IT shops put off Windows XP migration to Windows 7, Windows 8

Enterprise IT needs to begin Windows XP migrations to Windows 7 because the product's lifecycle ends in 2014.

Windows XP still has a significant portion of the Windows market share, and customers are in no rush to move off of the platform, despite the end of its extended support next year.

Plenty of people know the challenges of conducting a Windows XP migration, and Microsoft's biggest fear is that customers haven't reviewed the "gotchas" that will hinder their migration plans, said Bob Lincavicks, a solution specialist at Microsoft. Customers need to identify the applications that will require the most work, he said.

At a recent Boston-based Microsoft Technology Roadmap event, the software maker said IT decision makers need to establish strategic plans and think about moving apps to the new operating system.

Indeed, once Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014, problems could crop up for end users. For instance, bug fixes or security patches will no longer be available for Windows XP, which could make Windows XP desktops and laptops vulnerable to security threats.

However, not all customers are too concerned just yet.

"The operating system is not a big deal," said Alex Wilson, IT operations manager at Courier Corp., a book publishing service company in Chelmsford, Mass. The important issues are the users' applications, he noted.

Courier still uses Windows XP and Windows 7 and is testing Windows 8. Wilson said he is not worried about updating his environment from Windows XP to the latest OS. Instead, he is concerned more about whether Microsoft will provide a level of extended support and patches once it ends the XP lifecycle.

"Making a big change like swapping out 600 desktops is huge." For now, Wilson said, he cannot make the business case for doing so.

Change is disruptive, so IT must judge when a Windows migration will add significant value, he said. Wilson added that he is interested in placing investments for using the cloud and Office 365 to allow his end users to access their applications and data anytime, anywhere.

"We're telling our XP customers to go to Windows 7 or Windows 8 when they are ready," said John Fishell, vice president of product management at Apriso, a software developer serving the manufacturing industry in Long Beach, Calif. It will be another year before its manufacturing customers take on Windows 8, he said.

As of February 2013, NetMarketShare placed Windows XP's share of the desktop market at nearly 39% and Windows 7's share at 44.6%. Windows 8 received 2.7% market share, while Windows Vista garnered 5.2%. The remaining OS market share consisted of different versions of the Mac OS, Linux, Windows 8 Touch and RT Touch, and older versions of Windows.

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Our percentage of XP to Win7 users is extremely low. Out of 40 PCs, 2 still use XP.
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Are you still using Windows XP?
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Yes, but I am starting my migration to Sever 2008 and Windows 7. Age and dependability of the hardware is more of a concern than XP vs 7. Most of the hardware is 8-10 years old.
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Yes, but moving to Windows 7 soon. Too much potential incompatibility with modern development tools and cloud apps. VS 2010 -> 2012 and SQL Server 2008-2012.
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I know people who are :-(
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Some of my hardware is that ancient that I am forced to continue with XP. And besides that XP was and is still on of the best operatings systems ever.
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For games and legacy applications, most are various Linux desktops, and testing Win7.
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Not using it after the deadline. We’re obliged by statute to upgrade due to security requirements.
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Still use XP, still plan to use XP. I bought a new Laptop with OEM Home premium 7 and a new desktop with win 8 OEM preloaded.
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I'm still using XP because everything works perfectly and business runs smoothly. As long as my company follows common sense and non-invasive anti-virus/malware applications we are good to go for many years to come. We pride ourselves on an IT department that has implemented an effective backup and system restoration program that is fast and efficient. Upgrading would could cost too much in time and money. Don't succumb to the fear tactics perpetrated by Microsoft and party line bloggers. It's all nonsense speculation on "what might happen". The other possibilities range from third party security programs picking up where MS left off to "so called hacker treats" setting sights on better targets, and on and on.
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It's still when I open it.My computer is so slow now when opened.
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My old personal desktop does as it's not a 64-bit system. My personal laptop and work desktop and laptop are running Win7 64-bit. No future plans on the horizon to go to Win8

