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XP: Tell 2 Friends, and So On, and So On

ripI am surprised at how many people still don’t realize Windows XP is going to die….and soon. It had a good run but now it’s time to let it pass quietly into the night. In 6 months, or 26 weeks, or 183 days from now, XP will no longer be supported. That isn’t a lot of time. Spring will be here before we know it, and XP will be gone.

The latest stats show that 50 million PCs still run XP. We need to do a better job of educating users about this issue. During one of my classes last week, 2 of the 9 students had no idea XP was retiring and they’re running small businesses. Why do so few people not realize they need to move off of XP, and worse, how many may not realize it until it’s too late?

So what do we do?

1. Tell everyone! Anytime I have a class or seminar I mention the impending fate of XP.

2. Ask everyone you know to share this. Right after I mention XP (see step 1), I then ask this group to spread the word to anyone they know. You remember the Faberge Shampoo commercial, they tell 2 friends, and so on, and so on, and so on! We need that type of viral promotion for XP’s upcoming demise.

3. Blog, write, tweet, post, etc. Use whatever social network you can to get this information out there.

4. Share whatever blog, tweet, post, etc. from those who have done step 3 to spread the message even further.

5. Much like Faberge Shampoo, lather, rinse, and repeat!

As IT professionals, it is our responsibility to ensure the systems our clients are using are current and up-to-date. If you are still running XP, check out my XP Upgrade Checklist to help you and/or your IT support move your systems forward sooner than later.

XP Upgrade Checklist

XP retires on April 8, 2014. Yes, that is less than a year from today! Don’t be caught in January panicking because you need to migrate all your office systems. Here are 3 customizable checklists (hardware, software, and server hardware) to help keep you organized for the move from XP to a more current operating system:

For more information about moving from XP please see article XP…What’s the Rush.  To download the checklists for Word click XP Upgrade Checklist.

Hardware
Do your current systems meet the Windows 7/8 minimum hardware requirements?

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to easily determine if your current system can support Windows 7/8; or if additional hardware is needed, or a replacement system is required.

Computer Name Meets Minimum Requirements Hardware Upgrade to meet requirements Replace Unit if hardware requirements cannot be met CostsLicensingHardware etc.

Please note: an upgrade from XP to Windows 7/8 will require a full backup of all data prior to upgrading.

Software

Does your current software work on Windows 7/8? Check with your software vendors to confirm that your current software is compatible with Windows 7/8.

Software Name/Vendor Supported on Win7/8 Replacement Software if not supported CostsLicensing, configuration, replacement

Server

Does your current server support Windows 7/8 client systems?

If you are still using Windows Server 2003, it is recommended that you upgrade to at least Windows Server 2008 R2 for Windows 7/8 clients.

Server Name Server Roles Current OS Can be upgraded to new Server Operating system Replacement CostsHardware, OS, backup etc.

Please note that these checklists do not include all options; please consult with your qualified IT professional about the best way to move your small business office to Windows 7/8.

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