I've been running XP Pro for years and years now. I know they ended support. That's fine, I wipe and reinstall almost annually, and no surfing or other questionable activity happens where I have a real concern in the meantime, I just get tired of disk thrashing with the cobwebs and such. Then again, I'm picky and sensitive to all that - just like my car. Regular maintenance is the best medicine.
So this started with my wife attempting to renew her Food Handlers card. Says "You need the most recent version of Flash". Fine. Go to download, click install, nothing. Hmm. Fight with that for a couple hours with different browsers, different Flash versions, such as Firefox and IE running different types of Java, attempt both, check Java. All fine, more or less, as long as the versions are legacy. Although I believe Java was up to date. However this card requires the latest version, and it won't install or even respond to the clicking on it IN ORDER to install the newest Flash.
I decide okay, this is odd, but it's been quite some time, so let's do a fresh OS anyway. Now, there are several things that will not install... almost as if I have been downloading x64 versions instead of x86 versions. Java won't install. Flash won't install. Internet Explorer mostly refuses to work, and is only slightly better with IE8 installed. Bittorrent, uTorrent, and a couple other variations will not install. And when I say all of these won't install, they won't even attempt to. No error, no hard disk activity. I haven't gone too terribly far with the list of items that no longer respond, as this is clearly a problem without further investigation.
I have not installed SP3 yet on this fresh OS install, in addition to any of the new fangled internet based runtime/distribution garbage (ie. silvercloud and such like that. I forget the other one, been around for years and years, versions like 3.5, 4.0... usually needed for advanced graphics games and fancy programs), even though I normally have it. Just giving info.
Why is XP suddenly crippled?