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Re: W2K issues; hitherto unknown SP "5" (was Re: W2K - Harry has it!)

I don't know if this was ever mentioned here, but I read something online a few months back that requires confirmation, but it did sound intriguing.  The gist of it was that some companies had arranged for continued security patches for XP on some sort of subscription basis.  This was supposedly under wraps and not being publicized.  The point being that some companies had a way to extend their (safe) use of XP.  The question was, just _where_ were these "Patches AFTER the Products Announced End-of-Life" obtainable ?  And the piece I read at least implied that someone had cracked the availability for these -- for all.
I can try to track this down.  Normally, I would have bookmarked this somewhere, or there would be some trace of it in my browser History file.

Even if true, this might have a limited audience at this point ?  OTOH, I do see plenty of businesses and private offices around here that are still conspicuously running XP.    That seems a bit surprising.  Maybe they do little or nothing that touches the Internet, greatly reducing the risk, or they could just be ignorant, stubborn, or unconcerned.


From: Bill Troop
To: xywrite@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 2:23 PM
Subject: W2K issues; hitherto unknown SP "5" (was Re: W2K - Harry has it!)

Most important of all, Carl, I wonder if you could document the
problems you had with W2K and send them in as a bug report to the
VBox people, because, after all, we will never get these issues fixed
if we don't submit bug reports.

Re W2K issues, looking for a best browser I found this interesting page


which contains a link to an unofficial very last "sp 5" version of
W2K which may be of interest. I have downloaded it and will report at
some point.

There is some advice here on which versions of which browsers to use
- - I know there are sources for older versions of nearly every
browser. Given in 2012, the advice was, in short,

"Now for a decent browser. Except for Windows Update, I highly
recommend to stay away from IE6. The latest Mozilla Firefox (version
10) & Opera (version 11.61) browsers runs perfectly fine on 2K. You
will need the latest Flash for both that W2K supports, and IE, as
well as Java for some sites. Currently, the latest version of Java
that will install on 2K is "jre-6u30-windows-i586". Flash (non IE,
version 11,1,102,55, IE, version 11,1,102,55). Latest Adobe Reader
supported is 9.4 Ultra Defrag 5.02 is about the best defrag software