Why are businesses sticking with XP?

As we’ve reported before, many businesses are clinging to their copies of Windows XP, despite the operating system’s advancing age and impending end of support. What are their reasons for keeping the old OS around?

The question was recently asked in an article published on FierceCIO.com — and the response from readers provided some insight into why XP is continuing to survive:

  1. Incompatibilities between older software and newer OSs
  2. Cost — including not just the software costs, but also the price of hardware upgrades that a new OS will often require
  3. The “if it ain’t broke …” mentality — businesses don’t see the need to spend money to replace a reliable OS with something that may not work as well
  4. Security can be fixed in other ways — one of the common reasons businesses are urged to upgrade is to take advantage of new security features. However, many responses indicated that IT pros would rather keep XP and invest in other security controls.

Is your business still using XP? Why haven’t you upgraded? Let us know your reasons in the comments section below.

  • Rod K

    A man came into my office to demonstrate WIN7, said one of the main features is how it automatically identifies connected devices and finds drivers. I had him hook it up to my conference room overhead projector. It could not recognize the projector. End of story….and WIN7.

  • Don’t forget the mis-adventure of Vista. Our experience testing Vista as a replacement for XP convinced us to stick with XP for as long as possible. Secondary reasons were user re-training and having to re-write technical documentation.

  • Rick

    Our “bread-and-butter” software doesn’t run on a 64 bit OS.
    All my special reports and routines that I’ve written won’t run on a 64 bit OS.
    Changing would be a HUGE expense and take a LONG time.

  • Windows 7 is not compatible with the older operating systems on our various servers (Novell Netware 5.1). Netware 5.1 has been a reliable workhorse over time, with little or no maintenance required except for periodic purges. WinXP Pro with SP3 works seamlessly with this Netware. Cheaper for 3rd party security software than it is to upgrade servers to MS Server 2008 and Windows 7 by far. A no-brainer business decision.