Microsoft to cease support for popular computer system Windows XP

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PC OWNERS in Worcestershire are being warned Microsoft is to stop support for the Windows XP system on Tuesday, April 8.

This means that users of the 12-year-old system, which is thought to still be used on about 30 per cent of computers, will be unable to get help from the company if something goes wrong.

Although Microsoft will continue to provide virus warnings until July 2015 next year, the company is advising owners to upgrade to keep their computers safe and secure.

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1:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Ted Elgar says...

Can thoroughly recommend using Lubuntu instead of Windows XP.
My old tower was groaning under the strain and I decided to give it a go and it works perfectly now.

Worth upgrading the RAM to 1GB (open it up and find out what chip you need then get on ebay), but Lubuntu will work with 500mb easily.
Most wifi cards will work no problem.

Use Unetbootin to create a memory stick instead of burning a CD to make the install go faster and click the options to download updates and
additional codecs so you can play MP3s and videos without having to install anything:
http://lubuntu.net/
http://unetbootin.so
urceforge.net/

Too many people chucking out perfectly good computers these days.
The whole city of Munich are encouraging their population to do the same:
http://www.techrepub
lic.com/article/how-
munich-rejected-stev
e-ballmer-and-kicked
-microsoft-out-of-th
e-city/
Can thoroughly recommend using Lubuntu instead of Windows XP. My old tower was groaning under the strain and I decided to give it a go and it works perfectly now. Worth upgrading the RAM to 1GB (open it up and find out what chip you need then get on ebay), but Lubuntu will work with 500mb easily. Most wifi cards will work no problem. Use Unetbootin to create a memory stick instead of burning a CD to make the install go faster and click the options to download updates and additional codecs so you can play MP3s and videos without having to install anything: http://lubuntu.net/ http://unetbootin.so urceforge.net/ Too many people chucking out perfectly good computers these days. The whole city of Munich are encouraging their population to do the same: http://www.techrepub lic.com/article/how- munich-rejected-stev e-ballmer-and-kicked -microsoft-out-of-th e-city/ Ted Elgar
  • Score: 5

7:30am Sat 18 Jan 14

New Kid on the Block says...

There are many versions of Linux based operating system available. I haven't tried this one but I loaded Ubuntu onto a laptop a while when I found I didn't like Vista.
I would agree with Ted Elgar whole heartedly, try something like Lubuntu. It is free and you have nothing to lose.
I set up another partition and produced a dual boot machine. If this doesn't mean anything to you there are lots of people out there who do understand and can help you. Ask any computer literate friends you have or search the internet for help.
DON'T pay anyone a small fortune to install what is a free program onto your computer. There are lots of sharks out there don't feed them.
There are many versions of Linux based operating system available. I haven't tried this one but I loaded Ubuntu onto a laptop a while when I found I didn't like Vista. I would agree with Ted Elgar whole heartedly, try something like Lubuntu. It is free and you have nothing to lose. I set up another partition and produced a dual boot machine. If this doesn't mean anything to you there are lots of people out there who do understand and can help you. Ask any computer literate friends you have or search the internet for help. DON'T pay anyone a small fortune to install what is a free program onto your computer. There are lots of sharks out there don't feed them. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 3

1:44pm Sat 18 Jan 14

psychoflump says...

In the interests of this not turning into a *nix love-in I would point out that upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 (don't bother with Vista) or switching to a mac would work just as well.

Just don't stick with XP because the security holes patched on 7 or 8 will provide a handy guide to those looking for vulnerabilities in XP.
In the interests of this not turning into a *nix love-in I would point out that upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 (don't bother with Vista) or switching to a mac would work just as well. Just don't stick with XP because the security holes patched on 7 or 8 will provide a handy guide to those looking for vulnerabilities in XP. psychoflump
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3:12pm Sat 18 Jan 14

New Kid on the Block says...

