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If there is anyone out there still running a dinosaur on Windows XP, Microsoft will stop supporting this operating system on 14 April 2014.

This does not mean it will stop working, there just won't be anymore updates for it.



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I Like Dinasaurs!  Indifferent

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I still run it on an old laptop used for skygo upstairs, a print server (with a parallel port laserjet) and a file server with some xp specific software. for general browsing I use a vista laptop
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quote:"This does not mean it will stop working, there just won't be anymore updates for it"

No worries there for just that reason then !!

I found the best "vintage" to be SP2, by which time they'd ironed out most of the original bugs, but it still worked with most specialist XP specific hardware drivers.

Like Grendel, I still need to use an Adobe Lightroom capture driver for for an older Canon DSLR, that they never bothered to rewrite for any later OS's.

PCs and Notebooks are so cheap now (especially secondhand), that it's no hardship to run several machines now, and have the versatility and security that they offer.



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Thanks for the update Gary, I've been doing updates to our xp netbooks.
Also don't forget to make a backup copy you never know when you need it.


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I think I'm running with it, I like dinosaurs too btw

Better do some updates pronto - Or I would do if I knew how


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So why are we referring to Xp as a dinosaur OS. From the users point of view probably the best  OS Microsoft produced from a users point of view  
vista ? What was that about ?  Did nothing for me probably just a stepping stone for Microsoft in the development of new systems and educating the customer towards them

windows 7 now that was a decent system but only because we had had the stepping stones of Vista

windows 8 great if you want a computer that doesn't know if it's a computer a phone or a tablet and like bright shiny things and have to have the latest. But damn annoying for normal day to day use.

whilst we might not get upgrades any more is the lack of th as frightening as the Microsoft and the manufactures would like us to believe surely those upgrades were just to fill in the security holes that Microsoft left there in the first place. After about 14 years I assume they might have filled most of them

I am running XP on all of my own machines and am hoping to do so for the next year.  Unless someone advises me otherwise which I am willing to listen to

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quote:"......
So why are we referring to Xp as a dinosaur OS.
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For the one and only reason that I call things dinosaurs. It is OLD.

Taking the rest of your post, where have I said it wasn't any good? I still work on XP machines. I have one customer that has Windows 95. He won't be shifted from it as he has a bespoke program which will only run under 95.

As for the other systems Gordon mentions. Follow this and see if you can see a pattern and also a reason why I haven't got a Windows 8 machine.

Windows 95. Not the best in the world.
Windows 98. Fixed it.
Windows ME. Messed it up.
Windows XP. Fixed it.
Windows Vista. Messed it up
Windows 7. Fixed it.
Now, do you think I'm buying Windows 8?

Charles, When you start your PC does it say Windows XP on the screen or has it got a green line that runs over the screen or do you get the Microsoft logo being put together on the screen? The green line is Vista and the MS Logo is 7.



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You dinosaurs really ought to move into the 21st century. I have to admit I have always found teething troubles in all new Windows systems, and I started on 3.1 but each has offered improvements over the last, if you take the time to get to know how to use it. I wouldn't be without Windows 8 now.

It's not about what's a laptop, what's a tablet, what's a mobile phone etc, they are all extensions of each other. It's good to be asked if I can make a particular appointment and be able to access my calendar on my phone knowing it is always totally up to date with the calendar on my lap top. Actually, it's the same calendar, just two access points. Likewise, if someone sends me an email it's great that I can read it whilst I'm out. When I get home I can access it on my laptop with no fussing, no faffing with synchronising, Windows 8 has already done that for me.

And if you don't like the apps format you can go back to desktop if you'd rather. It's faster than XP, it's more secure than XP, it does more than XP and is easier to find programmes to do what you need, you just need to get over the fact that they are not called programmes any more, but they are now apps.

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