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What does Microsoft dropping support for WinXP mean to you!

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March 29, 2014 7:01:04 AM

It means operating system holes and vulnerabilities will no longer be addressed!

Will WinXP just stop working? No!

What will stop working?

There will be no new operating system Windows Updates to plug security holes in the operating system!

And that means security wise WinXP becomes fair game to all the hackers, and virus creators, aiming to attack those still running WinXP, and even major corporations will be fair game as well!

Even though not cheap to step up to a new operating system, it's much easier and cheaper for us, the individual user, than a major corporation running hundreds of computers

So if you online bank using WinXP, you need to move to Win7 or Win8, as you will become some of those facing the most danger!

If you look back at what happened when support was dropped for Win98, what followed suit was shortly after internet security programs dropped support, because they did not have the Microsoft security updates for the OP/SYS as a guide to develop their software defense needs.

Which was like trying to plug a leaking dam with 1,000 leaks with only ten fingers.

Following suit, hardware will be released with no WinXP driver support.

Graphics drivers will drop off as part of WinXP was DirectX9.

So IMO the only reason to keep a WinXP machine, is if it is completely independent and isolated from the internet.

I have 2 WinXP DJ machines and they'll be just fine and run my DJ programs until whenever?

I have 1 security camera machine running WinXP and it is not connected to the internet!, so it will run my cameras until it fails hardware wise. How long that is? IDK

I posted this just to make those aware that if you are online banking, you need to take this Microsoft security update support drop for WinXP very seriously, because April 8, 2014, is fast approaching!

So don't wait until the last minute as I am running into numerous issues helping others with the change over, that some just do not have the hardware to even run Win7, or Win8!

So for some, even machine hardware upgrades are necessary as well as the cost for the new operating system software and license itself!
March 29, 2014 7:07:12 AM

and every atms in the world have to upgrade to either window7 or window8
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March 29, 2014 7:20:28 AM

Upcoming PC games will drop Windows XP support and newer games will not be compatible with that OS. DirectX 10 or above will become the new standard, even for indie games. Eventually mostly all games will require DirectX 11. Nvidia 200-series and older GPUs will become useless.
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March 29, 2014 7:33:59 AM

Joseph DeGarmo said:
Upcoming PC games will drop Windows XP support and newer games will not be compatible with that OS. DirectX 10 or above will become the new standard, even for indie games. Eventually mostly all games will require DirectX 11. Nvidia 200-series and older GPUs will become useless.


+1 dat true hurts my heart :( 
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March 31, 2014 9:05:25 AM

Ideally if you can't upgrade your machine or replace it, maybe it's time to learn Linux. As the OP mentioned you can run XP offline. Find a good Linux distro that will work with your existing hardware will enable you to surf the internet. That will buy you time to figure out whether you plan on moving to the next Windows or will choose a different route ie: Linux or Apple. You 'can' surf the internet with Xp but just be aware that any info you have on your PC or any info you log in with, using credit cards, ect.. puts you at risk. There's still 30% on XP (well that might change when user stats come out for March and is a rough estimate anyway..) but that fairly equates to almost 500 million PC's running Xp. Makes the OS that more vulnerable to attacks since MS no longer will be doing updates.

I do highly suggest with the time you have left to find some Linux distros, download them and get them on disks or usb sticks and find the first one that works enough for you to at least use the internet so you have some sort of protection for awhile anyway.
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April 3, 2014 2:51:09 PM

What it means for me is that my boss's refusal to update our computers puts me in a bind. Either I work to maintain an increasingly insecure system with a growing potential of exposing our firm's and our client's financial information or I resign as network manager (but keep my real position) and leave the company completely unprotected until the backup systems fail and the network just shuts down on its own. It tough because I am not a computer professional and am quite sure I cannot adequately manage XP after this with any assurance it is safe.
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April 3, 2014 4:11:05 PM

Pooneil said:
What it means for me is that my boss's refusal to update our computers puts me in a bind. Either I work to maintain an increasingly insecure system with a growing potential of exposing our firm's and our client's financial information or I resign as network manager (but keep my real position) and leave the company completely unprotected until the backup systems fail and the network just shuts down on its own. It tough because I am not a computer professional and am quite sure I cannot adequately manage XP after this with any assurance it is safe.


You might be best to leave the company. If your job is to protect the data you can't possibly work with Windows XP anymore. Otherwise, if you can go higher up like the CEO, tell him/her that it's impossible to protect clients financial information running XP. If i was in your situation i'd try talking to your boss's boss and keep going up, if no one will listen to you then i'd leave. If it is your job to protect clients info then you don't want to be held responsible because the company decided not to upgrade their OS.
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