Re: XP Wont Die Easily
XP will not be going anywhere soon. There is far too much banking, security, point of sale, ATM and custom, business specific software out there that has not been ported to Windows 7 or 8 for the countless reasons littering forums across the web. And Microsoft doesn't care. This EOL for XP is simply their embarrassing last ditch effort to force you to buy their next dysfunctional and woefully inadequate operating system. I believe these survey numbers are a bunch of crap as well, another attempt to influence upgrades through the illusion that others are already doing it. They are not. It would be interesting to hear from the Banking industry directly, what are your plans to "upgrade"? I still see A LOT of XP out there, and I don't see these business applications moving. Nor do I see Microsoft offering to help their customers move. All they offer is to charge you more money for more of their crapware. They sell a product, NOT solutions. Why consumers will give their hard earned money to a corporation that handles their customers this way is beyond me. I guess perhaps the same reason that Americans refuse to get off their butts and vote, even thought their government is running wild and fleecing them through taxation and grossly violating their privacy and civil rights. Apparently, Americans like being slapped around and abused... Anyway, if you need to continue running XP, there are several ways to sandbox the system via virtualization; run it as a VM on a secure platform, like Linux. Another good option is using products like DeepFreeze to protect the system "image" . Taking systems that do not need internet acess off the network will greatly increase security. Installing hardware firewalls in front of those that need internet access and locking down any port not actually in use will help as well. Ultimately, you really need to look at another OS eventually, and Linux has some great candidates that are well supported, like Ubuntu or Mint, as well as well known distros like Redhat and Cent. Lots of altenatives out there... you do have a choice.