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Topic # 116594 3-May-2013 14:58

End of Life for XP and Office 2003 support from Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/business/en-nz/Pages/Goodbye-XP.aspx#

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  Reply # 810856 3-May-2013 15:10
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Welcome to the party ;)



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  Reply # 810880 3-May-2013 15:34

I'm already on Win8 & Office 2013 so doesn't affect me. But I know there is lots of business out there with XP. They might want to start to change this slowly from now. Because the cost to do it all one go it will be very expensive.

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  Reply # 811124 4-May-2013 10:36
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Wikipedia puts XP desktop share at 38%. It's not going anywhere in a hurry. Interesting to see if there is a spike in PC sales over the next two years as businesses bite the bullet.

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  Reply # 811133 4-May-2013 10:51
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What is the big deal .. who ever used Support for XP?

And if you have a good firewall and a good anti-virus system then Windows XP updates may as well have been turned off long ago.

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  Reply # 812542 7-May-2013 10:02
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If businesses are just coming to the realisation that they need to have XP gone they are in for a hell of a shock. We've been replacing client PCs in a trickle as our primary IT expense for they last 18months. I don't like where our budget would be if we were starting now.




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  Reply # 812547 7-May-2013 10:04
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Foiler: What is the big deal .. who ever used Support for XP?

And if you have a good firewall and a good anti-virus system then Windows XP updates may as well have been turned off long ago.
Well the Waikato DHB sure followed your advice:  They didn't update their systems and this happened http://www.waikatodhb.govt.nz/news/pageid/2145848174  that virus would have been unable to spread if they'd bothered to patch up.




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  Reply # 812586 7-May-2013 10:20

Foiler: What is the big deal .. who ever used Support for XP?

And if you have a good firewall and a good anti-virus system then Windows XP updates may as well have been turned off long ago.


Umm that's the point. People will find holes in the operating system and try to penetrate it. To be honest this will be only for people that are tech savvy. The non tech savvy people systems will most probably get compromised. Normal users rely on the computers just working / updating and for all they care fixing itself. And when it breaks they take it to the shop. Unlike us the geeks who know how to maintain it.

Its much better for users / business to start upgrading now. I mean its a hell of a jump from XP to Vista (not recommended), Win7 & now Win8.

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  Reply # 812615 7-May-2013 10:41
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My question is whether this will stop "activations" of xp installs.

I plan on keeping an old xp box to play certain flight SIM games which according to window 7 compatibility wizard don't run on w7 or xp mode. Not bothered by security as won't be connected to internet.

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