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Microsoft warns Windows XP users risk 'zero day forever'

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    Microsoft warns Windows XP users risk 'zero day forever'


    Microsoft's latest tack in trying to wean users off Windows XP is to warn them of a possible 'zero day forever' scenario in the post-April 2014 support cut-off world.

    Microsoft has been beating increasingly louder the XP end-of-support drum. Earlier this summer, Microsoft gave its reseller partners marching orders to step up their warnings about the end of support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This week, Microsoft echoed that warning, adding a new twist, via an August 15 post on the Microsoft Security Blog.

    As Microsoft execs have been cautioning for more than a year, after April 8, 2014, users running Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 -- the last service pack delivered for the 11-year-old operating system -- won't get any more updates. That includes both security and "non-security" hot fixes, free or paid support options and online technical content updates
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    Read more at: Microsoft warns Windows XP users risk 'zero day forever' | ZDNet

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    With all of the warnings being made about the end of support for XP you would think those using XP would be on the fast track to 7. But, just you wait there is going to be someone who is going to say (after 4-8-14) "I didn't know.". . .
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I know of several people that will just continue to use XP. Some just don't understand the implications of continued use or just don't care. Some won't or can't spend the money to upgrade, what they have now works so why buy a new PC? They could just buy Windows 7 but the XP era PC's they have aren't really up to it. I've tried to explain it to them but just get the glassy eyed look.
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    For several years now I've been preaching the 'upadate away from XP' message to those friends, acquaintances and others whose PCs I repair, reload, trouble shoot ... or all else fails, build new rigs. But like alphanumeric says, they stare glassy eyed, or give you that condescending, supercilious look of: 'Well thanks for fixing it ... now bug off till next time!"

    One guy actually got me to build a totally new rig approaching high end and insisted on putting XP on it despite the BIOS drive config having to be set to legacy IDE instead of AHCI ... in order to be able to load it ... and needing to make an nLite CD of XP with SATA drivers preinstalled on it to stop BSOD during install. All I can say is if people want to waste their hard earned $$$$ ... good luck!
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    For several years now I've been preaching the 'upadate away from XP' message to those friends, acquaintances and others whose PCs I repair, reload, trouble shoot ... or all else fails, build new rigs. But like alphanumeric says, they stare glassy eyed, or give you that condescending, supercilious look of: 'Well thanks for fixing it ... now bug off till next time!"
    That pretty well sums up how it goes for me most days.
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    I have a client still on xp. He writes books on it. He told me after April 14 he will just unplug it from the internet and work with it that way. He uses his smart phone for checking email or serving the internet
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    I can't believe that if these folks are informed of the dangers of identity theft, bank account hacking, and other serious breaches of critical private information with an unpatched XP they won't perk up and listen up?
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    I still use XP for work related applications, but its in a virtual environment on a Win 7 machine. It won't matter when the 'drop dead' date arrives.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    I'll just use XP without updating it. I have a 32-in-1 installer that installs all of the most important updates bundled, don't know where I got it, someone slipstreamed it. I'll always have one or two machines running it, I use it for my DAW right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    For several years now I've been preaching the 'upadate away from XP' message to those friends, acquaintances and others whose PCs I repair, reload, trouble shoot ... or all else fails, build new rigs. But like alphanumeric says, they stare glassy eyed, or give you that condescending, supercilious look of: 'Well thanks for fixing it ... now bug off till next time!"

    One guy actually got me to build a totally new rig approaching high end and insisted on putting XP on it despite the BIOS drive config having to be set to legacy IDE instead of AHCI ... in order to be able to load it ... and needing to make an nLite CD of XP with SATA drivers preinstalled on it to stop BSOD during install. All I can say is if people want to waste their hard earned $$$$ ... good luck!
    These people drive me absolutely nuts. Why would they completely gimp a NEW machine with Windows XP today? That's so mindless. I mean come on, XP can't even use more than about 3GB of RAM, and it can't use multicore CPU effectively, and yeah, no AHCI is terrible. If he were to ask this of an OEM machine, it would probably be near impossible to get drivers even. Why would anyone be so dead set on ruining modern hardware with XP, and nevermind the security implications and lack of support? What's this guy have against Windows 7 anyways?

    What gets me are the people who want a machine with tons of RAM (like 8GB or more), but insist on XP. You try and tell them XP can't use more than 3 and they don't believe you!
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