Why You Must Upgrade From Windows XP

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microdot

Try the following website for a registry hack that will allow XP to update till 2019. "http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/1308940/how-to-get-new-windows-xp-updates-for-free-until-2019-with-a-registry-hack" This hack tells windows update that this machine is running Windows Embedded Industry, (which is a special version of XP designed for industrial systems) which Microsoft will support until 2019. I had to write this into the registry with regedit to get it to work, but the important thing is that it does work. Just take five minutes and check out the website. I get regular security updates at least once a week. Hope this help some Max PCers keep some Xp machines alive.

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pentiuman

I currently only have 1 PC and dual boot Win7 and WinXP, and will continue to do so. But once I build a second, new PC, I will likely have Win7 on the new one and WinXP on the old one - to be able to more easily continue to run old software and hardware. On the WinXP system, I will keep an antivirus and malware programs updated, and as long as I use cautious behavior, I'm not worried about security issues. But hey, if I get a bad virus or spyware, I'll format and re-install.

Or maybe I will try out WinXP mode on Win7.

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PCWolf

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hornfire3

I had an old Dell laptop running Windows XP from 2002. Until 2009 the motherboard died. I couldn't get it replaced nor repaired because the warranty expired long time ago. I'm currently writing this comment on a 2009 HP laptop w/ Windows 7 Ultimate (i used a clean install). Been happy ever since, even though I could hardly play games due to shitty specs.

When W8 came out, I didn't buy any laptop nor desktop containing the OS. I did buy 2 Sony tablets/laptop convertibles with W8 for my parents. My brother bought a Sony laptop for himself, but because he hates Windows 8's overall, he downgraded to W7 using a fresh new W7 ISO. I don't hate Windows 8, I just don't see any reasons to upgrade anyways. That being said, the reason I didn't buy any W8 PC is mainly because of Metro. It is a mess of an innovation; M$ needs to completely rewrite/redesign the code or abolish it.

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johnnapiranha

This is a load of bs. I tried to reinstall xp last night & it won't because it says my product key is invalid. It is very valid!! It is the same one I've always had. Since I can't upgrade without buying a new computer, I should go with Apple. I'm very angry! I hope Microsoft loses tons of customers because of this decision to force us into something we don't want. I'm boiling mad!!

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methuselah

Wow really???

You do know there is a phone number you can call in the event of activation problems?

I've called numerous times on multiple computers and builds and if the automated system didn't work, the live rep took care of it.

When you have an activation problem the system gives you the phone number to call, clear as day.

Instead of getting angry and ranting for nothing, try engaging your brain.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

There are any number of reasons why your key is invalid

Are you reinstalling over an old copy ?

Did the hardware change on the old copy causing you to reactivate with a new key ? (such as SSD upgrade)

Did you format the boot drive before installing?

Provide enough info so someone can help you and then make a backup as soon as it is activated

Antivirus and an aftermarket firewall should be installed BEFORE you connect to the Internet

The best way to activate is by phone so you get a good backup without malware before you ever connect to the EvilNet

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methuselah

@Moose

Wow, quite the troll you are.
Scrolling down through the comments all we see is your name popping up all over the place crying about this thing or another.

Wake up and get w/ the times. You sound like the guys still whining about the "good 'ol days" of Win 3.1"

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jrd417

I still run Win2000 on my everyday computer. I use Win7 on my gaming computer for the compatibility for some games. I have no trouble with Win2000. I haven't had any trouble with virus or malware programs on the everyday computer.

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thematejka

Yep, upgrading from Windows XP is kind of like getting your shots. Conspiracists will always say that it is just a convenient way to make money, but viruses and all the bad stuff out there don't go away without total immunization. It's simple biology.

Technology is two things: 1) Never perfect and 2) Always trying to improve. Jump on the band wagon, get off, or be content with playing on the wild-side and don't complain when you get burned. Technology is a bit of a beast that way.

This all being said, my grand-parents will not be upgrading. They aren't connected to the internet! I feel bad for all of the institutions still forced to run XP or that will take a huge financial hit for upgrading.

I guess this is why people run Macs and other Linux-based OSes. Oh wait, they are flawed as well! Pick your poison :-)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

"Setting up your new apps and migrating your data over is… less easy, but it’s better you spend the time doing that than, say, calling up your credit card companies because some industrious hacker connived their way into your Windows XP-based Web shopping, to name one example.

If you’re on Windows XP, stop reading right now. Start upgrading. Stay safe."
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Wow, you sound very infoimitative and shmart Mr Smurphy

Explain to these morons how upgrading to 7 or 8 stops those bad people from using their heartbleed hacks and redirector's to phony websites to get their credit cards and banking infomation

Then they will switch for sure!

