Support is no longer provided for Windows XP, but Microsoft has provided a security update for the current ransomware attack:
I find it mind boggling that people are still using XP. At least one local surgery center is still using XP. Yes, it does cost money to upgrade but the security issues are very real - as demonstrated by the recent ransomware epidemic.
Kudos to Microsoft for providing patches for unsupported OS and extra thanks for allowing users to import into Windows Server Update Services for automatic patching.
You have some pretty backward thinking people running even large companies and government agencies like hospitals. They want to spend the money where they get a ROI. IT departments are way down the food chain as can obviously be seen and until something like this happens people who should know better just ignore it because they don't see anything for the money spent to upgrade and training that goes with it. They wait till it happens and now they have a gun to their head to do something.
Sometimes it becomes difficult to upgrade the OS in an organization because not only do they have the cost of the OS upgrade and possibly hardware replacement, but they have become dependent on third party or in-house software that also needs to be upgraded, replaced or re-written for the new OS. Not an excuse, but an explanation. I am retired now so I no longer have to face those problems or make the decisions, but in the past ... been there, done that.
Actually XP is a good system and is a more robust system than W7, W8 or W10. It may now have certain limitations but it is still a reliable system. It will also run with less memory installed.
I have W 10 on two laptops but still use 2 others with XP Pro.
XP Pro uses 5 GB of space on my 120 GB SSD drive. W 10 would fill the whole drive !
Additionally you should have a GOOD anti virus system installed regardless of which flavor OS is used !
Some systems may still only be certified for using Windows XP by regulatory and industry agencies. For example, I knew of a medical device that was still only certified to use a specific 28.8K modem, even though much newer models existed.
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