Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft after the 9th April, 2014.
Windows XP customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.
Update Jan 2014: They will receive updates to Microsoft’s Security Essentials product for another 12 months (Antivirus and Anti-Malware) if it is being used. This is a last minute attempt by Microsoft to reduce the impact of Windows XP machines being hacking targets.
The security upgrade and hotfixes are the most important elements to most clients. Having a machine on the internet were you can’t patch the operating system will be like a honey pot for hackers.
The options are simple, either remove the computer from the internet and use it in isolation – or replace it with a newer operating system that has full Microsoft support. Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 are available on new machines that perform so much faster than a unit purchased in 2008!
A common reason for keeping a Windows XP machine running is a line of business application that will not run on newer version of windows. Now that support has ended for XP these machines need to have the internet disabled. Serious consideration needs to be give to the future life of the old application software.
If the old XP machine crashes then what’s the path forward?
Many clients will also move to a Remote Desktop environment and install a thin client on the desktop with the power in the data center or server room running the software straight from the server. Normally after upgraded to the latest version of there application software.
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