The Post Windows XP Universe: Is it Really the End?

We imagine you’ve already heard by now, but support for the Windows XP universe is buried deep in the ground along with famous dead presidents, musicians, and those creepy zombies from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. And if you haven’t heard of the fate of XP by now, here is The Tech Zone’s most recent Windows XP cheat sheet to fill in the blanks.

 

The most interesting aspect of the XP burial is that the OS isn’t dead at all.

It’s alive and well, living in servers, PCs, workstations, and laptops all over the globe. The deadline to migrate off of Windows XP was so air tight that companies couldn’t make the move in time. After all, it takes anywhere between 18-32 months to complete a realistic transition from XP to another OS (say Microsoft Windows 7 or 8). However, businesses are finding workarounds to continue using XP and attain the OS updates.

 

Recently, ZDNet (along with Wayne Williams at Betanews) revealed that a simple registry hack is giving users the chance to trick Windows Update into believing that it is providing updates for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 instead of XP. According to PC World, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is a variant of XP that is used by ATMs and cash registers. The updates for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 will run through April 9, 2019.

 

Despite the hack discovery, Microsoft issued this warning to users:

“The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers,” the company said in a statement to ZDNet. “Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP.”

 

Not surprisingly, Microsoft is still recommending upgrading to Windows 7 or 8. And equally not surprisingly, organizations are still fighting tooth and nail to avoid the upgrade. Gartner predicted that more than 15% of medium and large businesses will have Windows XP on at least 10% of their PCs after the April deadline. Along with Windows XP simply being a better OS to run certain business functions, consumers don’t want to drain their precious budget and time on such a large-scale migration project. In the case of the Wood Group (a global leader in Oil and Gas), the effort took three years and millions of dollars to complete.
However, by upgrading sooner rather than later, organizations will be able to stave off the security risks and breakdowns that come with staying on XP—and these security problems can lead to greater costs than any upgrade process would involve. The Tech Zone can help you determine if your business is ready to make the transition to Windows 7 or 8.

 

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