Why does XP STINK ? (the list is endless, but here are some opinions) XP has over 700 Exploits !The cure is Robolinux for free?
MS killed dead XP support on : April 8, 2014
You love XP, but reality happens !
MS Windows, XP is now 17 years old and counting from (2001 to now) and MS (Microsoft) ended support long ago on April 8, 2014
Support means full support even phone calls ! The only support now, or future, is the Service pack 3 and few old patches, all now frozen in the sands of time.
MS = MICROSOFT every time I use that 2 letter abbreviation... bingo.
XP peaked at 77% and now is below 2% (falling like brick, RIP)
Vista peaked at 23% and is now below 0.45% 12/2016 (RIP)
First the good things:( I will not talk about or cover MS OFFICE or MS games or other MS applications"
To hell with facts, I eat danger for breakfast ! you say?, sure....
To run XP you need the best 3rd party malware A/V package there is, AVG paid version comes to mind. (or ESET)!
Never run XP with out SP3 loaded. (know to that SP3 has libraries full of new drivers inside too , that can help a few folks get some old PnP drivers loaded )
Never Run the last XP IE8, ever, run the newest FIREFOX v56+ . (avoid Internet Exploder, totally!) IE8 max only installs on SP2 or 3, but do not run IE anything here.
Do not run Browers of any kind that is just a shell for IE6,7,8, or you will be sorry! RUN FIREFOX v56+
Never run with out the XP Ransom-ware patch for . WANNACRY!
Never run lacking a hardware firewall in your router turned on , and all incoming ports turned off , inside said router fire wall.
Never run XP with the XP software firewall disabled. (and with incoming ports OFF)
Vista is dead and died Spring 2017 , get Windows 7 (or higher)
Many chips used say in 2002 , the chip maker never created W7 drivers. ( there are cures, but may take a new PCI card to replace the dead chip with newer working card, function and W7 drivers)
If you have Desktop you can put in a new video PCI card, or a new wifi or ethernet card and get the PC running on say W7 that way, On Laptops you can buy USB wifi/ethernet dongles.
This can be done to get an old XP box running ok on say W7.
XP install disk hell:
MS XP will tell you at install time (not HP disks) and show ERRORs : no HDD found (HardDiskDrive) Top reason? No SATA chip drivers on the CD.
(the worst disk is a real MS XP from yeaer 2001, the best disk is with SP3 on the CD label, but is still very very weak on drives.) (not the offical HP disk called the HP media kit it does work prefectly)
The XP install errors , for HDD DRIVE not found,
Links that can help (mine and others)"
The MS drivers are gone but...
But all old MS OS updates/patches and for sure SP3 are still there (I tested it End AUG 2017 and it's a GO , tested with WSUS app.)
Many drivers page shows how to get them no matter what , if possible at all, Some are NOT!
If you chip maker never made Vista or W7 up drivers, there will be no drivers for that chip that does not work.
Example are NIC (LAN) WLAN (WIFI) , SOUND, SATA , Even some very old GPU (video) chips and many more..
See my SATA comments on this page)
Plug and Play, XP, (pray): TESTING by me... Summer 2017 to see WHAT's UP and what is NOT UP.
See my XP search here at MS on topic.
I am only testing 2 things here, (the local driver cache and then the Microsoft PnP on line driver cashe servers (driver cat.'s)
XP is now dead for 3 years (zero support)
First off , sadly Microsoft does not allow you to look insider there WHQL PnP Driver servers, (MS called it the Driver Catalogs, when I asked them)
They treat us like the (man behind the curtain (WIZ of OZ);
They flat refused, to allow me to just look at drivers there, like I can with OS patches and update servers, to see, just the driver NAME and version and source, that stinks, no?
There is a program that lets me see all MS OS XP updates, patches, and service packs but not DRIVERs , I had to device tricks to learn what is supported, seen below.
To SEE WHAT XP can do , is tricky, I must fool the loaded fresh OS and MS to do this. (but is not too hard) see below:
What I have is box full of old devices, USB, PCI, and even old express cards. (my huge attic collections from long long ago are still there.
I have a parked 2004 Old PC, but has both PCI and PCI-express slots for a far batter scope of testing.
I try to find a card that XP can not match a driver, (internet disconnected first)
There are 2 tests possible one no Service packs on the install disk and one with the SP3 pack, its totally silly and a waste of time to test the 2001 release of XP, forget that.
In my testing if the LAN was dead I switched to a working first WIFI and attempted to find the missing LAN chip driver from the MS servers, and found out even that can fail. (the classic chicken and egg conundrum)
I have lots of cards, over 30 , and most fail, (like a 3COM Card and many more or and S3 Video card)
The test is to see , "Is the the driver needed in the LOCAL cache and if not can we get it from the MS online PNP cache servers) In that order. (network dead starting, no WWW !)
TESTING 123: (in short, see link below for full tests methods)
Really the ICH5 chip is and Acid test for that dead MS PnP DRIVER server if ever there was...a 2003, chip. (not in the local cache, nor at MS.com)!
The PnP support for XP is now offline or almost off line now, (read DEAD)
The proofs I did are to use cards that were supper common all years of XP life, 2001 to 2007 range. (before VISTA) this proves the the local and remote driver cache's are dead, if all cards fail.
What matters is the Remote cache, on MS servers. (after all any 2007 driver will not be in the local cache , as it was not invented yet)
Plug & Play for XP only partially works today (tested Aug, 2017)
What can work is stated below, getting the drivers the hard way can work. (but no blood from a stone sure) If none were made then there are none.
See my driver page on my tests and how XP drivers can be found and do function, and see the Monster XP CD that loads on any SATA based system.
I ran PnP tests and proved that on this date. ( It's like the old kids movie. "The endless story" and the NOTHING is coming ! Soon to a XP near you.
THE CURE: (W7 sure but..)
Using these tools I built and XP monster install disk with all key drivers the SATA chips and LAN chips; tops my list , ethernet chip must work out of the gate (install time)
That means I preloaded MS Service Pack 3, all LAN chips (ethernet) (and all MASS storage controllers (SATA CHIPS out the Wazoo and more... ) the disk loads now on most any PC I want.
My home made, ISO still fits a CD-R. cool. (I sarted with a fresh new MS XP retail disk with virgin COA key , new in box, never opened)
Keep XP off the internet, the net is now 100 times more dangerous today, it's not 2001 or 1995 it is 2017, go crazy and buy a used w7 PC for $25 go banana's
XP is dead. Some drivers can be found sure.
XP is a Virus magnet.
If W7 will not install on your old PC, the run Ubuntu 17+ for free.
version7 8-21-2017 UNDER all is this page is in my opinion only, and can change easy as the world or MS changes. This is not HP affiliated in anyway, nor MS.