Important information about CDS32 and WindowsXP End of Life

KASO KBEF

The CDS32 line of radio automation and playout systems was first introduced by Pristine Systems Corp. in 2002, 12 years ago. All CDS32 systems operate on the Microsoft WindowsXP operating system which has enjoyed a long lifespan.

After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 – so you can receive regular security updates to protect your computer from malicious attacks.

CDS32 was designed to leverage the power and features of WindowsXP, which was the most popular operating system at that time. Changes in newer operating systems prevent CDS32 from running on Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1. For this reason, Pristine Systems stopped delivering new CDS32 systems two years ago and developed our newest product, Control Room-7. Built to harness the advantages of newer operating systems, while not alienating users accustomed to CDS3 or CartWorks, Control Room-7 has been constructed using our 30 years of experience in the radio automation industry.

Control Room-7 presents a familiar user experience while greatly expanding the capabilities of the program to include features that were simply not possible in previous automation and playout systems.

At present, Pristine Systems is still supporting current US users of CDS32 who subscribe to our software support program. However, as with most aging technologies, replacement parts for these systems are becoming difficult to source and are no longer available in many cases.

In light of these facts, we highly recommend you seriously consider upgrading your current CDS32 system(s) to our newer Control Room-7. Not only will you be protecting your business from catastrophic failures due to virus or malware infections, you will also benefit from the modern advances built into CR-7.

Your current audio files, scripts, and logging software are all compatible with CR-7. The user interface is also similar to CDS-32 so you are able to make the transition easily.

Just because you do not use the Internet on your CDS32 system, you should not consider it safe from attack. Malware can still find its way to the computer via other computers located on your local area network, or infected USB thumb drives, CDs and DVDs.

The time to act is now. There is already widespread industry speculation malware authors , knowing Microsoft will not issue security updates to protect against new vulnerabilities, have attacks ready to launch after April 8th.

Please contact us to discuss how Control Room-7 not only protects your station from security assaults leading to failure, but also provides a host of new features to make your job easier and more productive.

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