The End of Microsoft’s XP Operating System, what to do?

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014 after 13 years of service (you have probably replaced you car once or more in this time period).   Most importantly, this means no more security patches.  Unfortunately, many business people and home users do not fully understand this and have no way of evaluating the threats or the ways to block or remediate them.  If you are still using Windows XP, your business or home data is extremely vulnerable and the PC should never be connected to the Internet.    Threats include:-

  • Exposure of confidential information due to new security vulnerabilities.
  • Degradation of performance due to unresolved software issues and incompatibilities and even with web browsing as standards have moved on.
  • Inability to support new hardware due to lack of driver support.
  • Destruction of critical business or precious personal information by malware.
  • No support for the system, we do not support PCs with the XP Operating System.

You are left with three choices!

  1. Upgrade your existing software to a supported an operating system on existing hardware.       Issue that old hardware is slow and old standards used. It will cost £100 or so for new operating system while a new PC with the latest hard ware and software starts around £300, why flog a dead horse?
  2. Buy new systems with the latest operating systems and migrate your data and applications. Best solution, see below why!
  3. Run the system as a standalone unit never connected to the Internet.   Only good if you can run standalone applications with the PC never connected to the internet or to a network including  access to networked printers.

Why replace your XP system with a new hardware and the latest Windows 10 Operating System?

Most new PCs features that were never considered possible when XP was developed.  Hardware features such as integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, laptop cameras, wireless printers, faster USB ports, high resolution monitors and touchscreens are almost standard and applications rely on video content, real time streaming and many new standards.

  • New PCs / laptops normally come with 4GBs of memory/RAM or more and this required a 64bit operating system to use.
  • For businesses, depending on your sector, you may have regulations or insurance obligations and compliance to have your software maintained and kept current with patches and fixes for security.

In the last few years, cloud computing and data synchronisation has matured in a big way.  Products like  Windows 10, OneDrive plus Office 365, Office 2013 and now Office 2016, iCloud, Google Drive and tablets have evolved requiring much more CPU power and versatility of modern devices to empower businesses and individuals to do whatever, whenever, wherever they like.

Security is also much stronger with two step or two factor authentication across the possible systems you have access to.  The authentication naming depends on the developer and systems being used.  We urge all users to turn this on and use strong passwords as well with Apple, Microsoft and Google.

We suggest buying a new PC and migrating data to the new system and purchasing the latest versions of applications to run on it!

Note – Microsoft Vista will come to end of its life cycle on April 11th 2017.  See our page on End of Vista.