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17 hours ago, sdfox7 said:

Audacity 2.1.3 was released on March 17, 2017, and is the final version officially supported on Windows XP:

http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/#sysreq

I have already archived in the /xp end-of-life directory for your convenience: http://sdfox7.com/xp/sp3/EOL/audacity-win-2.1.3.exe

Note the wording "officially supported". That suggests they won't purposely block XP installations of future versions, but they can't guarantee compatibility if they add some new code that doesn't work on XP. (Java 8 has been saying that for what, 3 years now?, and it still works in XP...)

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Developers don't realize that by dropping operating system support, they cause the old software live a lot longer than they expect. It's actually the opposite effect than intended.

Internet Explorer 8, the final version to run on XP and Server 2003, is still the second most used version behind Internet Explorer 11.

Chrome 49, the final version to run on XP and Vista, is still in the top 10 for most used browsers: https://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=2&qpcustomd=0

You can't expect people to upgrade at the drop of a hat, just because you tell them to!

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1 hour ago, sdfox7 said:

Chrome 49, the final version to run on XP and Vista, is still in the top 10 for most used browsers: https://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=2&qpcustomd=0

Google Chrome's market share also stopped growing at a rapid pace soon after they dropped support for older OSes. And at the same time, Firefox -- which didn't drop support for older OSes -- made a sudden rebound in popularity. Coincidence? I think not!

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Latest WinRAR 5.50 beta working under XP, released yesterday April 14.

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Silverlight 5.1.50906.0 also released this week on April 11.

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edited to include updated Silverlight info
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10 hours ago, submix8c said:

Folks might want to check out the changes so they'll be forewarned (nothing serious).

http://www.rarlab.com/rarnew.htm

Good point. According to the changelog, WinRAR 5.40 dropped "support" for XP without SP3. The changelog indicates "support" dropped for XP <SP2, but I just found that it still works even on Windows 2000. Surely it would work on XP SP2; 2000 SP4 and XP SP2 are very similar OS's.

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clarifying support for WinRAR 5.50 on 2000/XP
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2000 SP4 and XP SP2 are not similar . XP SP2 has few hundreds of more api than 2000 sp4

XP and 2k3 are far similar in their api and internal structure but it should not be done incase of 2k.

Windows 2000 win32k.sys target api & memory space in VA where as XP and higher do in RVA(That improve bit of performance in rendering )

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3 hours ago, Dibya said:

2000 SP4 and XP SP2 are not similar


 

13 hours ago, sdfox7 said:

... but I just found that it still works even on Windows 2000. Surely it would work on XP SP2; 2000 SP4 and XP SP2 are very similar OS's.

Quite evidently they are similar enough for this scope (in this context).
 

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9 hours ago, Dibya said:

2000 SP4 and XP SP2 are not similar . XP SP2 has few hundreds of more api than 2000 sp4

XP and 2k3 are far similar in their api and internal structure but it should not be done incase of 2k.

Windows 2000 win32k.sys target api & memory space in VA where as XP and higher do in RVA(That improve bit of performance in rendering )

In my post, I was referring to 32-bit desktop operating systems, i.e. 2000 Professional and XP Professional. Your average user is not going to be using a server OS, nor will they have paid $999 for just the Standard Edition of the OS.

I would also note that 2000/XP are similar enough in system requirements. Server 2003 has higher minimum requirements than 2000/XP. Finally, if you run Server 2003 64-bit, you will find much less software support than 2000/XP.

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The latest Silverlight 5.1.50907 still working on XP. Released June 13, 2017. Required for Netflix and other sites if you're not using HTML5.

Standalone link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=229320 (alternate: http://sdfox7.com/xp/sp3/EOL/Silverlight5.1.50907.exe)

https://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/locale/en-us/html/Microsoft Silverlight Release History.htm#SL_5_1_50907

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WinRAR 5.50 beta 4 (since a few versions ago) requires XP SP2, and fails with EncodePointer error on XP SP1, and with "not a valid win32 application" error on Windows 2000 because it demands subsystem Version 5.1. With that out of the way, Windows 2000 still complains about TzSpecificLocalTimeToSystemTime, and would probably get to uxtheme and EncodePointer eventually. If you have a patch for Windows 2000 that extends it so that XP programs run, then it is right to say that it runs on 2000+patchX, but not 2000 SP4 by itself. What is that update by the way? WinRAR does not require SP3. Programs that do, fail with GetLogicalProcessorInformation.

I suppose MSIE is by design meant to run only on current versions of Windows. It is unfortunate that is integrated into the system so much, and, among other things, depends on SSL DLLs that the system uses for other purposes.

Windows 10 will be very confusing when it comes to system requirements.

 

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2 hours ago, j7n said:

WinRAR 5.50 beta 4 (since a few versions ago) requires XP SP2, and fails with EncodePointer error on XP SP1, and with "not a valid win32 application" error on Windows 2000 because it demands subsystem Version 5.1. With that out of the way, Windows 2000 still complains about TzSpecificLocalTimeToSystemTime, and would probably get to uxtheme and EncodePointer eventually. If you have a patch for Windows 2000 that extends it so that XP programs run, then it is right to say that it runs on 2000+patchX, but not 2000 SP4 by itself. What is that update by the way? WinRAR does not require SP3. Programs that do, fail with GetLogicalProcessorInformation.

I suppose MSIE is by design meant to run only on current versions of Windows. It is unfortunate that is integrated into the system so much, and, among other things, depends on SSL DLLs that the system uses for other purposes.

Windows 10 will be very confusing when it comes to system requirements.

 

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If you refer to my post above, you will see I got WinRAR 5.50 beta running on Windows 2000.

This was originally Windows 2000 RTM from February 2000. The only updates I used were Service Pack 4, the Service Pack 4 Security Rollup (SRP), and the UURollup from 2014. I am not sure if WinRAR 5.50 would run without those major updates. I prefer those updates (minimum SP4) because they improve functionality and stability of the system.

You CANNOT install just the UURollup! Many people think you will get all the updates by doing so, but you will not. It's only a 46MBfile and does not include all of the updates of SP4 and the SRP.

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should upcoming java drop XP support, you might want to check
http://soft-library.com/java-update-free

they leak current and previous jre version with non-public security updates.

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