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Changing From XP to Chrome???

by yes746 / June 25, 2013 10:50 PM PDT

I'm running a old Dimension 4500 (That works just fine) Windows XP Home Svc pac3. I am unable to upgrade IE9 and do not have enough room to even upgrade to Vista. Would switching to Google Chrome end the worry of the end of XP support? And if so , Is there a tool sort of like a upgrade adviser to tell me if Chrome is compatible ? Thank you.

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Chrome will work with XP but...
by wpgwpg / June 25, 2013 11:02 PM PDT

...it's not going to solve the problem of MS dropping support for XP. When they drop support, there will be no bug fixes and no security updates. This means there will be an increasing no. of problems for people who stay with XP including vulnerability to viruses/malware and it will become more and more difficult to find new software that's compatible. Chrome is just a browser, Firefox is another browser, but neither is an operating system.

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Thank's
by yes746 / June 26, 2013 12:45 AM PDT

I figured as much but hoped that I was wrong.

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Just to avoid potential confusion
by Jimmy Greystone / June 26, 2013 12:54 AM PDT

Just to avoid potential confusion, there is a Google Chrome OS and a Firefox OS, but both of them are largely targeted at very specific markets. Chrome OS is aimed at its Chromebook line, which are ultra-low end netbooks, and Firefox OS is an alternative to Android, iOS, etc that is still in very early development.

It's possible that the OP or someone else reading this may be confused by coming across either of these options in a search, so figured I'd mention it.

Other than that, I agree that the general issue is less with the web browser and more with the OS no longer being supported. If someone finds an exploit in XP, not just IE, that will no longer be patched by Microsoft. Switching to Firefox or Chrome from Internet Explorer would be a good short-term solution, but I would not rely on this for more than around six months after the final set of updates for XP have been pushed out. Honestly, the sooner you move to an actively supported OS the better, be it a more recent version of Windows or even something like Linux if your computer is not up to the task of running Vista (or later) well and buying a new computer is not financially feasible for the foreseeable future.

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Thank You....
by yes746 / June 26, 2013 2:44 AM PDT

For clearing that up. I guess it's on to 8.1

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