Windows XP support and 'It is Goodbye from him'!
What is Windows XP end of support?
Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for Microsoft, along with their hardware and software partners, to invest resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that great new experiences can be developed and delivered.
As a result, after 8th April 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.)
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
How do I stay protected?
To stay protected after support ends, you have two options:
Upgrade your current PC
Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows.
Yellowspring can assist you in assessing whether your existing PC hardware will be suitable to upgrade to this latest version of Windows. In the majority of cases it is unlikely that an older PC will meet the system requirements of Windows 8.1.
Get a new PC
If your current PC can't run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one. 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.
Yellowspring can provide guidance and advice on the best strategy to upgrade your existing XP PCs and applications, it should be noted that in some instances XP applications will not work on Windows 8.1.
For more information on a matter that does require attention and a strategy, contact Maria West on 01268 494160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org