Windows XP had an incredible run. Despite being released over 12 years ago, there are many who have grown so fond of it that they are still using it today. It’s understandable, considering how widely used it became and also how difficult it can be for some to learn new software. However, if you happen to be one of these people, you should know that Microsoft is officially ending their support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Because of this, it is now more important than ever to upgrade your old computers.
Security is at the top of our priority list and this is the biggest reason to replace Windows XP. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide new Windows Updates that are used to combat security risks on XP. This makes it much easier for your system to become infected with viruses and spyware. In addition, many of the newer, more secure versions of the programs you use are no longer compatible with Windows XP. If someone finds a way to exploit the old software for malicious purposes, it is unlikely that a patch will ever be made to fix it.
Newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 8 may have a less familiar interface, but they have a large advantage in security, networking, compatibility, performance, and maintenance. Also, those who have a hard time adjusting to the new look can customize it to function much like their older systems. Technology changes can be difficult, but are often necessary. Contact us today and let us help plan your next upgrade and keep your computers secure.