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Goodbye Windows XP

Microsoft’s Windows XP Operating System is finally showing its age, especially on modern hardware. Device drivers are becoming more of a problem and some new software releases, including Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer 9, plan to completely drop support for XP. Microsoft itself has also gradually been withdrawing support for XP well ahead of the final removal of all support by 2014.

In a new report, leading research company Gartner has recommended that businesses should be migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 within two years, and start testing the operating system by the end of 2010, with a view to completely eliminating Windows XP from their office PCs by the end of 2012.

Windows 7 is very stable and has been getting positive reviews in the 12 months since its release. Many organisations report that they have started to introduce Windows 7, but there are some that are still undecided about when to start and how quickly to do the migration.

Gartner recommends taking an “attrition” approach – as you retire a PC, introduce Windows 7 on the new replacement model, but cautions that “based on the typical PC refresh rate, many organizations will not be able to get Windows XP out by moving to Windows 7 by attrition alone.” Planning, testing and piloting Windows 7, they estimate, will need between 12 and 18 months for most organisations.

Typically, more than half of an organisation’s applications require Windows according to Gartner. “Replacing it is not an option.”

Effective Systems endorses this recommendation to migrate from XP to Windows 7 – why not call us now to start planning your replacement of Windows XP.

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