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I've been warning
about the end of XP for months now, urging nonprofits, charities,
and libraries to upgrade as soon as possible.
To be fair, there are some naysayers, like Larry
Seltzer and his Top 10 excuses for sticking with Windows XP, but even that is a parody piece. There are
essentially no good excuses to stay with XP. However, we have heard from some
organizations that are legitimately struggling with the need to upgrade from
To help out those
struggling organizations, here's our no excuses guide to upgrading from Windows
We just recently hosted a free webinar on upgrading Windows operating systems. During the Q and A several nonprofit
attendees said that the cost of replacing their computers is a problem for
However, we've found that newer versions of Windows
run just fine on older PCs. See Windows 8 on Older PCs? for more information. Of course, you should
check the Windows 8 and Windows 7 system requirements to confirm whether your existing hardware can
support a newer operating system. The basic hardware requirements for Windows 7
and 8 are actually pretty similar and not very demanding.
Compatibility Center will also tell you which of your existing hardware
devices and software will work in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
If your existing hardware won't support upgrading, what we’ve been telling folks is that
programs like TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) provide warrantied factory refurbished
business grade laptop and desktop computers at less than half the cost of new
PCs. This equipment is Core 2 Duo or
above and comes with Windows 7 and Office 2007 or 2010. RCI also has free
recycling at end of life.
Another source for good low-cost
equipment is the listing of Microsoft Registered Refurbishers. It points you to reputable refurbishers
that offer low-cost IT equipment in nearly every city in the country.
Microsoft itself is running an incentive promo. For current Windows XP users, they're offering a $100 gift card if you buy a Surface Pro 2 or select PCs that cost between $599 and $2,299. The offer is good June 15th. You can redeem the $100 credit at Microsoft's online store or their retail shops.
We know that
upgrading from Windows XP to a more recent OS is real work, especially if
you’re upgrading a whole office.
Luckily, there are
a ton of great resources out there to help you through the process:
If you are upgrading your
operating systems and hardware at the same time, Microsoft has also announced the launch of a free software tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP.
old trusty Windows XP. You know I get a twinge when I badmouth it like this. We
raise a glass to you, Windows XP, and toast you. You’ve been a solid operating
system for the last 12 years, It will be something of a learning curve to get
comfortable with a new OS, but tens of millions of people have successfully
switched over to Windows 7 and 8 and are doing fine. Here are some resources to
help you learn more about newer Windows:
I’ve beating the drum on this for some months now so I hope
this no excuses guide is helpful. If you still have the view: ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix
it.” I want you to know that XP is about to get broken. Time to upgrade.
If you have an excuse I didn't think of, please log in and tell us!
Our database program for the client's we serve is running DOS as a DBase file and our software company because they are small has no plans to upgrade. And because it would be very expensive to change over the database to another company we have had to keep Windows XP Any suggesstions? Would great appreciate them.
CCCS of Hawaii
If your application is running in a DOS window with XP I would expect it to also run under Windows 7 in much the same way. Did someone say this would not work?
- Perhaps your software vendor would consider doing an upgrade for less than it would cost you to find a replacement product and migrate to it?
- Is there any reason you need to leave XP for the time being? If not you can continue as you are doing now. My concern would only be that you may want to run some new software that won't work under XP.
- If your software vendor will not upgrade, you could ask them for the "source files" if you don't have those. With the source you may be able to get your application to run under FoxPro or another xBase environment.
- Lastly, depending on what your database does, it may make sense to move it to a web-based environment. While you may not want or need to run it over the Internet, a web server can be set up in your office and used only by people on your local area network. Having something that uses PHP or other open source software means that you can protect your investment from the situation you are in now.
There are many options available but you may need to spend some time with a consultant to really know what is the best path for your organization.
Adobe InDesign is not supported by Windows 7.
On Adobe InDesign and Windows 7, according to the Adobe inDesign blog, Creative Suite 4 and later versions of Creative Suite run on Windows 7.
From the Windows Compatibility Center, "If you're running Windows XP or Windows Vista, tap or click Download Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant..." which I did since I'm running XP on my home desktop PC. When I launch the application I get the message, "This platform is not supported." Hmmm. Apparently the XPocalypse has taken place and somehow I survived it.
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