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Microsoft to End Windows XP Support
Are you currently running Windows XP as your PC operating system? Microsoft has announced it will no longer be releasing updates or support for XP as of April 8, 2014. We know for some of our clients this may be an issue, and you may be unsure what this might even mean for you. We've outlined a few key details and suggestions for you during this transition.
What does this mean?
- Security packs, system upgrades, or technical assistance will no longer be provided.
- More applications and devices may be incompatible with Windows XP.
- Your computer will continue to work, but will become considerably more vulnerable to viruses and security risks.
What should you do?
We've listed a few ideas of how to manage your security threats as Windows XP becomes continually outdated.
- Ensure you have virus and malware protection actively running on your PC – McAfee, Norton, etc.
- Upgrade your operating system. Run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to help determine what operating system would be most compatible.
- If you have older hardware, Windows 8.1, the latest version Microsoft OS, may not be the best alternative for your system.
- Consider purchasing a new computer. New hardware and operating system will help ensure your computer will be most compatible with software, devices, and applications. This may also save you future headaches from viruses and lost/damaged data due to the unsupported operating system.
At Igniting Business, we provide technology services that include helping you upgrade your operating system or even building a new computer specifically designed with your needs in mind. If you're confused about the process, or just don't want the hassle of upgrading, contact us and we would love to help in any way possible!
Want more information directly from Microsoft? Check out their information release here.