The reign of Windows XP has officially come to an end. Microsoft has announced they will cease support for Windows XP as of April 8th, 2014. Technical support will go black on that date and security essentials will no longer be provided for the operating system.
Windows will continue support for Windows Vista service packs, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
While PCs that have Windows XP installed will still work, they will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Additionally, the XP operating system will become more vulnerable to threats and viruses, as no further security updates will be released. The lack of support means any problems that are encountered cannot be vetted or solved by Windows technicians. Additionally, those looking for security updates and patches to problems within the OS, will need to find an alternative solution. On April 8th, all updates for the system will stop, and the Microsoft will purge their update databases.

What that Means for Reptrax Users
As a result of Microsoft discontinuing its support, IntelliCentrics will be discontinuing our support of Windows XP within the Reptrax system. The goal of discontinuing support is to allocate resources and time to newer technologies. The Reptrax system will continue to run for Windows XP users after the end of support. However, if you run into difficulties with our system and call in for support, you will be asked to upgrade from Windows XP at that time.
Microsoft has stated that those looking to move past Windows XP should consider upgrading their current machine to Windows 7 or above. Windows 7 and Windows 8 will continue to receive technical support and security updates for the foreseeable future. Those who have not upgraded their computers in several years are encouraged to do so. Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems will require more memory and ram to run effectively on computer systems. If computers have not been upgraded recently, it is imperative to do so to access the full range of features and support offered by both operating systems.
Windows XP is 13 Years Old: It’s Time to UpgradeWindows XP was released in 2001 to the general public. There have since been three operating systems released by the company. Microsoft ended production of Windows XP licenses in June of 2008. While XP licenses were no longer produced after 2008, the operating system remained the most popular Microsoft OS until 2012. Windows Vista, its successor, was a market flop, and Windows XP wasn’t considered outdated until Windows 7 became available in 2012. Windows 8 is currently the most commonly found operating system on new Windows-supported machines.
Windows XP has been largely popular within the healthcare industry, as well as enterprise environments because of its stability and security. It is the longest supported operating system offered from Microsoft, with support being offered for 12 years. Now that Windows XP will no longer be supported, it is imperative to begin moving toward newer operating systems that offer the security and support that is necessary in a business setting.
If your facility is currently operating with Windows XP it is important that you speak with all the hardware and software representatives you are currently using. When you make the switch to an updated operating system, you should inform all vendors of the switch, so they can best provide service. The goal is to ensure all software and hardware switches are completed quickly and efficiently, in an attempt to ensure downtime is kept to an absolute minimum.

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