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Microsoft Windows XP is the sixth release of the NT series of operating systems, and was the first to be marketed in a variety of editions: XP Home and XP Professional, designed for business and power users. The advanced features in XP Professional are generally disabled in Home Edition, but are there and can be activated. There were two 64-bit editions, an embedded edition and a tablet edition.

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This article provides a convenient collection of links to Microsoft provided Security Patches for operating systems that have reached their End of Life support cycle. Included operating systems covered by this article are Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 - Both 32 and 64 Bit installs.
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Sort through files and only retrieve current date.

I have a batch file that I wrote to retrieve log files from workstations.  In some cases, I only need to run this for the current date only, my batch file does not appear to be working and still grabbing everything.

I have the source and target correct as when I run it without the code above it, it grabs everything.

@ECHO Computer Logs Current Date

pause

For /f "tokens=1-3 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do (set currentDate=%%a-%%b-%%c)

For /f "tokens=1-3 delims=/: " %%a in ('time /t') do (set currentTime=%%a%%b%%c)

echo %currentDate%-%currentTime%
set todaysLogs=%currentDate%--%currentTime%

xcopy /y \\Computer name\path\file.txt "C:\Users\me\Desktop\ComputerLogsMS2\Computer name"
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and iVanti patches Windows XP and Windows 2003! for all those that have not migrated it yet!
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A recent post by Brian Matis motivated me to make this alternate post to see what sort of reaction others might have about these recent revelations.

A recent article on The Verge claims that "The older operating system was less vulnerable that anyone expected"

Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry

Another article from the same source claims "Windows XP was ‘insignificant,’ researchers say" with regards to helping the WannaCry outbreak spread.

"Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Lots of folks (from their perspective) with a genuine need to keep running on Windows XP suffered a lot of grief in Tech forums as being one of the root causes of giving WannaCry a platform to spread and thrive from, yet now it appears all the criticism may have been a little premature and unjustified.

For the record, I personally don't condone anyone using unsupported operating systems and actively encourage everyone I deal with to get themselves up to date, but I am also sympathetic to those who feel they have a genuine need to do that, so also think they shouldn't be …
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
We have too many XP computers at my institution (some with only SP2) - mostly due to budgets and instrumentation.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Thomas,
Have you considered purchasing an XP Updates agreement with Microsoft? Might be an easier solution if budget restraints prevent you from upgrading? I wouldn't feel comfortable with a lot of XP machines in an environment as it would be a case of when, not if, it will come back to bite you.  Patches are available, just at a cost.

Incidentally, SP3 for XP is still provided by Microsoft - why not install it?

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to obtain Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Cheers..
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Once again, security threats are prompting Microsoft to provide patches for Windows XP, which theoretically isn't supposed to be supported by them anymore. While it sucks to have to support old systems like this, it's a good call on their part. Security weaknesses in one version of Windows can weaken the entire ecosystem by allowing the spread of malicious software.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15790030/microsoft-windows-xp-vista-security-updates-june-2017
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Just read that article and was interested to read this.. "Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry"

Not that I'm condoning folks should continue to run XP of course, but I found this very interesting "Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Just goes to show how slack a lot of people are with regards to downloading their updates I guess.
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although we have plenty of clients, that had missing updates since Feb 2017, and they were not caught out!

because FIREWALLs and GROUP POLICIES, and restricted Applications!

The layered approach!
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I have software running on an older Windows XP computer.
There is no replacement at this time.

My understanding is many computers have been attacked by a virus known as “WannaCry”.

My question: An article I read stated:
“Companies having computers running Windows XP know they are vulnerable to the Shadow Broker tools and WannaCry can reduce their vulnerability  by shutting off computer ports used by malware, specifically port 445”

Q1.) How accurate is this statement?
Q2.) How do I close port 445 on a Windows XP computer?
  Please give me a detailed answer.  Any useful links are always welcome.

Thank you for your help.
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I have a large WAV file that I would like to put on CD's that I
can play on my car stereo..  It is 46.2 MB in size. Roxio will allow
only 24.6 MG, so I would like to split it, using Audacity, then
export the two halves, then burn two disks. .It's been awhile since
I've used Audacity, so I'm asking for advice.  I'm using XP on a
Dell laptop
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I have done a bit of searching online about Windows XP running on a Server 2016 functional level domain.

Some people say there will be issues with GPOs connectivity while others say it will run fine.

