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Losing X P Support
#1
So what? I have a good firewall and antivirus, should I really care? Maybe I should get that Ipad I always wanted! Or should I just pay the money for a windows 8 upgrade? Maybe upgrading my current Dell computer is a waste of money and time for something smaller like a laptop, tablet, etc.



I have Carbonite and order thru Amazon on my Dell. Would just getting something for internet shopping be the best idea? Thus keeping my bulky tower Dell desktop for other tasks?
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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#2
All the no XP support means is that Microsoft will no longer place updates and such on their site for it.

Nor will they have any tech support for it.

It is a good way to make people upgrade and spend money isnt it?



For my wife and I we have 5 PC computer type devices that we use.



An old XP tower for watching Netflix, Amazon prime and Youtube on. It is hooked directly into the TV.



My laptop

Her laptop

My Android pad for running around

My mini Android pad I have hooked into my truck so I can watch old videos on my lunch break. Watching Jimmy Stewarts Broken arrow lately :-)



My suggestion is to go to a laptop unless you type a lot. Even then a 16" laptop has a pretty good keyboard on it.



HTH

Kid
Live with honor, ride with truth.  Be friendly to others.  But always carry a gun on your side and a knife in your boot because there are those that do not feel the same as this.


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#3
Losing XP support just means not dealing with XP no-help desk. I ran my windows for workgroups (pre XP software) for 5 years after they stopped support. Then I bought a laptop, hooked it up the original monitor, keyboard and mouse and kept on trucking. When I go somewhere, I just leave the monitor amd take everything else. Since I use it daily, everything goes with me already set up and current. I don't have to hunt for where something is located.



Bob
Improvise, Adapt, Overcome - Clint Eastwood, Heartbreak Ridge
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#4
You will most likely see a problem if you decide to buy a new peripheral like a printer or scanner. You may or may not be able to use it on your machine as some companies will stop including software for older versions of windows. It may also affect Internet Explorer as they will probably no longer be providing updates for the version on XP.



But I say as long as it keeps working and you can still do whatt you need to do why upgrade. And personally I can't stand Windows 8. We just recently bought a new machine and I made sure it still had windows 7. Its a nice comprromise between XP and 8 and its still supported.
Remember, Noah was the ORIGINAL prepper.



Paranoids are just people that know all the facts - Warren Ellis
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#5
If you have a new system with windows 8 and you hate windows 8 you can download Classic Shell.

It makes my desktop run just like XP did.

Kid
Live with honor, ride with truth.  Be friendly to others.  But always carry a gun on your side and a knife in your boot because there are those that do not feel the same as this.


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#6
Helpful info all! Guess I'll keep my PC the way it is for a while longer! Thanks!
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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#7
This was just released to the public... figured it would be rather helpful to those who were curious. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />



[url="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/not-dead-yet-dutch-british-governments-pay-to-keep-windows-xp-alive/ "]Keeping XP Alive[/url]
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#8
[quote name='Vested' timestamp='1396921770' post='590020']

This was just released to the public... figured it would be rather helpful to those who were curious. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />/>



[url="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/not-dead-yet-dutch-british-governments-pay-to-keep-windows-xp-alive/"]Keeping XP Alive[/url]

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Interesting info. Makes me think of the night of Y2K. I was working hospital duty, and at midnight, hospital supervisors and big wigs of all kinds were not partying like it was 1999. They were waiting at the hospital for Y2K to begin and hopefully nothing would happen. You know the story.





I know XP is nothing like Y2K, but ya gotta think, another expensive computer mess!
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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#9
XP is a solid, easy operating system. I sincerely miss the ease of working on it.
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#10
XP is pretty unsafe NOW and it will only get worse. Behind the scenes on all these systems, MS makes minor security patches quite often.

You should at least upgrade to Win 7. Win 8 sucks for sure.



I've gone cold turkey and use Ubuntu. It's very user friendly (at least for a Linux system). Honestly, it's just fun to tinker with it and poke Microsoft and Apple (both of whom I hate) in the eye. Linux is inherently safer and also not used by many therefore not much of a target for hackers. Ubuntu (and several other versions of Linux) does everything I want to do. You can download versions to put on a thumbdrive to test drive it. (Google LinuxLive program.)



My kids keeps a Windows machine for playing games. Obviously if you have special needs (need MS Office to work from home bc your office uses it).
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