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XP? Just give it up, NOW!

by Jon Law, on May 1, 2014

Let's just start with this straightforward remark.

XP? Just give it up, NOW!

On the 8th of April XP officially became obsolete. Now call me picky if you like but the term obsolete implies that it should be chucked in the bin. XP should be assigned to the silicon museum, in the same section as Windows 95. A relic that was useful in it's time but is now obsolete. Simple.

Stitching up the XP sock or getting a new pair?

I was late to get rid of XP. However, this occurred at least three years before it became obsolete. So I'm not too much of a digital luddite. Prior to this I actually searched Google for a XP laptop and bought it mainly for that reason, I really liked XP. Like XP that laptop has since died. At that time our brilliant IT guy, Tay, pointed out that XP was almost obsolete and Microsoft would be ceasing support. So I needed to upgrade Windows. Because, sometime in the future, there would be a security risk. That time is now...

I had no urge to lose data, so I agreed, bit the bullet and upgraded. I can't remember how much it cost but it wasn't too much to leave a lasting memory.

So let's get this straight, there will be no XP service pack 4, sp3 was the final installment. XP is obsolete, you need to upgrade yesterday! Failing to upgrade is false economy and will cost more in the long. Potentially much more when you factor in recovery costs.

Lollipop Local have just moved office. And it is a lovely space, very professional, just like us. Here's our mascot #MollytheLolly in her new surroundings on our first day last week. We now share space with the brilliant RES Info-Tech, which is how we know all about the problems with XP.

How much will it cost if I don't upgrade my Windows XP?

How long is a piece of string?

RES Info-Tech are right in the thick of the XP fall-out. And there is fall-out. They have been telling clients to upgrade for months, but not everyone is heeding this sage advice. False economy that could really cost you.

Upgrading each machine will cost you money £125 for a Windows 7 upgrade and a couple of hours labour. So mulitply that across several machines and the cost mounts up. I can see why people are reluctant. You could just buy new machines.

By failing to upgrade you are putting your data and the data of your clients at risk. Microsoft no longer supports XP because it is obsolete. So when things go wrong, there will be no patch. Point in case, this weekend, there was a security is with Internet Explorer, from the New York Times.

Microsoft Corp is rushing to fix a bug in its widely used Internet Explorer web browser after a computer security firm disclosed the flaw over the weekend, saying hackers have already exploited it in attacks on some U.S. companies.

PCs running Windows XP will not receive any updates fixing that bug when they are released, however, because Microsoft stopped supporting the 13-year-old operating system earlier this month. Security firms estimate that between 15 and 25 percent of the world's PCs still run Windows XP.

New York Times

Yikes! That means 15% to 25% of PCs are vulnerable to attack if they are using Internet Explorer. Apparently, 50% of people still use IE so that's an enourmous number of vulnerable PCs. Are you vulnerable?

So what to do about your XP issue

First and foremost learn from it. You need to upgrade regularly. And avoid the threat of obsolescence, it's dangerous. It's a false economy not to upgrade because it could cost you a fortune if it all goes wrong. And it will go wrong if you are using an obsolete operating system like XP which is unsupported by Microsoft.

Imagine the scenario. You have ten machines running on XP. To upgrade will cost you £250-£300 each machine, so as much as £3000 in total. That's an expense that anyone wants to avoid. But if your business is reliant on these machines you need them working, downtime costs you money!

Now, let's skip forward to when a couple of these go down and cannot be restored with the original CD as the service packs aren't included. Ouch, that's 20% capacity gone. Then the IE security issue causes corruption of data, or theft even. It can only get worse.

Then, sadly you lose your clients data. Ouch. Are you liable? Were you protecting that data adequately? I'm not sure using an obsolete operating system counts as providing adequate data protection. Do you?

Just give up that XP operating system NOW!

Topics:XPSmall BusinessIEMicrosoftupgrade

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