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  1. By Steve Ranger February 2, 2014 23:00 GMT Summary: ZDNet's Monday Morning Opener: The death of XP and the birth of Windows 8 could create an unexpected opportunity for Android and Apple. Timing is everything, and the conjunction of the death of Windows XP and the birth of Windows 8 has created an window of opportunity for Microsoft's rivals keen to nibble away at the company's desktop dominance. Here's why. Windows XP, probably Microsoft's most popular operating system of all time, will soon be laid to rest. As of 8 April 2014 Microsoft will stop providing any patches or bug fixes for XP, which is now a dozen years old. Even today (despite much urging from Microsoft that customers should ditch XP in favour of newer versions of its operating system) XP still runs on between a quarter and a third of the world's desktops. Launched way back in October 2001, XP was the most popular desktop operating system in the world until July last year, at which point it was finally overtaken by Windows 7. Nevertheless, XP has proved to be such a reliable and stable workhorse that many organisations are unwilling to part with it even now, and are unlikely to do so even after Microsoft ends support, even if this may be a risky proposition. Part of the reason for this reluctance to move is the expense involved; moving to a new operating system can cost millions and take years for even medium-sized organisations. That's hard to justify especially if XP is working just fine, as it is for many organisations. When the economy was doing better, regular upgrades were grudgingly accepted by firms as a regular cost of doing business: in addition, apart from Windows, there was no realistic alternative save for those few brave souls willing to go down the Linux route. But the old certainties are being swept away. PCs are no longer the automatic choice for business, thanks to the rise of the tablet. Neither is Windows, with Android desktops and Chromebooks also on an upward trajectory. And, thanks to BYOD, most firms are already used to staff turning up with iPads and Kindle Fire tablets; Microsoft's desktop dominance is already fraying around the edges. But, perhaps bigger reason for companies' inertia is their concern about the kind of Windows these companies would be upgrading to. Windows 8, with its new tiled interface, may be making organisations more reluctant to upgrade, not less. Windows 8 will be 18 months old when XP is laid to rest. It's mature enough (now it's onto its 8.1 iteration) that enterprises should be making their migration plans. And yet it's Windows 7, as the last old-style desktop version of Windows, which will undoubtedly be getting a boost from the XP refugees who move according to the tech chiefs I speak to. The additional training, the cost of new hardware, and the sheer newness of the user interface in Windows 8 will all be offputting for traditionally cautious tech professionals. For some, the shock of the change from the old desktop view is so great that they might as well look at Android or Chromebooks or iPads when they are looking to upgrade. By updating the look and feel of Windows to cope with the threat from tablets, Microsoft may have opened the door to its rivals, not slammed it in their faces — hence the profusion of Android desktops generating excitement at CES this year, for example. There are excellent reasons why Microsoft has redesigned Windows, and there was never going to be a good time to make such a big change to its UI, although many would argue it could have been handled better. The era of the automatic multimillion dollar upgrade are coming to a close. For firms that see huge upheaval ahead in terms of user training, hardware and apps, taking the extra step and moving away from Windows — or at least supporting a much more deliberately mixed environment encompassing Windows, Android and iOS — is no longer as terrifying as it once might have been. http://www.zdnet.com/windows-xp-and-windows-8-the-worst-possible-combination-for-microsoft-7000025788
  2. smallhagrid

    Viaduct ? Vya no leenooks ?!?

    (Maybe that should be 'vya no penguin' instead ???) I have something that is a pet peeve and a favourite subject at the same time=> It's how best to go about crossing the distance between windows & Linux. Referring to windows I mean XP and earlier in it's classic forms - and NOT vista, 7, 8, etc... The folks who want, need and demand such newer stuff really don't give a hang about Linux. That's OK too, because somebody needs to like all that 'modern' stuff, right ?? Not me, thanks. Right now there's a load of hoopla about XP support ending - to which I reply...yawn. BUT: This would be a great time for the Linux heads to be attentive. Instead they also seem to mostly say...yawn. There really, seriously NEEDS to be a very direct road to help all those orphaned, frightened former XP users get straight into Linux quickly and painlessly. There's a bunch of Linux distros that are very friendly and easy - Mint, PCLinuxOS, Lubuntu, Mageia - there's even a Linux XP and a Puppy variant aimed at XP, but none are really a direct, easy, comfortable path for former XP users I think. I spent a bunch of time with ZorinOS as it's screams about being 'The gateway to Linux for Windows users' - which is BS as it is buggy and aimed at MODERN windows users mostly, like Gnome 3. This is not what I am interested in at all. Searching on "linux for windows users" can be interesting, but the results are not so good. ( http://www.88searchengines.com/?q=&exact=linux+for+windows+users&with=&not=&file=y&file1=&occ=&ADVAN=1 ) Mostly what comes up are reviews for ZorinOS which is a waste of time. Other searches like "linux for windows users", winux, "linux xp" bring even less or worse results. Bottom line - most of the Linux world likes to give only small attention to windows users while wanting to gain more users - so they're really missing the bus. I saw this time coming so I worked at finding a way to use both Linux and XP together for myself - but it's not super easy and most folks won't want to do the work I did to get there either. But that's just me - there's a HUGE number of XP users who are very worried right now. If I knew enough of the things needed to do it I'd love to make a distro that could pretty much be a slip-in for XP users with a way included to make the interface even more classic (like win 2k pro was). Sadly I am not skilled enough to do something like that - but if anyone else here knows about something I haven't found in all the checking I've done please jump right in here, OK ?!?
