1) Microsoft has stopped developing security patches for Windows 95 as of December 31, 2001 and as of December 31, 2002, Windows 95 has entered the "End of Life" phase of it's support cycle [see link below]:
2) The result of this change in status directly impacts the CNG's ability to continue to provide a reasonable level of support for this obsolete operating system:
A). Because Microsoft no longer provides security patches for the obsolete operating system, the computer cannot be properly protected from new security exploits, which makes it a liability to the SEAS production network.
B) Application software will [eventually] no longer work with an obsolete operating system, once new versions [or upgrades] of existing installed software are released.
C) Adding new hardware or maintaining existing hardware becomes difficult when hardware vendors no longer support the obsolete operating system with driver/software development.
3) The limited resources of CNG staff do not allow for extended support of obsolete operating systems, application software and hardware.
While Windows Me/98SE provide the best upgrade paths from a hardware/software compatibilty perspective, because of their remaining support lifecycle timelines [see note below], both are only a temporary solution and are NOT recommended as an upgrade path.
While there is a "hypothetical" upgrade path from Windows 95 to Windows 2000/NT 4.0, there is a high probability that some hardware/software that "worked" on a Windows 95 system will not upgrade very well to either Windows 2000/NT 4.0, due to system requirements [see below] of these operating systems. Windows NT 4.0 is also only a temporary solution, because of it's remaining support lifecycle timeline [see note below], and is NOT recommended as an upgrade path.
NOTE: Please review the "End of support cycle target" time line for upgrade candidate operating systems [CNG OS/Hardware Support] before giving them serious consideration as an upgrade option.
Because of the significant differences between the two operating systems and hardware requirements for Windows XP, there is not a straight upgrade path from Windows 95 to Windows XP. However, Windows XP Professional is "best path forward" from Windows 95 to a more current Windows operating system [although this migration would in all likelihood require the purchase of a new PC or at a minimum a substantial hardware upgrade].
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Last modifed: Monday, 12-Oct-2009 11:53:10 EDT