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Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:59 pm
by russellhltn
It's possible for companies to buy support (at added cost) - like the Dutch government as done. But somehow, I doubt the church has done that.

Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:08 pm
by craiggsmith
drepouille wrote:Back in 2008, we were informed that we would not receive new computers for another year, due to budget cuts. While I was disappointed, I understood, and kept the old clunkers running another year. In December 2009, we received a big Christmas present of computers, monitors, and printers.

Interesting, I assume they must have had some budget left over, as they usually get it all at once at the beginning of the year.

Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:13 pm
by craiggsmith
JamesAnderson wrote:Tomorrow the last 'Patch Tuesday' load will be released. However, reports via Sophos' 'Naked Security' blog indicate that Microsoft will still support the Windows Security Essentials portion of XP for another year. So we've got some time.

Interesting, as a message just popped up on my machine right now saying both OS and Security Essentials support has already ended.

If Vista hadn't been such a dud companies probably would have upgraded by now. I suspect Win7 will have to stick around longer than planned as well as companies don't seem to be upgrading to 8 very fast.

Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:39 am
by erikwhughes
As the Windows Product Manager in ICS, there is awareness of Microsoft's XP End-of-Life. Many enterprises, including the Church still have XP running on some computers in the organization. Until these computers are replaced, ICS will continue to manage them centrally and will continue to secure them. For users needing support on Windows XP, Local Unit support will continue to offer support; however incident resolution in some cases may require a cascade to Windows 7, the currently supported platform for meetinghouse computers.

Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:35 am
by drepouille
Erik,
I support that decision. The 12 OptiPlex 740 administrative computers in my stake are four years old, and they all run XP, with XP license keys on them. It doesn't make sense to spend any money on these computers before they are due to be replaced at the end of this year.

At that time, the FM could decide to replace them with new computers, or to add memory and Windows 7 to them to squeeze a few more years of use out of them. However, as long as my clerks don't use Internet Explorer 8, I don't see a problem with running XP for the remainder of this year.

Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:24 am
by russellhltn
drepouille wrote:as long as my clerks don't use Internet Explorer 8, I don't see a problem with running XP for the remainder of this year.

We'll have to see. Keep in mind the computer shares a network with all the devices that members bring to church. What happens depends as much on what new malware comes out as much as what the clerks do.

Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:56 am
by jkentner
The clerk userid also has Admin rights, so just because they use a browser other than IE8 doesn't mean they are necessarily any less susceptible.

Re: Support for Windows XP being discontinued

Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:18 am
by russellhltn
jkentner wrote:The clerk userid also has Admin rights, so just because they use a browser other than IE8 doesn't mean they are necessarily any less susceptible.

Getting past the browser is the first task of drive-by malware. With IE8 not being updated, that becomes easier.

Windows XP end of support

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:03 am
by adam_welles
Hello Brother en,

Currently all the computers in my ward are running of off Windows XP. Microsoft has stopped support of Windows XP effective April 8, 2014. Does anyone know if the church has any plans on how to phase out Windows XP?

Thanks...

Re: Windows XP end of support

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:05 am
by aebrown
adam_welles wrote:Currently all the computers in my ward are running of off Windows XP. Microsoft has stopped support of Windows XP effective April 8, 2014. Does anyone know if the church has any plans on how to phase out Windows XP?

I moved your post into the existing topic for this issue. Review the discussion here for answers to your question.