Windows XP End of Support
Windows XP End of Support will occur on April 8, 2014. We will try to address the “What does this mean?”; “How will I be effected?”; and “What should I do” in this post.
What does Windows XP End of Support (EOS) mean? In the software industry, companies put software in the EOS category after a period of time when there are more current versions and the manufacturer does not want to support the older (EOS) versions. In the case of Windows XP this means that Microsoft will no longer be putting out updates (either security or bug fixes) for Windows XP. It also means that Microsoft and most other software vendors will not longer test new products with XP to assure compatibility. It does not mean that Windows will stop working or that your are “Forced” to upgrade. You can continue to use XP on your current machine as long as you like.
How Will I be Effected?
- If you use Microsoft Security Essentials, it will continue to work and receive updates for about another year. After that time you will have to find another antivirus solution (if you are still on XP)
- You will no longer be able to install Microsoft Security Essentials on XP machines after April 8th.
- You will find more new programs and hardware devices may not be listed as compatible with Windows XP
- It will be less secure. XP has more security issues than Windows 7 or Windows 8, and with them no longer issuing updates any security flaws that exist can be exploited.
- If you have automatic updates turned on (as most people do) you will start getting nag messages on March 8th. If you check the “Don’t show this message again” it will go away. If you just click OK it will continue to nag you.
What should I do?
Unless you have a legacy application that requires Windows XP, you should be looking at upgrading from XP. The reasons are:
- If you are running XP you are most likely running a machine that is over 7 years old. Older machines cost more to maintain and to run. An Intel report on Total Cost of Ownership for PC’s shows that the low point for cost happens at 3-1/2 years.
- What may be seen as small nuisance crashes or “wait” times can actually be making you and your employees less productive. If you really want to jump productivity get a new computer that can handle 2 monitors (many business models 2 monitors outputs as a standard feature). Dual monitors typically show 10-20% productivity jumps.
- Microsoft Office and other upgrades. You cannot install any Microsoft Office version above 2010 on Windows XP. Expect other software vendors to stop supporting XP in the coming year.
Most people will want to go to Windows 7. Windows 7 is a small jump from XP and maintains the same menu/ start button. If you are willing to take on a steeper learning curve Windows 8 does have some benefits, but also can be frustrating at the beginning. We can still get Windows 7 Pro pre installed on desktop and notebook PC’s starting as low as $500.
Questions? As always, if you have questions or concerns, Contact Us.