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    Default WINDOWS XP: Countdown to April 8th

    Who should protect the people that still use it (there are plenty of you out there, including me) and do you think Microsoft is free of the responsibility after twelve years?

    Were they even responsible in the first place? Or isn't it up to the consumer to protect themselves from anything that can come across the Web to their computer?

    What if the consumer is elderly, or mentally challenged?






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    I don't think that Microsoft or anyone besides the user is responsible after 12 years. That's a couple lifetimes in OS years! At work we're encouraging our customers still using XP to strongly consider updating. It's interesting how a lot of the ones who do upgrade choose Windows 7, which is already 4 years old. But it's to be supported until January 2020, which is a supported lifetime of 10 years and a good little while yet.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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    Install Windows 7, enable skinning, and install a Windows XP skin. Or WinBlinds. They wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgp View Post
    I don't think that Microsoft or anyone besides the user is responsible after 12 years. That's a couple lifetimes in OS years! At work we're encouraging our customers still using XP to strongly consider updating. It's interesting how a lot of the ones who do upgrade choose Windows 7, which is already 4 years old. But it's to be supported until January 2020, which is a supported lifetime of 10 years and a good little while yet.
    They choose Windows 7 because Windows 8 and Metro is ugly as sh....****! Haha

    But I know plenty of people still on XP SP2 with expired Norton AV.... people.
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    Windows 8 takes some growing used to.
    Its grown on me. Do you expect Google to update patch the original android in a few years? Probably not, thus the same should go with Microsoft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairclough View Post
    Windows 8 takes some growing used to.
    Its grown on me. Do you expect Google to update patch the original android in a few years? Probably not, thus the same should go with Microsoft.
    I agree. I've come to like Windows 8 as well. Especially since the 8.1 update. It is considerably faster than Windows 7, and it's also very stable.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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    The free 8.1 update was a nice touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Ingram View Post
    They choose Windows 7 because Windows 8 and Metro is ugly as sh....****! Haha
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    I completely agree that it is ugly! I cannot stand the Live Tiles crap,

    Also, the Windows 7 is much more easy to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairclough View Post
    The free 8.1 update was a nice touch.
    It's interesting how Microsoft really emphasized the "free" part of the 8.1 update. It was basically a service pack.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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    Considering you have to pay usually for their updates its nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgp View Post
    I agree. I've come to like Windows 8 as well. Especially since the 8.1 update. It is considerably faster than Windows 7, and it's also very stable.
    Windows 8/8.1 is faster and uses less resources than Windows 7 on a 5 1/2 year old PC that I have.
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    From what I've heard, it looks like Microsoft will make Windows 8.2 look and behave a lot more like Windows 7. Microsoft looking to bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8 in future update | Windows Phone Central
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Knotek View Post
    From what I've heard, it looks like Microsoft will make Windows 8.2 look and behave a lot more like Windows 7. Microsoft looking to bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8 in future update | Windows Phone Central
    Just read the article... It looks like good news!

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    Just get rid of XP already. It is slow and ugly

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    Just get rid of XP already. It is slow and ugly

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    I'd recommend Linux if one has old hardware that won't run Windows 7 or 8/8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ab304945 View Post
    Just get rid of XP already. It is slow and ugly
    Purely subjective. I still prefer the clean look of the classic desktop (ex. Windows 95/2000) versus any of the newer fancy UI's Microsoft has tried since Vista (culminating with the train wreck that is Windows 8!). Guess I'm just old school. I've also found Windows XP (Pro) actually runs better than anything newer. My two year old laptop (decent specs - Intel i5 processor, 4GB memory and fast hard drive - 7200rpm) that came with Windows 7 runs a heck of lot better with Windows XP. I tried using Windows 7 on it for a while. But it was death by a thousand cuts, so ended up wiping the system, loaded XP instead and never looked back.

    I plan to stick with XP for the time being even after support ends next year. The system is set up with a layered defense (see: ), so not too concerned about un-patched software bugs. The other security layers will provide protection. One of those I'd highly recommend is the MVPS blocking hosts file (see ). It blocks known malicious Internet stuff, as well as ads. I swear it alone has kept any type of malware from even reaching my systems while browsing the far reaches of the Internet. Ultimately, I'll probably move on to Linux as I just don't care for the direction Microsoft is going with Windows.

    As to the thread topic, IMHO the biggest security layer (and most responsible party) is the person behind the keyboard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    Purely subjective. I still prefer the clean look of the classic desktop (ex. Windows 95/2000) versus any of the newer fancy UI's Microsoft has tried since Vista (culminating with the train wreck that is Windows 8!). Guess I'm just old school. I've also found Windows XP (Pro) actually runs better than anything newer. My two year old laptop (decent specs - Intel i5 processor, 4GB memory and fast hard drive - 7200rpm) that came with Windows 7 runs a heck of lot better with Windows XP. I tried using Windows 7 on it for a while. But it was death by a thousand cuts, so ended up wiping the system, loaded XP instead and never looked back.

    I plan to stick with XP for the time being even after support ends next year. The system is set up with a layered defense (see: ), so not too concerned about un-patched software bugs. The other security layers will provide protection. One of those I'd highly recommend is the MVPS blocking hosts file (see ). It blocks known malicious Internet stuff, as well as ads. I swear it alone has kept any type of malware from even reaching my systems while browsing the far reaches of the Internet. Ultimately, I'll probably move on to Linux as I just don't care for the direction Microsoft is going with Windows.

    As to the thread topic, IMHO the biggest security layer (and most responsible party) is the person behind the keyboard!
    Thank you for sharing the links!

    I did know about using the HOSTS file for blocking unwanted websites. I just didn't know that there programs that can help you to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Knotek View Post
    From what I've heard, it looks like Microsoft will make Windows 8.2 look and behave a lot more like Windows 7. Microsoft looking to bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8 in future update | Windows Phone Central
    Overall, I like Windows PCs. I don't mind the fact that with 8.1 the windows icon kind of resembles the start button in both appearance and functionality (I right click a lot, so once I figured out that a right click on the icon was what I needed for shut down, I was fine).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kct1975 View Post
    Thank you for sharing the links!

    I did know about using the HOSTS file for blocking unwanted websites. I just didn't know that there programs that can help you to do that.
    You're welcome. The blocking hosts file can also be used on Android devices via AdAway (requires root access though). Google removed it from the Play Store a while back, but you can get it directly from the dev here: and side load it.

    Also, keep in mind the blocking hosts file is usually updated once a month to stay up to speed with current threats. You can sign up to get a e-mail notification when it's updated (see: ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    Also, keep in mind the blocking hosts file is usually updated once a month to stay up to speed with current threats. You can sign up to get a e-mail notification when it's updated (see: ).
    An update once a month is not really staying up to speed with current threats. A rule of thumb is that after a week of no updates, an antivirus/antimalware program seriously loses effectiveness.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgp View Post
    An update once a month is not really staying up to speed with current threats. A rule of thumb is that after a week of no updates, an antivirus/antimalware program seriously loses effectiveness.
    True for antivirus/anti-malware since they're behavior based (detect bad stuff based on how things behave on the local system). They need frequent updates (recommend at least daily) to know those bad behaviors and detect them. A blocking hosts file doesn't use behaviors, just a blacklist of known bad stuff (including entire domains) that are outright blocked, preventing whatever bad stuff that may reside on them from even reaching your system in the first place. Neither should be used alone, but combined provide a very strong line of defense. If something should get past one layer, there's another to try to stop it.

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