Discuss: Windows XP End-of-Life

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November 15, 2013 at 05:40:58
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Microsoft is trying hard to get users to upgrade from Windows XP before security support ends in April. Discuss here if you or anyone you know is still running Windows XP, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
November 15, 2013 at 06:36:16
My entire company still uses XP, and according to them there will be no updates past xp for at least a year.

::mike

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#2
November 15, 2013 at 06:58:27
My case is similar to Mike's. My company has 5000+ workstations and nearly all of them are running XP with a spattering of Win7. It's only been 5 years since we migrated away from DOS 6.2 and I suspect that it will take another 5 years before we put any major effort into upgrading.

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#3
November 15, 2013 at 07:17:57
Its funny too, because they are progressive enough to advertise on this site, but not enough to actually pay attention to the information found here.

::mike


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#4
November 15, 2013 at 07:47:13
Don't worry, I'm sure that upgrading will suddenly become a priority when the first security issue strikes. It's going to be a field day for the bad guys - Microsoft will tell them, in the guise of updates to later versions of Windows, exactly where to look for the security holes in XP.

I wonder what a corporation's liability will be - bearing in mind Sarbanes-Oxley and the like - if they run into security issues because they haven't replaced XP.


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#5
November 15, 2013 at 08:11:38
After the disappointing experience with Vista I decided to stay with XP. Now I am planning to leave Microsoft's domain for Linux when I have to replace my aged computers. Not a great issue as may be for a corporate company, but a little sign for Microsoft that has decided to kill itself forcing to upgrade to Windows 8(.1).

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#6
November 15, 2013 at 08:27:45
We run it on several machines where I work and I still use it at home. I suspect they may have a hard time making that date stick since (like NT4 was when it was heavily used) it's so widely used in industry. Just my 2¢-worth....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#7
November 15, 2013 at 10:38:57
I work for a state agency & we have 10,000+ computers still running XP. The IT dept realizes XP is reaching it's EOL but the majority of the desktops & laptops we have in service don't meet the requirements for Win7 (Win8 isn't even a consideration). Even so, we don't have the money (or so they say) to upgrade or replace what we have. The next few months are going to be very interesting.

Personally, I no longer have any machines running XP. The release of Vista forced me into the world of Linux & it was the best thing Microsoft ever did for me! I now have a mix of Win7 & Linux computers in my household & I'm constantly experimenting with different versions. I recently made the switch from Mint (my old favorite) to Zorin & couldn't be happier. If you haven't taken the Linux plunge yet, I highly recommend it. There are SO many versions available, I'm sure you'll find one to your liking. If the state would wise up & make the switch, they would save 100s of millions of dollars, then they could waste it someplace else!


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#8
November 15, 2013 at 11:08:18
Just in case any XP types view this post I'll include my thoughts on keeping it a bit more secure (for a while):

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

Re #6
"I suspect they may have a hard time making that date stick"
My 2¢:
I think there is as much chance of MS extending security support on XP as the old Start Menu coming back. They want to sell Win 8 and their tiles ideas. They have no incentive to continue support on a 12 year old OS and would probably dump Win 7 too if they could. Happy to eat humble if I'm proved wrong.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#9
November 15, 2013 at 14:53:34
I have a dual boot desktop setup with XP Pro and Win 7 Ultimate installed. I actually use XP more than Win 7, and do prefer Win 7 over XP, but it's been a friend for such a long time, I still use it. I'll continue to use it until it's no longer safe or practical to do. I won't step up to Win 8, the whole tile thing turns me off. I also use my Macbook pro laptop with Mavericks on it. It's a real sweet machine for sitting on the couch and browsing. If I had to replace XP on a machine that wouldn't upgrade, I would go the Linux route too.

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#10
November 15, 2013 at 15:31:27
I personally have XP on a few machines as some old hardware just doesn't work with newer OSes. However, the machines I mainly use all run 7 or Server 2008 R2. I have tried Windows 8 but I got fed up with incompatibility with hardware that I ran it on so I downgraded back to 7.

@Derek, also consider adding a part 3 to your How-Tos detailing the Microsoft EMET tool. I have just discovered it recently and found it incredibly useful, it protects popular software from common zero-day exploits. More info here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/arch...

You've been helped by a 16 year old.


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#11
November 15, 2013 at 15:44:22
RMT2
Thanks for the heads up. However it is quite a new one on me and as you have experience of using MS EMET the "How-To" might be better coming from you.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#12
November 16, 2013 at 07:27:53
I love XP and have no intentions of upgrading. As of yet it still runs all the applications Windows 7 does, and when support drops I'll be fine using whatever the last supported version of software works on it.

My Windows NT 9.x and 2000 boxes have all been running years without patches and haven't gotten viruses.

Upgrading to Windows 7 isn't just about upgrading the operating system. Many applications I paid a lot of money for just don't work in Windows 7.

I don't like the fact that you need 4GB of RAM to run Windows 7 just as well as XP does in 2GB RAM. Talk about inefficient code.

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#13
November 16, 2013 at 12:41:58
I boot XP Pro, 7, and Mint 14 Mate on my desktop rig. All my older games install on the XP partition with zero hassle and I have Mint 14 that works just fine as a backup OS. Frankly, if windows went to hell in five minutes, I'd be perfectly happy with Mint.

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#14
November 17, 2013 at 19:58:55
Johnny Windows XP, we hardly knew ye.

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#15
November 26, 2013 at 17:17:31
IMO, XP was and still is the best thing that ever happened to Microsoft. But the last.

MS is digging their own grave with Win8. I had no choice when I bought my new laptop but to get Win8; It's sort of OK, but I was lost for the first half-hour with the dang 'Charms' bar.

I still have XP on two machines, blasting away happily without pause. The fact that Microsoft took this long to drop support for it is a testament to it's abilities.

My guess, most people (and businesses) will just stock up on 3rd party security software (Go Norton!) and keep their machines for at least 4-5 more years.

~oldie
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#16
November 26, 2013 at 19:52:47
I just added a Lubuntu partition to one of my old laptops and couldn't be happier. A bunch of glitchy things with the windows side of things have mysteriously cleared up...

::mike

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