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Disable XP internet access only on dual-boot desktop with Linux

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March 10, 2014 8:14:10 AM

I have a home network with an XP desktop, Win7 laptop, and Android tablet. Since XP won't be safe on the internet, I'm going to install a Linux distro to dual-boot on the desktop machine. I need to maintain local network access in both XP & Linux but, when booting to XP (to run some software I won't have in Linux), I want to automatically disable internet access. When booting to Linux full internet needs to be available. Computer is hard-wired to the LAN router so hardware solutions don't appear to be an option and I can't block computer access in the router since then Linux won't work.

How do I set XP to not allow internet access (in or out) without affecting Linux or LAN access? I use ZoneAlarm Free as a firewall in XP.

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March 10, 2014 8:24:53 AM

Aaah, what makes you think XP won't be safe on the internet? Are you succumbing to the Microsoft hype so they can push you to Windows 7/8 ? XP will be just as safe today as it will be in 1 year on the internet. There should be no reason to remove its internet access if you have all the latest updates.
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March 10, 2014 8:49:51 AM

Just disable the network card in device manager after you install drivers.

If you do this, you don't need a firewall as nothing can get in or out.
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April 20, 2014 9:54:14 AM

ahnilated said:
Aaah, what makes you think XP won't be safe on the internet? Are you succumbing to the Microsoft hype so they can push you to Windows 7/8 ? XP will be just as safe today as it will be in 1 year on the internet. There should be no reason to remove its internet access if you have all the latest updates.


Because the anti virus folks tell me my XP PC is not protected now. They will not provide new installs for XP machines - I tried several 'free' AV programs and none of them would install.
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