Skip to comments.World’s ATMs still running Windows XP—and wildly out of date
Posted on 01/17/2014 9:43:17 PM PST by Olog-hai
Nearly all of the ATMs in the world are running the Windows XP operating system, introduced by Microsoft 13 years agoand incredibly out of date, as any tech enthusiast will tell you.
On April 8, Microsoft will officially end the tech support for the aging OS, which was replaced by Windows Vista in 2007, Windows 7 in 2009, Windows 8 in 2012 and Windows 8.1 in 2013. [ ]
If an ATM isnt upgraded, it will continue to function, experts said. Withdrawals, deposits, and other transactions will work as they did before. But the machines will be more vulnerable to cyber robbers wielding malware and other attacks as time goes on.
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And here I thought that ATM’s were running proprietary software.
What’s the big deal? Security isn’t important for ATMs, is it?
Uh, either software gets the job done or gets it done efficiently or it belongs to the gov’t.
XP is good.
There’s probably some old NT boxes running stuff somewhere.
I remember V1.0, I miss old WIN95, DOS or Bust!
LOL! I still have manuals for Windows 3.0 and 3.1. in my library.
Someone here showed me the free classic shell program to add the classic start menu to my windows 8.
Winds 7 isnt bad but windows 8 is crap,.
XP is better than later microsoft crap!
I canned 7 and went back to XP.
Windows 95 was crap, until everybody got use to it, Windows 98 was crap until everybody got use to it ... windows XP was crap until everybody got use to it. Windows 7 was crap until everybody got use to it ... etc., etc., etc.
If I was designing an ATM I would use an ARM SoC.
The Raspberry Pi would make a nice foundation for an ATM.
Windows XP works pretty good, but XP is not very secure.
It’s also too large and inscrutable to power something as simple as an ATM. A good geek would use an ARM programmed in C for building an ATM...Rube Goldberg would build an ATM system that ran on XP :-)
My laptop notebook runs on XP. Since there is no CD on this tiny laptop, how can I upgrade it to say Windows 7?
I finally chucked a bunch of stuff, one thing folks like Microsoft and HP could do was put out documentation,, lots of docs. and floppies..
At least they’re not running Windows 8. :-P
I’ve had Windows 7 on my computer for about two years and it is constantly running and I haven’t had any problems. I couldn’t say that about Windows XP.
> If I was designing an ATM I would use an ARM SoC.
> The Raspberry Pi would make a nice foundation for an ATM.
Yeah, I can see that.
> A good geek would use an ARM programmed in C for building an ATM.
No; A good geek would use something that had a native fixed-point numeric, something suited for the job — Ada or perhaps COBOL (considering we ARE talking about financials here).
You can probably download it straight from the Microsoft store.
I used it for four years, and it worked fine.
When the Space Shuttle was retired, about 90% of its code was still in its original form, which was written in the 1970’s.
Of course, the Space Shuttle was kind of a reverse ATM.
You put money in it every day, but no money ever came back out.
Lots of folks put it on a bootable thumbdrive and install it that way.