Hi , I was pulled off of this job for a bit and had to attend to car repairs and grand kids needs / issues.
SO I have read your postings again. and mulled them over.
I have some new questions for you.
1) I found a CD inside a computer here at the house, and it is labeled 'Microsoft virtual machine' ... is this a special CD and will this help me at all?
2) Are not all the bugs and holes and port and all the other issues with XP fixed by now? ......So that no more updates are or will be needed?
3) if Xp will no longer be supported, what will replace it?
4) I can't afford a brand new computer this year, it is not in the budget. What then should I look for as a replacement? and with what operating system so that Im not using a OS that is about to become un- supported?
5) how can I get the other hard drive I found inside the case to take over as the main drive?
1) no, that disk is not an XP disk
2) New vulnerabilties are discovered regularly by an elite of highly skilled crackers. These are called zero day vulnerabilities. Many crackers sell the vulnerability on, and it either gets reported to Microsoft or is found in the wild or added to an "exploit kit", and then Microsoft patch it. What you avoid by updating Windows, are the millions of "script kiddies" who will attack your PC when these exploits are widely known, instead of known only to a select few individuals during the unknown phase.
3) XP came out in 2001, it was replaced by Vista in 2007, Vista was replaced by Windows 7 in 2009, and Windows 8 came out last year. Is once every 10 years too often a time period to replace a computer? I can understand Microsoft not wanting to spend resources patching a 12 year old OS.
4) You could try linux as mentioned, its free. However, you need to know what you are doing, or at least have someone to help you burn a linux iso, build a pc and install linux onto it. A barebones PC should cost less than $300. You can probably buy a used Windows 7 PC tower for around $150.
5) If you take the malfunctioning drive out, the other one will be the main drive. You can install linux or another OS onto it.
Edited by Adam Pollard, 29 May 2013 - 04:41 PM.