Windows XP end of support date is April 8, 2014 (less than two years from now!)
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides monthly windows updates, automatic fixes, or technical assistance.
What does this mean?
Without Microsoft support, you will no longer be able to receive the monthly critical security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.
What can I do about it?
My advice: nobody should continue using a computer with Windows XP operating system on the Internet after April 8, 2014.
You should either replace all your XP computers now, if you have not already, or plan to replace them before that date. I recommend replacement now, especially for business users. I recommend a new computer with Windows 7.
Here are the reasons to replace a Windows XP computer now:
- Windows XP is soon to be obsolete.
- Windows 7 has many security architecture improvements that XP does not have, and because of that, XP is less secure. Windows XP computers are more prone to get viruses.
- Windows XP computers take more time to use and maintain than Windows 7. Computers running Windows XP are old and slow, new computers are many times faster. A new computer will be more productive for you.
Should I buy a new computer or can I just upgrade my Windows XP software?
While in some cases it is possible to upgrade your operating system from Windows XP, I do not recommend it, here’s why:
Computers that originally came loaded with Windows XP have hardware that is too old to run the newest operating systems. The processor and memory are not fast enough to keep up with the demands of a new operating system. Also if you upgrade you have to buy the operating system and then install it. Upgrading costs money and takes time to do all the work installing it. If not installed properly, you could lose your photos and documents. In my opinion, it is better to buy a new computer that already comes with the new operating system. A new computer comes with all new faster hardware and a warranty. The new computer will be faster and more reliable, it will be more enjoyable to use than an old slow computer that was upgraded.
How do I tell which operating system I have?
Follow one of these these methods to see which version of Windows you have installed:
- On the Desktop, locate the icon labeled “My Computer.” Or click “Start” and then click “Computer” or “My Computer”
- Point the mouse at the icon, then click the right mouse button.
- In the popup menu which appears, choose “Properties.”
- After a few seconds, the System Control Panel will open.
- Click the tab labeled “General.” (XP only)
- The version of Windows you have installed will be clearly displayed.
Click the Start button, type winver in the search box, and then press Enter. (Vista, Win 7)
If the steps above don’t work on your computer, you might be running a previous version of Windows such as XP. To check, click Start, click Run, type winver, and then press Enter.
All versions of Windows display a boot screen which clearly indicates the version installed. To see this screen, follow these instructions:
- Turn on the computer’s monitor, then turn on the computer.
- Watch the monitor as your computer boots. You will see a graphic display which will clearly indicate which version of Windows you have.
What operating systems are there?
The currently available operating system is Windows 7, prior to that there was Windows Vista, and prior to that Windows XP.
Do you still repair Windows XP computers?
Yes, for now I do still do minor repair of Windows XP computers. Small fixes and tune-ups are still being performed routinely but if there is a major problem like a hard drive that’s failed or motherboard that’s gone bad then it becomes evident that it is more cost effective to replace the computer rather than fix it. Here at Mike’s Computer repair, we service and sell computers. So whatever the decision is, repair or replace, we have a solution readily available.
Mike is a full time Computer Service Technician. The Washington service area is Long Beach Peninsula, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Ilwaco, Seaview, Chinook, Surfside, Oysterville, Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, and Naselle. Mike's Seaside Oregon Computer store serves Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, and Cannon Beach. Contact Mike for an appointment.