Thomas's mom has an old PC that runs XP and he's trying to convince her to upgrade. Leo says it's a tall order to get people to change as there's over 30% of computers still running XP! Leo says that starting April 8th, Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and as such, there may be a 66% greater risk of the computer getting infected online. So it's even more important to get that computer off the Internet after April 8. Even better, get her to upgrade her computer and run Windows 8.1.
Midnight Rider works for a city that runs on Windows XP. They are going to be running antivirus on their computers after Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and he's wondering if that's going to be adequate. Leo says the antivirus, including Microsoft's own antivirus program will still be kept up to date. However, it won't protect against a user installing software that could be malicious.
Bruce upgraded to Windows 8.1 and he gets a message that he doesn't have a driver for his WiMax wireless receiver, but he still has access to the Internet. Leo says that Bruce is using the Windows wireless driver. So that's why it worked.
Ron has a PC that runs XP and wants to use Linux when he wants to go online. Should he worry about any XP programs sneaking online if he dual boots? Leo says no, there won't be any crossovers. There are some programs that Linux can run that run on Windows, but none that go online. Just don't forget to only go online with Linux and not Windows XP!
An analysis of all the patches that Microsoft released in 2013 shows that nearly 100% of all exploits and vulnerabilities could be removed if administrator rights were revoked, and users ran as a limited user.
Admin rights key to mitigating vulnerabilities, study shows (ZDNet)…
Jeff is looking for a new laptop and all he sees are models with Windows 8. Leo says that's true and it's likely because Microsoft is moving to a touch based system. Leo says that's the trend and moving forward, all laptops will have it. If he's getting a laptop, he may as well get one that has a touch screen because of Windows 8. But he can still get some Windows 7 machines. Dell carries them currently, but this will stop October 31.
Michael added a 2TB drive into his old Windows XP machine and installed Windows 7 on it. Now his computer won't boot to the drive with Windows 7 on it. Leo says he'll need to tell the computer that the Windows 7 drive is the boot drive. When he boots to XP, though, he can't see all of his hard drives. Leo says it could be that the hard drive is too big and XP can't see it.
Naomi has been running SpinRite to repair a failing hard drive. Leo says that SpinRite fixes the lowest level problems of bad sectors. It will try and read them and if it can't, it'll copy the data off and move it, then mark that sector unusable. It won't stop until it reads it, which can take weeks. She did that and now it won't boot up. Leo says to get the data off the hard drive first by booting to a CD or by using another PC to read it. Then transfer the drive and make it a USB external drive. Then wipe the drive and reinstall Windows.