Anyone on here got any XP machines running on a Server 2016 domain without any issues?
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Looking for a method or application to remove fragments of Acronis True Image 2017. I had Acronis support look at it and they had no luck.

I have been deleting files from the registry, but there seems to be no end in sight,

Thanks for your help...
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Hello, I'm currently having issues with trying to update my computer to a newer Windows instalment. I was recently given an old-ish Windows XP computer by a family member and they completely wiped the computer and refreshed it back to its factory settings. Ever since I've received it, I've been trying to gain access to the internet so I can update its anti-virus as well as update it to more modern instalments of Microsoft Windows.

However every time I've tried connecting it, it says that the wireless wifi networks (that ARE in range) are apparently not or it has lost connection to them? Please help me, as I feel like I'm running in circles trying to find out how to fix it :(
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Whenever I try to install windows XP on my 2006 computer the setup would examine the disk configuration and the a error pops up saying "Setup cannot continue as EULA cannot be found". I have installed Windows XP 2 years before also but then the setup worked fine.help me help me.......


My PC specs :-
 Motherboard:- Asus P5GC/MX1333
Ram:-2gb
Hardisk:-75gb Seagate HDD
Booting medium USB 2.0
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I thought I had deleted Roxio from my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop.  When I restarted it,
It would not reboot, and the upshot was I re-installed XP. Unfortunately, about 25 Roxio
files remained as read only files, that I can not erase.  I tried changing them to hidden,
but it didn't work.  I would like to get them out of the computer.  Any suggestions?
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If you've ever provided Telephone or Remote support to non technically minded computer folks, I'll bet you've faced the challenge of how to get them not to type a web address you're giving them by phone into Google, Bing, Yahoo (or any other search engine they might favor) rather than enter it into a browsers address bar.

I've been using the following trick for a while and think I've managed to save some of my hair as a result!

  1. Tell them to open their favorite web browser
  2. Press CTRL + L (instruct client not to touch any other keys)
  3. Tell them to type the web address you need them to go to - like support.me

Support.me is just a web alias for the Logmein Rescue app that I subscribe to.  Do you have any favorite tricks you like using when giving telephone support? Please share them in the Comments section below.

Hit the thumbs up button if you hadn't heard of (or forgotten about) this useful shortcut :-)
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I'm constantly using CTRL+SHIFT+T to recover tabs I've closed recently, and CTRL+T to open new tabs.  I'm on Chrome.
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When I try to start my dell inspiron 1525 laptop, I get a message that says:
NTLDR missing - press Ctrl Alt Delete to start.  I'm using XP.  I tried this but
nothing happens.
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Hi All,
We have a few XP VMs left around because of old applications that are still needed. When I run gpupdate on any of them, it takes a long time and a check of rsop says that the failure was due to "the clocks on the client and server machines are skewed". The problem is only occurring on XP machines. All of our Win7 and 10 machines are fine. I have verified that the system clocks are matched on the VMs and on the 2012 R2 DCs (also VMs), including identical time zones.

I discovered this issue after moving our WSUS server from a 2008 R2 VM to a 2012 R2 VM. None of the XP machines are checking in with the new server because they are not picking up the change in the Group Policy.

I have tried running "w32tm /resync /rediscover", with no change in the situation. I am not seeing any errors in the Event Log on the DC, but on the clients, I am getting events Userenv 1097 and 1030 along with the GP failures. I have also verified that the certs on the clients are valid. I had also updated the XP machines from the old WSUS server a few weeks ago, so they should be as current as XP can be, including the recent WannaCry update.
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Hello, all. While in the midst of transferring files etc from my old beloved xp machine to a surface pro 4 (using save-n-sync), my xp decided to hiccup.

Apparently my hal.dll went for a walk-about. While trying to coax it home, recovery console suddenly went primadonna on my and decided it needed a new password.

When I still had access to recovery console, I tried expanding and copying hall.dll from my Dell Reinstallation CD for XP Pro SP2.
I tried going back to a previous restore point from a couple of weeks ago.
I tried copying config files from the reinstall disk to windows, as suggested by a website, which then caused (apparently) recovery console to ask for a non-existent password (neither admin nor administrator worked).
My Dell reinstall CD does not offer a Repair option.

I've transferred from old computers to new before and it's never been such a problem. Any suggestions? I'd really like to get my data. And I would like to get the XP up and running again so I can use a few legacy applications no longer available on the market.

