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Re: End of days: XP question(s)
04/05/14 03:35 AM


As long as you use 3rd party security software which is still being supported under XP - firewall, anti-malware, etc - and you run your browser, etc sandboxed (http://www.sandboxie.com/) then the threats you will face will likely be minimal. Keep backups (I use CrashPlan - http://www.code42.com/crashplan/ - to automatically backup all of my critical files to a dozen places (NAS, external USB HDDs, other machines) .... backups have never been so easy. Anyway, most importantly, don't do anything stupid - executing files downloaded from torrents / email attachments, opening EXE's masquerading as PDFs, surfing the net on open / unsecured networks, etc.

If you want to keep running XP, then I also recommend you use VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/) and install XP in a virtual machine (VM). You can then choose whether the VM(s) are network connected or not, and so on. In this way, even if you upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 or Linux or whatever, you can still run XP in a VM. Makes backups / restores effortless.

My main host OS is Windows 7 (64 bit). And I have more than than 40 VM's setup (6 or so are XP VMs for my different work / tasks, so I can keep everything separete just in case one gets hit). I still regularly use Windows NT / 2000 in a VM, mostly only for testing. Also got VM's for (way too) many flavours of Linux. If I was not completely happy with the version of Windows I was running, then Linux (probably Fedora or Mint) would be my host OS.

>>Now, if no security updates are released, then this issue disappears, right?

No, absolutely not. Flaws, vulnerabilities, etc can and will be found within the existing code base.

>>Also, will XP soon be less desirable because of its minority in the market place?

Sadly, yes. All good things must come to an end. As XP's market share declines, 3rd party developers will be less inclined to support it.


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* End of days: XP question(s) Traso 04/05/14 01:55 AM
. * First XP updates out early today..... Traso  04/09/14 07:44 AM
. * How is the ReactOS? XP clone. Dullaron  04/09/14 03:22 AM
. * Re: How is the ReactOS? XP clone. Traso  04/09/14 07:52 AM
. * Re: How is the ReactOS? XP clone. Dullaron  04/11/14 06:38 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) DMala  04/05/14 06:01 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/06/14 07:19 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) SmitdoggAdministrator  04/11/14 08:40 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/13/14 10:06 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) URherenow  04/14/14 02:26 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Sune  04/14/14 04:56 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) URherenow  04/14/14 09:50 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/14/14 11:25 PM
. * Getting settled..... Traso  04/17/14 05:28 AM
. * Re: Getting settled..... Sune  04/19/14 05:23 PM
. * Re: Getting settled..... Traso  04/25/14 12:04 AM
. * Re: Getting settled..... URherenow  04/25/14 04:06 AM
. * Re: Getting settled..... Traso  04/25/14 05:27 AM
. * Re: Getting settled..... keshbach1  04/26/14 03:07 AM
. * Re: Getting settled..... Sune  04/25/14 06:04 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Vas Crabb  04/14/14 11:43 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) URherenow  04/14/14 11:58 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Robbbert  04/14/14 11:49 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) SmitdoggAdministrator  04/13/14 10:18 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/14/14 01:51 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) MooglyGuy  04/07/14 10:22 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) krick  04/08/14 04:51 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) R. Belmont  04/09/14 06:13 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Robbbert  04/07/14 10:53 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) MooglyGuy  04/08/14 05:49 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) JWJr  04/08/14 06:07 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) MooglyGuy  04/08/14 06:58 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) JWJr  04/08/14 09:55 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) MooglyGuy  04/09/14 10:49 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Vas Crabb  04/09/14 11:29 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/08/14 04:47 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) MooglyGuy  04/08/14 05:52 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) DMala  04/09/14 03:29 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) MooglyGuy  04/09/14 10:55 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/08/14 09:52 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Anonymous  04/09/14 03:09 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) R. Belmont  04/09/14 06:09 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/11/14 06:35 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) URherenow  04/06/14 04:09 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Traso  04/07/14 08:20 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) URherenow  04/08/14 04:04 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Sune  04/07/14 11:16 PM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) CTOJAH  04/07/14 11:33 PM
. * Ahm....XP mode is part of the deprecation, yo..... (nt) Traso  04/08/14 04:51 AM
. * Do you mean they will stop offering it for download? Sune  04/08/14 03:29 PM
. * Re: Do you mean they will stop offering it for download? Traso  04/08/14 09:44 PM
. * Re: Do you mean they will stop offering it for download? Sune  04/09/14 03:07 AM
. * Details missed on za page? Traso  04/09/14 07:42 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) krick  04/05/14 06:57 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Master O  04/08/14 03:52 PM
. * HOSTS files Sune  04/09/14 03:45 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) URherenow  04/09/14 03:19 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Moose  04/05/14 03:35 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) RW-Column  04/09/14 09:20 AM
. * Re: End of days: XP question(s) Dullaron  04/09/14 09:59 AM
. * Don't be a moron URherenow  04/09/14 11:43 AM

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