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Microsoft Extends Updates for Windows XP Security Products until July 14, 2015

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amaury, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Good news for Windows XP users.

    Microsoft Extends Updates for Windows XP Security Products until July 14, 2015
    Source: The Next Web
    Published: January 15, 2014

  2. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    I must admit, I kinda miss XP, heh.
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  3. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Me too. Good product. I'm happy with 7, though, as well.
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  4. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    I was on Windows XP for a long time.

    I finally ordered Windows 7 on November 15, 2011 with the birthday money I got for my 20th birthday on November 8, 2011. It arrived on November 25, 2011 and was installed that same day. :)
  5. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Note: This is extension does not apply to security updates and patches to the code. It just updates basic signatures for malware (and that doesn't really do any good in the long run)
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  6. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    I would still use windows xp if I were to build another emulation station for someone, while you can still run emulators on windows 7 with many of the more powerful consoles in fact running better on 7, XP had the capability to really really strip the os down and with the ability to boot it to a different shell quite easily windows xp made the perfect platform to build a machine that boots as a custom arcade machine. I can run everything on that machine from odyssey and coleco, to ps1 and n64 on a machine with a p4 and 2 or 3 gb of ram with no problems.

    In cases such as this where there is no internet connection needed windows xp is just fine. I don't really care if they do or don't apply updates, my discs still work and they don't give me problems and there is still hardware out there compatible with xp that allows you to build your own marquees, joystick panels and other interface objects so in a closed environment the operating system can still have viable use in applications like this and many others.

    On the flip, I will hang with windows 7 until they either make a new os that is not reminiscent of an early life play-date over duplo blocks, or until they force me to really consider choosing a distro, making it my main flavor and just running with that.
  7. feldon30

    feldon30 Well-Known Member

    I know people will say it's the fault of millions of users that there are so many XP machines out there (some 29% of Windows PCs are running XP as of last month), but I blame Microsoft for experimenting with their OSes, rather than continuous logical improvement.
    • Vista was a UAC experiment gone wrong, and a huge pig as far as hardware requirements. It was not -- in any measurable way -- an upgrade from Windows XP.
    • Windows 8 is a UI nightmare of conflicting paradigms and mystery meat navigation. 8.1 improved it some, but it won't be til 9 til we get a truly intuitive Windows OS again.
    If Microsoft had gone straight from Windows XP to 7, and then released Windows 8 as "Windows Tablet", then the market wouldn't be sitting on the sidelines saying "I'll wait til Microsoft quits screwing around". Instead, they'd be on the upgrade train like you see in the Mac OS X and Linux worlds.

    Personally, if Microsoft really wants to drop all support for XP, they need to release the source code. Otherwise, they're going to be indirectly responsible for crippling swarms of infected PCs running as massive botnets, and nobody will be able to fix it. The only answer I can give anyone why they should upgrade a perfectly good computer from XP to 7 these days is "because you have to".

    I've been on Windows 7 (w/ ClassicShell) since launch day, and I'm very happy with it. It will last me til Windows 9 or 10. ;)
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  8. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    If I recall, Windows 7 is what Windows Vista was supposed to be and it's why it was released not long after Windows Vista was released.
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  9. feldon30

    feldon30 Well-Known Member

    Yeah Windows 7 was just a big Service Pack for Windows Vista, with the memory management and CPU/HD racing brought under control, UAC dialed down, and some UI bugaboos sorted out. It's what we would have gotten if someone in charge of QA had looked at Vista and said "we can't ship this".

    My biggest issue with Vista is, there was never a XP -> 7 upgrade path provided. This kept millions of people from upgrading because they had to buy two OSes instead of one, and there was no direct migration path. If Microsoft had allowed Windows 7 Upgrades to work on top of XP, and migrate all the data, then adoption would have brisk instead of tepid.
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  10. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    An upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7 does exist, doesn't it?

    I should have said upgraded, but yeah. I didn't lose any data or anything.
  11. feldon30

    feldon30 Well-Known Member

    To my knowledge, no migration tool was ever released.
  12. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

  13. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    Just bought a new computer with Windows 7 Pro :)

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