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Offline quakeworld

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How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:11:18 PM »
Sorry if this has been asked before. So until when will Avast support XP?

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Re: How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2013, 06:28:19 PM »
There is no set date, other than the one set by MS, but that didn't stop avast! from supporting older OSes when they were no longer supported by MS (win9.x being a point in question). There are people still using win2k and that is working with avast 8.

It isn't so much the OS but supported avast version, avast 4.8 still have VPS definition updates (but no program updates) and it has been on life support for some considerable time. However, that switch could be thrown ending 4.8 support and the OSes that can run it win9.x.

So avast has a long history (excuse the pun) of supporting old OS versions, but it isn't total support. As new functions/features are introduced into new versions of avast, some elements may not be supported in certain OS versions as they simply don't have the OS elements required to run the new avast function/feature.

So obviously those new avast features won't work in older OS versions, but the other older avast features should still work. But the most important thing is virus definition support, if there is a change in the way virus definitions are delivered. If that changes then that could be an issue, but looking at the duration of support for 4.8 definition updates have continued it could still be available for some time.

But as in life there are no guarantees and things change, which is why there is no firm date at this time.
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Re: How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2013, 06:49:28 PM »
thanks for the reply DavidR.

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Re: How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2013, 08:53:25 PM »
You're welcome, long may the XP support continue ;D
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Re: How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2013, 09:17:23 PM »
There is no set date, other than the one set by MS, but that didn't stop avast! from supporting older OSes when they were no longer supported by MS (win9.x being a point in question). There are people still using win2k and that is working with avast 8.

It isn't so much the OS but supported avast version, avast 4.8 still have VPS definition updates (but no program updates) and it has been on life support for some considerable time. However, that switch could be thrown ending 4.8 support and the OSes that can run it win9.x.

So avast has a long history (excuse the pun) of supporting old OS versions, but it isn't total support. As new functions/features are introduced into new versions of avast, some elements may not be supported in certain OS versions as they simply don't have the OS elements required to run the new avast function/feature.

So obviously those new avast features won't work in older OS versions, but the other older avast features should still work. But the most important thing is virus definition support, if there is a change in the way virus definitions are delivered. If that changes then that could be an issue, but looking at the duration of support for 4.8 definition updates have continued it could still be available for some time.

But as in life there are no guarantees and things change, which is why there is no firm date at this time.
Nice answer, DavidR.  Exactly what an user is looking for.   ;D

A obscure fact about version 4.8 is that it still supports Linux, and is the only version available for this os from avast! in it's many flavours, so I'd imagine when 4.8 is discontinued for Linux, support would also be discontinued for older versions of Windows as well, at the same time.
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Re: How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2013, 09:21:41 PM »
...long may the XP support continue ;D

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Re: How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2013, 09:38:30 PM »
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Nice answer, DavidR.  Exactly what an user is looking for.   ;D

A obscure fact about version 4.8 is that it still supports Linux, and is the only version available for this os from avast! in it's many flavours, so I'd imagine when 4.8 is discontinued for Linux, support would also be discontinued for older versions of Windows as well, at the same time.

Unfortunately there is no clarity over a specific date, but we can look back at the prior history of what avast software has actually done in supporting older OSes and avast versions.

If say avast 9 (when that comes along), can't or doesn't support win2k or XP, etc. etc. then there would be nothing to stop the user keeping avast 8 provided the virus definitions update structure/function doesn't suddenly change. And we have seen in the past that that doesn't just get dropped immediately.

Whilst my answer is up to a point speculative, I think avast support for XP isn't going to disappear immediately MS end its support life cycle.
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Re: How Long Will Avast Support Windows XP?
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2013, 10:33:32 PM »
You're welcome, long may the XP support continue ;D
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