SUCKS? (swamp gas)? or is it more like the Titanic?
That ICE berg is what? Malware post year 2014 !
The cure is Robolinux for free?
You love XP, but reality happens !
MS Windows, XP 32bit only, was great for 16 Years now 2017 ( October 25, 2001 to -2014) but times change!, the web has changed for the worse. (VISTA is also dead now) (MS = Microsoft.com)
Your Ex President OBAMA might say " If you like your XP?, then keep your XP"
XP is offially dead. (at Microsoft and at you PC makers web site)
First some Statistics: (now)
The current XP world wide exposure is 6% June 2016, and falling fast, USA was 4.2% and VISTA 2.5% (2015) As of 2017 XP is below 2% world wide.
XP peaked at 77% and now is below 2%
Vista peaked at 23% and is now below 0.45% 12/2016
We are told that in USA XP is less than 1% and falling like a rock ! 6/2017 ( 3 cheers to that !) RIP !
First the good things:( I will not talk about or cover MS OFFICE or MS games or other MS applications"
Never run XP with out SP3 loaded. (know to that SP3 has blocks of new drivers inside ,and a key to limited success there )
Never Run IE1 to 8, ever, run the newest FIREFOX . (avoid Internet Exploder, totally)
Never run with out the Ransom-ware patch for XP is here. WANNACRY
Never run lacking a hardware firewall in your router turned on, and all incoming ports turned off
Never run XP with the XP firewall disabled.
Do not forget that you can also try VISTA, get a real CD and load it. It beats XP hands down. Vista is like W7 lite. Some PC's will not run right on W7 up. this is a fact.
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)
XP will tell you at install time no HDD found for many reasons: see list below:
MS = MICROSOFT every time I use that 2 letter abbreviation...
But all old MS updates are still there (I tested it End AUG 2017 and it's a GO , tested with WSUS app.)
This XP PAGE section , assumes you do serious PC work, like banking or adjusting your 401K online, or writing books, or developing software or hardware engineering,etc.)
If all you is play on your PC and no personal data., then run XP, but don't expect much help when it goes dead. (IT WILL)
If your watched the news spring 2017, did you see the UK Hospitals go dead,? from XP , then few weeks later Russians? all with RANSOMEWARE.
Do NOT BE next, IMO get the XP last update to block Ransomeware.
At the least try to get VISTA. Many HP old PCs they had this as an option, get it. W7 is a far wiser choice.
This message is not telling you what to do, it's a warning that you will soon get infected (PC virus) if you ignore it, it is not a guess, it is a fact, deal with facts as you may.
Microsoft will tell you to upgrade.
They are correct in this regard ,but most folk will discover that that means W7 purchase, for $120 , just to find it W7 does not support many things in there OLD 2001 PC.
Many drivers for old chips in your PC do NOT have W7 drivers available, not made, not supported here.
You just got brick walled.
Many persons with a 2008+ PC may find out windows 7 does load ok. (but not with new SATA chips, see SATA comments on this page)
What will run best is anyones guess. and is expensive to test. (MS has few answers here, in fact the WHQL drive base is not even published so answers here are near impossible thanks to them)
However you can load (fresh install) W10 for free, try it and then regress to W7 if it fails. (the 30 day rule)
W7 downloads at MS take a new key for $100 to download it (or your retail key), but not W10, this is your best change here, W10 , try it for free. Your OEM key on bottom of PC is useless here,( MS need not do that but did)
MS is wise to allow W10 try outs. (But W10 is not a OS now, it is only a marketing tool)
One guy said what is SATA, it's that which is not PATA. It is any drive with this connector:
in both cases the power connector must be connected.
XP hates SATA drives (HDD/SSD and DVD), of 100s of SATA chips only a few old ones are supported long ago.... See monster XP disk mentioned on this page for a for sure cure.
Plug and Play, XP, (pray): TESTING by me...
See my XP search here at MS on topic.
First off , Microsoft does not allow you to look insider their PnP servers, (MS called it the Driver Catalogs, when I asked them)
They flat refused, to allow , just looking, at drivers, to see, its NAME and version and source, SUX no? (unlike wonderful LINUX)
Btw there is a MS utility to view all updates, but not driver data bases directly.
So I did some tests for some old friends that use XP (don't ask why they do?).
I have this huge box of old PCI cards, and one very old fully working like new Intel, MOBO based PC destop. (2004 built) With Fresh virgin, XP loaded and SP3 . (off MS offical hologramed disks)
TESTING 123: (in short, see link below for full tests methods)
Really the ICH5 is and Acid test for that server if ever there was...2003, chip. (not in the local cache, nor at MS.com)
Plug & Play for XP only partially works today (even Aug, 2017)
See my tests on this page below, and how to get all drivers all ways from SUNDAY.
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 and XP near you. UPGRADE NOW.
Using these tools I built and XP monster disk from my Retail MS XP PRO CD. (XP-pro-sp3+LAN+Mass.iso) (using W10-64 to do that)
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 PC's from 2004 to new.
ISO still fits a CD-R. cool.
Keep XP off the internet, the net is now 100 times more dangerous now, it's not 2001 or 1995 it is 2017, go crazy and buy a used w7 PC for $25 go banana's
NEWS FLASH 9-1-2017:
Microsoft is in fact shutting down (late) all MS online XP driver servers for PnP (at the Update catalog servers) it's 1/2 gone now they say.
(they still have UPDATES still ALL THERE, what I call OS patches for exploits and SP3 is there.)
PnP means online Plug and Play driver access at MS.! (off line still works the same, near brain dead as, always)
version6 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.