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Posted - 04/26/2013 :  19:11:17  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
(E.O.S. = End Of Support )

It is not going to stop working, (at least not right away) but,
"Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late.... no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates"

I still have two XP systems, but I do not use them for surfing the net, or storing anything except duplicate backups.



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Posted - 04/26/2013 :  20:29:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would probably just keep on using them unless you've been attacked recently bu goblins, ghouls and virii. :-)

I still know of fairly large organizations that use Windows XP and Office 97 no less.

I hate it when my computer does what I tell it to, and not what I want it to.
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Posted - 04/27/2013 :  00:21:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For what it is worth and if I am correct just keep important , personal data backed up external to the hard drive then if your computer becomes infected badley just do a complete reinstall of the xp system and go on from there like nothing happened.

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Posted - 04/27/2013 :  00:59:23  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If a company manages the use of their computers carefully, like limiting their use to professional sites, they can minimize lots of risks that a private user might stumble over.

If you do plan to keep using XP, make sure to have a good collection of the updates. At least service pack 3. So, if you do have to do a re-install, you will be able to take out the long list os security problems that we already know about in the original version of XP. I have not done it for a while, but I think there was an admin mode on the Microsoft updates site, where you could download the service packs and patches for installing later.

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