By Harry McCracken | Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11:05 am
And in non-Apple news: Here’s an AllBusiness.com column I wrote on Windows XP, the operating system that won’t go away (and why it should).
Those were pretty weak arguments… especially the "more secure" bit. Not sure how true that is when I am installing a crap load of fixes on patch Tuesday… for both my Win7 and XP machines.
The biggest motivator to switch is that MS drops support in a couple years.
Unfortunately, another major factor is the lack of updates for specialized third-party software. There are a surprising number of vendors that sell software not yet updated for Windows 7. As time passes, the number has decreased, but far too slowly.
I have a small business and we use Win XP, Win 7 and Macs (10.4-10.6). We need to use XP Pro for a handful of critical applications for industrial controls, both in-house and in the field. One application even requires the OS to be no later than XP Pro/SP2. At this point, none of these go on the internet; they remain walled-off on their own network when they are in the office and only connect to isolated equipment in the field. My biggest problem is that the computers are dying off. I've tried the XP compatibility mode in Win 7. It worked marginally for a couple of the programs but not at all for the rest.
Since I have to support legacy systems with this outdated software, I have little choice in the short run. I have, however, warned vendors that if their software isn't updated, I will no longer purchase their equipment.
Unfortunately, some of my favorite applications simply will not run under Windows 7 (and one doesn’t even install; the installer crashes with an error message). That’s why I still have to run Windows XP (in a VM, using VirtualBox), and will likely have to do so for as long as I continue to use these favorite apps. Or maybe I should just inconvenience myself and move on to apps that I don’t like, all in the name of “progress.” 😉
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Window xp is awesome but after using Window 7 i do not think that any one will use Window Xp. Window 7 has a lot of features. 😉