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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Windows XP: End of Life

Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. What does this mean if you currently are running Windows XP on your computer now?

1. Will your computer stop working?
2. Do you have to upgrade your computer to the latest version of Windows?
3. Do you need to buy a new computer?
4. What will you do if there is a problem with your computer after April 8th? How will you get it fixed?

1. Your computer will continue to function as it does now.
2. Chances are, if you are running Windows XP, your computer will not support the latest version of Windows (Windows 8.1). It may or may not support Windows 7 (which Microsoft will not sell to you anymore). Check with your computer’s manufacturer’s website, Microsoft’s website or your computer servicer to find out if either is an option.
3. Ask yourself these questions: “Is your computer working now for what you want it to do?”; “Have you ever called Microsoft for support?” and “Do you regularly download security updates from Microsoft Updates?” If your computer working now for what you want it to do, it will continue to work as it does now. If you have never called Microsoft for support, chances are that you never will.
4. How would you get your computer fixed if something happened to it before Microsoft ends its support? Companies (or individuals) that are in the business of repairing computer will continue to work on Windows XP (if they are smart or unless they are in the business of selling you a new computer).

If you are running Windows XP, you should plan to upgrade/replace your computer eventually. It should be your decision on when you want to do this. Do not let Microsoft’s end of support date dictate your decision. Before deciding on whether or not to upgrade/replace, think of why you are currently running Windows XP (is it for compatibility with a vital piece of software or hardware that you use, is it because your computer works fine with it and you don’t like Microsoft’s newer versions of Windows or is it that you do not want to spend money on a new computer). Think of your computer like your cell phone, it needs to work for what you want it to do and there is always a new one coming out every week.

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