“Windows XP support ends April 2014…please tell me what this means to us who have Windows XP--Thank you, Judy”
A lot of people have asked this question since Microsoft announced that XP will not be supported after this April. You are probably aware that Microsoft has tried to retire XP in the past but outcries from the public forced Microsoft to reconsider their decision to retire XP. It would have been a very short sighted decision especially since the alternative was Vista. It seemed like a bad joke. XP had a pretty good reputation and Microsoft wanted you to “upgrade” to something with a less than stellar track record. What are your options?
Do nothing. Keep using your XP computer. Everything works, why break it? There is one “if” to consider. If a hacker finds a way to get into XP, there won’t be any updates to prevent this situation. One would think that the odds are on your favor since XP has been around for almost 15 years. Wouldn’t hackers have found any backdoors already?
One factor to consider in the do nothing option is that Microsoft is indirectly aiding hackers to find any flaws in XP that could be exploited. If a bug is found in Windows 7 or the latest version of Windows, hackers backtrack and make sure that the bug doesn’t exist in XP.
Your other option is to embark down the upgrade path. Will your current computer support Windows 7 or 8? It is likely that a 10 year old computer will not have the processing power to support Windows 7. When you check the system requirements for a new version of Windows, your computer might meet the minimum but you probably won’t like the system performance. It is likely that you will have to upgrade your hardware.
How do you plan to upgrade your computer? Will you buy a new box or upgrade your old computer? What if a new fuel was available for cars but it wouldn’t run on current engines? Would you install a new engine in your car to use the new fuel? It is most likely that you would purchase a new car. You just want to drive your car, the average person isn’t interested in driving a science experiment. Unless you are a techno type, the average person will probably purchase a new computer.
The new computer path of least resistance will bring you Windows 8 but you should consider downgrading to Windows 7. Microsoft wants you to embrace Windows 8 but the public wants Windows 7. Microsoft has some great engineering talent but it isn’t always right. Don’t forget some other “great” Microsoft innovations. Can you spell Vista?