In an April 2016 blog article (“Handling New Device Drivers in a Changing Windows World”), I wrote that Campbell Scientific was ending Windows XP support for our hardware device drivers. In that article, I also mentioned that Windows XP support might end for other products in the future. While we strive to maintain compatibility across our product line and with other manufacturers' products that we support, sometimes advancing technology or unmitigated security risks require the end of support for some products.
If you attempt to install new or upgrade existing Campbell Scientific software that is released after 30 June 2017, you will receive a warning message that the software may not function correctly:
You can continue with the installation by choosing Yes, but as the message indicates, the software may not function correctly.
So, what does “may not function correctly” mean? Presently, the only known incompatibilities are with device drivers, as discussed in the device driver article referenced above. However, because we no longer develop for or test these operating systems, there may be other incompatibilities of which we are unaware.
If you are operating Campbell Scientific software under Windows XP or Windows Vista, I strongly encourage you to begin making plans now to upgrade to a supported and actively maintained operating system. This helps ensure you are running in a secure and stable environment, and you will be less likely to experience Windows OS-related compatibility issues with Campbell Scientific products.
Microsoft maintains a Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet that can be found via an Internet search. This fact sheet lists anticipated end-of-support dates for its operating systems. Keep in mind when upgrading to a new operating system, that Microsoft ended its mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015, and plans to end extended support in January 2020.
I hope this article has provided the information you need to plan for the changes to our software installations. If you have questions or comments about these changes, please leave a comment below.