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Poll Results: Are you or your organization still using Windows XP SP2?

See how your peers answered this question: Are you or your organization still using Windows XP SP2? The percentages might surprise you.

On June 23, 2010, Greg Shultz asked a very direct question: Are you or your organization still using Windows XP SP2? The poll was part of his blog post:

Official support is ending so why are you still running Windows XP SP2?

The gist of Greg's query and the concepts he examines regarding what it means when we say that SP2 is no longer supported can be summarized in a couple of paragraphs from that post:

Well, it actually means two things. First, it means that on July 13. Microsoft will cease providing security updates and patches designed specifically for Windows XP SP2. Second, it means that hackers and evildoers worldwide will begin releasing an inordinate amount of malware aimed directly at computers running Windows XP SP2. And, there will be no defense whatsoever.

Those malevolent folks know, without a doubt, that there will be thousands of vulnerable Windows XP SP2 systems out there just ripe for the picking. In fact, they are counting on it, because they know that people and organizations who have held on to SP2 for this long are definitely procrastinators.

So are you one of the procrastinators? Are your peers procrastinators? Have you recently updated to Windows XP SP3 because of the lack of support you are now getting from Microsoft. If you are still using SP2, why are you taking the risk?

The poll results show there is still a large installed base of Windows XP SP2 PCs out there -- as an information technology professional responsible for making sure your organization's systems are secure, does that make you a little nervous?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

6 comments
Justin James
Justin James

I know some people who started drinking Natty Light in college, and they still do to this day. I think its the same principle. J.Ja

Slayer_
Slayer_

It requires you to reselect your windows update settings... Well this machine doesn't have a keyboard on monitor. Its remotable only. So If I apply that update, the computer is effectively dead till I find a monitor.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

So are you one of the procrastinators? Are your peers procrastinators? Have you recently updated to Windows XP SP3 because of the lack of support you are now getting from Microsoft. If you are still using SP2, why are taking the risk? The poll results show there is still a large installed base of Windows XP SP2 PCs out there - as an information technology professional responsible for making sure your organization's systems are secure does that make you a little nervous?

jsgundr
jsgundr

I took my organization totally away from Windows. We've installed Linux throughout the organization and haven't looked back, or regretted it one bit. The employees just love it. We saved one machine with XP-2 for the off-chance there would be something we couldn't run on Linux. We love the cost savings we have garnered with the switch, even after the training expenses.

Brad4151
Brad4151

My company recently began pushing SP3 out using Patchlink. Windows update settings are controlled via group policy. If you don't use group policy why is Remote Desktop not an option for administering this workstation?

douglaswlloyd
douglaswlloyd

SP3 is not the bugaboo that it once appeared to be. C'mon people - keeping Windows PC's at least marginally up to date can only help your customers avoid malware. Keep in mind as tech support you will inherit these problems if you do not help your users protect themselves. "Paging BOB, Cleanup on Aisle 4, BRING A MOP!"