  3. As Malwarebytes announces its new Anti-Malware Premium suite Monday morning, it comes with a nice present for Windows XP users: lifetime support. Perhaps it isn't entirely surprising given that, according to the company, 20 percent of its user base remains on Windows XP. Microsoft is actually extending malware support well beyond the XPocalypse date of April 8th, but knowing other companies have your back is a rare bright spot. (Not that we’re encouraging anyone to stick with Windows XP. Cyber criminals are ready and waiting to pounce on the holdouts. There are some things you can do to protect your XP machine, but most people should upgrade to Windows 7/8, or consider Linux as an alternative safe haven. Microsoft’s campaign to move everyone off Windows XP involves increasingly lucrative enticements.) Regardless of your OS, the new Anti-Malware Premium suite unites five handy Malwarebytes products and offers a new interface for managing them. The heart of the suite is a new malware detection engine that uses behavior to identify suspicious software, rather than signatures that constantly have to be updated. That’s where the industry in general is going, because it’s better to nip malware in the bud than wait for it to be confirmed and fixed. Should malware make it onto your system, a new Anti-Rootkit feature can dig deep into your computer to eradicate all traces of the foul creature. Another tool, called Chameleon, can force a system restart and malware scan even if your system’s been crippled by an attack. The suite also provides protection against browser-based risks, such as malicious URLs and aggressive adware and toolbars. The company recommends its Anti-Malware Premium suite as a complement to a full-fledged antivirus suite. The $24.95 annual subscription covers up to three PCs, or Anti-Malware PRO lifetime-license holders may upgrade for free. Even better: The suite is a lightweight 16MB download. Separate from this suite, the company’s well-known cleanup tool will remain a free product. Source
  4. Note: x64 guide in link near the bottom of the article.. Microsoft's official support for the Windows XP operating system ended more than a month ago. While some companies and organizations are still receiving updates for the operating system, end users do not. These companies pay Microsoft for that, usually because they were not able or willed to migrate computer's running Windows XP to another operating system before the extended support phase for the system ended. There is another exception to the end of support rule: Windows Embedded Industry, formerly known as Windows Embedded POSReady, operating systems continue to receive updates. What makes this interesting is the fact that Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is based on Windows XP Service Pack 3, and that the security updates released for that system are identical with the ones that Microsoft would have released for XP systems. The extended support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 systems ends on April 9th, 2019 which means that you can use the trick to get another five years of security patches for XP. What you cannot do is go ahead and install those updates as you will get a version mismatch error when you try to do so. There is however a trick that you can use to bypass those checks so that you can install those updates on your version of Windows XP. Note: The trick works only for 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP3 and not 64-bit versions. While POSReady systems are very similar to Windows XP systems, it is recommended to back up the system before you make any changes as differences between the systems may result in issues after installing updates designed for it. All you need to do is add the following to the Windows XP Registry: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001 I have uploaded a Registry file for you that you can use for that purpose. You can download it here: xp-security-updates.zip (112 downloads) If you prefer to create one on your own do the following: Create a new plain text document. Paste the contents displayed above into it. Save the new document as xp.reg. Double-click the Registry file afterwards to add the contents to the Registry. Alternatively, open the Registry Editor manually: tap on Windows-r, type regedit and hit enter. Navigate to the key listed above and create a new Dword with the value listed there as well. (via Desk Modder and Sebijk) Both source sites are in German. If you open the Sebijk site, you will also find instructions on how to get this to work on 64-bit Windows XP systems. It involves running a batch file that replaces original update files with temporary ones that bypass the restrictions set in place. Closing Words If you are running Windows XP and do not want to switch to a new system or cannot, then you may want to try this trick to install security patches designed for the POSReady 2009 operating system on your PC. I recommend highly that you create a backup before you update the system as there is no guarantee that all updates will work properly on XP PCs. While POSReady 2009 uses the same core, some things are different after all. Nevertheless, this is better than not installing any security updates. Source
