Windows XP vs Windows 7 wrt application support and security.
March 5, 2010 10:14 PM Subscribe
Win7 RC trial is at an end. Do I go back to Windows XP, or pop for a copy of Windows 7? More after the fold...
posted by jingzuo to technology (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I use Linux extensively at work and at home, but I do like to keep a Windows partition so I can play games and use those (rare) pieces of software I haven't found alternatives for.
I've been using the Windows 7 x64 Release Candidate, which has recently expired. I like it fine, but if I want to continue using it, I'll have to purchase a copy, which would be difficult right now. I have my old Windows XP Pro (32 bit) sitting around, so I could reinstall it, but I want the hive mind's advice before doing so.
Realistically, how much more use can I squeeze out of Windows XP Pro if my main uses of it are for World of Warcraft, several Steam games (mostly the HL series, CS:S and Portal), and Adobe CS4? A year? Two? I've been unable to find any information about Blizzard or Valve phasing out XP support, but I know the party's going to come to an end at some point, and I was hoping someone had some reasonable estimates as to when that might be.
My other concern is security. I'm confused as to when I'll stop receiving security updates for XP Pro. I understand that security updates will continue to be distributed for XP Pro through 2014, but I don't know if that's for everyone, or for, say, companies with some kind of long term support arrangement with Microsoft. If I'm not among those receiving security updates, am I running much of a risk in spite of having a firewall, good AV software, and not installing/running sketchy software or visiting strange websites?
Summary: What is the application support and security outlook like for Windows XP Pro over the next 2-3 years? Must I bite the bullet and buy Windows 7?