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Windows 7: Windows XP diehards: Can you survive the April 2014 deadline?

09 Jul 2013   #61
cyrilhubert

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Win7 is no longer updating so what's the big deal for XP? Get a new AV that is backward compatible!


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09 Jul 2013   #62
x BlueRobot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyrilhubert View Post
Win7 is no longer updating so what's the big deal for XP? Get a new AV that is backward compatible!
The support for Windows 7 doesn't end until 2020, so everyone will still be receiving updates until then.
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09 Jul 2013   #63
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyrilhubert View Post
Win7 is no longer updating so what's the big deal for XP? Get a new AV that is backward compatible!
Funny, I get new updates every month shortly after the second Tuesday and, occasionally, afterward.

Good luck finding an AV for XP after 04/08/2014. A few might cover XP for a short while after that but don't count on it.
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09 Jul 2013   #64
x BlueRobot

 

Windows XP struggles to support most of the modern hardware, and is very unstable in comparison to Windows 7.
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10 Jul 2013   #65
cyrilhubert

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyrilhubert View Post
Win7 is no longer updating so what's the big deal for XP? Get a new AV that is backward compatible!
Funny, I get new updates every month shortly after the second Tuesday and, occasionally, afterward.

Good luck finding an AV for XP after 04/08/2014. A few might cover XP for a short while after that but don't count on it.
I only get an update a month, sometimes an update in two months! The last update for me was in April 2013.
Just got an update that is 131 MB in size. I check windows update every time I am online. Very odd indeed!
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10 Jul 2013   #66
x BlueRobot

 

I've just had a check, and have 16 Windows Updates available to install
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10 Jul 2013   #67
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyrilhubert View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyrilhubert View Post
Win7 is no longer updating so what's the big deal for XP? Get a new AV that is backward compatible!
Funny, I get new updates every month shortly after the second Tuesday and, occasionally, afterward.

Good luck finding an AV for XP after 04/08/2014. A few might cover XP for a short while after that but don't count on it.
I only get an update a month, sometimes an update in two months! The last update for me was in April 2013.
Just got an update that is 131 MB in size. I check windows update every time I am online. Very odd indeed!
Very odd as in something's wrong. I get at least half a dozen every month.
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10 Jul 2013   #68
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
Windows XP struggles to support most of the modern hardware, and is very unstable in comparison to Windows 7.
Hi there
Don't forget that by running Windows XP as a Virtual Machine you can run it INDEFINITELY into the future - you don't need to connect XP to the Internet and by sharing network drives etc you can transfer data to and from the XP machine. By not connecting to the internet you wouldn't have to worry about security updates either.

A lot of people run XP systems for dedicated Engineering / Lab / other specialized hardware that can work perfectly for DECADES such as Lab measuring gear. This stuff isn't in any way "compromised" by not having updates / security systems in place. The HOST machine will keep the VM isolated.

I don't see "Lack of hardware support" as a big issue -- on a modern machine a 2GB Virtual XP machine would consume so few resources you wouldn't even know you were running it and it would perform far faster than on the original hardware it was installed on.

Here's an Icelandic version of XP running as a VM -- works fine and does everything I need it to do - I'm still running some Minidisc hardware and studio apps for example MD simple Burner application -- works fine on the VM although support for the hardware has long ceased to exist on newer OS'es. I have a decent Canon Scanner as well that only works on XP and a whole load more of eseoteric hardware that I have no intention of junking for ages yet -- why should I.

Cheers
jimbo


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10 Jul 2013   #69
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
I don't see "Lack of hardware support" as a big issue -- on a modern machine a 2GB Virtual XP machine would consume so few resources you wouldn't even know you were running it and it would perform far faster than on the original hardware it was installed on.
Especially true if the installer was axed down to remove most unnecessary services and components. (like for example all the update services, which become useless beyond 2014, and bulk of the company network services)
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10 Jul 2013   #70
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
...The HOST machine will keep the VM isolated...

Cheers
jimbo
I'm not so sure about that.
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