If you have an old computer running XP it may not be possible to "upgrade" to windows 7 or 8 given the higher overheads of these systems.
It will also cost you £70 or so for windows 7.
If you are going to upgrade it may be better in the long run to bite the bullet and buy a new machine. Even the lowest spec modern machine will be much more powerful than a ten year old one. But a free change to a Linux based system may keep an old machine running for someone who can't afford to buy a new one.
If you have an old computer running XP it may not be possible to "upgrade" to windows 7 or 8 given the higher overheads of these systems. It will also cost you £70 or so for windows 7. If you are going to upgrade it may be better in the long run to bite the bullet and buy a new machine. Even the lowest spec modern machine will be much more powerful than a ten year old one. But a free change to a Linux based system may keep an old machine running for someone who can't afford to buy a new one. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 0

7:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

skuse59 says...

Why hell is this worthy of a news story? Copying an article from elsewhere and adding the phrase 'in Worcestershire' does not make it worthwhile...
Why hell is this worthy of a news story? Copying an article from elsewhere and adding the phrase 'in Worcestershire' does not make it worthwhile... skuse59
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Ted Elgar says...

Upgrading to W7 isn't really practical unless you can manage 2gb of ram and a decent processor.
Lubuntu (and other LXDE desktops) use very little memory, so they are a much better solution for an ancient XP tower c.2003-2005.
A dual boot is very easy with Lubuntu because the standard Ubuntu installer is very simple and the partitioner is obvious.
Upgrading to W7 isn't really practical unless you can manage 2gb of ram and a decent processor. Lubuntu (and other LXDE desktops) use very little memory, so they are a much better solution for an ancient XP tower c.2003-2005. A dual boot is very easy with Lubuntu because the standard Ubuntu installer is very simple and the partitioner is obvious. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 1

11:25pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Ted Elgar says...

http://distrowatch.c
om/search.php?deskto
p=LXDE

Peppermint is a more interesting version of Lubuntu if you have an old laptop that you want to pimp up.
http://distrowatch.c om/search.php?deskto p=LXDE Peppermint is a more interesting version of Lubuntu if you have an old laptop that you want to pimp up. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 2

12:04am Sun 19 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

This story is of interest to those who it's gong to affect, like me. and to read the helpfull comments / advice from posters is good.
I was one of those who felt comfortable with Windows 98, but eventually had to buy another Tower and go onto XP. When Microsoft made my life miserable over Office 2000, I then upgraded to Office XP Proffesional. And not wanting Windows Vista or Windows 7 with all their problems, I now find that you can't just upgrade to windows 8 since you lose all your programmes. I would love to find an operating system to replace Windows since I am fed up with the monopoly they have and this new move over XP is that their sales are not good and they need to punish we users so they can put Millions of Dollars into the shareholders wallets again.
Roll on another system.
This story is of interest to those who it's gong to affect, like me. and to read the helpfull comments / advice from posters is good. I was one of those who felt comfortable with Windows 98, but eventually had to buy another Tower and go onto XP. When Microsoft made my life miserable over Office 2000, I then upgraded to Office XP Proffesional. And not wanting Windows Vista or Windows 7 with all their problems, I now find that you can't just upgrade to windows 8 since you lose all your programmes. I would love to find an operating system to replace Windows since I am fed up with the monopoly they have and this new move over XP is that their sales are not good and they need to punish we users so they can put Millions of Dollars into the shareholders wallets again. Roll on another system. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Sun 19 Jan 14

DarrenM says...

*nix based versions are great - as long as you don't expect to be able to run any of your programs, or stream any DRM'd video that uses silverlight, or use any of the plethora of peripherals that it doesn't support, or be turned down if you need support on something for the spurious grounds that "we don't support linux" despite that having nothing to do with the problem.

Don't get me wrong its great in certain circumstances, but expecting joe bloggs to switch from XP to *nix is a recipe for disaster.
*nix based versions are great - as long as you don't expect to be able to run any of your programs, or stream any DRM'd video that uses silverlight, or use any of the plethora of peripherals that it doesn't support, or be turned down if you need support on something for the spurious grounds that "we don't support linux" despite that having nothing to do with the problem. Don't get me wrong its great in certain circumstances, but expecting joe bloggs to switch from XP to *nix is a recipe for disaster. DarrenM
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Ted Elgar says...

