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(WTOP)   What to do today, the last day of Windows XP, if you're still using a Windows XP computer. Besides hang your head in shame, I mean   (wtop.com) divider line 306
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2014-04-08 01:04:00 PM
I have a desktop tower at home that I have not booted in several years. I think it may have Windows98 on it. I've been alternately too busy/lazy/depressed/busy/lazy/etc. to fiddle with it. I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB). The desktop at my late mother's house still runs XP. We still use it while we are whittling down the crap to sell the house.
 
2014-04-08 01:17:14 PM
I would like to claim that the one Windows XP system remaining where I work could not be updated due to an absence of drivers for a specific and necessary hardware accessory.

Unfortunately, the actual reason is that I am extremely lazy.
 
2014-04-08 01:21:35 PM

Unobtanium: I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB).


why not just unscrew the harddrive and pull the platters out? Plus, you can have fun with throwing them at statues and thinking you're farking Oddjob (be careful not to cut yourself)
 
2014-04-08 01:24:39 PM
Im not afraid to say it; I love XP and would still use it if I was at all unhappy with Windows 7 and 8.  I have a laptop with XP on it and it still gets the job done.
 
2014-04-08 01:42:18 PM

somedude210: why not just unscrew the harddrive and pull the platters out? Plus, you can have fun with throwing them at statues and thinking you're farking Oddjob (be careful not to cut yourself)


I pulled the platters out of my last retired laptop HD and smashed with a nail punch in the center.  HO-LEE SH*T did that disk shatter everywhere!  Good thing the shards are sparkly.

As for the XP thing; my desktop at home is still on it and I'm debating installing 7 (that I like) or Chromimum that some people have talked about.  My work desktop is on 7, but my laptop that I use for training customers is on XP and the company doesn't have any licenses available for the upgrade currently.
 
2014-04-08 01:46:17 PM
Re-image with a pirated copy of 7?
 
2014-04-08 01:56:53 PM
I have two laptops running on XP. Both were free, and both are shop laptops. They are used to look up technical info while I'm working on dirty stuff so I don't have to get the house/office dirty, and they are used to play media. That's it. XP is perfect for this application, and both laptops are so old that I doubt 7 would even run with anything resembling alacrity.
 
2014-04-08 02:00:44 PM
I still have to deal with a few XP systems, but most of them are laptops which never touch the Internet. One box is somewhat affected (networked behind a firewall) but it was overdue for replacement anyway.

I also have an XP virtual machine on my home system, but now I can't even remember what I needed it for.
 
2014-04-08 02:12:34 PM

SecretAgentWoman: Re-image with a pirated copy of 7?


Yeah, using a pirated copy of an OS sounds like a great idea. That sucker won't have loads of viruses and spyware built into it. Nope.
 
2014-04-08 02:16:10 PM

somedude210: Unobtanium: I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB).

why not just unscrew the harddrive and pull the platters out? Plus, you can have fun with throwing them at statues and thinking you're farking Oddjob (be careful not to cut yourself)


Well, it is that whole busy/lazy cycle. It also has an LS 120 drive in it and I have a few "mystery" LS 120 disks I want to check before I completely trash the system.
 
2014-04-08 02:21:26 PM
Goodbye, Windows XP. You were a good OS, for the most part.
 
2014-04-08 02:46:31 PM
I still have a 9-year-old MCE machine pulling shows off of two cable boxes for me. I rarely see the desktop, but it does a great job as a Media Center.

/most underrated media solution ever
 
2014-04-08 02:46:33 PM

somedude210: Unobtanium: I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB).

why not just unscrew the harddrive and pull the platters out? Plus, you can have fun with throwing them at statues and thinking you're farking Oddjob (be careful not to cut yourself)


Boot and nuke.  Good stuff.

http://www.dban.org/
 
2014-04-08 02:47:35 PM
Wow. Not one snide remark about Windows 8 yet..

/Love Windows 8/8.1
/Windows 8 > 7
 
2014-04-08 02:47:45 PM
I still think I'm cool when I show people the flight simulator in Excel 97.
 
2014-04-08 02:47:45 PM

Lando Lincoln: SecretAgentWoman: Re-image with a pirated copy of 7?

Yeah, using a pirated copy of an OS sounds like a great idea. That sucker won't have loads of viruses and spyware built into it. Nope.


Got a buddy who thought it was silly to pay $100 for a copy of Windows 7, so he pirated it. I can only imagine what kind of shiat is on that machine.

/Run ALL pirated software in a VM
//Trust me
 
2014-04-08 02:48:08 PM
Fark you, subby. I still use XP on my desktop and I like it. Beside the hardware won't support anything newer. It does everything I need it too. You could always send me a grand for a new one and I'll happily upgrade. My laptop is 7 though.

