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    XP was and still is a good OS, BUT i think Windows 7 does replace XP. 7 is what XP was. The only thing that annoys me at the moment for software compatibility is that I have a Windows 8 machine - the one im using now - I want to connect to my VMware server via vsphere client, but the server still runs version 4 - version 4 of vshphere client doesnt run on Windows 8. So until I upgrade I have to use a Windows 7 machine to manage my host. I remember all the talks about upgrading to XP when I worked for a school that was running Windows 98, no software will work etc etc - I've never had a problem with XP and software its always just worked, as has Windows 7.
    So if you have got Windows XP, make sure you have a damn good AV suite and firewalls correctly configured! I wouldnt like to run XP in any sort of enterprise environment but IF I really had too, theres no way that thing would be allowed to talk to the internet!

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    XP -> Now = 12 years

    12 years *before* XP we would be on Windows 2.11 (*almost* 3.0)

    XP no matter how you look at it, is old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    XP was and still is a good OS
    XP was good, but it definitely isn't now. It's an unbelievable dated OS.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    XP no matter how you look at it, is old.
    I wonder how many people would continue to use XP if they were forced to run it on hardware from the same era? Not many I bet!



    ^ The HP laptop above cost $3,599.99 when it was released at the beginning of 2002 and had a 1.13 GHz Pentium III-M, 256MB RAM, 30GB HDD, 802.11b WiFi, 56k modem, 3.5" floppy drive, 1x DVD-ROM drive and weighed almost 3KG.

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    Only Microsoft could come up with advertising telling us how terrible their older products are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Only Microsoft could come up with advertising telling us how terrible their older products are.
    I don't know, I've had Toshiba telling me their old products are junk and I should buy a new one. To be fair, the car industry does the exact same thing MS did, the golf platform has ads about an extra 15% space and 40% stronger chassis making it safer than the last one. Maybe if MS had installed extra airbags in Windows you'd be less critical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    I've had Toshiba telling me their old products are junk and I should buy a new one.
    Acer does that too. Less than a month after releasing the Iconia W3, Acer announce they are working on its successor due to how bad the W3's hardware is. Why even bother releasing it in the first place!
    Last edited by Arthur; 29th August 2013 at 08:10 AM.

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    Does anyone else remember when the us used to be ahead of the curve and seemed to be the source of lots of the education specific developments, what happened, does technology conflict with creationalisum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    XP was good, but it definitely isn't now. It's an unbelievable dated OS.


    I wonder how many people would continue to use XP if they were forced to run it on hardware from the same era? Not many I bet!



    ^ The HP laptop above cost $3,599.99 when it was released at the beginning of 2002 and had a 1.13 GHz Pentium III-M, 256MB RAM, 30GB HDD, 802.11b WiFi, 56k modem, 3.5" floppy drive, 1x DVD-ROM drive and weighed almost 3KG.
    OMG! I managed a 'mobile classroom' set of 25 of those for 6 years between 2003-2009. At the end it drove me insane how slow they got (still running XP) when I had to patch/update them several times a year it was a major chore.
    It would have been great in 2002, but in 2009 I just wanted to burn the lot of them!

    *I even upgraded the RAM and HD's on all of them to no real effect

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    I don't think this should come as a surprise to anyone.

    Half of IT pros plan to use Windows XP after support ends in 2014 The Inquirer

    Almost 80 percent of IT professionals are still running Windows XP on at least one system, a Spiceworks report has revealed, raising security concerns as Microsoft counts down to the end of extended support for the obsolescent PC operating system.

    In a report entitled "Getting Over Your XP", Spiceworks revealed that 76 percent of IT professionals haven't upgraded all of their systems from Windows XP to a later version of Windows yet, and nearly half admitted that they will leave the 2002 OS on at least one system past its end of support, which due in less than four months on 8 April, 2014.

    Microsoft warned organisations to upgrade their systems in April 2012 when it announced the two year countdown to the end of support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003, saying that "the technology environment has shifted" and that those leaving the migration to the last minute might find it difficult to accomplish in time.

    In April, software specialist 1E marked the one year countdown to the end of Windows XP support by reporting that less than a quarter of UK companies had completed the migration of their PC estate to a newer version of Windows, with 40 percent still "in the process of upgrading".

    Those that don't upgrade can expect to be faced with the threat of increasing security concerns, as Windows XP continues to be one of the most targeted operating systems by malware and hacking exploits.

    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Does anyone else remember when the US used to be ahead of the curve and seemed to be the source of lots of the education specific developments.
    They're going backwards now.

    Last edited by Arthur; 19th December 2013 at 01:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    They're going backwards now.

    I'd sure as hell prefer to look after 18,000 chromebooks vs 18,000 windows or apple laptops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    I'd sure as hell prefer to look after 18,000 chromebooks vs 18,000 windows or apple laptops.



    be fair, with the Chromebooks its not really you looking after them, its googles spying in homes division

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    Security Essentials for Windows XP will die when the OS does Ars Technica

    There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn't the only thing that's losing support on that date. Microsoft Security Essentials, the company's anti-malware app, will stop receiving signature updates on that date and will also be removed for download.

    The message is clear: after April 8, Windows XP will be insecure, and Redmond isn't going to provide even a partial remedy for the security issues that will arise. Anti-virus software is just papering over the cracks if the operating system itself isn't getting fixed.

    In contrast, both Google and Mozilla will provide updates for Chrome and Firefox beyond the cessation of Microsoft's support. Google has committed to supporting Chrome until April 2015.

    With three months to go, and Windows XP still holding almost a thirty-percent usage share of the Web, the ending of support is going to have an impact on a lot of people. Still, it's unlikely that killing off MSE is going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back and forces these Windows XP holdouts to upgrade.

    The big question is, what will? XP's end of life shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, but there are plenty of XP users who evidently don't care. There's no chance now that the remaining users will migrate off the operating system in the few remaining months of support. An abundance of insecure, exploitable, and most likely exploited Windows XP machines is now an inevitability.

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    The big question is, what will?
    When other vendors apps stop working with XP. Once people get to a point that the software they want to run can't on XP they will move on.

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