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Dealing with Windows XP End of Life

Dealing with Windows XP End of Life

By Leo Notenboom

Leo weighs in on the options for Windows XP users faced with the end of the life of their OS.–PC Pitstop.

I recently posted a video summarizing my opinion of the options available to those who are currently using Windows XP, and those who plan to continue using it past it’s end-of-support date.


Transcript (lightly edited)

Hi Everyone! I’m Leo Notenboom from coming to you today from the palatial travel trailer where I often do many of the AnswerCast recordings. It actually has a nice, not too echo-y feel to it based on the internals. It’s basically a good, portable recording studio. Although today you may hear a little bit of wind in the background since we’re actually in the middle of a little bit of a windstorm.

So, over the past couple of months, I’d say that Windows XP related questions, most boiling down to “What do I do about Windows XP support ending this coming April?”, have been very common. I want to go over what some of my suggestions are; what you need to do depending on your situation to deal with the end of life of Windows XP.

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This excerpt appears with permission from Leo Notenboom.

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15 thoughts on “Dealing with Windows XP End of Life”

  1. I agree with what is in the video. I have been a Microsoft user since the days of DOS and have XP on my desktop machine and Win7 on my laptop (using classic shell).

    I have installed Linux Mint on my desktop PC and made it dual boot Linux/XP (default Linux).

    This enables me to keep using my XP software that doesn’t run on Linux. To prevent XP being corrupted, I simply went into Internet Options and changed to manual settings instead of auto DHCP and left the “Gateway” entry blank.

    This still gives me access to my home network, but XP cannot connect to the Internet.

    When Win7 reaches EOL, I will do the same with my laptop. Microsoft and I are parting ways, and after using Linux Mint for a couple of months now, I am glad.

    With the number of users in the world on XP, I think Microsoft have made a fatal marketing error – one they will live to regret.

    I also agree that backing up using imaging software such as Acronis is vital. It has saved my bacon many times over the years.

  2. Alot of people still use xp due to its small fingerprint on the harddrive, its lower needs on ram and the ability to run it on a lower end (cheaper) system without the need for updating to a more "windows 7 is best" system. It was also the reason that Windows 7 Enterprise (with the xp mode) was introduced in order to make business feel like they could upgrade and not loose their hard paid for Bispoke software they'd created for the business. Windows 7 might be the "best system" for you, but for alot of people it isnt, or they have a constraint like the Wallet to consider.

    (personally I use linux)

  3. Thanks Leo. I want to go the option of keeping XP and taking a complete image backup every day if necessary, and restoring the whole system if a virus locks my machine. Can you recommend software for this. Ideally, I would like something that can backup my whole drive to a portable drive and also make a boot disk so if the machine locks up totally I can get it started with the boot disk and using software in the boot disk restore my whole drive. I am looking for something reasonably priced, reliable – and it would be great if I could use it with more than one machine.

    Thanks for your help.

  4. I can't hear the whining of these neverending yesterday's people anymore. Get rid of that crappy old system – it never was great…win 7 is the best choice sin win2000.. I have 1 PC still running on XP and for luck I rarely need to use it

    1. My old computer isn’t crappy. I7-950 1366 pin that I built. It is faster than most of the commercially sold computers. PC pitstop rates my computer better that 94% of the computers they have tested. I’m going to a dual operating system controlled by my Bios using separate hard drives. XP Pro off line and win 8.1 on line. Shouldn’t that solve the safety problem? I got XP PRO when it first came out in beta system. I started with DOS 2.1 and that was many moons ago.

  5. I need to unlock my laptop (Gateway Model MX8734) PhoenixCmos. Windows Vista

    I am presently locked out of my pc. The problem is I don’t remember my CMOS setup password.

    When I was able to try safe mode I would get the following error msgs. as to why windows would not continue to load:

    a. Group Policy Client service failed the logon. (isn’t this spyware/virus file ??).

    b. Remote Procedure Call failed and did not execute. (isn’t this from wrong passwords??).

    I cannot fix any problems until I can access my CMOS settings.

    Prior to get locked out I could not login to Windows as my granddaughter was fooling around with my pc. She turned it off at the switch, panicked, tried to login again but didn’t know my password. Therefore, this 5 year old child locked me out of windows, which I didn’t realize until afterwards. I had a password set for my hard drive. I knew that password.

    Okay, so when trying to login in safe mode:
    a. windows boots;
    b. windows accepts my windows pw. However, my pc goes to black screen with no prompt.
    c. Now that I am locked out, I receive the above referenced errors.

    HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

    1. remove BOIS battery and short out BIOS. reinstall battery and that should do it. If not try safe mode and setup your computer, I think.

    2. @D Dietrich: Your predicament is just plain silly on so many levels.

      1) Why are you using a BIOS password in the first place. That’s mainly for corporate workstations, etc.

      2) What makes you think that changing the BIOS settings will help you. I bet you have no idea what settings you would even like to change. Also, your error messages don’t seem to have anything at all to do with the BIOS.

      3) This can be a wake up call for you or anyone reading this as to the importance of maintaining a Backup of your data, especially personal data.

      4) Why not seek the assistance of a professional rather than crying for help in the comments section of an article unrelated to your issue.

      As for your issue, since your running Vista, I would suggest using System Restore to roll back your PC to a date when it worked. Press the F8 key repeatedly BEFORE Windows begins to load. You should then see an option to ‘Repair Your Computer’.

      Your personal files should still be recoverable even if Windows won’t boot, as long as you don’t Reformat the drive.

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