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Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby Get Real! » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:39 am

Microsoft support for XP has ended so SSL certificates will expire and other issues predominantly with Internet access will start to fail with messages like "Invalid Or Expired Security Certificate" therefore:

Very quickly...

1. Without IE your 3rd party browsers would simply not work in Windows so upgrade IE even though you may not be using it to version 8 from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download ... tails.aspx


2. Install Windows SP3 if you're still on SP2. Restart at the end.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download ... aspx?id=24


3. Use IE8 (only) and log onto this site:

http://www.update.microsoft.com/windows ... e&ln=en-us


Now select CUSTOM and "scan/Install" any security updates offered.

NB:1 If a "Root Certificates update" and/or KB971029 is listed in the "Optional Software updates" category on the left-hand side
of the scan results window, install them.

NB:2 Don't install any other optional software updates nor hardware updates.


That's it.

:idea: Once you've checked that you can now access all sites alright you can now go back and turn off the windows update, firewall, error reporting service, etc, and anything else you had turned off before the problems began.

Bye!
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby CBBB » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:20 am

What's the date today?
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby Get Real! » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:18 pm

CBBB wrote:What's the date today?

Today's date is irrelevant...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... pport-help
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby supporttheunderdog » Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:05 pm

Still a week to go. Ends April 8th.
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby Get Real! » Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:22 pm

supporttheunderdog wrote:Still a week to go. Ends April 8th.

The repercussions have already begun so you don’t wanna leave this till the last moment!
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby supporttheunderdog » Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:30 pm

No working XP boxes at home. Let the boss worry about the one on my desk...
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby CBBB » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:40 pm

As 38% of the worlds PC's are still running XP, I don't think they will all just stop working!

The majority of ATM's run on XP as well.
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby Demonax » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:57 pm

CBBB wrote:As 38% of the worlds PC's are still running XP, I don't think they will all just stop working!


Three quarters of UK businesses 'still running Windows XP'

The end of support deadline for Microsoft Windows XP is just a week away, but a staggering 77 per cent of UK organisations are still running the 12 year-old operating system somewhere in their IT estate, according to new research.

The end of Windows XP support does not mean it will stop working, simply that Microsoft will stop releasing security patches for the operating system, so any security holes that are discovered after that time will be vulnerable to exploits and malware.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/m ... ws-XP.html
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby Get Real! » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:02 pm

Demonax wrote:The end of Windows XP support does not mean it will stop working, simply that Microsoft will stop releasing security patches for the operating system, so any security holes that are discovered after that time will be vulnerable to exploits and malware.[/i]

Not entirely true...

Access to websites WILL gradually cease as SSL certificates start to expire and there's nothing 3rd party browsers can do other than display one of these…

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/ctL69zfEVzo/maxresdefault.jpg

http://www.lockergnome.com/wp-content/u ... ficate.png

And btw, there won’t be a “proceed anyway” button to click!

I expect Microsoft to pull down all XP support sites within a week so those links I’ve posted above may not be around for too long.

Those who don’t follow my advice today to update their SSL certificates will have no choice but to pay a technician to do it for them later!

You’ve been warned… :)


PS: You can simulate this behavior by setting your system clock back by 10-15 years and then trying to connect to sites.
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Re: Why your Windows XP box may have started to fail...

Postby Get Real! » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:18 am

CBBB wrote:As 38% of the worlds PC's are still running XP, I don't think they will all just stop working!

The majority of ATM's run on XP as well.

Nobody said XP machines are gonna “stop working” but their Internet access will be hampered because IE6/7/8 will no longer silently update SSL certificates in the background regardless of which browser one uses, and the user will have to do this manually.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/docu ... x?mfr=true

For future reference to import a certificate:

Start > Run> mmc > OK > File > Open > Open…
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