Windows XP RIP

It is official Windows XP has now passed away after many years of service. Born on August 24, 2001 and now dead on April 8, 2014 at the age of 13 years! In the technology world this is a very long life.

What does this mean for you? If you are reading this and using Windows XP and have your computer connected to the Internet, “RUN”. No wait I am kidding. Well kind of anyway. The truth is you have to be more careful then ever when browsing the Internet. This is because Windows XP will become a hackers paradise. This is because there will be new holes on the operating system that will no longer be patched. Once these are put out on the Internet everyone will be using these holes to attack your computer.

I had a call from one of my clients; calling with great concern. “We really need to get new computers!” I asked. “Why?” Client, “Because on April 8th our computer will stop working.” The truth of the matter is, your computers will continue to run and you can still use them. They will not shut down and be un-usable. You will just have to be more careful when using them when they are connected to the Internet. If you only use them to access your local network and they are not connected to the Internet, they will still work for years.

I hear people complaining and saying how can Microsoft do this to them. Why are they always making us upgrade? The simple truth is, these companies can’t keep programmers busy working on old technology when the new technology is now humming along.

So if you didn’t upgrade. I would suggest now would be a great time to put your plan into effect and get those old Windows XP computers off your desk and step up to Windows 7.

Last note, Windows 8.1 is getting a major over haul and the start menu is coming back for your operating enjoyment.

Bye XP

 

Windows XP is Dying Off

Are you still using Windows XP on your home computer or your office computers? If so it is time to upgrade. Windows XP will find it’s end of life on April 15, 2014.

What does this mean for you? Microsoft will no longer write or create updates for XP. This means that you will be opening up your home or office computers to hackers and all the bad in the world.

The question will be for you is should you buy a new computer or should you buy a copy of Windows 7 and just upgrade you current PC? If you computer is older then 5 years, then it is time to but a new one. Your computer may not keep up with the demand of Windows 7. If you buy a new computer, you will be sure that it is ready for Windows 7 and will last you for another 5 years.

One word of advice, do not buy your copy of Windows 7 from EBay. I tried this once and will never do it again. Most of the copies on EBay have already been registered. This means that you will be stuck with a coaster for your coffee cup.

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