Win 2K & Anti-Virus
by Seafarerzzz - 11/5/11 9:48 AM
In Reply to: Re: Windows 2000 by Kees_B
Thanx for info on ESET, but the reality is that software support of any op-sys will disappear
as long as it's no longer economically feasible. Yet my old Win 2K machine, without overclocking is faster than my wife's XP unit.
Eset may be a fine anti-virus program but it's NOT FREE.
That may sound cheap of me but consider,....as support for XP is over (by Microsoft), how soon will support by other software companies end for XP. Remember XP has had the LARGEST base of users of ANY op-sys to date & most of its home users are reluctant to switch. I know VISTA has been a dud & Win 7 sales are increasing rapidly. I understand that the soon (a year?) to be released Win 8 has some really new quirky things about it which may possibly spell the end of support for who knows which op-sys, by software manufacturers.
Perhaps the business community (which passes on costs to us), requires regular op-sys updates but typical home users become quite happy & satisfied with software they learn to use comfortably. We don't need regular op-sys upgrades. That may be good for Microsoft's bottom line, but not the consumer. We buy a new car mainly because the old one is getting beat up looking or not getting decent gas mileage, or no longer running well. Only business people or those who can afford to replace cars just for the new car smell will do so regularly. Frankly, XP did not require replacement. It may have gotten some upgrades or refreshing. but new op-sys's are only benefiting Bill Gates & Co.
I am well aware that churning within a business & profit drive the computer market just as it does for any other business, but any software, including an op-sys, does not wear out or get shoddy like an old car.
I guess I'll have to be very careful & perhaps pull the old computer off the net so as to NOT possibly introduce some unwanted bug, & just use it as a warehouse of old stuff I wish to keep.
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