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Requesting a Suggestion for Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help' started by vom53, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. vom53

    vom53 Established Techie7 Member

    With XP and Vista web browsers being extremely limited due to many major web browsers no longer supporting these two OS, what are viable alternatives for these systems?

    For these OSes, Chrome ended support about a year ago and Firefox has ended with version 52 this year.
  2. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    The best solution I can offer is to upgrade to at least Windows 7. There's a reason those browsers and other programs, notably more and more security program, no longer support XP and Vista. Those operating systems are too far obsolete and insecure.

    And I must emphasis the lack of security is not just a problem for the user of these systems. The problem is when you connect these systems to the Internet, you become a threat to the rest of us and that, simply, is just not cool! Bad guys are actively targeting these systems to compromise then use to distribute their malware and spam, and to draft these systems into their bot armies as zombies to use in DDoS attacks on various government, public and private organizations - all without the user of the infected systems knowing their systems have been infected.

    I fully understand no one wants to retire electronics they spent good money on while it is still working perfectly. But that is just a fact of life. We've all done it with cell phones, TVs, CRT monitors, cassette players, and more.
    Besides upgrading to a modern, secure operating system, you have four.

    (1) Disconnect these computers from any network that has internet access and use these as stand-alone computers.
    (2) Re-purpose these systems as NAS (network attached storage) systems, and/or music or video streamers in your home AND block their Internet access in your router.
    (3) Format the drives and install Linux on them.
    (4) Wipe the drives on these machines and take them to your local electronics recycling center to keep the hazardous materials out of our landfills (note some centers will even pay you for the precious metals, steel and aluminum). ​

    I have no alternative browser solution for your XP systems. XP just needs to go away. As for your Vista system, Pale Moon still (for a little while) provide limited support for Vista. But understand Vista really needs to go away too.

    Please be a good netizen. It is time to let these operating systems go.
  3. nukecad

    nukecad Established Techie7 Member

    Windows 10 for preference, Windows 7 is also viable. (I wouldn't bother with 8 or 8.1, go straight for 10).

    There is a reason that the major players are no longer compatible with XP & Vista.
    Both are past their 'End of Life' and will no longer recieve security updates.
    (Unless you have a business edition and pay extra for extended support).

    You will find less and less compatible software being released for them.

    By continuing to use them you are being a risk to yourself and to other users around the world.
    You leave your system open to hijack, use as a spambot to spread viruses, etc.

    I am aware that the cost of updating can be an issue, it was for me. (Disabled, not working).
    Save up, or get an overdraft, or an affordable loan. New laptops are pretty cheap these days.

    You can keep your old machines, just don't use them on the web.
    (I have a PC running Windows 98 which I use for a particular CAD programme, it does not get connected to anything except a printer (connected by cable not by WiFi).
    If I need to email files I have drawn using that programme I put them on a USB and transfer them to my Win 10 laptop.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017