See Ya, Windows XP

By on April 8, 2014 8:57:46 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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winxpOver 12 years after it has launched, Microsoft is finally cutting lose the operating system so many of us have a history with……Windows XP.  Starting today Microsoft will no longer offer any type of support, security patches, updates, fixes, etc. for Windows XP.  Now this doesn’t mean XP is going to stop working if you are using it, but going forward you are now running the risk of a vulnerable OS,and in all honesty it’s time to upgrade.

If you still want to use XP, there’s still options:

Ready to upgrade?  Let me point you in the right direction:

  • Upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  You can find OS upgrades at Newegg or Amazon.
  • Need a new PC? The Microsoft Store is offering $100 savings to upgrade your old PC.
  • Best Buy is offering a similar promotion.
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April 8, 2014 9:24:12 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

R.I.P.X.P.

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April 8, 2014 10:11:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well, that's just effin' typical......

This happening the day after I finally got my XP box properly set up, to (maybe) start skinning again.....

*Kicks a kitten*

*Jumps off a cliff*

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April 8, 2014 12:18:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You can always skin for 7 snowy.

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April 8, 2014 12:21:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Bye bye XP.

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April 8, 2014 12:46:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,

You can always skin for 7 snowy.

Nope, ain't never happening. I jumped ship when the Vista/Windows 7 bits were added to SKS. I had enough trouble navigating around it as it was with just XP.

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April 8, 2014 1:22:04 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Not a particularly good thing for many (of us) small businesses.  Just finished throwing away 10 perfectly good machines that did exactly what we needed them to do* and replacing them at a cost of about $9000, not counting my time.

*Thank you, Bill Clinton & HIPAA.

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April 8, 2014 1:36:19 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

I think we'd look at it differently if GM went out and cut the brake lines on all vehicles older than 10 years and said, "Sorry, replacement brake lines are no longer available, you'll need a new car."

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April 8, 2014 1:41:45 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I was with you, until you recommend Windows 8...

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Upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  You can find OS upgrades at Newegg or Amazon.
Need a new PC? The Microsoft Store is offering $100 savings to upgrade your old PC.
Best Buy is offering a similar promotion.

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April 8, 2014 1:45:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I don't use Windows 8 as my main OS, I use Windows 7, but there is nothing at all wrong with using Windows 8 if you install Start 8 and OldNewExplorer. You basically cannot even tell the difference. I was against Windows 8 too until it was possible to make it look and operate almost exactly like Windows 7.

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April 8, 2014 2:43:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


The only reason I switched to win 7 64-bit was because I purchased an SSD drive......which doesn't play nice with XP. All my software is still 32-bit.

I've had way more problems with win 7 in the short 4 monthes of owning it than I ever had with win XP and the 12+ years of owning it.

I'm not against the new OS....oh wait....win 8 is the new OS now....and I am against that. I'm not against win 7; it's just that most software and hardware being used even today has more compatibility with win XP than it does with 64 bit technology. Microsoft should have waited another 10 years before releasing win 8 and instead released some kind of service pack for win 7 that provided the mobile effect they were hoping for.

 

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April 8, 2014 4:18:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

See Ya, Windows XP

Yup, good riddance!  Never liked you anyway, with your Fi sher Price UI and butt ugly colour scheme.  I only used you because Stardock offrered nice software that could pretty you up some.... and God, didn't you need it.  Admittedly, you did offer some advantages over Win 98SE, but as soon as Vista was released you were history on any PC in my house.

Oh, and I won't be coming to the funeral.  Nope, got better things to do than come p*ss on your grave... like celebrate the life of Windows 8.1 and await its older sister in Win 9.   I know we parted several years ago.... but goodbye.... again.

And Snowy, you can still skin for XP if you like, there may be some here at WC who would appreciate it, so not all is lost if Win 7 and subsequent OSes are not your cup of tea.  Heck, I might even appreciate it, if and when I get my XP gaming box up and running... needs some parts and I spent my PC budget on my new beasty earlier in the year.

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April 8, 2014 4:20:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I don't use Windows 8 as my main OS, I use Windows 7, but there is nothing at all wrong with using Windows 8 if you install Start 8 and OldNewExplorer. You basically cannot even tell the difference. I was against Windows 8 too until it was possible to make it look and operate almost exactly like Windows 7.

