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 Post subject: Still good idea to stick with XP after end-of-support date?
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:13 pm 
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Scott, do you still think it's a good idea to stick with Windows XP after Microsoft officially stops supporting it on April 8, 2014?


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For systems that are still useful and yet not capable of running Windows 7 well, I'd tentatively say yes (we'll know more when that day arrives). Most security issues seem to be browser related, so there seems to be little reason one could not continue using XP with say Firefox or Chrome as the primary browser since those applications will continue to be supported and updated. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:58 am 
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I wonder if one will still be able to download SP3 for XP after the end-of-support date.


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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:59 pm 
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I have no doubt that existing XP Service Packs and other updates will continue to be available for quite some time after the official end of support. For example, you can still download Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 from Microsoft even though support for Windows 2000 officially ended on 7/13/2010.


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I find this a more interesting question.


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:03 pm 
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The desktop PC that I usually use these days has a quad-core processor and a hard drive with a Windows XP installation. I also have older devices (including several of this product) that don't appear to have drivers that will work with Windows operating systems newer than XP. I do have the retail version of Windows Vista Home Premium, but I don't have any versions of Windows 7 or 8.


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 Post Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:24 pm 
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http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9243660/Windows_XP_infection_rate_may_jump_66_after_patches_end_in_April


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I believe that article is misleading. The primary attack vectors are web browsing and email. As long as one uses an updated browser such as Firefox or Chrome and an updated email application like Thunderbird or online email then one should be able to continue using XP well beyond the expiration date. Bottom line: I predict that XP will live long past that date with updated browsing and email applications. Scott.


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Is this article misleading, Scott? I imagine your answer is "Yes" because neither Firefox nor Chrome are specifically brought up.


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:34 pm 
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That article isn't misleading, however it is written from an Enterprise point of view. Scott.


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Scott wrote:
That article isn't misleading, however it is written from an Enterprise point of view. Scott.


What do you mean by "Enterprise," Scott?

Clarification: When I said "Chrome," I meant the browser.


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By Enterprise I mean large company or organization. Scott.


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I notice whenever I'm at the doctors office that they all still use Windows XP.


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I think reports that Microsoft may stop issuing Microsoft Security Essentials updates for XP are concerning.

Microsoft's page here states that MSE won't be available to download for XP after April (although doesn't mention about installing from an already downloaded standalone file).

Microsoft are quoted here (with typical vagueness) that they can't guarantee signature updates after April.


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labman wrote:
I think reports that Microsoft may stop issuing Microsoft Security Essentials updates for XP are concerning.

Just seen that Microsoft have confirmed signature and engine updates will be available for MSE on XP until July 14, 2015.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive ... ws-xp.aspx


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