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Shalbatana

You know as well as all of us do that those weren't the types of OS security flaws he was referring to when he referenced "XP-based web shopping". Heartbleed and redirector's can equally effect someone running Win 7, 8, XP. XP doesn't do any better a job of preventing social hacks or ssl2 flaws. To imply otherwise is misleading.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Well then, if Heartbleed and redirectors equally affect Win 7 & 8, then you know as well as all of us do that moving from XP to 7 or 8 will not protect you and to imply otherwise as this story does is misleading.

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Shalbatana

I'm sorry, I must be blind. Can you direct me to the part of the article where he says upgrading will protect you from "social hacks and Heartbleed?"

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jgottberg

Hard to believe that all these years later after XP's release that there are ANY security leaks left. They have damned near replaced the OS 5 times over with all the patches and service packs.

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thematejka

ANY security leaks left? If there is one thing that hackers of all ages have shown us, it is that there is ALWAYS an exploit to be found. You can't catch em' all that easily.

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slim818

I've had no issues with my Mac. Actually, my printer and scanner work great...even with using the Mac software. The issue with XP is the security. Mac users don't need to worry about that. Yes, I know there are Mac viruses, but no where near the number Windows has. In terms of price, you get what you pay for. The common argument from Windows users is that you can't upgrade a Mac. By the time I go to upgrade, I'm better off just building a new system and the Windows registry will always be a mess. People will always argue between Mac vs Windows...Linux architecture will always be more secure than Windows.

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Chad727

I'm a bit confused. Are you implying that the OS on Macs is Linux based? You're correct in your assertion that Linux is more secure than Windows. However, Mac is based on Unix and BSD and not Linux. Never has been, never will be. Although many of the reasons why both of them are more secure than Windows are based on similar premises.

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OpenSauce

LOL! Try Linux it's free and open source. Constant upgrades because 100s of thousand of people around the globe are constantly working on it. Neither Microsoft or Apple can claim that.

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Shalbatana

I've tried Linux. I like it but until they get that package management and install compiling thing under control it's just not ready for the public at large.

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OpenSauce

I'd like to know what issues you speak of because I have not had a problem with package management or installation compilers ever. I know of quite a few problems with Linux. Most will not affect the average user. The biggest problems you will find for the average user is the lack of DirectX and SilverLight support. And Wine does not always work so well. It can be rather difficult to get a fair number of Windows based computer cames to play on Linux. Occasionally the rare unsupported wi-fi adapter. Though most that are not built into the latest repository can be found and downloaded elsewhere. Most of the other problems are usually power user problems. If you care to elaborate on what issues you are talking about rather than being vague and cryptic it would lend more credibility to your assertion.

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steven4570

You want to still be on XP 20 years from now fine, it's your choice...it's a BAD choice, but yours none the less.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

You want to still be on Windows 8 RIGHT NOW fine, it's your choice...it's a BAD choice, but yours none the less.

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steven4570

actually no its not, i have start menu installed and boom, i get all the improvements of 8 without the mess, not thats no excuse for windows 8, but i know my way around a computer, like everyone on this site or most people on the site. If you honestly dont like it, there's windows 7, ZERO reason to be on XP any longer

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Bullwinkle J Moose

ZERO reason to be on XP any longer?

For you maybe
You don't mind the Spyware!

Me?
I'd rather boot in 3 seconds to XP than 6 - 8 seconds in Windows 8.1

I'd rather Full Format a 16GB FAT32 thumbdrive in 22 seconds instead of waiting 33 minutes and 24 seconds with Windows 8.1
(That's 91 times faster in XP)

I'd rather have full compatibility for all my XP software and run it at full speed instead of a Lame-ass virtual piece of crap with no decent graphics drivers

I can restore a backup of XP in less than 20 seconds, how bout you?

Hardware compatibility?
Sure! I have XP AND Win2Go 8 and 8.1 available either on an external ESATA port or KVM switch with a 2nd computer

and I actually enjoy everyone telling me how 8 is WAY faster than XP
because they heard that on the Internet but never tried testing it themselves with a tweaked version of XP

But that's just because they don't know how to tweak it and it really is just easier to say I'm wrong!

Keep dreaming and enjoy your spyware platform
I'm not stopping you

I'm just warning you

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Orlbuckeye

but my work XP machine boots in about 10 minutes. Sometimes it takes 30 minutes to regain control of my pc when I close my browser.

