On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. This announcement has left many Windows users anxious and confused as to what this means. Some users are scared that Windows XP will stop working on their PC, and others want to upgrade but don’t know how.
What does “end support” mean?
Windows XP will still run on any machine it is installed on. However, technical assistance will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help to protect your PC. You can continue to use Windows XP but your computer may become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. There are some third-party companies out there that will continue to offer support. However, it is advised that support directly from Microsoft is the safest and best way to protect and service your PC. Experts state that not all of these companies are reputable or can help in the same way Microsoft can.
Should I upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?
A switch to Windows 7 may be easier and quicker than 8.1. Windows 7 is well supported and technical assistance is still offered by Microsoft. However, for those with a high need for tablet PCs or those looking for specific newer features, Windows 8.1 is the answer. Also, since Windows 8.1 is newer, this will put off upgrading for a few more years.
Something else to keep in mind is that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 may not run on older PCs. Check out the FAQ on Microsoft.com for more information.
Should I upgrade now?
While Windows XP will still work on your computer, it’s probably a good idea to upgrade. Windows has evolved and changed a lot over the past 11 years. New versions of Windows will make it easy to do all of the things you are used to doing with Windows XP and they have new features as well.
Even though April is still a few months away, Microsoft advises to upgrade as soon as possible. For large organisations, changing operating systems for every computer may take a few months. So now is the time to decide which version to switch to and to start making changes.
Do I need a new computer to run Windows 8.1?
If your computer does not support Windows 8.1, it may be time to consider looking for a newer generation of PCs that are available. Also, it may be a good time to look into the tablet market.
PCs are becoming more affordable and are still packed with a good amount of memory and power. Switching to a newer system is a lot easier than it used to be. Check out Microsoft’s PC buying guide for more information.
How can I upgrade?
I’ve upgraded and need help figuring out this new operating system!
We have tutorials on DVD-Rom, digital download, and online to help make your upgrade a smooth transition. We currently offer training on DVD-Rom/Digital download for Windows 8. If you need help with Windows 7, our online training option is best.