Windows XP: Time to Upgrade?

For obvious reasons, we’ve had a lot of calls from customers looking for advice on what to do with their Windows XP machines. Hopefully, for those concerned, this brief article will help.


What exactly is ‘end of support’ ?

After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. This effectively means that there will be no more security updates, patches, hotfixes or technical support for the Windows XP operating system.

What does this mean?

To be blunt, it means you should be looking at replacing your computer as soon as possible. You will be running on an unsupported system and although the likelihood of any major catastrophic event occurring is fairly low, you are putting your business at unnecessary risk. Chances are, that the computer(s) in question is extremely slow and is already beyond any economical upgrade.

I’m not Upgrading..

Ok, you’re not alone. Some final advice then.

  1. Make sure you have all of the final updates, patches, etc from Microsoft properly installed.
  2. Update your Internet Security Suite. DO NOT USE ANY FREE PRODUCTS. Get a paid subscription.
  3. Regularly backup your Data. Some industry experts are predicting that hackers may well be waiting until after April 8th to release their windows XP exploits.


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