Windows XP: End-of-Life

Six months ago, we published an article about the pending Windows XP End-Of-Life scheduled for April 8th, 2014. Well, that date has come and gone and there are still a whole lot of Windows XP machines working away. If you still have Windows XP PCs running in your dealership, you have decided to replace them with new PCs, upgrade your current windows XP PCs to Windows 7 or stay with the Windows XP PCs and cross your fingers and hope for the best.

If you fall into the last group, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

– First and foremost, understand the risks of running on an out of date, unsupported operating system. Yes, Windows XP PCs will still work, but those PCs will be more vulnerable – there will be no operating system fixes and no updates to guard against viruses and other dangers.

– If possible, don’t use PCs running the Windows XP operating system to do important functions such as acting as the server PC for ECC or EPC.

– Make sure these PCs have current anti-virus and anti-spy software.

Note:  If you use Microsoft Security Essentials for anti-virus protection, that software will no longer update on Windows XP PCs. So, consider a different anti-virus application, like AVG, that will continue to work and receive updated virus protection.

– Since Windows XP uses older versions of Internet Explorer, consider switching to an alternative internet browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

– If you are going to be on the internet, think twice about going to sites that require a password, like your online banking or any site where you might use a credit card.

– Make sure any important files are backed up, or moved to another PC.

If you fall into the second group – upgrading PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

– Upgrading to Windows 7 (you can’t upgrade from XP to Windows 8) might not be easy and it might not work depending on the age of the PC. Older PCs might not be able to handle the demands or support the features of the Windows 7 operating system.  Make sure any PC you plan to upgrade meets the minimum standards for Windows 7.

– The DIS support group will not help with the upgrade process. However, we can assist with restaging upgraded PCs after the PC is upgraded to Windows 7. Note: there may be a staging fee.

– Windows XP PCs were compatible with older AS400 operating systems. Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs are not compatible with the operating system of V4R4 and lower and V5R1.  If you don’t currently have any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs in your network, make sure the AS400’s operating system is compatible.

If you have questions, please contact the DIS Network Services group by emailing support@discorp.com.

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