4 Reasons you’re not leaving Windows XP and why they’re not good enough

Support for Windows XP is ending in April.  If this is the first you’ve heard of it then you better do some reading asap.  A lot of firms are struggling to migrate quickly enough; the latest stats say that 60% of US firms will not have completed their migration before the 8th April deadline.  If you have yet to start migrating then you need to get on with it as soon as you can, and if you’re dawdling or resisting then read on to find out why you can’t afford to hang around any longer.

1.     Our software isn’t compatible with anything other than XP

The main reason organisations are resistant to upgrading is that they use software which isn’t compatible with any other OS.  A lot of organisations use software which is integral to their operations, but which isn’t compatible with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Firstly, it’s a good idea to go back to the software developer or your IT provider and see if there are new versions or updates that have been developed in light of Windows XP end of life.  , IN some cases you might be able to run Windows 7 in compatibility mode, allowing you to run certain applications with the same settings as XP , but this is far from ideal and not a long term solution.

2.     There’s nothing wrong with Windows XP

Another barrier to upgrading is that plenty of people will go to work each day, switch on their computer, work on XP and everything will be as normal.  On April 9th (the day after the deadline) this is unlikely to be different, and a company could get away with continuing to use XP for quite some time before they notice any issues.  The problem here is that once you have noticed the issues they’re likely to be pretty well developed and you’ll have little scope to combat them.  The result will be upgrading your operating systems anyway as staying on XP is like shutting down your entire immune system – there’s only so long your systems will cope without getting infected.

The point is that after April there very much will be something wrong with Windows XP.  It might function in a way that you like, but it is unsupported – it’s a total no-no from the off.

3.     They’ll probably still roll out support

They might.  A lot of tech press at the moment is citing stats about how many of us worldwide are still on XP, and that isn’t just the odd Luddite consumer, it’s plenty of businesses too.  Don’t use these stats to comfort yourself though.  Firstly, there’s the age old issue of journalism misrepresenting statistical analysis (i.e. there may not be as many still on XP as implied) and then there’s the very real risk that the numbers won’t motivate Windows to extend support.

Look at it this way: even if they do, you won’t lose out by upgrading your OS from a 12 year old system (that’s old!) to the latest version.  You will have to do this at some point anyway.

4.     We can’t afford it

This is a more complex problem as it does depend on your financing. However, you will have to bite the bullet and invest in your IT infrastructure; there is no hiding from this as you have to question how long your business can run without computers. There are financing options available from many IT support companies if you are looking to replace your PCs and software. The outlay might not be as great for the software as expected as many companies today are supplying software on a subscription based model via the cloud; whereby you pay monthly for the software as opposed to buying the software boxed and larger upfront costs.

One way of reducing your outlay is to look at accessing Window from a Windows based server, either onsite or remotely. This for some business is a more affordable option versus having the latest version of Windows installed on every PC.




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