What’s all the fuss about?
After a 12 year run, Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows XP, and this has a lot of people worried since Windows XP is still a widely deployed operating system in many places, and after April 8th, support for security updates will no longer be supplied to address new security vulnerabilities as they are discovered. This has a number of customers concerned as they still have a number of Windows XP machines deployed and are not able to fully move everything over to an updated operating system before support ends on April 8th, 2014.
Staying Protected: Can Deep Freeze help?
While in a perfect world we would all be able to migrate to a new operating system as soon as possible, there are a number of situations where this may not be possible. Be it an old hardware that won’t support a more recent operating system, an application that can’t be made to run properly on an updated version of Windows, or just the sheer number of machines – there are reasons where XP may still be sticking around past it’s end of support. Customers are understandably concerned about this and have been asking us if we can help.
The good news is that there are no plans to stop supporting Windows XP in Deep Freeze or our other products so if you are using any of our products on Windows XP we are going to continue to support you for as long as we can.
However, just running Deep Freeze may not be enough to be able to protect a machine against new threats as they emerge. As Deep Freeze is non restrictive, there is a chance that something could infect a protected machine and hang out until the machine was rebooted – depending on the threat this could be a small problem, or a huge one – there’s really no way to know. Adding in additional products like Anti-Executable to prevent new malware from running, and having an anti-virus package that supports XP and is kept up to date will help, but at the end of the day the question is not if you will update from Windows XP, it’s when.
If you are not quite finished, give us a shout and we can help buy you the time to finish off your migration plans, and when you are upgraded you can still enjoy the security of the latest version of Windows, and that added safety of our software.