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Do you think, Microsoft will pass millions of bot controlled computers in the WWW? No. Every enterprise had to serve customers or it would die. What will happen to Microsoft?
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wala tama nag 8
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XP works. It's a known quantity, and it runs all the applications my business needs. Why should I fork over my money for something that does the same thing as the systems I already have?
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i bought my copy of xp pro in 2001 when it first came out and its still going strong. best $200 i ever spent. i'm currently running it (with sp3) on a circa 2005 laptop. its still a very good operating system, and tons of old, current and even most new software works on it. it is very user friendly, simple and stable. remember that xp was essentially the merging of the win 9x line's user friendly gui with the nt line's power and stability - this is what makes xp microsoft's biggest success. windows 7 is similar in this regard - great combination of user friendly, attractive gui with power/stability under the hood. vista was a failure but win 8 is the biggest disaster yet(ugly, disjointed, unintuitive os) that may very well take down microsoft and the pc industry with it. microsoft was in the right direction with xp and 7, and should've continued strong down that path, as a powerful desktop/laptop os, which is what microsoft's strengths have always been, instead of trying to compete with apple on tablets and phones, which it cannot, especially with something awful like win8.
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The problem with switching is frankly there is plenty of good hardware with no Win 7 drivers.
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There was a comment made in the article by Courier stating that "it's not the operating system that is important." Yeah right!! When you have a virus breakout across your domain because XP is no longer being patched and a virus exploits a vulnerability patch, lets then re-visit this conversation.
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A few 00 what about windows 2000?
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It's really stable. I don't waste my time on mending error situations. It's well self protected - there isn't much I can do in the way of ruining something.
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Using Windows 7 and Linux.. Have tried Windows 8 cannot find it productive at all on a desktop/laptop. re-tried again over the weekend.. Ended up wiping it after 2 days and installing something else.
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Part way through migration to W7
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XP is good for bussiness. Less memory demand unlike the other chrome based Vista and Seven.
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...and it is great! I love the functionality that has been improved that comes with it.
It is fast, efficient and offers more productivity tools.
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Using XP, but *ONLY* inside a VM. I don't use Vista, 7 or 8 at all, and run Linux as my host OS. It seems to me these companies should be looking at Linux as a replacement, if they are that uncertain that 7 or 7 will meet their needs. If you're going to go through all that trouble migrating anyway, why not just migrate to something better?
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In our business we provide Windows 7 migration project management software to enterprise organisations from 3,000 to 300,000 users. Only this year have we really started to see major enterprise uptake in Windows 7 deployments. The message back from customers has been that projects have stalled due to lack of budgets and complexity of the task. As many commentators have mentioned, these projects take at least 12-24 months. With just over 13 months left, we now anticipate that a huge number of organisations will be running Windows XP past the support end of life with all the consequences. What is clear, is that the industry needs to find ways to accelerate these companies to their next platform. Whether this is through new techniques like centralised toolsets, self-service and automated application assessment and packaging, or through BAU deployments we are not sure, but it is clear that the industry needs to start smoothing these camel humps of migration activity to avoid the same situation occurring in the future. Barry Angell, CTO, Juriba Limited
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Using ll the OS options available as n IT pro - but my home PC is still XP - some of my apps won't run unless I'm using a virt XP running on Win7 or 8
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Xp is fast and has an easy user interface.
It will only become a problem when upgrades, be they hardware or software are not compatible.
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Migration cost and complexity are holding the enterprise back
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win8
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I still love windows xp. It has features which are familiar to me and i enjoy using it. Besides that my computer is pretty fast than computers that come with win 7 or 8. Please continue supporting xp.
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i am using windows 7 coz it is much better than xp vista and 8 i have liked 7 from day 1
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am using windows 7
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If it ain't broke don't fix it !!!
Many laptop,desktop users will need to scrap their machines(not to forget ,printers,scanners,cameras etc).
It's not as if Microsoft can't - but obviously wont upgrade Win Xp for a small cost to users.They could call it "Windows Xp Infinitum".
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will be migrating to WIN7, win8 isn't even contender. in fact, buying time with WIN7 as we are making plans to move to a MAC environment. Microsoft is so hell bent on win8 they can stick where the sun don't shine. Other Network Admins in our area are also looking into moving to MAC. Whern MS said it won't give us the option for a win7 start menu, they alienated themselves. I hope they flush into the ocean with radiation from the japan nuclear mess -
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clean OS much stable then windows vista support all hardware
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My XP computer is quite old, and Windows 7 drivers aren't available for some of the hardware. Much of the software on my XP machine won't run on my Windows 7 machine. I've gotten my money's worth out of XP, and would happily pay Microsoft a fee for continued support.
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Windows 7 is Vista Second edition while the upcoming Windows 8=Vista third edition. Full of gimmicks and fancy tricks. Aero Snap? There's a far better version in XP called Tile Horizontally or Tile Vertically that isn't limited to arranging just two windows but any number you select. There are many good useful features of XP removed and broken in Windows 7. The file manager, Windows Explorer was utterly destroyed in Vista and becomes worse in Windows 7. Poor usability. See http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7 and http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista Unnecessary GUI changes. Vista was innonative but horrible usability wise and removed things. Windows 7 is Vista with few new features and again many features removed and fancy gimmicks and shiny graphics added. XP was THE BEST because it did not change the GUI and move everything around just for sake of change.
Microsoft made a classic blunder with the GUI for Windows 7. They made it completely different from XP and buried, eliminated or dumbed down most of the truly useful features. Better OS or not, they alienated all their XP customers. Do you have any idea how popular Classic Shell is on these systems?
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