Windows XP: 1 Year Left

Microsoft Windows XP wordmark official.

Microsoft Windows XP wordmark official. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If you are a Windows XP user, you need to know that there is only one year of support remaining for that computer operating system. I know, everyone hates to move to a newer OS, and XP seems to be a darling of OSs. It hardly has any problems, it runs like the Energizer Bunny…keeps going, and going.

 

I know that many of you who are still using XP may be thinking; so what if they stop sending fixes and updates, it runs just fine for my needs and I’m going to keep on using it even after the support runs out.

 

If you are thinking this way, you may be in for trouble by doing so. Those fixes and updates that are going to stop next year include security fixes too. As vulnerabilities are identified, Microsoft won’t be fixing them.

 

Linked with this upcoming vulnerability exposure is the probability that the cybercrime organizations will pounce on that opportunity by infecting as many XP machines as possible with malware to steal your money. I wouldn’t be surprised that their planning their strategy already.

 

So, you see, keeping your old, comfortable, Energizer Bunny XP operating system may cost you dearly in the long run. I’d bite the bullet, so to speak, and buy a new PC that has Windows 8 on it and be done with it. And if you only need the processor box or “tower”, you can get one for less than US$500…sometimes much less. And I’m not talking about an unknown brand either. Dell has very nicely configured PC towers for as low as US$299.

 

The reason I recommend purchasing a new PC is because your old one, if running XP, probably doesn’t have enough memory or processor speed to run a newer OS like Windows 7 or 8. So buying an upgrade to Windows 8 for US$200 for a machine that doesn’t have enough memory or processor to run it just doesn’t make sense.

 

So what are you waiting for? Do it now. You’ll be glad you did…and you’ll be safer.

 

Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.

 

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Reference: Windows XP death watch: 365 days

 

Remember, personal computing is a blast…keep it productive and enjoyable.

 

Best regards,

 

Paul

 

paulsinternetsecurity(at)yahoo.com

 

I’m also on Twitter, @PaulsInternet.

 

Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and FreeByte.com

 

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