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Do we NEED to do anything when MS XP Updates end?

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August 8, 2013 10:38:33 AM

I know XP support ends April 2014. I assume this means no more security updates, etc. My problem is that I have 2 systems running 32 bit XP Pro SP3, and am not sure that Win 7/8 will run on them. I am not sure I even want Win 7/8, although my wife does have a system I built that is 4 GB memory and can run a 64 bit system. However, I do not believe 64 bits will get her anything as she has 4 GB of memory.

Anyway, is everyone going to just keep running XP? Antivirus software will keep updating along with Firefox, so is there that much of a risk?

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August 8, 2013 10:47:16 AM

its best to install 64bit windows 7 or 8 anyway for improved security.

also even with 4GB of ram in your system on 32bit windows your still not using all of it because other components in your system needing memory addresses to work reducing overall address space for ram to use.

once support ends you wont get any security updates etc.

i dont know about all third party software but some software has dropped support for xp or is in the process of doing so.

what are the specs of the systems by the way? i used to run windows 7 on a first generation AMD dual core and it ran perfectly fine.
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August 8, 2013 10:56:00 AM

I'm sure there are those who will still refuse to or be unable to upgrade off of XP. But the more time that passes, the larger the risk gets because of the end of security updates. You also have to consider that once MS drops support, other vendors will follow fairly quickly. AV software will probably stick it out for quite a while. Firefox only fairly recently dropped support for Windows 2k, so you are probably good there for a few years. But updates from other vendors will become harder and harder to find. Driver support will also be very sketchy after a time.

Really there is little reason to not upgrade to at least Windows 7 at this point. Unless your computer is 15 years old, I can pretty much guarantee you meet the minimum requirements for Win7.
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August 8, 2013 11:02:53 AM

Simply put, its time to upgrade. Every new OS release always has the group of naysayers who will hold on to what they are using based on a never ending list of conjecture and unfounded reasons not to upgrade. If your PC wont run Win 7, its really time you
upgraded the antique thing anyway!
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August 8, 2013 12:00:42 PM

Thank you ALL:

My problem(s) are that I have a 1GB p4-2400 system that is running at 3.3 GHZ. My wife's has 4GB and is an E8400, also Overclocked. My big issue with her (and my system as well) is that some of the software she uses, along with our Brother Printers may not have Win7 or 8 drivers. I guess I can do an Image backup with ATI and try another OS...even 64bit for her system and just see what will and will not work, but that seems like a lot of work. I believe MS has a site that will look at your system and tell you what needs to be changed, if anything!
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