Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW.

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: You’re probably aware that there’s a massive ransomware epidemic spreading right now. It’s already affected companies and computers in more than 150 countries, and causing untold misery for hundreds of thousands of people whose computers have been rendered unusable.

Source: Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW. | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Windows XP support ends: Survival tips to stay safe

Posted on April 10, 2014. Filed under: Security, Windows XP | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has a post on Windows XP support ends: Survival tips to stay safe.

This means that the last updates for security will be made, and then, no more.  The bad guys will be busy coming up with ways to break into your computer, steal your info, misuse your computer.

Tips includes not using Internet Explorer (Chrome will be updated a year more, Firefox a while longer).

Keep your Java and other programs up to date.  However, you may find that some of them will no longer have updates that work on XP after a certain time.

And more.  Take precautions.

If your computer is too old to upgrade to a newer Windows, you might consider changing to another operating system, such as Linux (the Zorin version can be set to work a lot like XP, for example, says one reviewer who tried it).

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Why XP Users Should Consider Zorin OS!

Posted on April 9, 2014. Filed under: Linux, Windows XP | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips discusses Why XP Users Should Consider Zorin OS!.

Zorin is a flavor of Linux, and comes in free and pay versions.  So, if you want to change to something safer than XP, this might be the answer.  It can look much like XP or Windows 7, and comes with a lot of pre-installed Linux software.

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How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC

Posted on April 1, 2014. Filed under: Linux, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet explains How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC.

Since Microsoft is no longer supporting/updating Windows XP, you will be at increasing risk for viruses and other malware.

But what if your older PC can’t handle a newer version of Windows?

Answer: switch to the Linux operating system, and use the Mint version of it (which comes with the most popular add-ons already included).

AND — IT’S FREE!

Note: the “Cinnamon” interface is considered the closest Linux to Windows.

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Get Windows 7 Gadgets in Windows XP

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Get Windows 7 Gadgets in Windows XP with the Thoosje sidebar.

Some of the gadgets you can get in Win7 or Vista Sidebar are available with this freeware.

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Download the IPConfig Gadget to troubleshoot Vista

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Greg Schultz of TechRepublic tells you how to Download the IPConfig Gadget to simplify troubleshooting in Vista.

“I created the Windows XP IP Configuration Tool several years ago. Recently, I created the Windows Vista IP Configuration Tool for Vista, whose IPConfig command offers five more options than XP and requires working through a UAC prompt. In the discussion thread for the Vista version, TechRepublic member jvdgijp suggested that I convert the tool, which is an HTML application, into a Vista gadget. Several other members echoed that request, so I got to work and created the IPConfig Gadget.”

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Convert XP into a Windows 7 Virtual Machine with Disk2vhd

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Virtual systems, Windows 7, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet shows you how to Convert XP into a Windows 7 Virtual Machine with Disk2vhd.

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Move your entire Windows XP into Windows 7 with Zinstall XP7

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: maintenance, Windows 7, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has a post on how to Move your entire Windows XP installation into Windows 7 with Zinstall XP7.

Zinstall XP7 sells for $89 and can be obtained on the Zinstall site, but if you want to preserve what you have while upgrading, this might be your answer.

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Disable the Indexing Service on Windows XP

Posted on April 19, 2010. Filed under: Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

Internet Fixes tells how to Disable the Indexing Service on Windows XP..

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Speed Up XP Boot with a Boot Defrag.

Posted on April 19, 2010. Filed under: Help, Windows XP | Tags: , , , |

Internet Fixes has advice on how to Speed Up XP Boot with a Boot Defrag.

This is very simple and puts all the boot files close together to speed up the boot process.

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Reset the Administrator Password in Windows XP.

Posted on April 19, 2010. Filed under: Passwords, Windows XP | Tags: , , |

Internet Fixes tells you how to Reset the Administrator Password in Windows XP.

Sorry, but you must ALREADY be an administrator to do this for the “Administrator” password.

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Can I Install Windows XP On A SATA Hard Drive?

Posted on April 12, 2010. Filed under: Hardware, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

Internet Fixes answers the question Can I Install Windows XP On A SATA Hard Drive And How Many Problems Should I Expect?.

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Get the most out of Windows XP Mode with these tips

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has advice on how to Get the most out of Windows XP Mode with these tips.

When using XP mode inside Windows 7, this advice applies.

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Mixed Networking With Windows Vista

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) responder.

Say what?!?!?!

That’s the function that’s missing in XP which keeps XP computers from showing up in Vista’s network map.

What it is and how to fix it from Internet Fixes Vista & Windows 7 Tips.

And now you know.

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x86 virtualization – Wikipedia

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

x86 virtualization as explained by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Some of the links may help, along with explanations, of running “virtual machine” versions of other software, such as the XP mode of Windows 7 and what it can run on.

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How many Intel CPUs can do XP Mode in Windows 7?

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ed Bott at ZDNet has a post on How many Intel CPUs will fail the XP Mode test in Windows 7?

He includes a list of Intel CPUs which can and cannot handle the XP Mode offered in some versions of Windows 7. Check before buying!

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10 things you should know about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Windows 7, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , |

TechRepublic has 10 things you should know about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7.

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Backup your registry in Windows XP

Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: backups, Help, Windows XP | Tags: , , , |

Internet Fixes has a post on how to Backup your registry in Windows XP..

This is a vital first step before changing anything in the Registry or using any kind of registry cleaner.

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Folder Size for Windows Explorer (XP)

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Folder Size for Windows Explorer is a handy utility for XP (but not Vista).

When you display a list of files, you see the size of the files listed, but normally not the size of folders — you have to open the folders to get the size.

This changes Explorer so you see the folder size (all the combined files).

Freeware for Windows XP (but not Vista).

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Windows 7 Feature Focus: Virtual Windows XP mode

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Windows 7 | Tags: , , , |

[updated 2009.10.5]

Maximum PC has a post on Windows 7 Feature Focus: Virtual Windows XP (AKA XP Mode).

“Although Windows has included the Program Compatibility Wizard and Compatibility tab to help older programs to run properly under the current version of Windows since Windows XP, these features are not always able to help older applications to run. While Windows 7 continues to offer these features, some editions can also use a better way to run older Windows applications: XP Mode.”

Some interesting points (among many) made here:

* You must have a processor capable of supporting hardware virtualization (Intel refers to this feature as Intel Virtualization Technology; AMD refers to this feature as AMD-V)…. Hardware virtualization must be enabled in the system BIOS.

(A listing of desktop and laptop Intel CPUs which can and cannot enable XP Mode are listed in How many Intel CPUs will fail the XP Mode test in Windows 7? For your PC to run XP Mode in Windows 7, the CPU has to support Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V), and this support has to be enabled in the BIOS.)

* Virtual PC 2007 versus XP mode has a number of differences, covered in this post.

* XP Mode does not support 3D graphics APIs such as DirectX. If you need to play 3D games that will not run in Windows 7, set up a dual-boot environment.

There are instructions on how to set it up at Maximum PC.

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