"Don't get me wrong its great in certain circumstances, but expecting joe bloggs to switch from XP to *nix is a recipe for disaster."

I dont agree with this. A few years ago, maybe, but with the newer versions of Ubuntu, and particularly using old hardware, then you havent got much to lose and what better way to learn than having a go?
As long as you backup your precious photos and documents, what does it matter if you mess it up first time?
Just use Gparted on a disk to reset the hard drive and have another go.
Dual booting should work easily and everyone should have a go with their bios settings.. it's all on Google.
As for making your "favourite programmes" work, the main issue is with your mobile 'talking' to Linux.
My top tip is: Go to developer options on Android > turn on USB debugging. Linux then recognizes it as a device. No need for any drivers etc.
For word processing etc there is an open source alternative (Abi Word on Lubuntu).
"Don't get me wrong its great in certain circumstances, but expecting joe bloggs to switch from XP to *nix is a recipe for disaster." I dont agree with this. A few years ago, maybe, but with the newer versions of Ubuntu, and particularly using old hardware, then you havent got much to lose and what better way to learn than having a go? As long as you backup your precious photos and documents, what does it matter if you mess it up first time? Just use Gparted on a disk to reset the hard drive and have another go. Dual booting should work easily and everyone should have a go with their bios settings.. it's all on Google. As for making your "favourite programmes" work, the main issue is with your mobile 'talking' to Linux. My top tip is: Go to developer options on Android > turn on USB debugging. Linux then recognizes it as a device. No need for any drivers etc. For word processing etc there is an open source alternative (Abi Word on Lubuntu). Ted Elgar
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Mon 20 Jan 14

MJI says...

Both PCs at home are on XP, 7 at work is buggy especially the ***** keyboard drivers.
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One home PC is an old Pentium 4, it works it runs Steam and Minecraft so is good enough for a teenage boy.
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The other PC could run 7 but we are happy with XP and do not want the restrictions 7 puts on (MS removed loads of features).
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If we change it would most likely be Mint Linux, and WINE for certain executables.
Both PCs at home are on XP, 7 at work is buggy especially the ***** keyboard drivers. . One home PC is an old Pentium 4, it works it runs Steam and Minecraft so is good enough for a teenage boy. . The other PC could run 7 but we are happy with XP and do not want the restrictions 7 puts on (MS removed loads of features). . If we change it would most likely be Mint Linux, and WINE for certain executables. MJI
  • Score: 0

2:57pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Ted Elgar says...

I think the XFCE version of Mint is the low-memory version.

Has to be said, as a bit of balance, that picking up a second-hand computer with a W7 install on it is worth it if you get the activation key with it. (I dual booted it with Korora).

I picked up a dual core computer with a graphics card for 60 quid last week.. and I reinstalled W7 activation key sticker on the top.. If you want to install it on another one and you dont have the disk you can download the iso using the links from here:
http://www.techradar
.com/news/software/o
perating-systems/rec
over-windows-how-to-
reinstall-your-syste
m-1130294

If the new comp wont take the key (e.g. it needs to be installed on that same computer), call Micro$oft and tell them you changed your motherboard.
I think the XFCE version of Mint is the low-memory version. Has to be said, as a bit of balance, that picking up a second-hand computer with a W7 install on it is worth it if you get the activation key with it. (I dual booted it with Korora). I picked up a dual core computer with a graphics card for 60 quid last week.. and I reinstalled W7 activation key sticker on the top.. If you want to install it on another one and you dont have the disk you can download the iso using the links from here: http://www.techradar .com/news/software/o perating-systems/rec over-windows-how-to- reinstall-your-syste m-1130294 If the new comp wont take the key (e.g. it needs to be installed on that same computer), call Micro$oft and tell them you changed your motherboard. Ted Elgar
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