So long old friend (Windows XP)

For those of us who have loved (and hated) Microsoft Windows XP, next week marks the end of an era.  April 8th, 2014 will officially mark the end-of-support for Microsoft’s proven workhorse.  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx.  What does this mean?  That means that Microsoft will no longer release any software patches or updates for XP after next week.  As hackers identify existing bugs and vulnerabilities, Microsoft will no longer make any effort to fix them.  This will make these systems VERY risky for use after this date.  Microsoft isn’t sudenly abandoning their customers though.  This has been a long time in coming.  Microsoft has supported Windows XP for over 12 years!  In terms of software lifecycles, that’s an eternity.  So now what?

If you’re still using Windows XP, it is safe to say that you’ve gotten your money’s worth.  Understanding that many people don’t like change, it’s time to retire your old PC.  The good news is, that Windows 7 and Windows 8 are readily available and will be supported for many years to come.  The bad news is, that your old PC, probably doesn’t have the hardware to run them…  You can run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to confirm this http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=321548.  The truth is, replacing a PC is often much easier than upgrading an old one (and often cheaper).

So there you have it.  The ugly truth is that you’ve procrastinated about as long as you can. It’s time to bite the bullet and donate that old PC to charity…

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4 thoughts on “So long old friend (Windows XP)

  1. I appreciate xp, but at the same time I am thrilled that fewer people will be using extremely out dated versions of internet explorer.

  2. I’m looking forward to finally having all of our users finally off of XP. We’ve been urging them and recommending them to upgrade, now it can be official!

  3. I used Windows XP for almost 10 years and that has to count for something. Although I upgraded to a new desktop and moved to Windows 7 (I chose 7 instead of the 8 upgrade), I will always have a soft spot in my heart for XP.

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