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Windows XP is a long living OS– if not the longest living OS– released by Microsoft in August 2001, and as of April 8 2014 it is no longer supported by Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft actively encourages Windows XP users to upgrade to Windows 10, the latest flagship Windows OS.

As a unsupported OS, there are good reasons to stop using Windows XP, such as security, compliance, lack of individual software and hardware support.

Microsoft itself took the charge to kill Windows XP by no longer delivering security patch to the OS system since 2014. Other software vendors also follow the suit; Autodesk stopped supporting Windows XP since 2015,  and SolidWorks 2013 is the latest version that works on Windows XP

At MES, our latest MiTS 2 can only run on Windows 7 SP1 and above. But for MiTS 1 and MiTS 1 related modules, we actually still provide downloadable links because we know that there are still clients who retain Windows XP as a backup OS. 

Despite the huge gap between old MiTS 1 and MiTS 2, we still make a commitment to support the installation of MiTS 1 modules on Windows XP, a support that we believe is unparalleled elsewhere. In fact if you ask around, chances are most software vendors ( especially engineering software vendors) will not even bother to entertain questions pertaining to 5 year old applications running on a legacy Windows XP. They will just ask you to upgrade to latest version, end of story.

Because Windows XP end of release date was more than 5 years ago, and we improve a lot during these 5 years, one should expect day and night difference between what is now and what was 5 years ago. We improve on the features of the applications, squash bugs and make the software more user friendly. 

So if you can, please upgrade your OS to Windows 10 and ditch Windows XP, as per Microsoft recommendation. 

But what if I can’t? What if I have to use Windows XP?

Then it might be good if you can prepare your Windows XP by installing the following:

  1. .Net 2.0
  2. .Net 3.5
  3. .NET Framework 4 KB2468871
  4. And other requirements as detailed here

If you think that there is something wrong with Windows XP, then you are right. As explained above, Windows XP is a legacy OS, so you should expect a lot of things are missing, and need to be installed manually.

As an independent software vendor, we can’t just fix the flaws in Windows XP, we wouldn’t have the rights even if we wanted to ( doing so can be considered as malware from OS point of view). All the above intervention steps have to be carried out by users themselves.

But wait, if you are running Windows XP in a Virtual Machine….

Then you can do something to alleviate the problem. You can prepare a Windows XP image that comes with .Net 2.0, .Net 3.5, KB2468871 preinstalled and then reuse it every time you restore your XP OS from image. This would significantly speed up your installation work. Such a Windows XP image is not hard to come by, as long as you do a search on Google. Or you can even create such an image if you know your way around the Virtual Machine software.

If you know how to create an OS image, then things get even simpler– you just have to install the MiTS 1 software once, and then clone the image, then you can reuse the image already.