How can I upgrade software on an old Windows operating system?

K.Malto May 21, 2010
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I have an older version of Windows which prevents me from downloading updates of Abode Flash (so I can’t open PDF files), latest versions of browsers (e.g. Firefox), or free anti virus software.

In particular, many sites require a service pack of minimum 4. Can that be downloaded before this version of Windows is no longer supported? Is it safe to to download and install the older versions. And is there software that can convert a wide range of file formats? For example Firefox is refusing to open Firefox documents, which is very strange. That would solve many of my problems.
Thank you!

  1. Anonymous
    May 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Windows 2000. I am also using a newer version but it is unstable. The Mac is older but better as I have never cared for Windows based operating systems.Anew Mac is the perfect solution as upgrading an older PC can be throwing good money after bad. However, I am in the process of completing a book scheduled for a fall release and am afraid to do anything major right now, even with the manuscript backed up. Thank you all for your comments and suggestions.

    • Aibek
      May 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm


      Windows 2000? Wow mat, I think you should upgrade asap! Not only it will be a safer environment but also you will find newwer operating systems, be it Mac OSX, Windows or Ubuntu, far more user-friendly. You will also probably be more productive with one of those.

      • Anonymous
        May 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

        Yes, I know I have to not so much upgrade but just get a new Mac. No matter how new, I do not find the windows/microsoft OS user friendly. I guess I just got used to the Macs. Right now, I am just trying to get buy until I can the final edits on this book.It works fine for that and I have to hit the deadline for the release. Thanks so much for replying to my questions. Cheers, Kimberly

  2. Jack Cola
    May 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I would upgrade, or use Ubuntu, if you can afford a new version of Windows.

    By the way, how old is your operating system? What version are you using? Windows 3.1, 95, 98 etc?

    • Oron Joffe
      May 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      I think you hit the nail on the head Jack. Which version of Windows ARE you using, K. Malto?

  3. Anonymous
    May 22, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Hi K.Malto,

    Regarding your general problem, I would suggest you to solve everything by upgrading your Windows (or install the latest Ubuntu alongside your old Windows).

    Regarding file converter, there are several alternatives out there. Mostly online service. We've discussed several of them, such as:

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