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Windows XP End - How To Keep Using And Why You Should Not


Windows XP end is nigh.  Following is how you can keep using this ten year old operating system if you need to and some reasons why you should consider migrating off of it.

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  • Windows XP mode: This Windows 7 feature allows you to launch a separate environment running Windows XP.  This may be used as a separate window, in full screen mode or as individual programs directly in Windows 7.  Download Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC.  Note that since this blog is oriented toward small businesses, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization is outside of the scope of this discussion.
  • Continue to source Microsoft Windows XP: Microsoft stopped selling Windows XP in 2010, so OEM PCs are no longer available with this operating system.  It is possible to downgrade OEM versions of Windows 7 to Windows XP.

So, while Microsoft has attempted to provide a variety of ways to transition from Microsoft Windows XP to Microsoft Windows 7, the reality is that support for Windows XP ends in 2014.  This will be here before we know it and migrating can take a long time due to third-party software, hardware upgrades and education issues.  In Should You Upgrade To Windows 7 From XP Now?, we reviewed the pros and cons of upgrading and some countermeasures to deal with potential issues.  What Does Green IT Mean For Your Small Business? discusses some of the power management features in Windows 7 that may be attractive.  What is your strategy around Windows XP?

Key Takeaways:

  • Windows XP mode provides a way to install Windows 7 while still running unsupported applications in a Windows XP environment
  • It is still possible to purchase Windows 7 with downgrade rights to Windows XP
  • Support for Windows XP ends in 2014 and a proactive migration plan will prevent unforeseen difficulties at that time





There are users that are still using Windows 98 & other dropped OS's. XP will be the same. I usually tell people that they can keep their existing system and get a current system, but if they don't like the current system they are most likely going to stick with what they already have. If your smart and keep the system up to the latest patches then you'll be fine. Just don't click on any weary websites and increase the security on your system settings. It's not going to be perfectly protected but neither is switching to a current OS as a few viruses have been known to slip through. Driver support for some software or new software may be incompatible but that's where the current machine comes into play. 
Windows 8 is out now and i am not liking it.. i won't switch over to it unless i have to and even then that's really slim. I have Windows 7 already but i may not ever switch over to the next OS if it's not appealing.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 04, 2012 12:57 PM by MidnightDistortions
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