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NHS, HMRC XP shock
« on: Wednesday, 15 January, 2014 @ 12:08:43 »
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Thousands of PCs at Britain’s biggest public sector bodies will miss Microsoft’s April deadline to abandon Windows XP before open season for hackers begins.

HMRC and the NHS in England and Scotland will still be running thousands of systems using Windows XP after Microsoft turns off the support lifeline on 8 April.

HMRC and NHS Scotland said they both have co-ordinated plans to replace Windows XP and IE 7; they are going with Windows 7 and IE 8 and, in a few cases, Windows 8 and [IE] 10.

But while upgrade work is in full swing, it won’t be completed by April’s deadline.

However, neither body is faring quite as badly as the NHS in England, which, based on our FOIA request, is a picture of anarchy on Windows XP.

There are total of 1.086 million PCs and laptops running Windows at trusts, GPs and other health groups that comprise the National Health Service in England.

The Register asked NHS England how many PCs at hospitals, GPs and administrative bodies there are which run Windows XP and IE 6, 7 or 8.

The NHS in England’s response was that it simply doesn’t know.
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2014/01/14/win_xp_uk_gov_hacker_deadline_miss/