Windows XP Upgrades, wait What?
Its back alley and backroom talk right now.
Rumor has it you're not planning on up grading to Windows 7 and don't want to even think about Windows 8.
Who's going to be hanging onto Windows XP this time next year?
Let me jump into the fire with my top 10 industries that will produce more harm by not upgrading.
- Medical Records stored on XP will be a violation of federal regulations covering the part and I'll paraphrase, "Keep OS and Software up to date." This then should be followed by "Provide proof that your system has been updated."
- Industrial chemical manufacturing
- Transportation and navigation
- Any controls and monitoring systems connected to the internet for anything.
The list is very long but the number one on my list is the one that more than one person will be affected by your judgment call of not to upgrade. Once XP is exploited your personal health information stored on your computer is now in violation of federal regulations. The one that goes something like, "Provide evidence that you were not hacked." anything XP will be a red light and you will fail any audit. Sorry to be so straight forward but people need to know if you plan on keeping their personal health information safe from online exploits.
Monitoring systems, dispatch, critical safety response systems, warning systems, fire and alarm systems may fail due to exploits.
Let's face it, the number one reason to upgrade is the very high probability you will have some type of known exploit that someone one day will take advantage of.
Unless you follow the following rules which is 100% good in my book.
- Disconnect your computer from the internet.
- Remove or disable any USB, CD, DVD Serial, or external hard drive connection from your computer.
- Lock your computer away so no one has access to it but you.
The top reasons you should invest into some type of upgrade:
- Hardware from motherboards to CPU (processors) have changed since 2002 and with that change we have faster computers that XP does not support even if it was still patched.
- The time it takes to boot Windows XP is taking away from your life, get it back.
- Your smartphone most likely is faster than your Windows XP computer and you didn't cry when you signed that 2 year contract at $50 to $100 per month.
The list goes on.
As a technicians, systems analysts and systems administrator I'll say you need to upgrade to something that is supported on today's hardware.
I'll go one step more and say support for hardware issues on XP will end up costing you more than a new computer with Windows 7 very soon.
And my last technical reason you should upgrade to something is Ubuntu and its support for your old 32bit hardware version.
I use Windows and Ubuntu. My laptop is Ubuntu, my desktop is Windows 7, my Servers are Ubuntu and Windows 2008. My reasons are I like knowing someone is working to keep the exploits down so I can be a little safer when online.
Let's look at the costs of ownership.
I paid $150 for Windows XP Pro back in 2002.
That is 11 years ago (150/11=13.64) that's $13.64 per supported year.
Show me something that costs $14 a year that you use nearly every day?
Drawback is your hardware. Most all Windows XP users are using 32bit older hardware.
Good news is when you move from 12 year old technology to this year's technology you will see a difference. I'll compare it to your smartphone which most likely is faster than your XP computer. Once you upgrade your smartphone will be your backup and your computer will be your primary technology again. Speed is the key.
Next up is drive speeds and sizes.
Hardware manufacturers will stop the supply of older system broads like my older server boards and processors.
I could continue but I hope you get the point.
Start planning now, backing up your equipment.
Speaking of backups, when you migrate to Windows 7 or 8 the native backup application will replace your third party app and save you from upgrading.
There are other costs savings you'll find offset some of the upgrades you will need.
I don't resell parts and I do not participate in computer part sales as an affiliate. I can recommend parts based on my consultants review for a fee but will not sell you the parts.
I also offer a build service which allows me to consult on the parts then assemble anything you need at your location configure the equipment and bring it online for you. Everything but selling you the parts.
Play it safe, hire an experienced systems administrator for your migration so you're not wasting time and money.