  5. Horizon DataSys is pleased to announce it is unveiling the latest addition to its product line of instant recovery software for PC's, a freeware version of RollBack RX for Windows XP: RollBack XP. The announcement follows the Microsoft TechEd 2014 information technology tradeshow in Houston, Texas, where Horizon DataSys’s president, Lyle Patel and lead developer Andrew Shen realized the necessity for providing a freeware to serve the users of an OS that is officially discontinued. As a result, the company’s Texas development team will be releasing a freeware version of RollBack RX for Windows XP only, dubbed “RollBack XP” later this week. The company believes it is in the best interest of Windows XP users that a version of RollBack RX software becomes available for free for the discontinued OS, as Microsoft announced on April 8, 2014, that support for the popular operating system will be discontinued. With over 1-billion users, Windows XP will still require safeguards to maintain the systems still utilizing it. The Windows XP lockdown for its support has sent ripples of discomfort into the IT industry, where many businesses and organizations still rely on Windows XP. RollBack XP aims to be the primary recovery software for Windows XP. Previously, Microsoft used Steady State as their freeware recovery software. Support for it was locked down and new versions for later operating systems do not exist. Horizon DataSys realized that this impacted the IT industry, and released Reboot Restore RX freeware SteadyState alternative. Now, Horizon DataSys is releasing RollBack XP to protect Windows XP and replace Windows System Restore as the go-to recovery software for XP users. Lyle Patel, President and CEO of Horizon DataSys, released a statement about their decision to make a freeware version of RollBack RX for Windows XP users: “I’m glad to say we made this decision. Many users still run Windows XP and they simply have too much data to safeguard. Porting to newer operating systems is costly and for some of these larger enterprises, unnecessary at this time. We believe that RollBack XP will greatly benefit the industry and provide much needed peace of mind for IT professionals and end users.” Horizon DataSys’s other freeware product, Reboot Restore RX, was heralded as the premier alternative to Microsoft Steady State. Horizon DataSys estimates that over half a million users downloaded Reboot Restore RX in the first year of its release. The company believes that the new RollBack XP freeware will exceed this number of downloads due to the halt of XP’s support from Microsoft and because Windows XP still has an estimated billion users worldwide. Horizon DataSys believes that RollBack XP will help to preserve Windows XP and save users from having to upgrade to newer operating systems to avoid micro-disasters. RollBack XP will feature the ability to take a maximum of 10 (Ten) snapshots and 1 (One) baseline. The company will offer the ability to upgrade to a paid version at a nominal cost if more than 5 snapshots are required. The product will function just as RollBack RX works now, but will be specific to Windows XP only and have limited snapshots in the freeware version. Horizon DataSys recommends that users who wish to download RollBack XP for Windows XP freeware have Windows XP up to date with the latest service pack. The company expects the software to be released before the week ending May 25, 2014, and it will be available for download on its company website HorizonDataSys.com. Horizon DataSys is the premier development company specializing in instant recovery software for Windows and is headquartered in Blaine, Washington. Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11872221.htm
  6. When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some of these might be harmful, like the unsolicited installation of malware. When you use Sandboxie to protect your browsing session, it catches all these changes just as the browser is about to apply them into your computer system. Sandboxie does record these changes on behalf of the browser, but it records them in a special isolated folder, called the sandbox. Thus, with Sandboxie, you can browse the Web securely while still keeping all your browser's functionality for active and dynamic content, such as javascript and ActiveX. All undesired side effects can be easily undone. Homepage: http://www.sandboxie.com OS supported: Windows XP SP 3 - Windows 8.1; 32-bit + 64-bit Changelog: Download Links Source: http://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=19151 If you are looking to buy Lifetime License for Sandboxie....
  7. RollBack XP is a free system restore utility that helps users better manage and lockdown Windows XP based PC's. Any unforeseen incidents such as user errors, viruses or even botched software installations can be instantly reversed in seconds!.A Comprehensive Windows XP System Restore solution that empowers users and IT administrators to easily restore their PC's to any previous state within seconds!!! Features Go back to any previous point in time within seconds.Go back minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months -- to any previous snapshot.Does not affect computer performance, uses minimal system resourcesSupports upto 10 snapshotsCreates a complete system snapshot without having to restart the systemReverse any system crash within seconds (even if Windows can't startup)Back out of any failed program and OS updates and, botched updates etc.Recover from any malware or virus attack within secondsWorks with VMWare and Virtual Machines, both as a host or within the virtual machine as a clientLock snapshots to prevent automated deletionsIntuitive GUI based snapshot manager - manage snapshot resourcesExplore, browse and retrieve files and folders from any snapshot. Drag and drop them into your active system.Roll backward as well as forward to any available system snapshotAllows users to safely test any software. Fast, 100% complete uninstallerRetrieve files from a crashed PC, even if Windows cannot bootAccess control - manage levels of multiple user and administrative privileges.Manually take snapshot on demandAutomatically schedule snapshots to be taken on a fixed schedule or upon execution of specific files (ie. setup.exe)Homepage: http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/products_and_solutions.aspx?ProductId=40 Supported OS : XP only Download Link: http://www.horizondatasys.com/files/RollbackXP/RollbackXP.exe?ProductId=40 Note::RollBack XP doesn't support Remote Management,Stealth mode,OS' later than XP and not more than 10 Snapshots.
