The End of Windows XP

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Does your Start button in the corner of your screen look like this?

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If it does, then you’re running Windows XP and YOU MUST READ THIS POST!

From next April, Microsoft are withdrawing support for their Windows XP operating system. That means that all security updates and patches will stop being issued and XP will effectively become redundant and your system vulnerable to attack from viruses and hacks.

Industry experts agree that the best course of action would be to stop using XP before the “end-of-life” date of 8th April 2014.

So, if your PC is running XP at the moment, what are your options?

1. Upgrade your operating system. If your computer can handle it (and not all can) then you might be able to install Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux or even Windows 8. It really depends on the hardware configuration of your computer.

2. Buy a new PC. Given that most PCs that are running XP are probably in excess of five years old this may be the best and most cost-effective solution. A new PC will probably be loaded with Windows 8.

3. Do nothing. You could take the risk and not upgrade the operating system or PC. I strongly advise against this option UNLESS you’re not connected to the Internet.

Talk to your local, friendly PC engineer to see what they advise for your system, set up and budget.

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4 Comments

  1. Peter
    A very helpful post, thanks. I hadn’t heard this was coming. I’ll save towards this for the end of the year! Guess that takes care of both our Christmas presents for this year – and the foreseeable future!
    Kind regards
    Stewart

  2. Thanks for that – I saw the link via Gina and I had no idea that MS were doing away with XP. Guess that means a new laptop – groan…
    Any suggestions for budget laptop under £500 that is good for image manipulation. No gaming or fancy stuff other than email and Word. I’ve got an external hard drive that I store images on. I’ve always liked Acer – they’ve been very reliable for me as a PC and laptop. Don’t like Dell.
    By the way I shared your post – hope that’s ok??
    thanks and regards, Sandy

    • Hi Sandra and thanks for sharing.

      With a budget of less than £500 you’ll still be able to pick up a decent laptop that should cope with your needs very well.

      If you’re set on a laptop, consider looking at the range at http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/. Broadly speaking, you get what you pay for just try to get one with as much RAM (memory) as possible 6GB or 8GB would be great. You’ll also probably appreciate a decent size screen given you do image manipulation. Processor speed, graphics and hard disk size need to be taken into account as well.

      The only other thing to consider then is whether or not your current software will run on Windows 8. You’ll need to check that out with the software manufacturer.

      If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to give me a call

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