Last Updated on November 30, 2018 by Ope Quadri
It’s a season of discounts and promos on products like Laptop, Smartphone, softwares, TV, and other home appliances. While you want to enjoy more than 50% discount on your next product, there are some Laptops you should avoid even if there is 99% discount on them. We’ll tell you in this post which to avoid.
How to know which laptop not to buy
- If the operating system of a laptop is no longer supported by the popular browsers again, that’s a good reason to avoid such laptop.
- When a browser doesn’t support an Operating System of a laptop you could be prone to malware and other internet security issues.
- If you can no longer (easily) download and run a software on your laptop as a result of unsupported files then you should avoid such laptop.
List of Unsupported laptops you shouldn’t buy AGAIN
- Windows XP
- Window Vista
- Mac OS X 10.6
- Mac OS X 10.7
- Mac OS X 10.8
The above Operating System doesn’t support the latest version of major browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc.
For instance, Firefox version 52.9.0 was the last supported release for Windows XP and Windows Vista.
This means that no further security updates will be provided for Window XP and Vista.
If you’re already using any of them there are alternatives browser you can use. Don’t throw it away.
Why has Firefox, Chrome ended support for Windows XP and Vista users?
Microsoft in 2014 ended support for Windows XP, this was followed by Google Chrome, and in 2017 Microsoft ended its support for Windows Vista.
“Such older platforms are missing critical security updates and have a greater potential to be infected by viruses and malware,” Marc Pawliger, Director of Engineering and Early Notifier at Google Chrome says in a blog post three years ago.
Tech geeks will definitely be aware of this, but majority of prospective buyers who know little or nothing about operating system may fall victim of this.
“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 says.
Will switching to a different browser keep me protected?
Switching to from Firefox to Chrome won’t keep you protected because most browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer have already ended support for Windows XP and Windows Vista.
How can I get the newest features of Firefox?
We’ve seen people ask: “Can I still browse safely with Firefox on Windows XP and Vista?
Well, experts say you would need to upgrade your laptop or computer’s operating system “If you want to keep your Firefox up to date, with all the latest features and updates”
Can I still use Google Chrome on Windows XP and Vista?
Yes, but you will be using it at your own risk.
“…end of Chrome’s support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes,” Chrome says.
What are the alternative browsers to use?
If you already bought or have Windows XP and Vista there are some web browser you can use, check below for download
Opera: You can use Opera 36 on XP and Vista: Download Opera
Lunascape: This web browser is not as popular as others, but it’s one of the alternatives you can use which is supported on Windows XP and Windows Vista: Download Lunascape
Pay attention to any of the above OS next you’re buying a new laptop or fairly used computers. Buy computers that are supported by the major web browser.
Is there any other laptops you know of that isn’t listed on this post? Share your thoughts with us.