After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support the Windows XP operating system. There will be no more security fixes, software updates or technical support, although Microsoft will still provide some anti-malware support for an unspecified amount of time.
What does end of support mean?
XP is a 12 year old operating system. In the tech world, 12 years is an eternity and Microsoft wants to focus its Windows teams on the future and not waste time and resources on the past. So the company is going to discontinue updates, bug fixes, support, and security patches for XP. As a result, in a few weeks any system running XP will be a lot more vulnerable to malware attacks and hackers.
Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1
You can keep your existing computer and upgrade the operating system. A quick trip to us at Bridge PC Repair, and we can get you up and running with Windows 7 or 8.1 WITHOUT losing your files and precious documents. The upgrade allows you to jump directly to Windows 8.1 from XP, but it doesn’t bring your added programs (Autocad, Photoshop, Sage, etc.) or hardware drivers with it. So if you decide to make the leap, make sure you still have the license codes or discs for your extra software and devices (printers, etc.). If not, talk to one of our technicians and we can talk you through what options you have.
(Please note: Some machines may not be worth upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 as you may need to purchase additional RAM or hard disk space. Again, our technicians will advise, with no cost, before any work commences)
A word of caution with this: If you haven’t used Windows 8 before, the move from XP to Windows 8.1 will be a shock to say the least. It has been completely redesigned and has two interface types in one. There’s a new touch-based Modern interface that isn’t easy to use on traditional computers with a mouse and keyboard. It still includes the desktop interface, but the Start menu in the bottom left corner that you’re used to has gone away. We personally suggest moving to Windows 7 from XP as the experience won’t be as complicated.
Upgrade to a new computer
If you get a new computer (which is easiest if you have the financial means), be sure to explore our great selection of new PCs. They’re more powerful, lightweight, and stylish than ever before—and with an average price that’s considerably less expensive than the average PC was 10 years ago. It will most likely have Windows 8.1 already installed, although if Windows 7 is your operating system of choice, we can change your new computer before you collect it.
No one likes change, especially in their computing habits, but nothing is forever. Even if you have an unsupported version of Windows XP or Windows Vista without any service packs, Windows will continue to start and run so don’t panic. Take your time, and decide the right option for you and your needs.
Your computer will still work with XP after April 8th.
For more information, contact us here in the office.
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