What i think is funny is how my doctors office still uses windows XP when are they ever going to learn.
I run quite a few older OSes in Virtual-Box. None are secure, so none go online.
But they are all still perfectly usable.
My sister in law, a Cardiologist, uses XP in a little Toshiba laptop, it's the only thing that can read the CDs she gets, with Active Content on them - They won't run in 7 or 8, blocked. Unless I can unblock it for her.
All of the big machines in Doctors offices, X Ray Machines, Ultrasound, etc plug into computers that have to run XP. So you can be sure, they will still be running with or without support from Microsoft.
Actually the government put some kind of block on computer updates in Medical and Government offices- I read about this a long time ago, but the last time I was in my doctors office it was STILL XP. No Updates allowed, no other OSes than XP allowed. That's why support has been offered this long. But you see, Microsoft is chopping off their HEAD by stopping support for XP, because at this time, they have an unbreakable Monopoly on all government and Medical computer systems. So, I can't wait to see what's gonna happen in 2014. Unless the government allows updates to Windows 7, the medical profession will come to a grinding halt.
I'll tell you one thing though, Since 2008, every Medical Office I go to, they ALREADY HAVE all of my medical records. When I got an X-Ray, I had to wait for it to be developed, then I had to march it back to the doctor's office. Not any more, it';s waiting for me when I walk back down the hall, it goes into the server, then the Doctor pulls it up for me when I get back.
OK presumably Chrome, Firefox etc will still work on XP and those will continue to be supported.Antivirus programs will still be updated. Maybe MSE will still work even, unless MS takes active steps to prevent XP accessing the definitions.Large corporate users will simply save some money if they take support in-house.
Actually, you CAN install AHCI drivers in XP, they just aren't native. I've done it both ways, using a floppy during install, and retrofitting the drivers on an existing install. Bit more of a pain, but doable. I have a multi-boot system, running primarily Win 8/64-bit, but also XP 32-bit, which I keep simply for a couple of old pieces of hardware and software that won't run on 8. And I refused to go into the BIOS and disable AHCI every time I wanted to boot into XP.One guy actually got me to build a totally new rig approaching high end and insisted on putting XP on it despite the BIOS drive config having to be set to legacy IDE instead of AHCI ... in order to be able to load it ... and needing to make an nLite CD of XP with SATA drivers preinstalled on it to stop BSOD during install. All I can say is if people want to waste their hard earned $$$$ ... good luck!
My friend and I couldn't install the AHCI drivers via a floppy disc.
I was able to successfully create a slipstreamed install disc with the AHCI drivers.
When I tried to install it kept BSOD and BIOS in Intel board stated XP could only be run in IDE config for disks, and needed SATA drivers pre-installed.
Likewise floppy driver installation wouldn't work, using it on USB connected floppy drive because no IDE slots on board ... hence slipstream disk. Never thought of pre-installing AHCI drivers. Where would these be available from?