Quote: Originally Posted by Influx
I just can't get some of my friends to stop using XP. They're in big harm, but they still think it's faster ande simpler. And some even think that the only major changes in Windows 7 is aero. :[
Why on EARTH are they in "Big Harm".
XP works 100% fine -- not everybody out there is logging on to torrents / other dubious sites --- many people use computers for YEARS and YEARS and never get viruses of any sorts.
By all means upgrade when the time is RIGHT FOR YOU.
I'm actually using Windows 8 CP as I type this so I'm not scared at all of upgrading -- however I've got time etc and probably the resources to fix stuff if it all goes pear shaped.
If you are basically just using Office, Email, watching a DVD or two or playing music -- XP will work just as well as any other system. Simple Web surfing is fine as well.
I'll bet that even on these Forums where most people are doing far more with their machines than the general population -- the percentage of people that actually get viruses is still TINY.
Most of the security stuff is usually peddled by people who have a vested interest in "scare mongering" people into costly useless software purchases or unnecessary upgrades.
Golden rule -- and is FAR FAR more effective than ANY security system installed on the computer
1) NEVER open email attachments unless you know who sent it AND YOU TRUST THE SENDER.
2) Don't get suckered in to "Canadian Lottery" or "Nigerian Business man needs to change money" type of scams
3) NEVER EVER pay money up front for dubious services that ask you to pay a percentage to "get the rest of the service" unless it's a well known and trusted brand in your country.
4) Choose your internet sites carefully.
5) Never give out Bank details / login passwords etc via the Internet -- Banks and reputable companies will never ask for these --you can always submit a request for new login details.
6) Finally upgrade when YOU want to --It's YOUR equipment and YOUR money. YOU are in charge here.
And BTW XP has 3 service packs - sp1 / 2 and 3- you can slipstream into the base install system -- and use things like Driverpacks to organise it for you.
Bog standard Windows XP won't recognize SATA disks so unless you slip stream a driver
into an install or have very old computers with IDE Disks you'll get a message "Windows is unable to find any Hard Disks".
SP3 XP Final (Can't remember if it requires SP1 or SP2 as a Pre req). It has links to SP1 and SP2 as well. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=25129
For Slipstreaming SATA drivers
into XP http://www.wikihow.com/Slipstream-Yo...CD-Using-nLite