The end of an era is starting because on April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will end all support for Windows XP.
When Windows XP was launched in 2003, it brought many great changes to Windows most notably stability, speed and an updated look and feel.
Since 2003 a lot has changed—Facebook and Twitter were launched and MySpace.com no longer reigns supreme; Google became a public company; getting music, books, and video over the internet became common; and smart devices (smart phones, smart TVs, tablets) were invented . That’s not even counting Microsoft releasing Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8!
It’s impressive that 12 years after XP was released, over 29% of desktops are still using Windows XP. On April 8, 2014 Windows XP will reach “End of Support” and Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. But just because it’s “dead” doesn’t mean that Windows XP will stop working. So what do you do if you’re one of the 29%?
First off—Don’t Panic
If your systems are humming along and working fine, don’t panic. There won’t be an earth shattering boom on April 8th – there will be a slow decline. In particular you’ll notice the following changes will become more common:
- Lack of Support for Internet Explorer 8; so more web pages will look “wrong” and won’t “work” correctly.
- New Hardware (and replacement hardware) will be incompatible
- More viruses and spyware will be able to sneak onto your computer.
- New programs won’t work on your computer.
Still Running Windows XP? Here’s What To Do
There are a few things you can now to make your post-XP life better. First check your computer to make sure it’s as healthy as possible—update your drivers, install all the Microsoft updates and Windows XP security patches.
After your OS is patched and healthy, make sure that your antivirus and anti-malware software is updated and will continue to be updated after the WindowsXP end of life date.
Lastly update your browser to a more “modern” browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
It’s best to plan an upgrade than be forced to make one.
After everything is patched and working take some time to start planning to upgrade your computer. Before you rush out and pick up the latest desktop, figure out what hardware you’ll need, what software you currently own that you can install on the new computer, what software you will have to ‘upgrade’, and what files you’ll need to transfer from your old computer to your new one.
This may seem a bit daunting at first but take it one step at a time and don’t be afraid to ask for help! Or if you’d rather have a professional help you, Tech Marvel that can do it all for you.
What if you have a problem with your computer after April 8,2014?
If you have a problem after the Windows XP End Of Support Date other companies, such as Tech Marvel, will be there to help you. Without Microsoft and other vendors supporting your computer will be trickier but not impossible.