[Bitcoin-development] Warning message when running wallet in Windows XP (or drop support?)

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 08:45:48 UTC 2014

On 16 April 2014 10:14, Wladimir <laanwj at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> Today I noticed that even my bank is warning people to not do internet
> banking with Windows XP.
> If it is no longer secure enough for online banking it's CERTAINLY not
> secure enough to run a wallet (for a node only it would be ok-ish as they
> have no keys to protect).
> Any opinions on what to do here? Just warn and allow the user to continue?
> Redirect them to a 'Windows XP is dangerous' message on bitcoin.org?
> (Microsoft uses
> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help)
> The drawback of dropping XP support completely would be that a lot of
> computers (especially in China and Russia etc) are still running XP, so
> this could cause the network to lose nodes.

XP with a trezor would work fine tho?

My personal preference would be a warning, and to direct them to a free
software operating system that they could upgrade to.

> If you're maintainer of other wallet software: how are you handling this?
> Are you going to drop XP support completely? If so, starting from when?
> Regards,
> Wladimir
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