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Old 07-05-2016, 10:36 PM
 
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I just found an old computer. It is running really s-lo-w and had so many issues with it many years ago and long story short, how old is this if it is an XP~? When did they make it~? I see here on the system properties it is version 2002. Is that the year this PC is~? Is this over 12 years old~?

This is a Dell Inspirion. It kept wanting to connect to a WAN miniport connection or something and finally I connected it thru a cord to my router. What is a miniport~? It took forever for it to connect to the control panel but it did connect to a website. Is this worth getting it fixed or looked at~?

***Edit***I'm doing an Microsoft Security Essentials Scan on it right now. It says::::::::::::::: Potentially unprotected. Is this MSE a virus protection or what~?
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:28 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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XP was released in 2001 but that doesn't tell you how old the hardware is. Look up the Inspiron model number or its CPU type in the BIOS (if it doesn't boot). After mid-2015, MS stopped updating its virus definitions on Security Essentials for XP.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:10 AM
 
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***Edit***I'm doing an Microsoft Security Essentials Scan on it right now. It says::::::::::::::: Potentially unprotected. Is this MSE a virus protection or what~?
Essentially that computer is not worth the effort to make it upgradeable to a later version of Windows. You can buy a cheap computer for less money.
You can download puppy linux onto a flash drive. It will then download onto your hard drive and give you the option to start the computer in Windows XP or Puppy. Puppy is small enough to be able to run on old computers that are incapable of being upgraded to newer versions of Windows.
Puppy Linux Home

You are taking a chance with Windows XP because it is no longer secure.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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XP is still used by many in the Philippines and I am sure other third world countries and kids can still use it to play games on without going online, so if you do not want to keep the computer, then consider wiping the hard drive and doing a fresh install of xp and then donating it to a charity.
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:48 AM
 
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XP is still used by many in the Philippines and I am sure other third world countries and kids can still use it to play games on without going online, so if you do not want to keep the computer, then consider wiping the hard drive and doing a fresh install of xp and then donating it to a charity.

Thanks for the info but, no thanks. I have personal info on it that I used for business and need it in case issues pop up again. Is the Philippines behind in the times in comparison to the USA~?
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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Backup the personal info... Install some lightweight software and either make it into a Linux box, or make it into a file server. That's what I do with old PC's... file servers lol.
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:19 PM
 
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You are taking a chance with Windows XP because it is no longer secure.
Any OS can be secure if you know how to configure it..... Many are still running XP or lower and they love it!!
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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More like a few, Dude....

https://www.netmarketshare.com/opera...10&qpcustomd=0
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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XP is running on almost 10% of how many machines?
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Any OS can be secure if you know how to configure it..... Many are still running XP or lower and they love it!!
How do you know they love it?
Maybe they can't afford to upgrade.
Or maybe they're running ancient sw on ancient hw and can't upgrade.
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