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steven4570

you are one paranoid, tinfoil hat individual. There is NO spyware on my machine or anyone elses thats not a moron (i guess your're one) I've got news for you...youre not that important and no one gives a crap about what you do on your machine. If you think that by running XP that will stop the "spying" and "Black helicopters" you're freak. You're ISP is required by law to log your internet history for up to 2 years and can give it to the government or law enforcement. So please...spare me with your crap. I like 8, but im not saying its the ONLY one to go with, 7 is. I'm merely stating that running a 13 year old operating system thats not going to be supported anymore when theres better products out there that arent 13 year old computer software technology is stupid. What applications are your running that wont run on modern OSes? so provide proof to your claims that you can restore a full backup in 20 seconds(you talking about a full OS image restore, what exactly do you mean?) or any of your other claims or STFU

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Bullwinkle J Moose

1.2GB backup size, restored to a Samsung 840 Pro takes 20 seconds on a 2.6Ghz dualcore core i3

A bare XP install (487 MB) without drivers or software takes 10 seconds to restore using Acronis True Image

The entire Boot drive is restored in the process

If you want proof, get it yourself!

For the rest of your moronic rant, I will make you a deal.....

I'll give you $500 cash if you can prove that Windows 7 and 8 are not spyware platforms

There ya go, now YOU prove it!

All the evidence to prove that Win 7 and 8 are Gov't Sponsored Spyware Platforms are in my previous posts so I'm not going keep repeating myself to every moron that comes along because you never admit it

You just keep lying like the NSA

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MrHasselblad

Must have missed all of that news over the last few years.

The NSA and many other united states federal government agencies have CHIP LEVEL access to any computer made since 1998. find me one single model that this does not apply to.

There is not any software or hardware that is able to defeat this. Even wiping any hard drives or also even replacing them will not defeat this.

All it need to find is even the occasional internet connection.

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steven4570

I haven't used Acronis, maybe they compress it further than the imaging program i use at work which is Ghost image restore. Did 10gb image of windows 7, does it an about 5min, would be interesting to see if i had a 1.2 gb image how long would it take. Recently did several re imaging jobs upgrading people from XP to 7. so in other words you either cant or just to lazy to copy and paste you're "posts" with the "evidence" on here. I mean legitimate sources, not so quack living in a basement posting on a forum. I got a better idea, since youre that paranoid, get rid of your computer, because i promise you that the gov still knows just as much about you whether you run XP or whatever. Wacko

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Your worthless promise without any evidence Noted!

Do you feel better now Wacko?

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steven4570

troll

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Hahaha

You mad Troll?

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steven4570

troll

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Granite

LOL!!

The classic refuge of one who has nothing: Demand that others prove a negative.

I will say one thing for you, though...offering $500 imaginary dollars is a nice touch. I'll do you one better...I'll offer you $501 imaginary dollars for your proof that Win7 and Win8 ARE spyware platforms.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Well,....It is true that you can never prove Windows 7 & 8 are NOT Spyware Platforms since the evidence indicates otherwise

But it is also true that you cannot block some Windows 7 and 8 components from accessing the Internet while allowing only Firefox or the program of YOUR choice to access the Internet when using Windows 7 or 8

There is absolutely no valid reason to prevent anyone from blocking ALL Microsoft components from accessing the Internet or not notifying the end user that 3rd party programs are connecting to the net in Windows 7 & 8

Go ahead and try to block all Microsoft components from Internet access in 7 or 8 while just allowing the Browser of your choice to have access like I can do in XP unless the program intentionally makes a backdoor around my firewall like Security Essentials did (see below)

Then show us how to be notified with the Win 7 & 8 firewall when 3rd party programs are sending data to the Internet
I am referring of course to the exact same program that ALWAYS attempt to connect in XP but are blocked with my firewall when I get a notification that the programs are attempting to connect (but no notification asking if you wish to block them in 7 or 8 when they connect)

In XP, I can block ALL Microsoft components from accessing the net unless I install Microsoft Security Essentials which updates just fine even though it is blocked in my XP firewall

This is not an indication that the firewall is faulty but rather more direct evidence that Microsoft makes backdoor's around your firewall in XP so that XP can send and receive date without the end user being aware of the data breach just as Windows 7 and 8 are doing

These are statements that can be verified by anyone who has XP and a good aftermarket firewall like Sygate

Can YOU prove these statements are "Correct" or "Incorrect"
and would you even try or don't you even care?

