On April 8th 2014, Microsoft is ending its support for Windows XP. There will be no further updates including security patches that protect your device from viruses and spyware.
Although it seems that Microsoft are just trying to make money by making you upgrade, which is one reason, the main reason is that Windows XP it is over 12 years old which is ancient for software!
Why you need to switch
With support ending this means that any computer running Windows XP is at risk of viruses and security problems. There will also be potential problems with hardware and software as vendors will end support for their products running on Windows XP as it is outdated.
What options do I have?
There are two options available and here are some of the ways to find out the best way for you to upgrade:
- WINDOWS 8: The first thing to do is to see if your current computer is capable of running the latest version of Windows. One way to do this is to check your system requirements here. If you do not understand the jargon then Microsoft has an upgrade assistant to help users. Simply install and it will check your system.
- UPGRADE OR BUY NEW: The only other option is to upgrade or buy a new computer. If your computer is not that old then you may be able to upgrade its internal components, such as its memory (RAM).
If your computer is on the older side then the best option will be to buy a new one. This then allows you to look at newer devices, like Surface Tablets or Touch Screen Laptops! Exciting stuff.
How can we help?
If you need any advice or would like to get a professional opinion on whether to upgrade or purchase new hardware, then don’t hestitate to get in contact with us and we will be happy to help you.
The support end date for Windows XP will be here very, very soon. Therefore you should start considering upgrading now. It is always better to get this sort of thing done and out of the way especially for businesses as there could be problems with software or hardware on new operating system.