Chris is still using Windows XP, but his computer is slowing down and his internet connection isn't that great. Time Warner says that if he upgrades to Windows 10, it'll give him faster internet performance. Is that true? Leo says it's true that the older a computer gets, the slower it becomes. He calls it "kruft." Leo backs up his data, reformats the drive and reinstalls Windows once a year. Chris can do that and upgrade to Windows 10, sure, but Leo advises going to Windows 7 if he can. If he gets a new computer, he will get it with Windows 10.
Anne got an HP Envy wireless printer. Can she use it with an XP Machine? She keeps getting a popup asking for a driver update for something called "Slim Cleaner." Leo says that XP is a security issue because Microsoft has stopped supporting it. There are no fixes for it, and newer hardware won't work quite right with it because manufacturers don't expect people to use it with such old computers. Leo would not recommend banking on an XP machine. When she bought Slim Cleaner, someone actually took over her computer as well. So now there's no way to know exactly what they may have done.
Abel has a friend who's 2007 Thinkpad has started acting up. The fan needed replacing, so he fixed it and now after rebooting, none of the passwords work. So he used some utilities from the Ultimate Boot CD to get into the administrator account. Leo says an administrator can take control of all the files and then back them up. He could also move the data to a new account that he creates. It looks like the desktop has changed its appearance and some files have disappeared.
Annie still uses Windows XP and can't afford a new computer. Leo says that using XP is fine, but she's going to want to use a better browser like Chrome to keep her web surfing more secure. But Google is going to stop supporting XP, so Firefox will be the best. If she's going to keep using XP, here are a few steps to protect herself since Microsoft has stopped supporting it:
Wayne is being told his old Gateway PC isn't worth keeping since it's been in storage for a few years. Leo says it's probably running an old version of Windows -- likely XP. Hardware wise, there's probably nothing wrong with it. The reason people are saying Wayne shouldn't use it is because Microsoft isn't updating it, so security is an issue. He can run it safely by doing the following:
Francis can't get videos to play on websites anymore on her old Windows XP machine. Leo suspects this is a Flash issue. If Francis is going to have Flash, she needs to make sure she keeps it up to date. Leo says there's a few ways to use Windows XP safely. All of the bad stuff that could get on her system will come from the internet, so anything that gets online has to be kept up to date. The good news is that even though Microsoft isn't keeping Internet Explorer up to date, Google has said that it will keep its Chrome browser updated.
Jeff wants to know if it's possible to make Windows 7 emulate Windows XP. He's confused about what the "library" is. Leo says he should think of it like a canned search. It's a saved search that will push files together into a result that looks like an actual folder, but it isn't. Leo says it isn't possible to emulate this, it's just a new feature of Windows 7. But at least it's not taking up space.
Lee still uses Windows XP and it keeps installing the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool even though it's already been installed. Leo says it's normal for the MSRT to be updated every month. That's the idea.
Would Windows 7 run most of the programs that Lee uses in XP? Leo says yes, unless it's been abandoned by the author. Windows 7 Pro has a great compatibility mode for just that. So upgrading to Windows 7 is a good idea. And he should always remember to run as a limited user.
Paul used to write his daughter messages from the tooth fairy in a cryptic, fairy-looking font on Windows XP. Then she would change the font to read the messages. Now he has a CD with these notes on it, but none of the documents can be read because he doesn't have a Windows XP computer with that font installed anymore. How can he find that font?
Dennis bought a used Lenovo T61 with Windows XP and recovery discs. He bought Windows 7 64 bit and sought to install it, but he can't. Leo says that Dennis may want to try 32 bit instead because of the age of the machine. Leo suggests wiping the drive because XP can't upgrade past Windows 7. So he should wipe the drive and give it a native installation.