Windows XP and indexing

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Windows XP and indexing

Postby snewcomer17 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:14 am

We have members of our stake that do indexing. Some of our members are running windows xp. I am part of our stake's IT committee. There seems to be question if members should continue indexing on xp computers after April 8th. These are personal computers in members homes. With the end of xp support members systems will be vulnerable to hackers and viruses. I understand that indexing will still work on xp systems but should I advise members to consider changing the device they use from an xp system?

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Re: Windows XP and indexing

Postby gregwanderson » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:27 am

It's not as if the XP computers will cease to function on a specific day. If they're worried about viruses and hackers they can simply turn off their Wi-Fi or unplug their ethernet cable. If we're talking about private computers these folks are using at home then it's entirely up to them if they feel it is not safe to use them anymore. Otherwise, I would simply suggest they do regular back-ups and then replace their computers when the computers get too old, too slow for current software, no longer have practical hard drive capacity, etc., which is usually why I replace a computer and not because it's "broken."

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Re: Windows XP and indexing

Postby russellhltn » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:41 am

I think it would be wise to point them to the various articles warning about the end of XP.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "" to the search criteria.

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Re: Windows XP and indexing

Postby marianomarini » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:29 am

russellhltn wrote:I think it would be wise to point them to the various articles warning about the end of XP.

And Microsoft will pay this kind of advertisement?
Maybe we can say to them to change OS with one less unsecure?

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Re: Windows XP and indexing

Postby sbradshaw » Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:03 pm

Indexing won't be a problem on Windows XP computers.

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