This allows Microsoft to download an Active X control that gathers assorted debugging information and sends it back to them.In my case, this debugging information proved critical.That means all but the oldest PCs should be able to cope, perhaps with some extra system RAM or storage.
If you hit problems with a particular application, try running it in Compatibility Mode.To do this, right-click its icon and choose Troubleshoot Compatibility – or search your computer for “Run programs made for previous versions of Windows”.The error message simply referred to "a problem on your computer".In addition, a review of the update history (click on "Review your update history" in the left side gray stripe) showed no failures at all.Your personal files will be safe, but you’ll need to track down installers for all the programs you want to keep using.
The good news is that most software that runs in Windows XP should also work in Windows 8.
I checked four XP machines and in each case the file had almost no data and hadn't been updated in a long time.
Update: A reader named Joseph pointed out that this is from an older version of Windows Update.(July 27, 2008) But the other log file, "Windows Update.log" is a gold mine of information (this file has no spaces in the name).
That’s a problem: when Microsoft stops supporting an OS, it doesn’t only withdraw its technical-support services – it also stops updating the software.
Among other things, this means no more monthly fixes to protect against new viruses and malware.
Follow the onscreen instructions to see if the application fares better with settings that emulate an older edition of the operating system. Since its touch-focused features won’t be relevant to your old system, you may prefer to upgrade to Windows 7.