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Discussing the fate of the die-hard Windows XP users, i.e. stability, browsers, applications, security issues.

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Firefox users on XP and Vista have now been moved onto the Extended Support Release (ESR) channel, with Firefox 52 ESR.

Well, I remember reading someone's comment earlier, stating there was this stream (ESR channel), and that some 52 or 53 would be the last suited for XP, or something... (Where's my smilies button?)

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Firefox 52 is the last official version for XP and Vista, and if you want to still use legacy NPAPI Firefox plugins like Java, Silverlight and QuickTime, you will now need to be on the ESR release of 52, as the normal version has already dropped support for these, except for Flash.
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Dave, as I saw your initial post in that other thread about 36, I was with Firefox and checked right away about updates: it showed ESR52 available. I decided to postpone, and the other day decided to upgrade - but it showed that my Ff51 was up to date this time! Strange, isn't it?

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That happened with mine too, I think if you keep looking it will eventually offer you the update again.
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@davehawley

This is potentially off-topic of course, but did the BSOD tell you what file (usually a driver) had apparently caused it?

Seriously? How is one supposed to read that blink of an eye? Pause it? :P

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Returning stuff to this thread...

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That was first!
A new task tab of the same program or application seems to have always appeared next to its other ones - regardless of the actual "timetable", right? Now in my Firefox, I'm having a new window task separated by a document one. Funny! Is it? :yikes:

@davehawley Well the 52esr offer appeared at last -- I had checked several times since - was nothing.
It didn't upgrade though yet. Maybe because of a browser crash. I seem to remember a similar incident with updating: as I remember, it updated next time... Ah! yes, I clicked the offer; but it seems the Fox couldn't handle itself: it seems to tend to crash after prolonged sessions.

PS: I know it was in another thread, but I reckoned to do with one and the same post, especially for the thread is funny - and related to almost anything!

PS-PSSS: Yikes! The :yikes: smilie seems to have been stolen!
Report to the authorities immediately! I need NATO cruisers deployed AT ONCE!

Well, Dave, it didn't.
Then I saw the offer again and clicked it. Everything seemed going fine: "downloading", then "restart", no crashes... But in the end, having restarted and all, it appeared to be/show being the same 51. And the offer was "still standing". But I decided to not decide till I decide later - like having talked with you :)

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Well that's very odd!
Perhaps it updated to a later version of 51 rather than updating to 52ESR.
Try it again!
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Try it again!

I just did.

At least this time they showed me a window saying that it had failed. Suggesting I could use some mozilla.org or something.
Before it restarted though, I noticed in that "about" window that it was saying "you're on esr stream now" - whatever that meant...

My current version is 51.0.1. I don't remember it being any less "zero-one" recently, plus they definitely suggested I could update to 52... :confused:

And the :yikes: smilie is still missing.
I suggest we could put a bolo and use some Abby Sciuto to analyse the crime scene. She could find some prints or fibre.
Was it Leo? Leo, do you have an alibi?
Was it Donald Trump? A binLaden junior? :sherlock:

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Try downloading the language version you need from here.
I've had this happen sometimes before, and ended up having to use the standalone installer.
I think the versions there are 52.0, and it's now on 52.1, but once you've got 52.0 up and running, hopefully it should update itself OK.
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I think the versions there are 52.0, and it's now on 52.1, but once you've got 52.0 up and running...

Good morning??? :confused:

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Sorry, what's the problem? :confused:
The versions on the FTP site are 52.0 ESR.
Just install the one you want, and once it's up and running, run an update check again.
It should then update to 52.1.0 ESR, which is the current version as of a couple of days ago.
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Sorry, I didn't see the granma.

Something wrong with this browser!
There was no update since February, but right now recently - a couple of days - it started acting like it can't load stuff, some spinning cogwheels, bars about a page troubling the browser; I can't measure my speed with speedtest.net any more (doesn't load the laptop), having trouble playing videos even 240p, and the pornhub player won't even load. Right, took for granted, but it was the first thing: it started being slow right from the open (not as its usual 3-day session tired).
There are two things I can think of. 1. My Disc C free space dropped lower than 8GB recently. 2. I put up a new version of Adobe Flash Player: it's 25, without "au".
Can I try reverting the Player upgrade?

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Try downloading the language version you need from here.

What "dir"? The language versions? What should I choose? Are those normal language codes? Like "uk" for BrE?

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There are two things I can think of. 1. My Disc C free space dropped lower than 8GB recently. 2. I put up a new version of Adobe Flash Player: it's 25, without "au".

