Windows XP Support to End Soon

Windows XP

If you own a PC running Windows XP, April 8, 2014 is a date to mark on your calendar. On that day, Microsoft will officially discontinue the technical assistance and automatic updates that helped protect your XP Windows PC.

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, the world will not stop revolving. Your computer will still work. There will, however, be consequences.

Your computer will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Without support, XP could well become a target for hackers and malicious software exploiting the lack of security updates normally protecting the operating system. Your personal information will be at risk.

As more software and hardware manufacturers update their products to make them work better with newer versions of Windows, fewer apps and devices will work with XP. Browsers and websites will soon be too advanced to be used or viewed. Hardware will not include drivers that will run with XP.

If you have been clinging to an elderly computer running Windows XP, it is time to consider the necessity of upgrading your machine or purchasing a new one. Microsoft suggests that you download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to see if your PC meets the system requirement to run Windows 8.1 and then follow the steps in the tutorial to upgrade if your PC is able.

Otherwise, it’s time to go shopping. The good news is that you can get a lot more bang for your buck in today’s market than you did several years ago when you purchased your Windows XP computer.


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