MechKB, third party hardware support is referring to the various driver updates for XP, which big companies [like Dell], provide for free on their website support section, for the different components in one's XP PC.
PS. Many people with old XP computers will probably install 'Linux Lite' as a complete replacement for windows XP ... I've been told it's quite good.
I just gave my Samsung netbook on XP to my sister in Blairgowrie. She made the comment when I told her that it won't be much good for too long, that the world travels slower in the highlands so it will now take longer to become obsolete!
Have had microsoft updates switched off since upgrading to SP3. Will not be installing any more hardware, so no need for nay more drivers. Use a free AV which auto updates. Use Crap cleaner. Not had a malicious threat on the machine since installing SP3 or before that.
So not bothered, will run machine till it drops.
"This poll has been sponsored by Dell "
could it be scare tactics from Dell to sell a few more machines?
I know many do not agree with me but, I cannot see the point of steadfastly refusing to upgrade from a more than 12 year old operating system. I missed-out Vista then installed 7, on my old PC first, about 2 1/2 years ago and run 7 on my current machine. Windows 7 is, by far, the most stable operating system I have ever used. I will likely move on to Windows 9, or whatever the next major update is called, when I do my next major system rebuild.
For the record, Dell have sponsored this poll as part of a much bigger campaign that is - let's be honest - aimed at shifting Dell PCs and laptops. But I don't think you should see anything sinister in it. The question is valid.