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ok, by 'security nightmare' i'll give an example; when windows 2000 first went out of band a very nasty bug was noticed in the way it handles .ico format icons ... specifically one could be constructed in such a way that it would cause arbitrary code to be executed when the icon was loaded/displayed by explorer ... which included internet explorer ... IE6 was still a popular browser at the time because of XP so people on windows 2000 were using it as well, by doing so, a website, any website, could have a favicon that was constructed to use this exploit, all one had to do was go to the website... thats it... the icon loaded and the code executed... ...and this is just one example of a 'drive by' bug that went unpatched in windows 2000... i, at the time, was lucky enough to be using firefox... then not too long after got my paws on a copy of XP... that was supported until 2014.. the only official (read: not a POSReady hack patch) patch for xp released after 2014 was a fix for the wannacry bug/worm that caused xp machines to crash by the thousands... it was a small miracle that this patch was released.. microsoft didn't have to do that... every security update that microsoft releases for win7 and newer is a lucky catch that could have gone bad, unfortunately many disable automatic updates, thinking its for the best, which leaves their PC full of holes ripe for the exploiting... its just as bad for out of band versions of windows, just that there is no option to get updates even if its turned on... hence 'security nightmare' because the bugs just keep piling up... <rant>doesnt matter if you avoid facebook, dont install flash (which has regular updates btw) avoid email (thunderbird is still updated so you arent limited to using outlook) or dont store any 'personal' information... the operating system itself is broken.... disabling automatic updates is also a bad idea unless you plan to keep up with them manually; you need those updates... if you dont install them, worried they may break your computer, then you are just asking for your computer to be broken for you.... this applies to everyone... old windows is buggy windows... disabling updates is buggy windows.... keep your machines up to date... </rant>
Very well said and I agree with it all.
I was using CrashPlan also. One of the alternatives I found was Duplicati, it's open source and their new 2.0 version came out earlier this month. It works on Windows, Linux and macOS. However it's a little rough around the edges.Stand out features: Deduplication, Encrypted Backups, Full backups, incremental backups, remote destination support (FTP, S3, B2, SFTP, Amazon, Google). And also local backup support to a drive you have connected to the computer being backed up or to another computer you own using simple FTP/SFTP etc.Hope that's helpful Beaded. It's definitely not for everybody and may not fit what you need but it does have many of the same features Crashplan had.
problem is that anything in the windows family that is 'vista' and earlier is a security nightmare since there are no more security patches being released for these systems...
It does sound to me like a lot of over effort has been put in to undertaking what is a fairly simple operation but then some folks are not strictly talking about running WinMX
ReactOS isn't really ready for prime-time, besides I like the debian based Linux distro I run and I enjoy setting up virtual machines with old OS versions just to play.. I have VMs running NT3.1 and DOS/Win 3.11 set up just for the fun of it. As GS says below, it's not ONLY about running WinMX.
After reading my words to Stripes above I had the feeling I might have been a bit harsh on him because he was after all proferring a reasonable route towards freedom from issues as opposed to the convulted routes many of us take, I suspect it was simply because I felt he was leaving little wiggle room for me to do my own thing that I turned up the heat a tad in return, If your reading this Stripes my apologies, I enjoy your informative and helpful posts here as I am sure do many others.
and i like my install of linux mint... i prefer linux.... i also have installs of various old copies of windows in VMs 'just for fun' as well... but there is no way i would leave them connected to the internet unmonitored even if its just the VM that might break because thats just as real of a 'fix' as if it were on real hardware..
updates from microsoft are not the big bad scary things that so many seem to think they are.. they are microsofts way of keeping your machine usable for whatever you want...
you can use your machine for whatever you want on an in-band version of windows...
The exercise is "Because I CAN" not "Because I need to".
You weren't the one who just spent 2 days getting Windows Update to unbreak itself..
It's not "can't afford hardware" my main machine is old, but adequate, Core2Quad with 16 Gig of RAM.
because Microsoft are so brilliant turning the W10 userbase into beta testers..
Waste loads of RAM? 9x will run happily in 32 Meg, really happy in 64..
...personally ive never found the 9x series to be stable enough to keep me sane... which is why i use it on retro hardware for the DOS that rides under it... w98 with usb 2.0 support is great cos i can use data stored on thumb drives in fasttracker 2.... had i known more about nt4 back in the day it would have been a side slide from the horrid world of 95 to nt4 rather than up to just as glitchy 98...
ive intentionally avoided versions of windows that were still in mainline as apposed to extended support for this reason.. i didnt touch xp till sp3 was common... didnt use win2k till sp4... and windows 10... again ... linux... i have no use for windows anymore since ive found all the software equivalents i used on windows for linux... i quit windows 7 when the free win10 upgrade was being advertised in the system tray...
64? works fine till you need to run anything with substantial weight to it... my real-hardware 98 machine has 512mb of ram....
but WinMX under WINE really SUCKS.
For DOS I do that "properly" DOS 6.22,
I don't have that luxury, I'm the "PC Help Desk" for multiple family members who're on the W10 gravy train..
drove me to Win2K, always found it rock solid..
even adding WinAmp so music reporting works.
Remote Desktop 2K > XP
Going to newer Windows versions is something I do when driven by "I need this new feature"