Support for Windows XP
There’s a big change coming on April 8, 2014. Microsoft Corp. is discontinuing support for its vaunted operating system, Windows XP, originally released in 2001. Many of you have probably migrated to later versions of Windows such as Vista, Windows 7 or 8. If you haven’t, you need to start thinking hard about it.
And what to do about it!
Here are some answers to a couple of frequently asked questions(FAQ):
Yes it will. However, Microsoft will no longer be providing updates for security issues or to the operating system itself. This means that if someone discovers a way to hack a Windows XP computer, Microsoft will not be providing a patch to correct the flaw. Other newer Windows versions will still be updated as they have been.
- Will my computer(s) work after April 8, 2014?
No, you don’t. However, you may leave yourself open to un-patched security flaws as described above. In addition, newer versions of Windows have features that are unavailable to Windows XP users. Even Internet Explorer, which is supplied with all Windows versions, is only supported to version 8 by Windows XP. It currently is supplied as version 11 with Windows 8. Also, many other newer programs and devices that may work with Windows XP, are written and/or designed to work with newer versions of Windows.
- Do I have to upgrade to another Windows version?
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The answer is maybe. If your computer is more than about 3 years old, it may not have the horsepower to run the newer versions of Windows that place more demands on RAM (random access memory) and overall speed of the chips installed.
- If I upgrade my Windows OS, can I use the same hardware (laptop or desktop)?
Please consult the minimum system requirements for the version you are considering upgrading to. If it’s close or the computer has been exposed to harsher environments (shop use), I’d recommend you to buy new equipment. Keep in mind that you can’t put a Lamborghini engine into a Volkswagen and expect it to function properly.
Support is also being withdrawn for Office 2003 and Windows Server 2003 at the same time as Win XP. So if you using if you are using these products or any earlier versions, there will be no support after April 8th. The current versions for these products are Office 2013 and Server 2012. Again, the newer versions are more secure and offer far more features than earlier versions.
- What about other Microsoft products?
If they’re working, they should continue to work. However, you should also know that the more recent versions or upgrades you’ve installed have probably been optimized for newer versions of Windows and may be suffering functionally in terms of speed or features available. You’ll have to check with each software developer to see about how your current version is really working with Windows XP as well as if they will continue to support XP in future releases/upgrades.
- What about other software I have installed on my systems?
At the end of the day, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of updating your software/hardware based on the risks of not doing so vs. the cost if you do. Also, when upgrading, you will need to purchase a license/product code for each computer you are installing the new Windows into. Microsoft is pretty protective of Windows and may not allow multiple installs of the same product key to be activated.
Here’s a link to a page on Microsoft’s website that offers some additional info on what is going to happen on April 8.
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