While we are not recommending them, there are fallback measures for diehard XP users, who either don’t want to make the switch. Some estimates suggest nearly 20 percent of organizations running XP will stick with it after April 2014.
Roy Issley, a principal analyst from Ovum, says businesses must face up to the risks and focus on how the problem will be addressed.
If you have a particular application must run on XP, it’s how to “ring-fence” that device so that if it gets infected, it’s not going to spread out to any others, he says.
“It’s recognizing how much of a risk it poses and minimizing that as much as possible,” says Issley. “If it’s an application that’s on the network that everybody uses, then that is a really big risk if you’re not going to move that off XP.”
One option is to isolate XP to specific off-line tasks.
Over at PC World, Tony Bradley says that in making a switch from Windows XP to a newer OS, you might face the issue of whether your hardware can keep up and offers these suggestions:
You could switch from Windows to Linux if your budget won’t allow you to invest in new hardware right now. Linux generally runs smoothly on older, less powerful PCs, and you can make it look and feel a lot like Windows to diminish the learning curve. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, but Ubuntu is one of the more popular.
On the other hand, Wolpe if you’re going to purchase new hardware anyway, maybe it’s time to consider a switch to Mac OS X. Apple’s OS has been gaining market share, and it has a reputation for being simple and more intuitive than Windows.
If you rely heavily on Google and cloud-based tools and services, you could also choose Chromebook PCs armed with Google’s Chrome OS.