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What happens after Windows XP support ends?

What happens after Windows XP support ends?

Marsha K.
New member | Level 1

I'm not sure I understand how drop box will function or not after doom day in August. My computer is a Windows XP. I cannot afford a new computer at this time. Does the August date mean that I will not be able to access my files that are not synced to my computer? Will I be able to download files? My desktop icon will no longer function?

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Re: Windows XP

Richard P.
Super User alumni

You can continue to use the website with a supported browser, but the syncing client will cease to work - anything updated on another computer or anything you are sharing through a shared folder will not update on that computer, and any file you add, edit or delete on that computer will not update on the website.

Your only options are to upgrade or to use the website with a compatible browser.  Thats it.

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Re: Windows XP

Richard P.
Super User alumni

You can continue to use the website with a supported browser, but the syncing client will cease to work - anything updated on another computer or anything you are sharing through a shared folder will not update on that computer, and any file you add, edit or delete on that computer will not update on the website.

Your only options are to upgrade or to use the website with a compatible browser.  Thats it.

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Re: Windows XP

K.M. R.
New member | Level 1

Your only options are to upgrade or to use the website with a compatible browser.

No, we also have the option of deciding not to give Dropbox our business.  It's called "voting with our feet" and it has caused many a company in the past to regret certain business decisions.

Re: Windows XP

Mark
Super User II

Or not I'm afraid. They will have worked the numbers out and unless you are a paying customer then leaving will save them cash as you are not storing data. 

That and less OS's to support = less development costs = less staff = more ££$$€€


 


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Re: Windows XP

SPH L.
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NOT A HAPPY XP USER HERE...

Re: Windows XP

Greg L.23
New member | Level 1

I don't see the point to drop XP as you can't update XP via Microsoft anymore then there are not going to be any support costs for Dropbox, Please just leave it alone..

Re: Windows XP

Richard P.
Super User alumni

Its precisely because Microsoft are not updating XP that its becoming harder and more expensive to support - in development terms, XP is diverging from the standard Windows environment with each update to Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, to the point where building a client that supports XP as well as the others takes an unrepresentative amount of time and effort. That point has been passed and the decision to drop XP support has been made.

Re: Windows XP

William T P.
New member | Level 1

On my Windows 10 desktop, I must run a VMWare workstation running Windows XP so that my beloved desktop publishing program Ventura Publisher 10 will work.  Of course, I can access Dropbox via my Windows 10 operating system, but I'd rather access it from XP for my own convenience. Dropbox should not further enable and support Microsoft's irresponsible development of Windows such that the newer iterations of the program will not run superior programs such as Ventura Publisher (despite its abandonment by Corel) that are needed by professionals like me.

Re: Windows XP

Richard P.
Super User alumni

William, surely your problem is with Corel, who abandoned the product you want to use?  If they hadn't abandoned it, it would have been updated to work on Windows 10...

Re: Windows XP

William T P.
New member | Level 1

Yes, a problem is with Corel, but the general acceptance, including Dropbox's acceptance, of Microsoft's evolution of the Windows OS so as to create obsolescence should be unacceptable and discouraged. Why make Dropbox useless to XP users?.

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