Microsoft dropped a bit of a bomb recently. As of this year they will no longer be supporting their highly successful Windows XP operating system, which is still used in millions of homes and businesses across the globe. “No longer supporting” means no more updates, which can create security holes as time goes by. It also means that if you have any problems with XP, you may not be able to get help from their call-in services. In essence, Windows XP is now officially a technological fossil, and people are scrambling to figure out what to do.
So what should you do now that Windows XP will be no longer supported? Depending on your finances, your needs, and your level of expertise, there are many options available to you. Read on and decide which option best suits you.
Upgrade To A More Recent Operating System
The most obvious answer is to finally upgrade your operating system. Windows XP has been out for over a decade now, and that’s pretty much “ancient” in terms of technology. While it may run fine now, eventually it won’t be able to keep up with any new programs you install. We recommend finding a new, more recent operating system to upgrade to. Windows users have generally been fans of Windows 7, which is still so popular that many people are wiping Windows 8 off their personal computers and reinstalling Windows 7. So, it will still be around for a while. If you’re really adventurous and don’t want to have to change operating systems for a long while, then Windows 8 is the way to go.
Do Nothing And Keep Windows XP
Just because it’s no longer supported doesn’t mean Microsoft is going to send out masked marauders to wipe XP off your computer. It’s perfectly okay to keep XP running on your computers for a while longer. There are just a few caveats. First, you must understand that this option is really only for those who can’t afford to upgrade or don’t know how. If you use your computer fairly frequently, we really recommend an upgrade, as it will help protect your information and make your life a lot easier in the long run. But if you only use your computer to check your email and play solitaire, you can probably afford to wait a year or two more.
In short,there’s no reason to panic if you still want to use Windows XP. Microsoft no longer supporting it only means no new updates for the software and less phone support. If these things don’t bother you, then don’t sweat it. But if you have a lot of personal data or use your computer a lot, you may want to start saving up now for an upgrade.
Whether you choose to upgrade or stick with Windows XP doesn’t really matter, but it’s always a bit of a shock when a developer announces that they’re no longer supporting a product. In the world of technology, nothing speaks to the passage of time more!
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