TTORA Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
311 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
In case nobody knows, Microsoft will stop providing any further support, security updates, or critical patches for Windows XP on April 8 of this year. Running Windows XP after April 8 will open risk of malware infection. So either upgrade computer software, or something.:cool:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,730 Posts
It won't matter for the most part if you're just using your computer for typical stuff, use Firefox (or another more secure-than-IE browser), have an updated antivirus program, and aren't a complete moron downloading plus clicking on every little virus link and phishing trap.

Microsoft just likes to scare you so that you'll buy a new OS which also entails most people buying or building a new machine so they can make $$$. Same reason they won't offer IE9+ on XP/2K3. Funny thing is that they want everyone to move to these new OS's and browsers yet they are the absolute worst at maintaining client backwards-compatibility in their new browsers for legacy web servers and web-based appliance access and config pages such as KVM's, routers, etc.

Win-7 and 2K8 are also poorly designed with regard to how quickly the OS itself grows and grows over time as a result of new patches being installed. They aren't like XP/2K3 and the predecessors where you could shrink the OS down to a core size and remove the patch backup files.... they just keep growing with each new patch, thus forcing people to have decent sized OS drives (nowadays mostly SSD). The MS patch they offered for Win-7 late in the game to address this issue barely does much to resolve this problem, but supposedly Windows 8 has resolved it (so I hear).

I'm sticking with XP on my home machine until I upgrade the hardware to something newer or need access to a later Direct-X version for some game.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
311 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
I had Windows Vista computer. It was junk, Microsoft sending updates for Vista every week. Got rid of it while back (broke), bought new Windows 8 computer, seems to be better.:D
 

·
Moderator
Joined
·
819 Posts
Still use my laptop that has XP on it. Was considering upgrading to a newer system due to a slowness issue but decided to just upgrade the RAM from 512MB to 2 GB and it works even better now. $30 for two 1GB sticks vs the price of a new computer = win
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,929 Posts
It won't matter for the most part if you're just using your computer for typical stuff, use Firefox (or another more secure-than-IE browser), have an updated antivirus program, and aren't a complete moron downloading plus clicking on every little virus link and phishing trap.

Microsoft just likes to scare you so that you'll buy a new OS which also entails most people buying or building a new machine so they can make $$$. Same reason they won't offer IE9+ on XP/2K3. Funny thing is that they want everyone to move to these new OS's and browsers yet they are the absolute worst at maintaining client backwards-compatibility in their new browsers for legacy web servers and web-based appliance access and config pages such as KVM's, routers, etc.

Win-7 and 2K8 are also poorly designed with regard to how quickly the OS itself grows and grows over time as a result of new patches being installed. They aren't like XP/2K3 and the predecessors where you could shrink the OS down to a core size and remove the patch backup files.... they just keep growing with each new patch, thus forcing people to have decent sized OS drives (nowadays mostly SSD). The MS patch they offered for Win-7 late in the game to address this issue barely does much to resolve this problem, but supposedly Windows 8 has resolved it (so I hear).

I'm sticking with XP on my home machine until I upgrade the hardware to something newer or need access to a later Direct-X version for some game.
:withstup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
201 Posts
I've had XP on my desktop for years and wasn't too concerned about all "the end is near" warnings. Never had too many issues although lately it seems like every other day Microsoft is pushing updates to me. This plus all the previous updates I probably don't need anymore were starting to take up a lot of my hard drive.

Finally pulled the trigger the other day and switched to Linux. More stable and runs better and isn't much different from Windows to a non-tech guy like me. Whole OS is about 1GB and it came with a reasonable knockoff of MS Office as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,730 Posts
XP is not a drive space hog. You can clean up all the allocated space fairly easily. I wrote a tool at work that specializes in doing just this and erasing all evidence of stuff you've previously done on your computer. We use it for the military and it works very well. You can also do a registry defrag (basically it just recreates your registry one piece at a time), which results in a much more efficient OS experience.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
201 Posts
To clarify my comment a little I'm not blaming XP for bloating my hard drive. I'm not really a computer guy and this is an older machine. Despite running some registry cleaners and antivirus programs it probably just bogged down over time with crap they didn't catch.

I've recently done some research on how to remove unneeded Windows update files to create more space. Bottom line, the fixes I tried didn't improve things all that much. I'm happy at the moment with the Linux but have back up disks to go back to XP if need be. Wiping the C drive and starting fresh with XP is another possibility but I doubt I'll be switching to a more modern version of Windows though.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,929 Posts
Would it remove all the porn? This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending.

XP is not a drive space hog. You can clean up all the allocated space fairly easily. I wrote a tool at work that specializes in doing just this and erasing all evidence of stuff you've previously done on your computer. We use it for the military and it works very well. You can also do a registry defrag (basically it just recreates your registry one piece at a time), which results in a much more efficient OS experience.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,730 Posts
Would it remove all the porn? This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending.
Of course not.. could you imagine how pissed soldiers would be if it did? :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
615 Posts
Running Windows XP after April 8 will open risk of malware infection. So either upgrade computer software, or something.:cool:

So it's just like running any other computer with a Microsoft operating system?
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top