I do have to find a new AV though since they also apparently killed security essentials. Just too damn lazy
 
2014-04-08 02:48:28 PM

KidneyStone: somedude210: Unobtanium: I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB).

why not just unscrew the harddrive and pull the platters out? Plus, you can have fun with throwing them at statues and thinking you're farking Oddjob (be careful not to cut yourself)

Boot and nuke.  Good stuff.

http://www.dban.org/


Boring. Get a set of torx drivers and have fun playing with platters and rare-earth magnets.
 
2014-04-08 02:49:18 PM
I still have an XP box in my office (along with my main Win7 box).  Don't have much of a choice -- there are a couple of legacy apps I use on a regular basis that won't run under Win7, but will run under XP.
 
2014-04-08 02:49:24 PM

Lando Lincoln: SecretAgentWoman: Re-image with a pirated copy of 7?

Yeah, using a pirated copy of an OS sounds like a great idea. That sucker won't have loads of viruses and spyware built into it. Nope.


Or you grab an official ISO image (and verify it with an md5 or SHA1 hash) from Microsoft and use someone's volume licensing key.
 
2014-04-08 02:50:38 PM

KidneyStone: somedude210: Unobtanium: I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB).

why not just unscrew the harddrive and pull the platters out? Plus, you can have fun with throwing them at statues and thinking you're farking Oddjob (be careful not to cut yourself)

Boot and nuke.  Good stuff.

http://www.dban.org/


This.

Also, Lubuntu + OpenOffice for what I call "grandma machines" owned by the aged who only use it for email and web.
 
2014-04-08 02:51:23 PM

styckx: Wow. Not one snide remark about Windows 8 yet..

/Love Windows 8/8.1
/Windows 8 > 7


lol

Fark is always a good place for a laugh.
 
2014-04-08 02:52:55 PM

abhorrent1: Fark you, subby. I still use XP on my desktop and I like it. Beside the hardware won't support anything newer. It does everything I need it too. You could always send me a grand for a new one and I'll happily upgrade. My laptop is 7 though.

I do have to find a new AV though since they also apparently killed security essentials. Just too damn lazy


Huh? They will provide definition updates through 2015.
 
2014-04-08 02:52:56 PM

DarthBart: Lando Lincoln: SecretAgentWoman: Re-image with a pirated copy of 7?

Yeah, using a pirated copy of an OS sounds like a great idea. That sucker won't have loads of viruses and spyware built into it. Nope.

Or you grab an official ISO image (and verify it with an md5 or SHA1 hash) from Microsoft and use someone's volume licensing key.


Getting harder to do, I hear.
 
2014-04-08 02:53:00 PM

Unobtanium: I have a desktop tower at home that I have not booted in several years. I think it may have Windows98 on it. I've been alternately too busy/lazy/depressed/busy/lazy/etc. to fiddle with it. I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB). The desktop at my late mother's house still runs XP. We still use it while we are whittling down the crap to sell the house.


I picked up a 80GB IDE hard drive from Goodwill the other day and before I put it to it's intended use, I booted it.  It popped up with Win95 + PLUS!.  Never finished booting, though, because the new hardware was so radically different than the hardware it was configured for.
 
2014-04-08 02:53:22 PM
I still have a server 2003 machine... I haven't even looked to see if they're still pushing updates for that.
 
2014-04-08 02:54:57 PM
It's also a good idea to lock down your computer by using a profile that lacks administrative rights and to remove older software you no longer need.

Oh, Goodie. In that order, too?
*sigh*
 
2014-04-08 02:55:51 PM

maxheck: Also, Lubuntu + OpenOffice for what I call "grandma machines" owned by the aged who only use it for email and web.


If they're really only using it for email and web (and, honestly, writing letters to grandkids or even maintaining a simple spreadsheet for that matter), go Chromebook.  That's what we did with my wife's very literal grandma when she asked us about XP (there was apparently a 'stop using XP' article in Modern Maturity, so thanks AARP).
 
2014-04-08 02:56:16 PM
Y'all remember Vista?
 
2014-04-08 02:56:33 PM
I've got XP on this one. Avast is still good to go on it for a year and I don't plan on visiting dangerous sites, opening weird emails or downloading exe files. Eventually I'll migrate these files to my other laptop but I don't think support ending means I'll immediately be infected.
 
2014-04-08 02:57:03 PM
I still have an old Dell laptop running ME.

/8gb HDD
//I suck at computer
///a bookmark for ideas
 
2014-04-08 02:57:42 PM

The Crepes of Wrath: I still have an XP box in my office (along with my main Win7 box).  Don't have much of a choice -- there are a couple of legacy apps I use on a regular basis that won't run under Win7, but will run under XP.


This.
 
2014-04-08 02:58:27 PM
So... XP, what's that? )(!#)!&#)!(&@#(U#  A new ♀®↓ OS of some kind?
 
2014-04-08 02:58:38 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: Y'all remember Vista?


I still have one PC running it. Never any issues.
 
2014-04-08 02:59:08 PM
I have all Windows 8 and Linux at home.

