Support for Windows XP is to end in April 2014, what does this mean for you?

Posted on | March 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Support for Windows XP is to end in April 2014, what does this mean for you?

Support for Windows XP is endingIf you are still running Windows XP you need to be aware support ends on the 8th April 2014, this means Microsoft will no longer issue security patches, windows updates, software fixes or offer technical assistance.

So what does this mean in non-technical terms?

From that day you will no longer receive security updates leaving you open to viruses and malicious software that can potentially steal your data, mess up your information or steal money from you.

Am I running Windows XP?

If your not sure you can check by pressing the start button and in the search box typing “winver” and pressing enter.  An “About Windows” box will be displayed with your Windows version in it.  You will either have Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

So what should I do about it?

If you are running Windows XP it’s my advice to replace your computer before April 8th 2014, nobody should be running a Windows XP computer which is connected to the internet after that date.  You should replace it now or start planning to replace it with a new Windows 7 or 8 computer.

Can’t I just upgrade my old computer?

It might be possible to upgrade your old computer from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 but I would advice against this for the following reasons:

  • If you are running Windows XP it’s likely your computer is at least 5 years old.  A computer this age is unlikely to have enough processing power or memory to keep up with a new operating system.
  • Even if you can upgrade you will have a far better user experience purchasing a faster and more reliable system than you would do running an old slow system.
  • If you choose to upgrade you will still have to purchase an Operating System and hope that the hardware you are using is compatible.

Do you sell / upgrade computers?

Yes, we sell brand new Windows 7 or 8 desktop PC’s and laptops.  We can help you transfer your data such as documents, music, photos and emails over to a new computer and help set it up to use your Internet connection, printer and other devices.  We can also provide advise on security and backup options, whether you decide to upgrade your existing computer or purchase a new one we have a solution available.

Do you still repair Windows XP Computers?

Yes for now as some software will only run on XP and the PC’s may not be connected to the Internet, I still perform repairs and small upgrades on Windows XP computers, we perform these services regularly but when a problem is more serious like a failed hard drive or bad motherboard then it is likely to be more economical to upgrade to a new computer.

Please feel free to Contact Us for some friendly advice.


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