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Old xp pro still useable?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by PwntUpRage, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. PwntUpRage

    PwntUpRage Member

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    Hi,

    I have a full version of windows xp pro from an old computer that quit four years ago. (still have packaging with serial code)

    The computer I used to replace it had the preinstalled xp so I didnt need to use the old xp disc to get going again.

    I'm now in the process of replacing the motherboard/cpu/and ram on this computer and understand I can't reuse this OEM xp version after the upgrade.

    Can I now use that old xp disc for my newly upgraded system?

    I've read that reusing xp is allowed as long as the old one is uninstalled off the old computer...I can't do that as the old one won't even start.

    Is this still possible without the uninstall from the old computer?

    Thanks
     
  2. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Yes, you're fine....install when ready
     
  3. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Be sure to get a decent firewall, I recommend Comodo.
    A Sandbox/Virtual Windows is good too (like Sandboxie) so when IE or Firefox get loaded with crap, you can delete the sandbox and start afresh.
    You can tell Sandboxie to use bookmarks directly so they dont get deleted.
    Download into the sandbox and unrar if required before copying out, this way if a trojan is hiding in the archive, it wont infect the OS, only the sandbox.
     
  4. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    Google Chrome comes with process sandboxing, why don't you just recommend the OP to use that instead?

    deltatux
     

  5. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Because I value privacy as well.
     
  6. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    I can't really see how it will increase any privacy either....

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  7. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Everything you type into Chrome gets sent across the wire.
    So if you accidentally paste a password (for example) in the search field, its wise to change it.
    Firefox has Flashblock and LSO (Flash) cookie removers so the big corporates etc will have a tough time profiling you.
    By using Flashblock on Google it disables the annoying predictive search tool so data is only sent when you click 'search'.
    It can also reduce your chance of getting infected by hacked flash adverts by only allowing sites like Guru to use Flash.
    Theres more :)
     
  8. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    a) not everything you type on Chrome is sent over the Internet
    b) never copy and paste passwords
    c) big corporations have a lot of other ways to profile you, Flashblock won't really mitigate that problem
    d) predictive search is quite useful, so no clue why you want to turn that off. Search results will still end up being read by Google (or your favourite search engine).
    e) ActiveX controls will then infect you, Java applets, Silverlight or AJAX can get your machine infected with something.

    Every software in the world has a flaw in it. Nothing is perfect. So by not using one software, you're just going to get infected by another.

    To add, if you're THAT paranoid, use Chromium then, which is what Chrome is built off of.

    deltatux
     
  9. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Not paranoid, just being safe and happier for it.

    No worries about ActiveX etc infection, I browse in a Sandbox :)
     
  10. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    What exactly does all of this have to do with the OP's question?

    Apparently nothing at all. Appears more that someone just wants to spread their paranoia..

    Unless your surfing habits are questionable....your computer and it's contained data are perfectly safe.
     

  11. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    lol, I unno, topic kinda just derailed there lol.

    deltatux
     
  12. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Fair old assumption, and very wrong.
    I'm dismayed at how full of holes PCs and networks are.
    You're right though, way too OT.
     
  13. PwntUpRage

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    Thanks for that...and thanks for coming in later and questioning where the thread went.

    As I read the rest of the replies and became concerned for my mental well being...:stewpid:
     
  14. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Thread derailments kinda suck....especially when they look like a train wreck.

    Security is only a problem, if your computer is visiting sites it shouldn't be visiting. Your computer doesn't broadcast it's existance to the world on it's own. It takes software designed to do so.....which you only get, if you're visiting sites you shouldn't be.
     
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    Or if advert sites get hacked or any site you visit gets hacked...
     

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