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Windows XP Won't Go Quietly
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BGREENE292
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BGREENE292,
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1/8/2014 | 1:48:49 AM
Re: One Windows Application
Robolinux neatly circumvents the whole issue of Windows insecurity. For those who need to remain with XP, for one reason or another, this is a cost-effective address.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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1/8/2014 | 12:03:29 AM
Stock Up!
I hadn't thought about all the retail and banking systems that still run XP now, and certainly will still be running XP on April 8th. Unlike Y2K, it seems like a lot of people who should know better are completely ignoring this. I'm going to make sure I have a little extra cash on hand, and plenty of milk and eggs in the fridge when the fateful day arrives. Now, I'm glad my motherboard cracked late last year and my new machine sports Windows 7, not that it can do ANYTHING better that XP did.
Dustyn
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Dustyn,
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1/7/2014 | 8:34:58 PM
Re: windows xp
And how long will Microsoft allow us to access and download Windows Updates?

A specific senario would be a format and install of Windows without any updates applied.
boohoo
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boohoo,
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1/7/2014 | 5:27:07 PM
Re: Not broke then don't fix it
Are you forgetting that we have just come out of the worst recession since 1929? Many businesses have barely survived and do not have the resources to upgrade at this point. Even the best laid plans have gone asunder during these tryin times.
KevinRCasey
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KevinRCasey,
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1/7/2014 | 3:50:01 PM
Re: windows xp
Very true. XP definitely still visible in consumer retail/hospitality contexts. Oleg Moskalensky, an IT pro I interviewed for a different XP story last summer, shared this photo (via Google+) soon after that piece ran:



 
anon7434634082
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anon7434634082,
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1/7/2014 | 3:24:06 PM
Re: XP Wont Die Easily
Microsoft has never said that XP is obsolete. MS ending support for it is simply a business decision that is no longer beneficial financially.

BTW, while you're busy trashing MS try to find another single edition of a consumer OS from Apple or Google that has been actively supported half as long as XP has by Microsoft.
the5thHorseman
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1/7/2014 | 2:55:44 PM
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.
DDURBIN1
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1/7/2014 | 2:49:58 PM
Re: Not broke then don't fix it

@gfouts15,  29% of the computers in the world still run Windows XP. This is close to 600 million machines. How could this still be?  XP is not obsolete just because Microsoft says it is. So you propose spending let's say $500 per machine for this hotel?  Remember now that Win7/8 machines do exactly the same thing that currently happily running XP machines do. What does the $500,000 get for the hotel's bottom line?  Hey, I agree with you but for those that count the pennies it's not so clear on the benefits.  They usually choose to replace/fix when broken.

IT-security-gladiator
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1/7/2014 | 2:22:27 PM
Re: One Windows Application
I use Robolinux a very professional, user friendly OS, which provides a highly innovative one click XP virtual machine installer . The best part is since all the XP data resides inside the Robolinux partition, XP is 100 % immune to viruses and malware. This is an excellent solution for those who cannot afford to upgrade or cannot upgrade.
gfouts15
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gfouts15,
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1/7/2014 | 2:16:07 PM
Re: Not broke then don't fix it
So tell me, when someone installs all these Windows machines (or any other software for that matter), do you expect you will not have to switch them out at some point, maybe in 10 years?!  If you are stuck with limited budget, do the Executives understand this issue?  Did long term planning for this scenario ever take place?  It isn't a matter of having money as everyone complains about budgets.  The issue is planning for obsolesence which is a really big deal and apparently a pretty common oversight.
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