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Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
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APat2013
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1/2/2013 | 6:01:30 PM
re: Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
there are some pieces of software that run expensive equipment that may not work with Win7 and may never be updated to work with win7. Either the vendor doesnt exist any longer, the developer who wrote the code left the company, whatever the case may be. the focus should be to minimize your company risk by upgrading as many as possible, and isolating those that cannot upgrade once they cant be protected any more.
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1/2/2013 | 5:55:14 PM
re: Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
It could just be me, I don't think any of the points mentioned above are valid. Most of the issues mentioned here can be resolved by "workarounds", apart from people not ready to adapt to the change, I don't see any valid argument. For example, for the print issue, Can't you just have a dedicated print server and just have it run XP, and let the others print through the print server? For the images not rendering properly, it could be a graphics driver issue or something along that line. I haven't seen any of my Win7 workstations lag in terms of performance (all my WS's are running on age old Core2 duo processors). If you adjust the performance settings in Win7, you can make 7 "seem" fast. You can whine and yell all you want, but OS upgrades are unavoidable. At certain point in time, you WILL have to adapt to the new OS.
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1/2/2013 | 5:23:28 PM
re: Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
The logic to Stick Win winXp is fine as long as you secure your systems properly

That means keeping them off the internet and company network to prevent viruses since MS wont release patches after April 2014 and eventually vendors will stop testing XP for virus updates too
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12/28/2012 | 1:58:08 AM
re: Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
It's not just a matter of hardware - it's a matter of software as well. First hand knowledge here regarding the migration of a Fortune 500 organization from XP to Windows 7 that got stalled because applications were created for Windows XP that never got upgraded to Windows 7 - either the programmers within the organization never updated the code or the third party that supplied the code had it running flawlessly under Windows XP and then folded for one reason or another (bad economy, anyone?).

Also, the head of an IT firm isn't going to be in any rush to have his clients upgrade - let's think about this for a minute. Most any Windows tech out there can run (and fix) Windows XP in their sleep - so you have a known environment, easy access to resources to work on it, large support base. Also, in these economic times, there really isn't a reason to force a client to move to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Finally, I also don't buy the idea of having to manually re-enter data - once it's in a digital format, it's fluid... may take some force to transition it from one format to another, but it should be/is possible. There will always be legacy hardware and software in some organizations - others adapt, whether on their own time or when absolutely forced to. Adapting on your own time is generally less costly, in my experience.

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