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