On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will cease to support its Windows XP Operating System. On that day, its last security update(s) will be released.
This could have major consequences for the security of your computer system(s). We strongly suggest you start planning for computer life after XP.
Is your software compatible with Windows 8.1 or Windows 7?
- You may find answers by running the compatibility tester links below.
- Or, the manufacturer of your software will be able to tell you if their programs are
- Compatible. They can also tell you if their programs need to run in a Virtual Machine.
- You may need to get upgraded versions.
Are your current peripherals compatible with Windows 8.1 or Windows 7?
- Drivers for existing Main board, Video Adapter, Printers, Scanners, etc
Is your computer hardware powerful enough to run Windows 8.1 or 7?
- Generally, computer hardware newer than 5 years can run Windows 7 or 8.
- However, it may need to be upgraded, with more memory, more disk capacity or, a CPU upgrade when possible.
If the upgrade cost is prohibitive, you may want to consider the low cost Linux Operating System and its associated open source application software such as Open Office. Linux is very secure.
The compatibility testers will give you answers to most of the above questions. Note, you will need to run these tests from the PC that needs updating.
- Windows 8: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-assistant-download-online-faq
- Windows 7: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20
If you decide to continue running your XP systems after that date, many industry experts suggest that for security reasons, you may consider to:
- Take your computer off line, meaning do not use the Internet.
- Take your computer off the network, meaning don’t connect to your network server.
When Windows XP reaches its “End of Life”, it means there will be no more updates or support available from Microsoft. Eventually, no AntiVirus or Internet Browser programs will be available either. Already, Internet Explorer 8 is the last version for XP while Internet Explorer 10 is standard on newer systems. No security updates will leave your system(s) vulnerable to malicious attacks
An upgrade path from XP to Windows Vista, 7 or 8 is not available. Re-using an existing PC means backing up data, installing Windows 7 or 8, install your software, reload the backed up data, and configure peripherals. If you acquire a replacement system (new or refurbished), most of these actions, except for the O/S load, are required also.
We are contacting you now, so you may start contemplating your plan of action. Windows 7 has a limited availability. Stores like Best Buy, Staples, etc., only have Windows 8 in stock.
For it’s other Operating Systems Microsoft forecasts the following “End of Life” dates:
- Windows Vista: April 11, 2017
- Windows 7: January 14, 2020
- Windows 8: January 10, 2023
At MicroSys we offer a variety of quality upgrade services. Please call us at 727-546-6059 for more information or visit our Website at http://microsys.us/hardware. Our site lists a limited number of refurbished Vista and Windows 7 name brand PCs.