The Thing That Would Not Die

Because security issues haven’t been in the news enough. Survey Finds One In Three Businesses Still Run Windows XP.

In a survey of 489 IT decision makers at firms ranging in size from under 100 employees to as large as more than 1,000 employees, Spiceworks found that a whopping 32 percent of companies still have Windows XP systems that they rely upon.

And then there’s Windows 7. Which is about to enter (or has it entered?) the same status as XP.

My empathy for people ignoring security issues was reached decades ago.

7 thoughts on “The Thing That Would Not Die

  1. Windows 7 will lose Microsoft support in January 2020. Businesses are reluctant to leave both XP and 7 because they WORK.


    • All the people who got hit with WannaCry might have a different view of how XP “works.”

      And they are of course free to do whatever, but some cities/counties who are currently working through ransomware have appealed to the federal .gov for taxpayer support to bail them out of a hole they dug, because the PCs “worked just fine the way they are.” You can jump off cliffs. Stand on railroad tracks. I don’t want to have to pay your medical bills when something bad happens. Same principle here.


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  3. In the school, piles of old CD-ROMs with games, maps, education software, etc — some intended for DOS and WIN 3.1 — can be run under WinXP. Given such a pile of useful stuff, there is no particular need to subject a WinXP box to the dangers of networks or the internet.

    If throwing out XP means throwing out Carmen Sandiego, it’s not gonna happen.


    • Without the dangers of the internet would be fine. But as we saw (was it really 2 years ago?) with WannaCry, people LOVE to put these things on the internet. Or on the intranet, with minimal segregation of networks, and limited security training for employees, and…


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