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.
When I say the makers name HP below this means (fill in your PC makers name here)
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.... (no me....)
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 sevice pack SP3 loaded. (know to that SP3 contains newer chip driver added, but is sadly grossly limited still and forever like this...)
Never Run the last XP Brower IE8, ever, run the newest FIREFOX v60+ . (avoid Internet Exploder, totally!) IE8 max only installs but need SP2 or 3, ON XP you must VOID IE totally now)
Do not run Browers of any kind that is just a shell for IE6,7,8, or you will be sorry! RUN FIREFOX v60+
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. (or you get infected in seconds flat)
Never run XP with the internal XP software firewall disabled. (and with incoming ports OFF)
Vista is dead and died Spring 2017 , get Windows 7 (or higher)
W7 and W10 are both still sold and Microsoft.com. (W10 can be loaded as trial for 30 days for free, hint hint)
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/sound dongle devices,to upgrade this harware so the newer OS can be loaded and made WHOLE.
The direct manual driver search works at MS. (even when XP PnP fails hard)
XP install disk hell:
MS XP will tell you at install time (not HP disks) and shows ERRORs : no HDD found (HardDiskDrive) Top reason? No SATA chip drivers on that none OEM CD.
The words OEM means in the case of HP the HP offical install disk set, or DELL disk set, or as your PC maker may be. (Original Equipment Manufacture)
(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 drivers.) (not the offical HP disk called the HP media kit it does work prefectly)
The word DRIVER means , that low level software you load that makes chip, any chip inside the PC, (its box of chip, ok?) work right, or a function, like wifi/ethernet,sound and lots more.
Lets say you have the missing XP SATA driver, on say USB stick or on a CD-R Disk (a perfect match) but XP installer setup.exe asks for the driver, and then ask you to hit F6 and load it from a floopy disk. (max pain)
I want you to know some PCs made 2004 to 2007(vista)? had a special BIOS that contains a cool feature (for XP ) the Floppy emulation feature,that lets you use other media and fool the installer that you are using a floppy drive.
Or buy a USB floppy drive, then the horror of finding blank floppies in the year 2018.
One other trick on older PCs, is go into BIOS, and find the SATA chip, and while there turn off SATA mode, and turn on IDE emulation and XP now loads ok, later turn it back to SATA, and XP now runs.
The CDs install disk can be slipped streamed so that XP now has vast numbers of newer SATA drivers, (this is what I have , and made from scratch) The USB floppy is like $10 on ebay the other is here.
XP monster disk building...
Far better is avoid XP like the Plugue.
The XP install errors , for HDD DRIVE not found, "No Hard disk found" means 2 things, HDD is dead or 99% more likely the SATA chip drivers are missing!
Links that can help (mine and others)"
The MS drivers may be 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.
Fresh installed using XP with working slipped streamed SATA chip drivers (I have huge driver cache full of SATA chip , MS does not support, in 2001 nor in SP2 update)
I testing live PnP actions in XP using a huge box of PCI cards of every class (video, NIC, USB, sound, wifi,etc)
See my XP search here at MS on topic.
XP is a virus magnet and its broswer IE8 or older is not allowed at all on vast numbers of web site, and growing and IE11 can not be installed on XP, but Firefox v60+ will.
version-8 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.