Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Windows XP end of life --- What happens now?

Happy Spring!

This post is primarily for those who are still running Windows XP.  I know some of you have personally talked to me about this and I had meant to email everyone before today.  What's going to happen to your XP computers now that Microsoft has officially ended XP support as of today?  Well, here's the real deal --- your computer will continue to work today, and beyond today.  However, there will no longer be any new Microsoft updates which means any future security holes found in windows will no longer be fixed by Microsoft for windows XP.  This may also apply to security holes found on software applications that run on windows XP as the manufacturer of the software may also choose to no longer update their windows XP versions.

My general advice is you don't necessarily have to rush out and purchase a new PC today, but if you're still running Windows XP, chances are your computer is due for an upgrade only because your hardware is probably at least 5 years old.

A few of you have asked me if you can upgrade your operating system to windows 7 or 8.  The answer is YES, but I generally don't advice upgrading the operating system on a computer older than 5 years old only because it will be more cost effective for you to just purchase a new computer with a new operating system and new hardware that will likely be much faster than your older computer (even if we upgraded the operating system to windows 7 or 8).

I hope this assures those of you who are still running Windows XP and have been getting warnings from Microsoft.  Your computer will still run today, and beyond today ... but start thinking of getting an upgrade in the future.

If you have any follow-up questions, please let me know.  Thanks!

Robin

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