On April 8th, 2014, Microsoft officially stopped providing security updates and technical support for Windows XP, yet organizations around the world continue to use the obsolete platform. This proves to be even more problematic because whatever DAQ use to run on Windows XP, generally speaking, won't run on Windows 10 or 7. And, generally speaking, once a Windows XP machine is dead. It's dead for good.
There are three main Windows XP conditions to be aware of:
1. If a Windows XP machine dies, it's extremely hard for a new Windows XP machine to run again.
2. If a user desires to upgrade from Windows XP, there's a significant chance the NI DAQ hardware wont run on the machine due to NI DAQ driver issues.
3. If you have Windows XP and your DAQ hardware breaks, you may not be able to buy a new DAQ hardware. Or if you are able to buy a new DAQ, that hardware won't run on Windows XP.
New LabVIEW, new hardware, and new Windows; all of which may not be compatible. And even if the right combination is achieved, the application would need to be rewritten either way. Cyth made a point to not only be good at that but has excelled at it a number of times in a number of different ways.
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