I'm going to be converting an old netbook that my parents have over to Zorin, Ubuntu, or something like that.

If you look, you can get copies of windows 7 pro online for $60.
 
2014-04-08 02:59:40 PM

waterrockets: I still have a 9-year-old MCE machine pulling shows off of two cable boxes for me. I rarely see the desktop, but it does a great job as a Media Center.

/most underrated media solution ever


I have a Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe card running in my system. Runs like a champ. Screw paying $40/month for a small-capacity DVR.
 
2014-04-08 03:00:32 PM

you are a puppet: I've got XP on this one. Avast is still good to go on it for a year and I don't plan on visiting dangerous sites, opening weird emails or downloading exe files. Eventually I'll migrate these files to my other laptop but I don't think support ending means I'll immediately be infected.


You don't have to visit "dangerous" sites. I just got a fake-AV popup on BGR. Probably from their damn ad-server. My mistake because I had ad-block turned off on the site.
 
2014-04-08 03:01:21 PM
So long XP, you were previously my favorite gaming OS due to ease of scripting to make a fast-booting no-frills game account.

I still have an "ancient"  250MBhard drive with a bootable Win98SE2 on it, sitting in protective wrap and stuck in a drawer.  Honestly forgot it was there, then had to stick it in an external IDE-to-USB case to even figure out what was on it... now I'm just keeping it for nostalgia (I guess).

Wish I still had that 40MB drive with Windows 3.11, but used it for target practice one day years ago.  Had I only thought of the archival value of that Geocities, Angelfire and Worldgroup BBS collection of Robotech and Dragonlance 480x320 px art!
 
2014-04-08 03:02:31 PM
Wait, I just replaced BEOS with WinXP yesterday and you're telling me I've gotta do it all again?

/Has a Q950 running A/UX
//Seriously thinking of installing XP64 in place of Win7
 
2014-04-08 03:03:41 PM
Here's what to do if you still have a computer running XP:
www.rnningfool.com
 
2014-04-08 03:04:01 PM
I have no idea what any of you people are talking about.
 
2014-04-08 03:04:52 PM
-- If you need the Internet, refrain from using email, Facebook and other communications channels through which malicious software might travel.

Or use a virtual machine when using the internet.
 
2014-04-08 03:05:06 PM

Lando Lincoln: KidneyStone: somedude210: Unobtanium: I need to pull and smash the hard drive (I think it is a 160MB).

why not just unscrew the harddrive and pull the platters out? Plus, you can have fun with throwing them at statues and thinking you're farking Oddjob (be careful not to cut yourself)

Boot and nuke.  Good stuff.

Boring. Get a set of torx drivers and have fun playing with platters and rare-earth magnets.


Those are great for applying unwanted signs to people's vehicles. Quick and dirty, and lots of fun.
 
2014-04-08 03:05:06 PM

maxheck: I still have a server 2003 machine... I haven't even looked to see if they're still pushing updates for that.


I believe MS is planning on End-of-Lifeing Server 2003 in July 2015.
 
2014-04-08 03:05:10 PM
They'll have to pry my Windows XP out of my cold, dead hands.....
 
2014-04-08 03:05:32 PM
Or just ditch the Windoze environment and invest in a real computer... A mac!


/Ducks head and runs.
 
2014-04-08 03:05:55 PM
i run windows 2000 on modern hardware

it's legal retail, cost me £138 in 1999, so i'm getting my money's worth out of it

damn, it's fast as fark

i'd run dos if i could find a browser for it as good as ie6
 
2014-04-08 03:07:13 PM
My main home fileserver runs XP, because one of my backup servers is an old Intel Entry Server which needs to be managed over the network by a piece of management software. That software won't run on anything newer than XP. So when I built the big server, I built it with XP so I could manage the little server through it.

I wish I could just do an upgrade to 7 rather then a new install.... but since I can't, I'm currently piecing together another new server - which runs Windows 7 - and will just need to scrap the old Intel Entry Server. I'm not happy about that because the Intel server is a nice little box, with good performance and plenty of life left in it. It's a waste.

I'm even less happy about having to move over my Plex functionality and such to the new machine...
 
2014-04-08 03:10:44 PM

GardenWeasel: you are a puppet: I've got XP on this one. Avast is still good to go on it for a year and I don't plan on visiting dangerous sites, opening weird emails or downloading exe files. Eventually I'll migrate these files to my other laptop but I don't think support ending means I'll immediately be infected.

You don't have to visit "dangerous" sites. I just got a fake-AV popup on BGR. Probably from their damn ad-server. My mistake because I had ad-block turned off on the site.


I've got my ad block turned on, so I'm good to go. Point is, my anti-virus still works and that's what has been protecting my computer all these years, not XP support.
 
2014-04-08 03:10:51 PM

SecretAgentWoman: Re-image with a pirated copy of 7?


:)
and not 8
 
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