gerry wrote on 2021-01-18, 10:58:
it's mostly for security reasons, why take a risk with unsupported systems?
Yes, but not because of security reasons, but because it's highly impractical to browse anything using retro rigs these days. I don't think 440BX/Windows 98 system is fast enough to browse modern sites today --if they can browse them at all. As such, anything older than Windows 98 is not connected to the internet.
As far as security goes, somewhere in 2016 I reformatted and reinstalled all Windows XP systems in my home office --which coincided with the end of Windows update for XP. Guess what, not only those XP computers stay virus-free and malware-free, but they don't experience progressive slowdown typically happens when you turn on automatic updates. Of course I secure those systems, like blocking suspicious sites using host file, and not letting daily user to install applications (only admin can install), but I don't use Windows updates at all, and the systems do not suffer from Windows rot at all. So far, no security problems at all despite those computers are connected to the internet. But I imagine there will be less and less modern sites we could comfortably browse using those XP systems, and that's why I'm preparing to upgrade them to Windows 7.
And when Windows 7 experience the same problem, I would upgrade them to Linux. I would never touch Windows 10, not even with a ten foot pole.
Never thought this thread would be that long, but now, for something different.....
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