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Jul 19 2013   1:42PM GMT

Maybe it’s time to end your relationship with Windows XP

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley


Ten years is a long time. For technology, it’s an eternity.

In the past decade, you’ve probably gone through a few cars, a new mattress, perhaps replaced a refrigerator or other large appliances. You’ve probably switched your smartphone platform once or twice, and changed your wireless, cable, and Internet provider in the past 10 years. It’s even safe to assume you’ve bought a new desktop or laptop PC, or at least upgraded the hard drive or other internal components of the one you have to try and keep it remotely modern. Why, then, are you still using Windows XP?

It’s been more than six years since Windows Vista hit the street, and nearly three years since Windows 7 was released. Now we’re on to Windows 8, and ready to move to Windows 8.1, yet many businesses and consumers are still stubbornly using Windows XP.

I understand the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra, but Windows XP is broken. A lot has changed since Microsoft developed Windows XP, and the OS is simply not equipped to operate–especially not securely–in 2013. As of early 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP and it will be even less secure. SMB Nation put together a promo video that humorously illustrates why it’s time to cut the cord and switch off of Windows XP.

If you want to learn more about why you should drop Windows XP, and how to do so smoothly, register to attend SMB Nation Livexperience 2013 in Las Vegas in October.

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  • TomLiotta
    As soon as I can determine which Linux distro fits best as a replacement, I'll happily leave Win XP behind.  My tablet direction is already chosen as Android. I have Ubuntu on one PC and eComStation on another. As time passes, I'll be retiring different hardware and trying different Linux setups. I'll hit a good setup in the next few months. -- Tom
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  • FTClark
    I am sticking with Windows for now and I suppose it is time to move on from WXP. Most of our desktops are already Running W7. We will not be using W8 because it breaks the desktop.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    To be honest, I didn't even realize how popular Windows XP is with enterprises. But I do agree, it's definitely time for companies to at least move up to Windows 7.
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  • TomLiotta
    I'm less concerned by Microsoft dropping XP support than I am that 3rd-party vendors need to drop support around the same time. When top-level AV products, for one important example area, no longer support XP, there can be no time wasted in leaving XP behind for enterprises. (That might even add a blip to MS earnings.) -- Tom
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