View Full Version : You probably already know, but Windows XP goes out of support on April 8th

2014-04-01, 05:27 PM
So it'd be a very good idea to avoid using any machines still running it for online banking, shopping or email (which shopping sites are usually linked to) -- antivirus and firewalls alone won't be enough.


Now's the time to stage interventions with people who aren't aware of this sort of stuff.

2014-04-05, 07:20 AM
This will be the ultimate nightmare project to complete:


Interventions should have started months if not longer ago. At work, we spent the last year phasing out XP boxes. After a year of new machines setups and OS upgrades, we finished yesterday beating out the deadline. :yawn:

I never realized how deeply embedded it was through out the various academic units until faced with the challenge of clearing it up.

2014-04-05, 08:36 AM
Man, XP has been around forever...

2014-04-05, 03:49 PM
But what about Windows Millennium?

2014-04-06, 03:26 PM
I think we've got to assume any WinMe boxes collapsed under the weight of malware whilst that OS was still in support, TBH.

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This will be the ultimate nightmare project to complete:
I'd be surprised if much changes for them this year -- the cost is a pittance compared to the time investment in replacing ordinary kit, nevermind stuff that's XP-specific. Depends what they can negotiate for the following period.

A few weeks ago most machines at [unspecified public sector organisation] were XP and I wouldn't expect that to have all been sorted by the 8th; the driver will be PSN re-inspection rather than the MS support cut-off date. Couple that with extremely outdated browser plugins and a reluctance to disable software execution from user profile folders because of the support overhead, and there are a few major ransomware-or-worse incidents waiting to happen.