The sad fact is that you "CAN" show that Windows 7 and 8 cannot be stopped from sending and receiving data while you are online yet allowing only the programs you choose to trust through your firewall

What is the logic you use to believe that Windows 7 & 8 are not used for spying now that you know the NSA is using any means possible to get at everyone's data, not just "mine" (you do read the news don't you?)

and what is the purpose of collecting such massive amounts of data in the new NSA facility in Colorado if they can get ISP records when needed?

There is no reason for such a storage facility to exist if they can just access ISP records

Do you two people even read the news or do you have an agenda here with your disinformation?

Recent revelations have shown that Microsoft and other Companies are required to lie to keep these programs secret

What is your agenda?

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JCSFBAY81

The fact that you can carry this on is crazy.. ITS A DEAD OS!! Yes it will still work like all previous dead operating systems. Seriously - if the NSA wants to spy on you, they can do it on anything. XP, 7, or 8.1, whatever OS floats your boat - your just naive if you think that XP is going to deter that. XP was great on my pentium 4 system 9 years ago, even my early core 2 duo from 7 years ago but times have changed and software and hardware have improved, let it go!

I prefer the power of a modern system running on a modern OS that has software manufactures making software for modern technology. XP doesn't exploit the power of modern hardware. Your SSD is designed for a modern OS. TRIM is an example of a built in feature on 7 and 8.1 that XP doesn't manage so well. You want bullet proof internet security? You better be sporting some enterprise routers with some crazy expensive firewall as its backbone otherwise whether we all like it or not - we're all subject to being hacked. Unless you unplug your internet your less likely to have a problem but you're vulnerable no matter what. Your bluetooth device, wireless for wifi, all can be hacked.
I hope your sportin something a little more powerful than Security Essentials too.

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Granite

I'm beginning to agree with those who have referenced your tin foil hat. LOL!!

In any event, all that conjecture you posted does nothing to prove your contention. Sorry, dude...you haven't earned your 501 imaginary dollars yet.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

So what is your agenda?

Scared of answering a few questions?

At least I had the balls to try

Tell us why Microsoft prevents you from blocking certain components in the firewall or do you believe that is a conspiracy theory?

Do you believe Microsoft gives you fair warning of apps connecting with outgoing data and the option to block those apps in a timely fashion, or is that another conspiracy theory?

Do you believe everything Microsoft tells you regarding the NSA?

What exactly DO you believe and why?

Can you even tell me what the 3 components are that Microsoft prevents you from blocking in the firewall for Windows 8 or are you just too lazy and don't care because it's easier to call me names?

No wonder all you have is imaginary money, imaginary privacy and zero answers

LOL

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Granite

I have no agenda. In fact, I have no questions...except the one I asked of you.

You have yet to give me an answer. Don't you want to earn my imaginary dollars?

LOL!!

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Bullwinkle J Moose

You have no questions and no answers, just psychotic posts?

That's not very amusing or helpful to anyone but your imaginary friends

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johnnapiranha

Do. you work for Microsoft or just cheerlead for them? Why don't you pay for my new PC?

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Granite

Me? Psychotic posts?? LOL!!

Dude...I'm not the one wearing the tinfoil hat.

Come on, Tinhatman...where's your proof?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Hahaha

Sounds like another Troll is getting mad

How much proof do you need Troll?

Sounds to me like there never be enough evidence for you, making you a danger to yourself and others

You should be locked up before somebody gets hurt!

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Granite

Enough evidence? I have yet to see ANY evidence from you...ever.

LOL!!

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Maybe you should learn to read then

Didn't your Mommy ever tell you not to quit the 3rd grade?

or is it just the Logic that escapes you?
You never wondered how Stuxnet and other Gov't malware could get onto a computer that was so well protected by MICROSOFT????

You can easily block such an infection by using driveshield on VLC copies of XP that don't have activation malware, SP-3 or Security Essentials that create backdoors

Too bad Microsoft prevents you from protecting 7 and 8 though

Do you always find no evidence when you refuse to look for it?
Wow, I mean that's just.....WOW!
Oh well, I guess it will always have to be a mystery to you!

It's not to late though....
Just go back and DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT quit the 4th grade!

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Granite

shrug...

A lot more unsubstantiated rhetoric out of you, but unfortunately, that won't get you the imaginary money.

But I'm not worried. my imaginary money is in an imaginary bank earning imaginary interest while you thrash around without coming across with the goods.

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OpenSauce

This post is funny as hell! I can't stop laughing! Linux y'all! If you want something without spyware or malware try OpenSolaris. Just because no one cares about it. All versions of Windows and OSX are going to have spyware and malware. The only way to avoid being a target is to completely disconnect from the internet or go to the most obscure OS you can find.

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PCWolf

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