute job four or five times a day.
Isn't it exciting ... I can't wait until April 8th: or perhaps December 2015, or maybe August 2016 - or perhaps a new PC in 2018 with Windows 12.
ringhalg — 2014-03-18T04:55:11-04:00 — #18
Windows XP is/will be the most targeted OS by hackers (or virus creators), simply because it is the most popular OS. If people wish to continue using the OS (whether it's online or offline), they pose a security risk to themselves, and their data.
nsdcars5 — 2014-03-18T05:43:22-04:00 — #19
Eventually browsers will stop supporting XP. Antiviruses will stop supporting XP. Software firewalls would stop supporting XP. Can you find Windows 2000-compatible software nowadays easily? Windows 98? No, you can't. Because when its maker stop supporting it, others will abandon the operating system too.
afuhnk — 2014-03-18T14:38:15-04:00 — #20
You know... people change cars every 4-5-6-7-8 years.
Cars costs a lot more than computers.
And they look surprised when we tell them their OS is old and unsecured.
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