Windows XP Tips, Articles, Service Packs, .Net Framework and House Keeping
Windows XP New set of security updates to protect against potential nation-state cyber attack Microsoft releases additional updates for older platforms to protect against potential nation-state activity -----> June 2017 By J W Stuart
Windows XP How to protect yourself from the recent worldwide ransomware SMB exploit attack -----> May 13th, 2017
How to dual boot Windows 10 Technical Preview with Windows XP-----> December 6th, 2014 How to protect your existing installation of Windows XP and evaluate the Windows 10 Technical Preview over the coming months. A “Dual Boot” setup is a far better choice. It’s the best way to compare the differences. Just reboot to switch between Windows XP and the Windows 10.
July 10th, 2014
The latest news + building your own computer and things that could stop you cold.
Windows XP: -----> Although Microsoft discontinued support for XP on April 8th, 2014 you may still want to upgrade to a faster system.
May 1st (Good news for XP Users) Microsoft to include fix to Internet Explorer for Windows XP users even though support for XP officially ended on April 8th of 2014.
Released March 5th, 2014, Revised March 9th, 2014: Added end of support reference and faqs.
A notification about the end of Windows XP support
Windows XP Market Share
December 10th, 2013
Windows XP still has more than 30% of the PC market. If I were a manufacture of any type of consumer goods and realized that one of my products more than 10 year after its introduction still had that kind of consumer loyalty I’d be tickled pink and want to take advantage of this by introducing a new and improved version ----->
Windows XP - Haswell processors not supported. August 7th, 2013
Don’t look now, motherboard manufactures do not offer Windows XP chipset or device drivers ----->
Windows XP – How to Dual Boot Windows XP with Windows 8
April 14th, 2013
How to protect your existing installation of Windows XP and evaluate Windows 8 over the coming months ----->
XP Support ends in one year
April 8th, 2013
One year from to Microsoft ends all support for Windows XP ----->
Windows XP - moving to Windows 7 - Updated 12/17/12 (The Blue Mouse Pad Caper)
December 8th, 2012
My everyday computer which uses Windows XP (I have several others which I use to develop article for the web site and product evaluation and testing) started to fail in late October and I decided to move from my 2 year old XP PC to a new Windows 7 system I built. Read the full story here ----->
10 years later and XP is still the most popular OS !
Windows 7 appears to have flat lined as far as market share growth as XP still retains the lead in market share. ----->
New - August 24th, 2011 Windows XP - 10th Anniversary After 10 Years Windows XP still has nearly 50% of the market share with Windows 7 the current leader by a fraction of a percent and
Vista in the rear.
The irony is that Windows 7 may never enjoy a long life and only briefly hold 50% or more of the market as Microsoft already is touting Windows 8. For more on Windows 8 see “Building Windows 8”
If history is any lesson Windows 8 may be a dud if you follow the every other version rule. Windows 98 was a success, Windows ME was a dud, Windows XP is a success, Windows Vista was a dud and Windows 7 could be a long lived success if Windows 8 is a dud.
I suspect that if Windows XP was not pulled from the market it would still hold the market share even though there is a lot to like about Windows 7.
So for all you loyal XP users, I salute you on your 10th birthday and may there be many more.
The third and final article in a series of articles on how to replace your existing hard drive with a new and or larger drive.
Unlike Windows 7, Windows XP has no integrated image backup software therefore Acronis True Image Home 2011 (Trial Version) will be used to create an image backup of the Windows partition and restore that backup to your new and or larger hard drive. Your computer’s original hard drive may also contain a “Recovery” partition but this will no longer be needed as your image backup or subsequent backups will serve as a means of recovering Windows.
New - May 2nd, 2011 How to move Windows XP to a new and larger hard drive - Using Ghost 15
The second in a series of articles on how to replace your existing hard drive with a new and or larger drive. EASEUS Todo backup does not have the ability to disable the MBR as part of the restore, therefore only one partition (the first partition) can be a ‘Primary’ partition, any additional partitions must be ‘Extended’ partitions with one or more logical drives as show below.
Ghost does not have a partition type limitation as long as you do not restore the Master Boot Record (MBR) during the recovery process, so additional partitions can be ‘Primary’ partitions.
This article primarily covers moving Windows XP to a new drive (see Partition Configuration #3), however basic information on creating an additional partition for “Dual Booting” Windows XP and Windows 7 is provided, (see “Partition Configurations #1 or #2).
New - April 5th, 2011 How to move Windows XP to a new and larger hard drive -Using EASEUS Todo Backup Windows XP has no integrated image backup software therefore a free third party utility will be used to create an image backup of the Windows partition and restore that backup to your new and larger hard drive.
March 12th, 2011 Windows XP - Save your investment The true cost of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 may be more than meets the eye.
December 7th, 2010 Windows XP - The Rise and Fall of IE6 The problem is that IE9 does not support Windows XP which still has about a 60% market share. In the long term XP users may find that Firefox or Chrome is more attractive than sticking with IE6 or IE8.
October 22nd, 2010 Windows XP - All Good Things After October 22, 2010, you'll no longer be able to buy new PCs with Windows XP installed.
Windows 7 for XP users - How to find your way around Navigating your way around can be a problem for someone who has used Windows XP all these years, but once you know where to find things it’s not all that bad. ---->
July 6th Windows Installer Cleanup Utility Discontinued
Microsoft has quietly pulled the cleanup utility that was so useful in resolving MSI installer problems. Instead you now get to become a guinea pig when you try their new Mr. Fixit style offering at the Microsoft Fix it Solution Center:http://support.microsoft.com/fixit#tab9