There was one more thing. Our ISP changed something ^^THERE^^ right about the time. Of course I'm not sure. Could that affect something here? Opera 36 seems o'k.


Well, yesterday I resorted to checking on my Task Manager about memory and other consumption.
Didn't check with Opera 36 yet though. But this Firefox. It appeared when loading some sites, CPU hits the ceiling. Even looking at those pages (active tabs) made it go up significantly.

Well, I know I should buy a new computer with a more powerful processor etc.

By the way, is there a way to pin the Task Manager icon to the Tray without having the manager actually open? Like a messenger kind of. Because the icon shows the CPU which is most important. Does Windows allow for it? I tried some time earlier to pin it via that customisation thingy (what to show and what to allow on the Tray particularly), but this one doesn't stick. Is there a solution? It seems useful to have such an indicator always shown in my current circumstances.

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I've got the latest version of Flash 25 installed and it works fine.
I'm not sure what's happened to your Firefox installation.
If it's malfunctioning badly I would uninstall it and then install the language version you need of 52 ESR from the FTP site.
It should keep your personal data unless you ask it to remove it on the uninstall.
If the new version still malfunctions it is possible there is some corruption in your profile, but I hope not!
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If it's malfunctioning badly I would uninstall it and then install the language version you need of 52 ESR from the FTP site.

About that. I have three non-standalone, regular versions of Firefox in different locations (however not using the other two), and I'm not sure what happens if I try uninstalling one/some/???.

Back to the business at hand.
It seems I've eventually made it :party:
It struck me there might have been something with plugins. There is this Mozilla page to check the plugins' validity and update some. I tried finding it in my bookmarks, typing history, even settings. Finally in settings, I found it.
I downloaded the updates, closed the browser.
Well, I had some :bomb: about Java, and Adobe Reader's installer have always behaved unfriendly recently, but I did my best. (Well, I've acquired some approach - mosty unintentionally: I download an update, but then there is an older update that wasn't installed; how that happened in the first place, it's not easy to recollect, but it's usually worked for some time; so I kinda always have a spare update in case of unexpected events. Adobe Reader's weird, as I say, so I can't be absolutely sure if it did or did not: the application itself shows that I'm up to date and no updates available, the installer file disappears, so I can't seem to do any much further about that.)
So, I tinkled, tinkerbelled and such, went to the bathroom a couple of times (which is important!)... Now eventually it came to open the Firefox. Upon clicking it, it showed the thingy "I'm applying your upgrades" or something! :) And yes, it looks differently! :cheers:
And this thing. Apart from the usual starting tab, it opened this "temporary" Mozila site - page. In its top, there is this "IMPORTANT announcement": "We’re going through some system changes...", etc. Which might actually explain certain things...

Now to the main content of that page.

Important - Firefox is ending support for Windows XP and Vista

Firefox version 52 will be the last complete update for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Security updates will be released, but no new features.

Why is Firefox support ending for Windows XP and Vista users?

Firefox is one of the only browsers to offer any support for Windows XP and Vista. Microsoft itself ended support for Windows XP in 2014 and will end support for Windows Vista in 2017. Unsupported operating systems receive no security updates, have known exploits, and can be dangerous to use, which makes it difficult to maintain Firefox on those versions.

Firefox security updates for XP and Vista users will continue until September 2017, although new features will not be offered. In mid-2017, a final support end date will be announced based on the number of users still on Windows XP and Vista.

So I gather, Firefox 52 is final, right?

In March 2017, if you are using Firefox with Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will automatically be updated to the Extended Support Release version of Firefox. You will continue to receive important Firefox security updates but no other features or updates. You do not need to do anything else.

Does it mean longer than September? :confused:

(Then there is a suggestion that I should either upgrade my Windows or move to Linux. So long as I don't have any money for a new computer, and this one is said to be not-upgradable, I should consider Linux sooner than later...)

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Firefox 53, which was just released, is definitely stated to not be compatible with XP or Vista, so yes, 52 is the last one for those operating systems.
The reason to go to the ESR version is that as its name says (Extended Support Release) it will be supported with security updates for much longer that the usual releases on the rapid release cycle.
How long 52 ESR will actually be supported is unknown. If it follows the usual pattern, it will end support around the Autumn of this year, replaced with another (non-XP compatible) ESR version.
They have said that they will review things later in the Summer to see how many users are still registering as being on XP or Vista, and make a decision then as to whether they will extend the life of 52 ESR beyond its normal lifespan.
Fingers crossed!
:)