Re: Out With the Old?
@Susan, this may add some insight for you. Believe it or not, we just had to install a copy of XP running on some VM software on a Win 7 machine. The engineer needed to use Rockwell software which works with PLC controllers on some of our mfg machines. These PLC's are decades old, so not surprising the software to interface with them has not really been fitted to newer o/s like Win 7. The cost of upgrading these PLC's is in the hundreds of thousands. The machines themselves are 40+ years old.
Life in heavy mfg. Here is another XP use case here. We have HR software called Abra from Best Software (now owned by Sage). It will not install on Win 7. Sage has upgraded version which uses SQL Server and really not that expensive ($5K range). But functionally, it does nothing new to version we have and, even worse, one of modules we use no longer exists. So HR really did not want to change. So I implemented a couple of XP virtual desktops on our TS server to run Abra only. User RDP from their Win 7 desktops to use. No internet or email is done on these virtual XP desktops, so not much of an attack vector.
Other than things like this, there is no reason to still be running XP. If your business so bad you can't upgrade desktops to Win 7, you likely won't be around that long anyway. And if your people are using internet browsing and email on XP, you have a death wish.