It is Time to Move on From Windows XP

It is Time to Move on From Windows XPThe time has finally come for those people who have stubbornly held on to their venerable windows XP computers. While XP still functions normally a large portion of the technology industry has officially left it behind and moved on to newer operating system platforms knowing that it is now extremely vulnerable to malicious software and hackers. As time continues to pass more and more software companies are no longer continuing to include XP as a supported operating system.

     Below is an example of some of the problems that are now facing XP users going forward

  • Fewer and fewer anti-virus companies are going to be producing software that supports XP, and those software programs may begin to exceed the hardware specifications required to run on an XP machine without bogging them down.
  • As Microsoft no longer plans to introduce any new updates to the XP operating system, this includes patches, and hot fix updates that are specifically designed to patch up newly found system vulnerabilities. This means, hackers who find new exploits will have free reign without fear of XP correcting the vulnerabilities.
  • Software programs and websites are growing more and more complex, not just in size but in the scope of features that work nearly like small operating systems in their own right, and due to the limits of XP many will simply not work on such an old operating system

It is well understood that many people do not like drastic change. It can be inconvenient, annoying, but you never know, it can be fun and rewarding as well! Anyone still using XP should at least consider finally upgrading that old machine to one that is capable of running Windows 7 as the learning curve is not difficult at all and most people immediately take a liking to it.

If you feel you would be interested in upgrading to a newer version of Windows from your old XP machine but are unsure how to go about doing so, any of the technicians at PC Geeks are more than willing to help advise you and make the transition as simple and smooth as possible!

Windows Server 2003 Support

Recently, Microsoft released seven security bulletins for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. After July 14, 2015, there will be no more security updates for Windows Server 2003. This means if you’re running Windows Server 2003 on July 15, 2015, you will be immediately vulnerable to any and all security vulnerabilities that may be found that affect Windows Server 2003 from then on. There will not be any security patches for Windows Server 2003 after this date.

Windows Server 2003 SupportA year ago, Windows XP finally went out of support 13+ years after its release. And while Windows Server 2003 isn’t quite as old as Windows XP was (clocking in at 12, rather than 13), this is as big a deal on the server side as Windows XP was on the client side.

Just like we saw a staggering number of people running Windows XP on the eve of its retirement, we’re also seeing a shocking number of people on Windows Server 2003 even now. A recent survey by The Enterprise Strategy Group shows 82 percent of respondents have Windows Server 2003 present in their organization. And 25% of these respondents say their plan for dealing with the end of security support is to “Continue to run Windows Server 2003 without support and maintenance.”

Running an unsupported operating system is something that should be viewed as an operational vulnerability. It’s inherently dangerous and ill-advised. But realistically, if you’re running Windows Server 2003 as you read this, you’re likely not in a position to migrate off of it quickly. Odds are that you’re on this older operating system out of necessity and so may not be able to migrate off of it anytime soon. Click here to checkout the supported upgrade paths from Windows.