This is a friendly reminder for those of us (I’m running XP on my netbook) who are running the Windows XP operating system on our computers. Remember that Microsoft will no longer support XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and prior releases after July 13, 2010. What does this mean you say? Basically, it means that Microsoft will no longer update your operating system with enhancements, or more importantly, security-related fixes.
Why, you might ask, is Microsoft doing this to us? Well…they would tell you that they just can’t keep updating this old operating system when they have Vista and Windows 7 to support. I can see that as a good reason because they want to control their support costs by eliminating some of their support requirements. Cynically speaking, they expected most of us to abandon our XP systems to run out and buy Vista or Windows 7…and we didn’t. That translates to a lower than projected income stream. Sorry, that was the MBA voice in me coming out; they didn’t make as much money on Vista and 7 as they wanted. So…they push us off of our current version of XP by cutting out support. They’re hoping we’ll just plunk down our cash and jump to Windows 7. And some will, but there’s another option for us die hard XP users; we can upgrade to the latest version of XP, Service Pack 3 (SP3) which Microsoft says they will support through April 2014.
If you need to upgrade to Service Pack 3, you can do so by going to the Microsoft Update website and downloading the latest version of Windows XP; SP3. Just follow the instructions to check for updates.
By the way, I’m not one of those Microsoft haters that abound among technology types, I run Vista and Windows 7 on two of my other computers; I just don’t like being pushed around, and so I’ll probably go with SP3 on the netbook until I have to change in 2014.
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