Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP on 8th April 2014. You’ve probably heard this a lot already, but what does this really mean and what should you be doing about it?
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What does this mean for you?
Your computer may still work but will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses because Microsoft will not be releasing any further updates to their 14-year-old operating system. Also, as more manufacturers continue to optimise for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices like cameras and printers will not work with Windows XP. It is estimated that as much as 15% of current desktop internet traffic still uses Windows XP according to NetMarketShare – help reduce these numbers by making sure you’re not one of them!
What should you do?
You should consider upgrading to Windows 7 or above. Microsoft suggests the best course of action is to replace your PC with one that has the newest version of Windows pre-installed, but in reality this is only necessary if Windows 7 does not run on your current system. However, it is also worth noting that Microsoft intends to end support for Windows 7 on 14 January 2020, which means you’ll need to upgrade to a newer version before then. Array IT recommends upgrading to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 for the most up-to-date experience.
How do you upgrade?
You can purchase an upgrade license directly from Microsoft using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor tool or the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant tool. You will have to perform a clean install of the operating system though, so you will need an external hard disk to backup your data and the original installation media for all of your applications to reinstall them after the upgrade. If you don’t have these available or want to ensure the process goes smoothly, contact us for a Windows XP upgrade quote.
Why has support for Windows XP ended?
From Microsoft’s own website:
Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for 12 years—longer than any previous Windows operating system. The time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great, new experiences.
Still not convinced?
Visit Microsoft’s top Windows XP questions page if you’re still not convinced. It does seem like a nuisance but we want to keep you & your data safe & secure, not force you onto something you don’t need.