Mark has an old Windows 7 / XP machine with Windows Media Center and is looking to repurpose it. Mark is wondering if he should pull the hard drive and install Linux onto the drive and use MythTV DVR application on it? Leo says that it should be fine, but warns Mark of using the machine for more than just a DVR machine. Leo says that there are risks using an XP machine since there haven't been new updates for XP machines in some time, it could be infected with viruses passively when going online.
Kerry is trying to get some emails off a Windows XP machine from Outlook Express 6 and into Windows Live Mail. But he keeps running into a problem where he tries to copy the emails from the Express Storage folder into a file and onto the desktop.
Richard has an old computer running Windows XP. He'd like to boost the memory and hard drive. Leo says that most PCs are upgradable with off-the-shelf components, even the most proprietary brands. Go to Crucial.com or Kingston.com and use their memory picker. Input the model and they'll indicate exactly what is needed. Just remember though, running XP is dangerous to use online. Microsoft doesn't support XP anymore with security patches, and so it's just a target for hackers and exploits.
Sam is still using an old Windows XP machine. Leo says that as long as you're not working online, and it's still reliable, it's still OK to use. But can he buy a new computer and still move his old data? Leo says he'd need an interface adapter to connect the IDE drive into a USB drive. Leo recommends the Universal Drive adapter.
Dan is having issues networking multiple computers running different versions of Windows. Leo says that Dan may be having issues with HDCP. He should name each machine, and he should try it without his Windows XP machine.
Chester is using Windows XP on his old computer. Can he put Windows 10 on it? Leo says you may be able to, but you can definitely run Linux on it. Look at Ubuntu. But have it run off an external drive to see if it'll work. Then if it does, you can install it. And Linux has a list of others specifically designed for older computers - https://www.linux.com/learn/intro-to-linux/2017/10/4-best-linux-distros-....
John has an old PC that runs XP and he's going to install Debian Linux on it. He wants to keep XP on it to run dual boot, though. Can he still get Service Pack 3 to get it up to date? Leo says that Microsoft has killed XP development, so he can't really get ahold of it except through a third party archival service. He'll have to decide if that's legit. If he installs Linux first, it may prevent installing Windows XP in the process.
Victor would like to update Windows XP. Jason says that XP updates are still available but are usually just on an exploit by exploit basis. He recommends getting all the updates he can and install them. But after that, he should seriously consider not using that XP machine online because it won't be regularly updated.
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Mary has an old XP computer and she's worried about getting the WannaCry virus. Can she get a patch to protect herself? Leo says that Microsoft has ended life for Windows XP, but did make a patch for it and she can go into Updates and get it. But according to Leo, 98% of infected computers with WannaCry are Windows 7 computers. So XP isn't even on the radar. It doesn't hurt to be safe, though.
Last weekend, the WannaCry Ransomware bit several hundred thousand computer systems, including sixteen hospitals in the UK. The ransomware infected the systems and encrypted all data. The reason this one was really bad is that it was a "worm," or a "network aware virus" that would spread out over the local area network to find other computers to infect, and bring the whole establishment to its knees.