That or Someone slips you their Start10 key that they no longer need, since they now run Linux.
And if you are running an unpatched system, running as Administrator is an extra security risk - safer is to run with lower privileges and only use Administrator to install software etc.
I think you have 3 options:
- Take the risk of running with a system that gets no security updates
- Go to 32-bit Windows 8.1 or 10 (which is a pain if you have 4GB+ of RAM, or applications which require 64-bit)
- Go to Windows 7 which is in support for a while longer, although you may need to buy a licence.
Well I am aware of a person on the MSFN forum who is running his Windows 8.1 system in a frozen state as of a couple months ago, so that he can avoid all of the telemetry updates. So far so good. I would think that Windows 8 would at least leave me in that good of a state. And it's true, I do run XP at work with NO issues at all. So Windows 8 would be able to better that I'm sure.
I'll give it some thought.
I got Windows 8 installed on my older machine. This way I can run the x64 build on my xw8200. UXStyle, Pale Moon, Classic Shell and plenty of on the goodies already on the system. Now just to run Windows Update, and also disable the ribbon in Explorer, and I'm all good.
Well, no differently than if I were on XP, I always ensure that I never go to bad sites, or lazily click on stuff. Hopefully, Windows Defender definitions continue to update, and if not I'll choose something like Avira AntiVir. I also install Malwarebytes for regular manual scans. I think I'll be OK. If I were to have successfully installed Windows 8.1, all that would be different would be newer updates. So I'm not too concerned.
What greatly alleviates the worry is that I have lots of redundant backups, and my data is not terribly sensitive.
What exactly is the threat when updates stop?? Isn't it something all the Virtual Machine programs couldn't just deal with??
Wouldn't the threat only be if you get stuff and click on links that aren't Legit??
What could be the worst thing to happen if IE isn't updated and you have a firewall on it told to always block IE??
I'm just trying to get the worst scenario here since the "scare" of no updates and no more support is ever so growing..
so Whats the deal?
But I seem to remember the original XP (without Service Packs or patches) could get malware on it simply by plugging in the internet and switching it on with no user interaction, no clicking, nothing.
However Windows 8 is several versions later so you'd think it would be more robust to that kind of thing.
Having Windows updated does give "strength in depth" though - if something did get through the other defences, having patched windows may still stop something that would otherwise cause damage.
One thing I would say is that many users (and I include myself in this) wouldn't know how to use Sandboxie or configure a firewall to block IE. Also, I know other applications use IE to render pages etc., and I wouldn't know enough about how IE works to know if blocking at firewall level would catch such applications.
So for many users (a) they need to know there's an issue with sticking to Windows 8 and (b) in many cases updating to 8.1 will be a simple way to add one more layer of security.