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Xp on its way out ..... anything that needs to be done on an XP PC?

fcek asked
Last Modified: 2014-02-03
Customer asks .........

hear  through  grapevine  Windows  X P  will become  redundant  in April  next  =  no  more  patches /upgrades etc.  =  POTENTIALLY  open to  hacking etc. ?

Is  that  so ?

Anything we  need to   do ?
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Top Expert 2013

It already is.  Microsoft did not fix some vulnerabilities in XP in this month's updates. Dell wants users to move on to Windows 8.

So, the question becomes: Why not move on to Windows 8 (8.1) now? Or as soon as possible. Why wait?

Win 8 /8.1 is fine as long as your applications are good. I would make a list and in the spirit of the holiday season, check it twice, to make certain all user line of business apps will all work on Win 8.x before making the plunge. You may find the hidden costs of applications that need to be upgraded.

Except for the cost, why would you not upgrade as soon as the newest version has a community consensus of stability.
Most Valuable Expert 2015

Yes, they need to change. Staying with XP is asking for trouble.

Windows 8/8.1 won't run on old hardware, so if you want to use such an OS, you probably also need to sell the customer new hardware along with a new OS.

So the alternative is to either upgrade to Windows 7 (which is better than 8/8.1 anyway), or better, go for a Linux distro, which in most cases is free and will run very nicely on older hardware originally built for XP. Such distro's are also generally very easy to use and move to from XP, with a low learning curve, and almost every software needed is already included by default. But if the user really needs something that only runs on Windows, he may have to stay with Windows 7.
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Most Valuable Expert 2012
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Is there anything that needs to be done?

Yes. Until you can replace it with at least Windows 7, you need to keep XP up to date. Updates are still working - I updated my Windows XP virtual machines this past week.

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Top Expert 2013

Fresh article (of your interest), "Microsoft Launches Website to Help Kill Windows XP, at:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Launches-Website-to-Help-Kill-Windows-XP-409444.shtml >

Excerpt: "To make sure that everybody knows that staying on XP beyond retirement date is very risky, Microsoft has now launched a dedicated website holding information about the migration process."

Website: < http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx >

Has information on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (8.1).
Top Expert 2013

Supporting what I mentioned before, you should also read the article, "Windows XP Stays Vulnerable After December 2013 Patch Tuesday Cycle":

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-XP-Stays-Vulnerable-after-December-2013-Patch-Tuesday-Cycle-408008.shtml >


Just back from hospital.  Will update / closing cases soon
Top Expert 2013

Please take care of your health, first.
Top Expert 2009

I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
Most Valuable Expert 2015

There are plenty of good suggestions in this thread...
Top Expert 2013

There are plenty of good suggestions in this thread... ~ rindi

[Nicest, objective 'way' (to object, if I call it that?) I have seen on this forum. :-)]

I would agree, this question was sufficiently answered. The answer can only be as complete as the depth of the question. The questions asked: Is XP expiring? What should they do?

The first part was very specific and was easily answered with specific links to the Microsoft notices. The second part is very generic and numerous responses gave much good information to allow them to formulate a plan.
Top Expert 2013

Force.  Yikes. :-(

The force is strong in that one... Maybe too strong... I would have gladly shared those points.
Top Expert 2013

[No. Not the points.]

Unqualifiedly. Force.  :-(  [To a customer.]

Persuaded. Yes. :-)

Cheers. :-)

May the force be with... and thanks!
Top Expert 2013

"Force-accepted" means ... ~Netminder

It's clear what it means.

For contemplation: The question is: "Is it wise to use "force" (or use such 'language' in any business) with a customer?"

Please no criticism here. Only to bring the 'best' in business. Please forgive me if there is any misunderstanding, still.

[Note: How about the questioner was asked to close the question?]

It sounds more business-like than 'forced to'.  <An opinion only> which can be ignored or thrown away without any ill effect. I don't mind.

BTW, I respect whatever your opinion is on the matter. And I ask for no changes. (Please treat it as a comment -- an unsolicited, unwanted, and unwelcome one if you do not like it.)

Thanks. Regards. Love.

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