I've been saying this like forever... Win 8 is exactly the same as Win 7 when you add Start8 and bypass the Metro UI.

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April 8, 2014 5:34:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Guess I'd better back this thing up.  Now where did I put those 5.25" floppies?

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April 8, 2014 6:31:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DaveRI,

Guess I'd better back this thing up.  Now where did I put those 5.25" floppies?

I had one of those once, but it shrank with age.... cos now it's only a 2.5 floppy.

In fact, I have two of them, though I may just throw them out as they're just taking up space among my bits n' pieces and I can see no further use for them, what with card readers and USB sticks pretty much making them obsolete.

As for when I get this XP box running, it will not be connected to the internet at all, so it'll be safe as a stand alone.  I wouldn't be bothering except that alot of games I have simply will not run on Vista or later, so it's back to old ugly if I wanna play 'em.

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April 8, 2014 6:59:36 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Well, XP is still my main OS since my laptop hardware can't run Vista, it 's still good enough for my job

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April 8, 2014 8:07:45 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

<sarcasm> I'm not worried. I only use XP for banking, Facebook and online purchases. </sarcasm>

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April 8, 2014 8:44:06 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I think the only XP systems I have left now are in VMs .... 2 or 3 of those.

Hardware systems are 3 x 7s and one dog of an 8.1 on a laptop....

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April 8, 2014 10:14:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,

I think the only XP systems I have left now are in VMs .... 2 or 3 of those.

Same here. I have a few programs that refuse to run in an OS other than XP.

Besides, thanks to DRM, it's the last OS that allows you to record "What You Hear".

 

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April 9, 2014 3:06:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting CarGuy1,
Besides, thanks to DRM, it's the last OS that allows you to record "What You Hear".

I've never had a worry with recording anything I wanted on Vista, Win 7 or Win 8... but then I don't purchase/download digital music since I have everything I like/want on CD and can just rip whatever to my music folder.... and I could never understand anyone buying music from fechen iTunes, with all its DRM and restrictions.  For mine, it's raylight dobbery... and just for a license to play it, they say.  At least when I come out of the record store I own the CD I just purchased.  Yeah, Apple, that's something else you can stick in your bronzed ginger.

I know, didn't make alot of sense to me, either, but don't worry, I'm having a bad hair day and hopefully tomorrow is a better day

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April 9, 2014 10:14:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting tjashen,

Not so fast...

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/not-dead-yet-dutch-british-governments-pay-to-keep-windows-xp-alive/

 

What dipshits, paying MS to extend support on a butt ugly, obsolete OS that should have drawn its last breath about 10 years ago.  For the price they're paying to extend support for XP, they could replace every XP rig in their possession and have change left over.

Nah, they're not dipshits... they're fechen effwits.

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April 9, 2014 3:39:21 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Upgrade to Lubuntu, no more fees, you can keep your old hardware since it's not as demanding as modern bloatware (no HW accelerated GUI shiny chrome, etc.) You could probably run the critical XP software in Wine, many applications work, including games. Stable, regularly updated, secure, and most importantly FREE operation system. 

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April 9, 2014 7:54:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Kamamura_CZ,

Upgrade to Lubuntu, no more fees, you can keep your old hardware since it's not as demanding as modern bloatware (no HW accelerated GUI shiny chrome, etc.) You could probably run the critical XP software in Wine, many applications work, including games. Stable, regularly updated, secure, and most importantly FREE operation system. 

I've not tried Lubuntu as yet.  So, is it different to Ubuntu, and if so, how?  I've known about running Windows software in Linux using Wine, and RoboLinux makes it even easier, so I have no objection to running one or more Linux distros on my XP rig when it's up and running.  And I came a step closer to that last night with the freeing up of a 8800GTX graphics card

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April 9, 2014 8:43:49 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Lubuntu is Ubuntu with LXDE as a desktop environment. Light on resources.

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April 9, 2014 10:09:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting kona0197,

Lubuntu is Ubuntu with LXDE as a desktop environment. Light on resources.

Thanks for that, I shall look into it later to check out my best options.

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