Windows XP retirement

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | November 1st, 2013

 

This is a re-run of the article we ran last month. We feel it is very important to reinforce that beyond April 2014 Windows XP will no longer be provided with patches and updates.

The resistance for many to upgrade speaks to how successful Windows XP has been in the market place. However, given that Windows XP is now over 13 years old and there are suitable replacements there really should be no reason to remain on something so antiquated and vulnerable.

Many existing Windows XP business owners cite the need to retain the use of line of business applications that only function on Windows XP. It could be said that if you are using an application for your business that hasn’t been updated to run on more modern operating systems or run in the cloud then you probably shouldn’t be using it. If you are something like this and the vendor isn’t going to provide an upgrade option to something more modern then now is probably the time to start looking around for alternatives.

Reports like:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9241585/XP_s_retirement_will_be_hacker_heaven

are beginning to surface. Hackers are holding back their Windows XP exploits to be utilized after this date, against machines that will no longer be patched. This is a major problem not only for these 500 million or so users still on Windows XP but also for everyone else connected to the Internet. Why? Because the vulnerable machines run the risk of being ‘taken over’ by hackers and used as a platform for attacks against other targets.

Correct Solutions strongly recommends all its clients to upgrade from Windows XP as soon as possible as these machines will no longer be covered under Correct Solutions maintenance agreements. Correct Solutions will however continue to support clients with Windows XP machines to the best of its ability beyond the April 2014 date but all work will be conducted outside any existing agreement and the client assumes all liability for retaining these machines within their organization beyond April 2014.

The easiest way to avoid issues around the retirement of Windows XP is to act now and look at upgrading to a newer operating system. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at all the additional benefits you’ll discover running something more current than prehistoric Windows XP.

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