Stop Using Windows XP, Please

by Larry Emmott on September 29, 2010

in Software

Interesting article from PC Magazine. I have copied several representative quotes below. The comments are also very interesting. This is an issue in dentistry and I do not have a slam dunk this is the best way to do it answer. 

A big part of the issue that the article does not address directly is that the upgrade from the XP operating system (OS) to 7 is complex (as opposed to the change from Vista to 7) and for the most part users are usually better off just getting a new machine that has 7 on it rather than trying to upgrade. That adds another layer of significant cost to upgrading.

Another feature that dentists need to consider is that we usually run several sophisticated applications that are linked together. For example practice management and x-rays. Plus we have expensive input devices such as radiography sensors or intra-oral cameras that are linked to our computers. And of course the usual peripherals such as printers. Getting them all to work together properly is often a challenge and upgrading the OS is almost guaranteed to create havoc with our carefully balanced systems.

Having said all that there are, as the article linked below discusses, good reasons to consider upgrading. On the other hand when you do decide to make the leap go into it with your eyes wide open and plan for extensive additional expenses in IT set up, new hardware and team training.

I am always shocked at how many people are still running Windows XP 74 percent of businesses by one measure…

I have no nostalgia for Windows XP. It was a decent operating system with its share of problems, but the longer I run it in the office, while using a smaller Windows 7 laptop as my mobile system and working on a Windows 7 machine at home, the more I notice its shortcomings…

…think of it as the transition from horse and buggy to car, or better yet, from black-and-white television to color. Those old TV sets continued to work for decades after the introduction of color TVs, but by the early 70’s, most of them were gone. It was hard to argue to with the enjoyment you got from full-color television.

via Stop Using Windows XP, Please | Lance Ulanoff | PCMag.com.

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DMDrep October 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Larry,

How often do you believe computers should be upgraded in an office – I currently tell my customers to budget hardware upgrades every 3 years – which is the budget I also set for my own technology. What I tend to find is probably closer to 5 years, and by that time the office are usually so inefficient it is costing them more money than the upgrade would have cost.

I would also like to know your opinion on software training. I suggest my offices invest in yearly training for their staff in office with the practice management company they use. He benefits of learning how to make the most of the software that can make your office more profitable , and that can’t hurt!

Smile,
Warren Bobinski
Success in Dentistry and Life
Dmdrep.com

Larry Emmott October 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Warren we are in agreement. I usually suggest upgraing every three to four years (with a little wiggle room) I believe the least painful process is to replace one fourth of your computers every year. That spreads out the expense and keeps you up to date.

And YES I advise annual (at least) training.

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