Windows XP Plug Pulled: 5 Questions
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Matt Healy
Matt Healy,
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4/8/2014 | 12:26:13 PM
Lab machines
My company has some XP boxes running lab equipment that cannot be upgraded because they need custom hardware drivers.  These will be locked down so they cannot access the Internet, and USB drives cannot be used, the only way to move data off them will be to servers on our internal network.

Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
4/8/2014 | 12:04:55 PM
Re: fair and balanced reply.
Thanks for the comments. Here are a few additions and clarifications:

1.The hyperlinked portion in the sentence you've singled out included a link to the citation, but here it is again: The source is a Microsoft researcher, which, given the obvious potential for ulterior motives, you can choose to interpret how you wish. The linked article includes a healthy debate about whether Microsoft's claim is a scare tactic or a legitimate warning.

2. I don't think we totally disagreed here. The article states that XP machines can be made more secure if the user implements certain safeguards, disables certain applications, and adopts certain behaviors. But with 100 million+ XP users still out there, we can't quixotically expect everyone will be proactive. Fewer services only means tighter security if those few services are used in a solid way, and XP's retirement makes it easier for some users to run into trouble.

4. There are a lot of ATMs out there. I talked to Michael Silver at Gartner about this one, and he agreed that a lot of ATMs are probably running the now-unsupported OS. Dean Stewart, Senior Director at ATM manufacturer Diehold, has also discussed (citation) that many ATMs run the standard XP Pro edition with embedded restrictions, which is different than Window XP Embedded itself (though that is, as noted, used on ATMs too). Granted, he's selling new ATMs, so I guess you could take his word with a grain of salt, but other sources corroborate. We have an inquiry in to Microsoft about this, but haven't received a comment. If they can share any specific breakdowns, we'll update the article.
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4/8/2014 | 12:01:12 PM
Re: fair and balanced reply.
It will be interesting to see how the ATM situation plays out. I suspect many readers are already more cautious of where they use their debit cards, following the Target breach. Are you? Weigh in.
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4/8/2014 | 11:32:29 AM
fair and balanced reply.
1. Windows XP is already more malware prone than newer systems?  Citation needed. In 2013 windows 8 had more vulnerabilites than XP.

2. Windows XP was built for a different era of computing, a point Microsoft sometimes makes when explaining the OS's security risks.?  Windows XP has far less services and software as newer versions of windows do.  Less services running means tighter security.  In fact a user can disable almost all of XP serves except about 5-6 and still have a functional operating system.

3.  Thats right PC sales are down simple becasue or Moores law.  Core2 Archtecture was too good and it meets the needs or exceeds the average person.  XP run great on that hardware.

4.This is flat out false.  ATM are running POS Ready 2009 which is set to recive updates atleast until 2019.  POS Ready 2009 and XP embeded based on XPSP3.

5.  True people still run DOS for some things.
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