Businesses Should Plan Ahead for XP’s End of Life

July 30, 2010

Microsoft released Windows XP in October of 2001. 6 years later, Vista was released in January of 2007. And due to problems with Vista and a bad reputation, two and a half years later, Windows 7 was released in July of 2009.

As of June 2010, Windows is the operating system for about 91% of computers. Mac OS runs about 6% of computers and Linux about 1%.

56% of computers run Windows XP, 18% run Vista, and 16% run Windows 7. Windows XP is by far the dominant operating system. This is primarily because XP was around for 6 years before Microsoft released the next version of Windows (Vista). Vista had a lot of problems when it was first released which caused a lot of people to go back to XP. Windows 7 has done much better than Vista and should do a good job of replacing XP.

Even though Windows 7 has been out less than a year, it has almost caught up to the number of computers with Vista on them, and Vista has been out three and a half years! That says something right there.

“That’s interesting.”, you say, “But why are you telling me this?” I’m telling you because Windows XP has a limited life. Microsoft will stop releasing security updates for Windows XP on August 4, 2014. And that’s important because your security software can’t protect your computer on its own. You need those security updates to help keep your computer from becoming infected.

This message is primarily aimed at Businesses who have a lot of computers and need to plan ahead for replacing them. Four years may seem like a long way away, but it will be here before you know it. That means that in the next 4 years, 56% of computers will need to be upgraded or replaced.

Can you upgrade your XP systems to Windows 7? You can, but we don’t recommend it. Most systems with XP just don’t have the hardware to run Windows 7 well. It will run, but it will be slow. Why upgrade if it’s going to be slower? A few XP systems may be OK with Windows 7, but most will need to be replaced.

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