Is the White House still using Windows XP?

President Barack Obama will be making his annual State of the Union address to the US Congress and the nation later tonight. In preparation for the event, the official White House web site will be showing an enhanced version of the State of the Union address followed by a panel discussion with White House officials after the speech is completed.

These announcements were made by senior White House adviser David Plouffe in a recent video posted on YouTube. The video looks like it was filmed in Plouffe's White House office. However, that's not the interesting thing about the video. What's interesting is that in the back of the office you can see a PC monitor running what is almost certainly Windows XP.

You can see the Windows XP default screensaver in the beginning of the video.

Later in the video you can see the familiar looking Windows XP login screen.

Yes, that likely means that the White House, or at least some offices in the White House, are still using an operating system from Microsoft that launched over 10 years ago. The government apparently didn't have the IT budget to upgrade to Windows 7 when it launched in 2009.

As we have reported before, Microsoft has been trying for a number of months to tell companies and organizations that are still running Windows XP to upgrade as soon as possible to Windows 7. There could be some security concerns for those companies who keep Windows XP for much longer, as Microsoft has stated in the past. If the White House was thinking about waiting until Windows 8 to make their big OS ugpgrade, they might want to think again. The Gartner research group said a few months ago:

With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, we believe it would be dangerous for organizations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8. Organizations running Windows XP and working on Windows 7 migrations: Continue as planned; do not switch to Windows 8.

Hopefully the White House will heed that advice and get all of its PCs upgraded to Windows 7 ASAP.

Thanks to Gerowen for the tip

Images via WhiteHouse.gov

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alexalex said,

The White House will get support for XP for as long as they want, and so will big Enterprises using XP.


No they wont. All support ends on April 8 2014. The only way to get some support if they bought some time ago (a certain period of dates) a Windows 7 license and choose to downgrade to Windows XP. That currently right now is impossible to do so if they didnt do it then, it all ends April 8, 2014.

My guess is that they are running XP as a virtual machine in windows 7. Just tossing that idea out there. If people walk in my office 90% of time they assume I have two computers since it's running dual screens and I always have Windows open on one and OSX natively on the other.

ndoggfromhell said,
My guess is that they are running XP as a virtual machine in windows 7. Just tossing that idea out there. If people walk in my office 90% of time they assume I have two computers since it's running dual screens and I always have Windows open on one and OSX natively on the other.

Probably not

What's the big deal? The OS still gets monthly security updates just like W7.
You Neowin W7 fanboys need to tone it down. There's no need for a news article about this.

FalsePositive said,
What's the big deal? The OS still gets monthly security updates just like W7.
You Neowin W7 fanboys need to tone it down. There's no need for a news article about this.

While I agree that there's no need for a news article about this, XP is more than 10 years old. & considering in technology last month is obsolete...

When I was interning at Harley Davidson 2 years ago, they had just upgraded to Windows XP. When I first started there and started up my computer to see Windows 2000, I cried a lot (from laughter and shame). This probably isn't uncommon in government and big business. Transitioning thousands of people to a new operating system is a huge huge process. If something goes wrong and it costs people even an hour of time, that's thousands of dollars down the drain.

Since Google are now spending more lobbying dollars, maybe they'll switch to ChromeOS, afterall no one in washington knows how this tech stuff works anyway, all they need are the right geeks to come in and explain it to them, oh wait they don't want that either......

Windows XP is really a fine operating system even today if you know how to keep it up-to-date. Of course fanboys will troll against it like crazy.

The gov't use Windows XP Professional. Just liek all other businesses. However, Microsoft tweak features of the registry to make it more secure.

Everyone can read the details here - http://nvd.nist.gov/fdcc/fdcc_faq.cfm

If Microsoft made Windows for geberal users work the same.no one would want to use Windows, because the security levels makes it actually more painful to use.

For one it enforces uses of very strong passwords, which includes all types of characters.
Anyone can yweak Windows to be exactly the same is you know how to use the registry and add all the proper keys. However, you would then hate using Windows as a whole.

Just read the details - http://nvd.nist.gov/fdcc/fdcc_faq.cfm

TechieXP said,
The gov't use Windows XP Professional. Just liek all other businesses. However, Microsoft tweak features of the registry to make it more secure.

Everyone can read the details here - http://nvd.nist.gov/fdcc/fdcc_faq.cfm

If Microsoft made Windows for geberal users work the same.no one would want to use Windows, because the security levels makes it actually more painful to use.

For one it enforces uses of very strong passwords, which includes all types of characters.
Anyone can yweak Windows to be exactly the same is you know how to use the registry and add all the proper keys. However, you would then hate using Windows as a whole.

Just read the details - http://nvd.nist.gov/fdcc/fdcc_faq.cfm

Also the Feds use Windows Vista. Technically, they could just export the registry and import it to any PC and have them all require the same credentials.

They don't have to have Windows 7, neither do we...really.

And I'm reading this on Windows XP. Not a problem. But I suppose we're supposed to marvel at Neowin's eagle eye and amazing catch

burnblue said,
And I'm reading this on Windows XP. Not a problem. But I suppose we're supposed to marvel at Neowin's eagle eye and amazing catch

Sad that you are on this site using Windows XP unless you cannot offered a license.

Namelesske said,
And they using SP1... Look at the "Professsional" under Windows logo. Goddamit.

I would highly doubt that. Most software and drivers from 2005 and above wouldn't work. Only the XP edition on the boot splash screen was removed (i.e. before the GUI is loaded).

You guys would probably be amazed at how many large global corporations still use windows 98 in their manufacturing facilities.

Or to know that DOS certifications are in HIGH demand because the people that know DOS are retiring.

I can't believe this is news. I would understand if this is posted in say, 5-10 years time. But at this current time, Microsoft are still releasing updates from a security point of view.

Also, I read this as if the only operating system that it could be upgraded with is Windows 7 (or above) - I thought a lot of business oriented applications now run (or migrating to run) inside a web browser meaning, the desktop operating system doesn't matter (i.e. can be anything that runs a web browser). I don't know what software they use, and I presume nor does the author so I'm not sure why these seem to be the only options available.

Why is The Gartner saying that it'd be dangerous for organizations like the White House to migrate from XP to 8? Because there's no SP yet for Win8? I can think of it being expensive (new hardware) but dangerous

The State of the Union address takes place in the House of Representatives chamber of the US Capitol:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_the_Union_address

US Congress may still use ol' Windows [House majority are Republicans, what do you expect? ;-)], but the White House knows better...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...f_Linux_adopters#Government
But some offices [like the 1 pictured] may still run XP for compatibility reasons, until the moving-to-Linux process is completed.

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