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Windows XP Holdouts: 6 Top Excuses
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McDaveX
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3/18/2014 | 10:10:14 AM
Well...
Why not ask your bank?

95% of ATMs are still on XP, and appararently the cost of upgrading those across the country in (for example) the UK can come to thousands (interim extended support from MS, physical upgrade of equipment, new versions of the software, and of course the OS cost itself) - all of which will be passed on to customers in increased charges.

Bonanza for ATM manus of course, who will get the bulk of that money. No doubt they are very happy indeed with Microsoft right now :)
PaulS681
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3/18/2014 | 8:18:56 AM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
@Gary,

I think the point here is Linux is not in the main stream. Many of these XP machines are in buisneses that don't have the resourses to support linux.

And yes, you my be correct about using excuse 4 however in my case it's about 8 machines and they run Manf software that run older heavy equipment. In some cases they need to run the older version that runs on XP.

I agree it's not ideal but it is what it is.
Brian.Dean
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3/18/2014 | 2:26:50 AM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
Agreed, consumer might have the time to experiment with a different OS but enterprise does not have the time to test an OS that does not come with any support. And support can even come from 3rd party organizations, these organization are also facing extra work without any foreseeable revenue growth, so even if the organizations wants to provide support for XP to their customers the reality is that they can't afford it. Either way, XP is gone.
Brian.Dean
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3/18/2014 | 2:11:15 AM
Re: Excuse 4
The majority of our systems have also moved over to Windows 7 and it has been a long time since this move took place. The remaining that are still on XP is due to software compatibility issues, however, most of these issues are because the user of the system is not tech savvy to find a workaround and many of the scenarios that took place during the upgrade from 98 to XP are still lingering in the minds of those users. 
Gary_EL
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3/18/2014 | 1:32:31 AM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
Linux isn't hard to use at all, I was with a group that taught it to inner-city HS kids. Have you noticed how many recycled XP machines that don't have the power to run 7 are now being offered with Ubuntu? And yes, I realize that this isn't a solution for most people, because sooner rather than later, you're going to run into SOMETHING that you'll need Windows or Apple to do.

Oh, and about excuse 4 - it won't be long before someone, for whatever reason, plugs in a flashdrive with some hidden malware lurking within, and the system will be clobbered.
Indian-Art
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Indian-Art,
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3/18/2014 | 12:50:12 AM
Free & Safe Alternatives
Switch to the free & awesome OS: www.ubuntu.com/download

Its the worlds most popular free OS.

:) Or try www.kubuntu.com or www.xubuntu.com
anon4591713220
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3/17/2014 | 8:25:00 PM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
About 70,000,000 million people use linux as of today. I've used Slackware Linux since it's first public release on July 17, 1993. Numerous Cities and even the NSA use Linux. Countless web servers (the vast majority) run some distro of Linux. Does not sound like "nobody" to me.
PaulS681
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3/17/2014 | 6:58:47 PM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
@Mel... Linux is only for the tech savy and even at that there arn't many that run it. You are correct in my estimation. Linux is not an answer.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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3/17/2014 | 6:55:37 PM
Excuse 4
We have some machines at work that are run by older software that needs to run on XP. For this reason we cannot upgrade them at this point. These Machines are either stand alone or on a  private network that doesn't touch the internet.
Laurianne
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3/17/2014 | 3:35:50 PM
Re: Windows XP holdouts
I have to agree with Mel here. People who can't get their heads around a new version of Windows are not going to run and install Linux. It's good for a certain slice of the crowd, but it's not going to magically appear on old PCs in retail and hospitality settings, where I often see XP.
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