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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    XP users who are Technet subscribers


    Hi there
    If you like XP and are still on TechNet why don't you download W2003 (W2K3) SERVER and then follow these steps to run it as a desktop OS -- mainly as a VM though it's easier.

    Use XP drivers for installing any specific hardware.

    Life support is longer than XP -- you have until JUNE 2015.

    Read this for converting to Desktop.

    How to convert your Windows Server 2003... to a Workstation!

    (Most programs will run on a server including Office - only a few need the "Server" version.)

    Here's my W2K3 server desktop !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    There was a time when I used Server 2000 as a desktop and it worked quite well. But one issue was that most free AV software would not run on a server. This is specifically prevented in the software because the supplier has expensive versions for server use. There were a few free options but not many.
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    W10 Pro X64


    Great info for the XP holdouts
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    There was a time when I used Server 2000 as a desktop and it worked quite well. But one issue was that most free AV software would not run on a server. This is specifically prevented in the software because the supplier has expensive versions for server use. There were a few free options but not many.
    Hi there
    Ms's MSE works fine on W2K3 server (Microsoft security essentials and is FREE).

    Most 3rd party free vendor AV software IMO is rubbish anyway -- no better than MS's - especially for Windows 8 and above. Also if you isolate your VM from the Internet you won't need much protection anyway.

    Comparison reports are no good either as these are always DAYS if not WEEKS out of date.

    These days it's things like Identity theft and money scams are likely to be more of a problem than simple viruses (or even complex ones). Most Hackers have moved on to more profitable ventures now -- the biggest danger is USERS themselves -- they answer emails etc without checking the senders, give Bank account data out without thinking and fall for filling in data when an official site "mimicks a real one" such as an Income Tax refund site.

    Even downloading stuff from torrents is less risky these days - at least from the point of view of malware being added to your system than downloading stuff from some legit download sites where the actual download is hidden away - so people often download all sorts of toolbars and "trialware" rather than the real piece of software they are after.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    At this point in life, i'd say just move on. 2003 will go away at some point too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    At this point in life, i'd say just move on. 2003 will go away at some point too.
    I think it already did. 2014 isn't it now?
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    At this point in life, i'd say just move on. 2003 will go away at some point too.
    Hi there.

    Usually true but I have some old expensive hardware which will probably OUTLIVE ME !!!. For example I still can make Vinyl records -- the hardware I've got only works on XP - and I'm not going to be able to find any decent Hardware / Software for physically cutting Vinyls at any reasonable price that will work on W8. I get the live gig recorded via Minidisc -- also needs Win XP (although it can be kludged to work on W7) to get the FLAC / WAV music into the computer and then transfer the Minidisc music to Vinyl (XP).

    Minidisc recording is quite decent unlike mobile phone voice recorder !!! .

    BTW there's a surprisingly large market for Vinyls these days -- I get loads of Blanks from a factory in Taiwan.

    People don't stop going to Art galleries even though they can use the Internet to look at the art -- same way Horses can still be ridden even though Cars will get you to your destination a lot more conveniently (usually) and quicker. Same way with boats - a big ship is usually quicker than a small sailing boat - but people still use those too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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