Windows XP

What To Do With Old Computers?

There are many things you can do with old computers. Obviously, the easiest thing to do it properly dispose of it through an e-waste program. Of course, make sure you properly back up and wipe your drive before disposing of the computer.

But what if you want to re-purpose the machine for something else? There are many things you can do to re-purpose the computer for something else:

Why can't I use Windows XP and my old programs?

Windows XP

Episode 1744

Richard from Grand Rapids, MI

Richard is having issues with Windows XP and his password. Leo says that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP, and Richard shouldn't use it online anymore. And if Richard can't use some of his programs, it's probably time to move on to new versions. Office, for instance, Leo recommends using Office365. FrontPage is dead. Money is dead. 

Leo says Richard needs to upgrade to Windows 10 if he wants to do anything moving forward and look for more updated apps for the apps he's been relying on with that old machine. The web has just moved on.

Why can't my Windows 10 machine see my XP machine on my network?

Windows 10

Episode 1684

Bernie from San Dimas, CA

Bernie has two desktops, one with Windows 10, the other with Windows XP. But they can't see each other on the network. But his Windows 7 laptop sees both. Leo says there are so many things it could be; he recommends going to practicallynetworked.com. It could be the XP machine is using SMB 1.0. Windows 10 stopped using it because it wasn't secure. So chances are, that's it. You can still turn it on though.

Can I upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows XP?

Windows XP

Episode 1676

Neil from New Mexico

Neil has a Sony Vaio laptop running Windows XP and knows he should upgrade to Windows 10. Can he and still run 32 bit? Leo says that 32 bit won't be a problem with Windows 10, but the machine may be too old and not have enough RAM to run it. It's worth a try though, and you can roll it back if it doesn't work well. What you could try is to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, burn it to a DVD and then boot to that DVD to see if it'll run. If it does, however, it'll likely be really slow. Leo advises using Linux on it.

Will I have to update Windows in my ATMs?

Windows 7 RIP

Episode 1617

Chris from Studio City, California

Chris wants to know why his ATMs will require an update costing $10,000. Leo says it depends on what your license options are, but those ATM machines are running on old versions of Windows, like Windows XP, and they have to keep them updated for security purposes. And it would be expensive to update to a new version of Windows. So it depends on the license you have. What about Windows 7? Leo says that Windows 7 will go end of life in January 2020. 

Should I Install Linux onto My Old Windows XP for DVR Purposes?

Linux

Episode 1603

Mark from Pittsburgh, PA

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.

How can I Upgrade My Old Windows XP Machine?

 Windows XP.

Episode 1578

Richard from Worcester, Massachusetts

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. 

How can I move data from my old hard drive to a new computer?

Windows

Episode 1568

Sam from San Francisco, CA

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.

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