Windows XP Final Year of Support

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Windows XP Final Year of Support

Listen to Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 86

By Richard Hay for Windows Observer

Thanks for all the feedback on our tweaked format that we tried out last week. Every piece of it was positive for the less rapid fire pace of the show so we will stick with that new format.

In today’s show we discuss XP’s final year of official support and what that means along with firmware updates for Surface, Microsoft Accounts getting two-factor authentication, Windows Store stats on the App Annie Blog, what Microsoft Blue really is about, Microsoft sells off their IPTV Mediaroom and Roku selling over 5 million devices.

We will jump into some social media items including how your past and present can come back to get you and the belief that social media makes over 80% of us less polite. We then point you towards the new Channel 9 Windows Store App, some extensive free resources for Windows Phone developers and a great article about the Touch Hate that is out there in the computing world.

Of course, we have to discuss the craziness around the latest PC sales numbers and all that entails including what a PC is defined as, the impact on stocks and since Windows 8 is being blamed for all of it we talk about the great debate at ZD Net between Ed Bott and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on whether Windows 8 can be saved.

Finally we will run through what we have been talking about at WindowsObserver.com since the last show including the insatiable appetite Windows Phone users have for anything Instagram and their willingness to take risks to have it.

Enjoy the show and as always thanks for listening!

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3 thoughts on “Windows XP Final Year of Support

  1. Paul – as long as that data is on a spare drive and not the one you install the OS on then it should be there when you are all done. You may have to redirect your Documents folder again once it is upgraded but you obviously know how to do that.

    I do recommend giving that drive a unique name so that when you are in the setup process you can easily recognize it as your data drive. You would not wan to accidentally overwrite it.

    In fact, might not hurt at all to have an off PC backup of that data to an external source if you can. I like being careful when it comes to my data!

  2. When I upgrade my 2 or 3 yr old Win XP desktop (one I put together with stuff from NewEgg), I wondered about this: I set the XP up to always put My Documents on a different hard drive, E:. When I run a clean upgrade to Win 7 Home Premium,
    what will happen to the documents as long as the E: drive is still there with the docs on it?

  3. When I upgrade my 2 or 3 yr old Win XP desktop (one I put together with stuff from NewEgg), I wondered about this: I set the XP up to always put My Documents on a different hard drive, E:. When I run a clean upgrade to Win 7 Home Premium,
    what will happen to the documents as long as the E: drive is still there with the docs on it?

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