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

Kevin kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 15:12:28 UTC 2014

On 4/16/2014 4:14 AM, Wladimir 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 <http://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.
> 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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I think we should get to the bottom of this.  Should we assume that xp 
is not secure enough?  What is this warning?  Who is issuing this warning?


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