Windows XP on Infoworld





  • I cant believe some people refuse to upgrade. I understand having a couple PCs that are still XP, but I know many IT people who still have at least 1/3 of their PCs on XP.



  • XP holdouts are done by companies who refuse to invest in their business and would rather compromise security and efficiency long-term for a hit to their profit margin short-term...It comes down to what are you will to give up? You have 100 machines that need to be replaced? Well, had you been doing a good cycle of upgrades or even been doing 10 or 25 a quarter for the past year or two you would be in a much better boat...Companies that refuse to transition are going to start having major issues shortly with the increased security holes and decreased software support. I can see some moving from a business grade AV to MSE because their AV drops XP support. It'll happen. Guarantee it.



  • @IRJ FUD, licensing, and time to migrate are probably the big detractors.

    Got to keep in mind Office2003 is sunsetting, too. Server 2003 isn't far off (next year). Surprised how often Server2003 comes up in tech groups. Cringe inside every time I see it.

    fwiw, going through and surviving these migrations are a good thing for the resume and job talks.



  • The amount of XP, Office 2003 and Server 2003 that I have been seeing lately is really staggering. I can't believe how strongly people are driven to stagnation.



  • I've been given a directive to only replace a machine when it's economically not worth fixing, but it must be broken, not just slow or mildly inconvenient. That being said, I did recently get approval to replace all of my XP machines . 40 machines to replace in the next 6 weeks. Won't make the deadline, but it will be close.



  • That doesn't sound like fun.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    That doesn't sound like fun.

    The only thing that isn't fun is the rush. But it will be two models, so two images, purchasing 5+ a week and rolling them out until it's done. Luckily the users have next to nothing on their machines so a transfer to another computer is pretty simple.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    That doesn't sound like fun.

    The only thing that isn't fun is the rush. But it will be two models, so two images, purchasing 5+ a week and rolling them out until it's done. Luckily the users have next to nothing on their machines so a transfer to another computer is pretty simple.

    We need to put our heads together about how to generate calculated and targeted power surges. "Oh shoot, all the XP machines on that circuit got fried? Darn! Well, they are not economical to replace now so if you look at these documents right here..." 😉



  • "I just need you to sign there, there and initial there. Thank you! I'll get these to purchasing right away! What are they? Oh just a few little odds and ends...nothing big." At this point you run like the dickens to whoever follows up on purchasing approvals and get it processed ASAP and PDQ.



  • I'm lucky I'm past all of that. I've been telling them for a year that we need to replace all of the XP machines (40+) and they have approved it... so the purchasing has been happening with some help from Danielle.



  • @Dashrender said:

    I'm lucky I'm past all of that. I've been telling them for a year that we need to replace all of the XP machines (40+) and they have approved it... so the purchasing has been happening with some help from Danielle.

    Awesome, good to know that NTG is able to help out!