  8. ViRobot APT Shield 2.0 is the best PC security program to block attacks of vulnerabilities(include Zero-Day vulnerabilities and Drive-by download vulnerabilities) in applications and Windows OS(include Windows XP) in advance, and it is compatible with anti-malware programs.Especially, ViRobot APT Shield 2.0 will be the best choice for PCs which can not be upgraded Windows XP to higher version of Windows. Features 1. Response to variety attacks of application vulnerabilities. It blocks attacks that use vulnerabilities in advance for applications such as document programs(MS Office, Adobe Reader, ...), Web brewers(IE, Firefox, Chrome, ...), Media players, Messengers, Compression software, and etc. 2. Blocking vulnerabilities due to the end of Windows XP support. It prevents attacks that use vulnerabilities in advance for Windows which cannot be applied security patches. 3. Complementing in accordance with the limits of Signature-based anti-virus. By behavior-based technology, it blocks creation and execution of malicious code that exploits vulnerabilities, and it also doesn't need pattern update. 4. Blocking the acceleration of document leak for many unspecified targets. Recently, malicious code is using social engineering to exfiltrate important document from companies, but this product blocks it completely. 5. Handling systems which are difficult to update Windows security patches. It's a very light product, because it requires only minimal resources of Hardware. It's suitable for various environments which are difficult to update Windows security patches in enterprise. Functions 1. Enhanced detection for malicious code It can block Zero-Day attacks in advance.It's not necessary to concern about False/Positive, because it detects abnormal behaviors of applications.It's possible to detect malicious code in real time.2. Flexible scalability and low costs It's compatible with anti-malware products all around the world, it ensures flexible scalability.It can save cost compared to network-based detection solutions. (No extra charge excepted license fee)3. Management efficiency It's possible to control security systems by connection with integrated log equipment(e.g. ESM).Monitoring service is provided through installation of Web log server.4. Usability Pattern update is not required.It's simple to install(The installation takes less than 10 seconds.)The portion of end users' direct control is minimized.It uses minimum resource. (e.g. Memory usage : less than 10MB)Screenshots Blocking malicious code that exploits vulnerabilities in applications. Document program -MS office, Adobe reader, Ichitaro, etc. Web browser - IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Java, Flash, ActiveX, etc. Media player - Real player, QuickTime player, Winamp, etc. Messenger - Skype, Yahoo, Google, . etc. Compression software -WinZip, WinRAR, 7-Zip, etc. Homepage: http://www.aptshield.net/ Download link: http://www.aptshield.net/apt_individual_download.html Requirements: CPU:Intel Pentium III 500MHz or Above RAM:512 MB or Above HDD:Free space more than 500 MB OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8/Windows Server 2003 / Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2012 -x86 and x64.
  9. I've asked this before - and gotten snarky replies like: 'Look around - it can be done' and 'find it yourself'. (OK, whatever - when I see that kind of stuff it just makes me think nobody really has done it or knows.) Here's what I'm asking=> How to morph the looks and functions of 7 into a plain, classic interface as fully as possible ?? Even though it is now an old OS, I've seen no reason to get it nor really any need or reason to leave XP Pro which is 100% fine on my multi-core system with a mere 4GB RAM. I absolutely hate what has been done with explorer too - and there seems no way to get the good old explorer back (I've asked that too and folks just say to use an alternate app...meh.) And worst of all - that hideous 'pearl' idea instead of menus - making extra steps to get to what is needed. That's just plain stoooopid. So, before anyone leaves a snarky reply telling me to get off my lazy a$$ and research this rather than asking=> ain't gonna happen; if I need to do lots of work to get a good old-style classic windows interface on a newer OS, I can easily do that with Linux and LXDE and still use XP at the same time. OK, so - has anyone actually achieved this ??? Any good sites for classic GUI style lovers who also want 7 ?? C'mon now, fess up - where's the beef ?!? Thanks.
  10. smallhagrid

    An XP-centered query...?

    I asked this before - someplace, sometime - and then I had to move, changed PCs - and lost the great replies that came to me before I could use them...so forgive me for asking here, again, please. I know there are forums devoted to XP users. Searching for them is not easy because 'XP' and 'forum' are such general terms... My query: If anyone here knows of them - please point me to any forums you know of that are specifically centered around XP ?!? Thanks for helping me out here.
  11. Topic Updated On 25 July 2013 - Windows Hotfix Downloader 2.9 By Alphawaves
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