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If your Windows XP machine is running without problems, you can probably keep it for some time - just beware of notifications telling you to upgrade.
Hi Leo, I'm running my eight-year old Dell desktop; running Windows XP Home edition and I want to keep it. Over a year ago, my son increased the memory from 1 GB to 2. He said that's all I need. I'm 72, live alone, and don't do programming or anything fancy requiring lots of memory. Is there any way I can keep things just as they are? I don't have anyone here to help me. Also, when my husband was alive, he purchased and installed McAfee Security System and I've maintained that account with no problems at all.
This week, a friend sent me this from Microsoft download notifications:
"Windows XP, SP3, and Office 2003 support ends April the 8th, 2014. Get the free
Microsoft deployment tool kit and simplify migration." What does this mean?
I've never once had to contact Microsoft for support. Do I have to change my
life and my memory? I've heard that besides being costly, Windows 7 requires a
lot of space. What do you recommend?
In this excerpt from Answercast #9, I look at a machine that is running just fine with Windows XP and stick to the old adage: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. However, this "Deployment" notification sounds phishy!
One of the philosophies that I try to apply when I can is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
I think that you've got a lot of life still left in Windows XP Home. Certainly, easily for another couple of years (through 2014) and in all honesty, probably sometime beyond. I have an article on it, "How long can I keep running my copy of Windows?" I suggest you have a quick look at that. But in reality, I think that your machine, as long as things are working, should do you for some time.
Eventually, probably, yes, you'll want to end up getting a new machine and when that times comes, then it will be time to look for maybe switching to Windows 7 or whatever is current at that time. But for now, I think you're doing just fine. The fact that you've got McAfee running and that it's been working for you is great. If things are working for you, I don't see making unnecessary changes.
The Microsoft download notification item kind of scares me in that it feels like a scam, like a phishing attempt. Microsoft deployment tool kit actually has nothing to do with home users. It's not something that is used to make upgrading or deploying beyond XP easier or anything like that.
Typically, Windows and Office aren't co-marketed in the same email. So, those are the kinds of things that make me wonder if the email that you were forwarded is in fact just a phishing attempt. I'm afraid it's trying to get you to download something that is malware.
So, keep going. You don't have to change your life.
Windows 7 doesn't necessarily require more space, but it probably does require slightly more powerful hardware than (what looks to be) your eight-year old Dell computer.
So, I would look into staying with Windows XP for as long as you can. I don't see any reason not to.
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