I am fully aware of updating all my client's pcs to Windows 7, 8.1, or Linux. I have except there is one pc at a client's office that I have to keep at XP because of a very specialized piece of software that works perfectly in XP and does not in Windows 7, or 8.1.
I know I can use use virtual box, xpmode, or just keep the xp pc running.
Currently the pc is OFF the internet. But at times the software has to go out and verify it is a legal copy. So the pc is plugged in, the software is launched, the pc is disconnected. There is a POS registry setting to make XP update for several more years like a POS machine. Does anyone have experience with the POS patches installing on XP? I have one test pc and so far so good. Whatever this statement means...no crashes, no bricking xp. I do not expect the patches for POS to update everything in XP but both OSes are very similar...why would MS rewrite the code.
Why would MS release POS right ahead of Windows 7? Who knows.
I know you will tell me to do anything except apply the registry hack...but in this case I do not want to break what is not broken...xp works perfectly. The hack would be a great solution until the Windows 7, 8.1 updates to the specialized software are stable enough to use.
Unfortunately, the software is written is Foxpro and I cannot set the XP pc as an Admin/User scenario. The software breaks. I have security set at the highest in XP. The firewall always asks for inbound/outbound traffic, not using Windows firewall obviously.