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I have windows XP now what?

 If you have windows xp as of April 8th 2014 you will no longer be getting security update from Microsoft.  Any security holes that are discoverd will not be patched. Your system will sill continue to run but you are open to potential attacks..  

 

 

 

I want to upgrade what is the process?

There is no upgrade path from xp to windows 7. The operating system has to be completely wiped out and reinstalled.  That means that all software will have to backed up and reinstalled.  The installation of windows 7 takes about an hour, then the drivers and software will have to be reinstalled.. usually a couple of hours depending on Point of Sale software software you have installed.  

Step 1: Backup system to external drive

Step 2  Install windows 7

Step 3  Install all hardware drivers from the manufacture.

Step 4  Install all software, Point of Sale

Step 5  Re attach backup

Step 6  Setup comptuer setting , network power etc.

 

 

I dont want to pay to upgrade or its to much of a hassle.   

If you dont upgrade and you are processing credit cards you will no longer be PCI compliant. Make sure you have a good anitvirus or firewall to protect your systems.. We stongly advise you convert to windows 7

 

 

Click HERE to get a quote and find out if your system is compatible with Windows 7

 

POS Ready Screen Shot..  POS Ready End of Life April 9th 2019 - No need to upgrade

 

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Can Windows XP still be activated after April 8, 2014?

Windows XP can still be installed and activated after end of support. Computers running Windows XP will still work but they won’t receive any Microsoft Updates or be able to leverage technical support. Activations will still be required for retail installations of Windows XP after this date as well.

Can Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 still be used in Windows XP?

Windows XP Mode follows the same support lifecycle as Windows XP, extended support will end April 8, 2014.

Will My POS still function?

Yes but you may not be able to update your Point of Sale software if updates windows are required.

Will I still have support throug STS Inc?

Yes, we will still support you. But we may be limited by potential windows bugs not patched

Will Microsoft Security Essentials be supported after April 8, 2014?

Microsoft Security Essentials will not be available for download on Windows XP after April 8, 2014. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates through July 14, 2015. However, please note that PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014 should not be considered protected.

Will Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool be supported after April 8, 2014?

Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool is aligned with the company's anti-malware engines and signatures, and as such the removal tool will continue to be provided for Windows XP through July 14, 2015. However, any PC running Windows XP after April 8, 2014 should not be considered protected as there will be no security updates for the Windows XP operating system.

Will System Center, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit still support Windows XP?

While customers may continue to use System Center, Windows Intune, and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to manage and deploy Windows XP past April 8, 2014, those products will no longer support Windows XP, and any technical issues which may arise will not be addressed.

What about Windows XP Embedded?

See the Windows Embedded product lifecycle page and Microsoft Support for more information on Windows XP Embedded lifecycles.

Will existing updates still be available via Windows Update after April 8, 2014?

Yes, all existing Windows XP updates and fixes will still be available via Windows Update and WSUS.

Will Internet Explorer 8 still be supported on Windows XP?

As a component of Windows, Internet Explorer follows the support lifecycle of the Windows operating system on which it is installed on. More information is available at Microsoft Support.

Which machines will receive the Windows XP End of Support notification?

The notification will be sent to users of Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update. Users in organizations using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager, or Windows Intune will not receive the Windows XP end of support notification.

 

 

 

Lifecycle and support schedule

This schedule outlines the general availability dates for products; the end-of-license dates, upon which all license rights to a product expire (for use, installation or distribution, by Microsoft or our Embedded OEM partners); and the date on which support for a product ends (see above for more details). To purchase licensing, contact a Microsoft Authorized Windows Embedded Distributor.

Product NameGeneral AvailabilityEnd of SupportEnd of License
Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems November 1, 2013 January 10, 2023 June 30, 2027
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry October 17, 2013 July 11, 2023 April 30, 2028
Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro October 17, 2013 July 11, 2023 March 31, 2028
Windows Embedded Compact 2013 June 13, 2013 October 10, 2023 May 31, 2028
Windows Embedded 8 Industry April 2, 2013 July 11, 2023 April 30, 2028
Windows Embedded 8 Standard March 20, 2013 July 11, 2023 March 30, 2028
Windows Embedded 8 Pro March 20, 2013 July 11, 2023 March 31, 2028
Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems October 30, 2012 January 10, 2023 June 30, 2027
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for Embedded Systems May 20, 2012 July 12, 2022 March 31, 2027
Windows Embedded Automotive 7 March 1, 2011 March 1, 2021 February 28, 2026
Windows Embedded Compact 7 March 1, 2011 April 13, 2021 February 28, 2026
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 July 1, 2011 October 12, 2021 September 10, 2026
Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 April 1,2011 January 9, 2018 April 1, 2016
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 December 17, 2010 January 14, 2020 April 30, 2022
Windows Embedded Standard 7 July 27, 2010 October 13, 2020 July 27, 2025
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for Embedded Systems July 20, 2010 July 9, 2019 July 9, 2024
Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems October 22, 2009 January 14, 2020 September 30, 2024
Windows 7 Ultimate for Embedded Systems October 22, 2009 January 14, 2020 September 30, 2024
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 December 9, 2008 April 9, 2019 February 11, 2024
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for Embedded Systems November 6. 2008 July 9, 2019 July 9, 2024
Windows Embedded Standard 2009 October 7, 2008 January 8, 2019 January 8, 2024
Windows Server 2008 for Embedded Systems May 6, 2008 January 14, 2020 May 6, 2023
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Embedded Systems February 6, 2008 January 14, 2020 February 6,2023
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Operating System (Toolkit and Runtime), all versions November 1, 2006 April 10, 2018 February 28, 2022
Windows Server 2003 R2 for Embedded Systems March 5, 2006 July 14, 2015 May 28, 2018
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for Embedded Systems January 14, 2006 April 12, 2016 April 1, 2021
Windows Automotive 5.0 August 8, 2005 August 8, 2015 August 31, 2020
Windows Embedded for Point of Service 1.x, all versions May 24, 2005 April 12, 2016 May 24, 2020
Windows CE 5.0 August 31, 2004 October 14, 2014 August 31, 2019
Windows Automotive 4.2 June 1, 2003 June 1, 2013 June 1, 2018
Windows CE .NET 4.2 June 1, 2003 July 9, 2013 June 1, 2018
Windows Server 2003 for Embedded Systems May 28, 2003 July 14, 2015 May 28, 2018
Windows CE .NET 4.1 October 29, 2002 January 8, 2013 October 29, 2017
Windows CE .NET 4.0 April 1, 2002 July 10, 2012 April 1, 2017
Windows XP Embedded (Toolkit and Runtime), all versions January 30, 2002 January 12, 2016 January 30, 2017
Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems December 31, 2001 April 8, 2014 December 31, 2016
Microsoft SQL Server 2000 for Embedded Systems November 30, 2000 April 9, 2013 November 30, 2015
Windows CE 3.0 July 30, 2000 October 9, 2007 July 30, 2015
Windows 2000 Server for Embedded Systems March 31, 2000 July 13, 2010 March 31, 2015
Windows NT Embedded 4.0 August 30, 1999 July 11, 2006 August 31, 2014