Feb 262014
 February 26, 2014  Posted by at 4:19 pm Windows  Add comments



Here comes the end to XP- or at least the end of support and updates which more or less means that companies have to upgrade. After 12 years, 12 years!!- of support it has come to an end. I’m excited, but the question is, will the companies upgrade to Windows 7 or 8?

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End of support- what does this mean?

· No more technical support

· No more updates- including security patches

I guess my dad has to finally upgrade- guess who will be in charge for that? IT-support-Iris.

  4 Responses to “RIP: Windows XP end of support”

  1. Although it’s understandable after all that time and three(!) follow-up releases, there’s still a few places where XP is the ideal Windows system. We have a number of VMs running on XP that we use to connect to customers’ networks via VPN, because from today’s perspective, XP is kind of a ‘thin client’ system. Those things run on 256MB(!!) of RAM, and that’s absolutely fine and enough if you don’t need to do more than opening a bunch of RDP sessions. To do the same thing on Windows 7 with the same level of performance, we’ll probably need to give them a Gig of RAM at least.

    That said, as a desktop system XP has certainly been showing its age for a few years (although I actually used it on my home machine until late 2012), but Windows 7 is a more than worthy successor in that department.

    • I completly agree, and that is a very good point! Does the end of support put an end to that? Many companies have extended support (for XP), but I don’t know how long the extended support is for.

  2. I’d love to ditch my two XP systems, but they’re used to develop legacy vb6 code so have som pretty old tools installed. MS do not give me a stable upgrade path and flippantly tell me to re-install on a Windows 7/8 install. So I have to build a new development environment, find and install software packages that are, in some cases 20 years old and hope I can get it all right for when I deliver the next version.

    Chances of that happening are very slim.

    If I had something I could install over the top of my existing XP system, then I would go for it. But a complete rebuild just isn’t practical. Oh yes, and it can’t be a Vista upgrade path. When I installed that the updated system wouldn’t even boot.

    give me an upgrade path and I’ll jump at it. Tell me to reinstall and I’ll stick with a couple of virtual XP machines.

    • I would first check what options you have to upgrade / refactor, reengineer you existing code base. In my opinion the time will come anyway where you solution will not work anymore. Have already considered to upgrade to a newer VB Version at least?

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