Staying with XP when Microsoft support ends, any tips or advice?

  grumpy-git 19:52 19 Oct 2013

I'm perfectly happy using my old XP desktop for editing my photos & with a bit more memory just added & C drive replaced it will hopefully keep going for a few more years.

It isn't used for e-mail anymore, as a newer laptop takes care of that, so I could probably use it without an internet connection & transfer any images that need uploading to the laptop via external storage device.

With only a few months of support left, I was wondering what I should consider doing to ensure my XP keeps running.

It's still the original installation of XP with service packs added. I'm no expert (as you know) at messing with the insides of computers or operating systems, but I was wondering whether to use the C drive that has just been taken out & connect it temporarily to the C-drive leads from the desktop & do a fresh install on that now spare drive. Does a fresh install change bios settings, or do they stay the same? I don't want to go ahead with a fresh install & then find that when I reconnect the "proper" C drive the bios settings or something else has been messed up.

There are 6 months or so to go before support ends, so this topic might run on for a while, but any advice appreciated.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:56 19 Oct 2013

Now you have XP working as you want it use the old drive in a caddy to make a backups of your system.

  grumpy-git 20:09 19 Oct 2013

Yes, I use Acronis true image every month to make a backup of the C drive on external drives, always making sure I don't overwrite the latest backup - just in case an external drive fails.


  woodchip 20:09 19 Oct 2013

I use XP on all my computers and a Laptop plus Netbook. XP is not going to suddenly stop working, just because Microsoft is not supplying any more service for it. Just make sure you have backup Images and Anti-Virus kept up to date

  rdave13 20:32 19 Oct 2013

I also use XP on a small netbook and will be using well after Ms updates cease (hopefully it will last that long). I use an older version of a firewall, click here, as XP's own isn't good and use the very latest Avast version. Can't see any problems as you can also use modern browsers such as Firefox etc.

  HondaMan 20:38 19 Oct 2013

If you have a perfectly stable XP installation, I would make SEVERAL backups and guard them jealously. But make sure you check each one for reliability!

  Mr Mistoffelees 20:41 19 Oct 2013

I really can't see the point in clinging on to a twelve year old operating system.

  rdave13 20:47 19 Oct 2013

Mr Mistoffelees , in my case, my youngest daughter plays Animal Jam (don't ask :)) on it and as she is happy then so am I.

  woodchip 22:07 19 Oct 2013

Mr Mistoffelees I presume you have the latest Car with all the latest Gadgets

  rdave13 22:15 19 Oct 2013

woodchip, unlike you to be a tad grumpy, but we know your favourite OS is XP.


  woodchip 14:30 20 Oct 2013

rdave13 I get like that some days, i am 77 plus I do not like just Chucking things that work okay, tend to be a contented person

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