Thanks,
Elizabeth
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I am a vm workstation running windows xp. Using IE I cannot go to bing.com and other microsoft websites but I cannot access google, gmail or anything else. What is wrong, how to fix?
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ddaaannnngggg
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Huh... this reminds me that I have an old desktop in the garage that's still running 7. Good thing I haven't turned it on in months...
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i have a XP machine on my domain server which is win server 2003.
i created a GPO on server to install a msi package but its not being installed on XP.
i am able to access share folder(where i put msi file ) from XP.
i am able to ping server from Xp and vice versa but package that i have assigned in GP is not not being installed on XP.
someone please help me its urgent.
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"Microsoft has done the right thing by making the patch available even for older, unsupported systems. But it shouldn't proactively push out the patches, as there are usually some business reasons why companies are still running old and unpatched systems," he said.

"By forcefully pushing a patch, it could do just as much harm, causing systems and applications to become unreliable."


http://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-patching-windows-xp-forever-wont-stop-the-next-wannacrypt/
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While we're all running around getting things patched and making sure our clients know how to keep from getting ransomware, let's also take a minute to disable SMBv1 as well. Patching will help this time, but you *know* someone is going to try to find another huge hole in SMBv1 to exploit. No Windows OS after Windows XP uses SMBv1, but MS had to include it in their newer OSes for compatibility. All the OSes that only use SMBv1 have been EOL for years. Let's just get future SMBv1 exploits off the table now, shall we?

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/09/16/stop-using-smb1/
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Ransomware - Wannacry/wcry and everything else ...

Ransomware in general is something none of us wish to deal with.  The latest Wannacry problem is worse.  This is not because of what it is but rather of the extent to which it has affected our users.  There have been a plethora of great suggestions all over this site.  I would add to those with the following suggestions:
•      Completely check your system for viruses with a reputable virus checker
•      Check any suspected files and or links at virustotal.com
•      Make sure you have a tested versioning backup system
•      Do a complete scan of your system
•      Updates
        o      Make sure all your programs and your operating system is up to date (even old Windows OS’s now
                have updates, like windows XP – check the Microsoft website and do a windows update)
        o      If you are unable to do updates on your own machine due to company policy, make sure that your IT
                department is doing the updates.
•      Do not, click on an attachment in your email, even if it is from someone you know – call them up and check
        that they sent it – they’ll understand.

Whenever I touch a system I do a “ransomware check” which involves the following:
•      Create a blank text file called myapp.txt in the root drive (c:\) and rename it to myapp.exe
•      Run FoolishIT’s Cryptoprevent
•      Install an anti-ransomware tool such as BD Antiransomware, MBAM Antiransomware, Kaspersky
        Antiransomware for business, etc.
•      …
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by:John Hurst
The overall advice to keep automatic updates on to keep updates current, keep Antivirus up to date and firewalls up to date is something we have said many times in here (sometimes to deaf ears).

Two really important points. Stop the excuses and dump all desktop operating system earlier than Windows 7 and all server operating systems earlier that Server 2008.

Second: get top notch spam filters. That is how this malware gets in.
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by:Natty Greg
I can not stress enough about proxy and spam filter, content filter along with gateway antivirus scanning, patching all systems and educating users.
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I do some work with a guy who sells POS systems, most of them running POSReady 2009, an XP based OS.
WHile we tend to only have sold these on Dell computers & I do have images that I can just restore to a hard drive, occasionally I'll get one that I have to install from scratch & getting the latest updates can be a pain!
Is there a way or place to DL the updates separately for future use?
I have also heard about creating an install DVD with the current updates slip streamed into it & any info on that would be appreciated, as well.
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Hello there!

As you know WannaCry infection exploits Samba v1 protocol.
So its good to disable it.

What to do with old WinXP client machines who only use samba v1 to connect to Windows server?
What exactly does latest windows xp update do for this problem? Does it make smb v1 more secure?
Is there workaround to use smb v2 in winxp? Windows server is 2008 R2.

Thanks!
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Microsoft release Security Patches for Windows XP and Windows 2003, against the SMBv1 Security Exploit which the NSA have been using for years!

see

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Correct, and for good measure turn fire ON, and block port 445.
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I love you to death because of your words and sayings
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Windows XP

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Microsoft Windows XP is the sixth release of the NT series of operating systems, and was the first to be marketed in a variety of editions: XP Home and XP Professional, designed for business and power users. The advanced features in XP Professional are generally disabled in Home Edition, but are there and can be activated. There were two 64-bit editions, an embedded edition and a tablet edition.