Alexander: Worries about the end of Windows XP

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2014 - 5:35 PM

PCs with Windows XP will become sitting ducks for hackers when Microsoft stops providing security updates in April. This has raised questions for many readers, because XP is still used by nearly 29 percent of PCs, according to research firm Net Applications.

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johneedFeb. 25, 1410:20 PM

Windows 7 is actually pretty decent. It has been working well for me, so I have no plans to switch to Windows 8. Many people I know do not like Windows 8.

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herby2013Feb. 25, 1410:29 PM

"But will the older programs I use, such as Quicken Basic 2005 and Microsoft Office 2003, work on Windows 7?" I have been able to run all of my old programs on Windows 7 using "compatibility mode". Compatibility mode allows a user to emulate older versions of Microsoft Windows on a program-by-program basis. After installing a program, you can enable compatibility mode by right-clicking on the icon (menu item or desktop shortcut) used to launch the program and selecting the "Properties" context menu item. In the Properties window you will find a Compatibility tab allowing you to choose an older version of Windows to emulate. That is not to say there is a guarantee that your old program will work or work without any minor problems. But you will have the opportunity to use old programs and my experience is that Windows 7 compatibility mode has worked well. Do a Yahoo search for more information. If you experience any problems, Windows has a compatibility troubleshooter that will help determine which compatibility mode may be best suited to your old program.

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texas_technomanFeb. 26, 14 7:00 AM

Here's some bad news, many of the ATMs are still running on XP.

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dejadoodooFeb. 26, 14 8:33 AM

A few months ago I bought a Win 8 machine -- initially it felt foreign, but if you press the WIN & D keys simultaneously it switches back to the familiar desktop mode. Update 8 and then update again to 8.1 and the file manager will resemble Win 7 a bit more. Learn to mouse up to the right top corner to access most things (and to power down) -- it's different but not bad, and there's lots of help on the Internet if you have questions. Easier (and less money) to buy a Win 8 machine.

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boboboboFeb. 26, 14 8:36 AM

There is way too much paranoia here. XP will continue to work just fine. Use a good antivirus program and stay away from sleazy sites. Upgrade when it suits you, but don't fall for the hype. For many users, XP will continue to be a solid choice.

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