The end of Windows XP

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Alexander Wright No Comments

In just under 6 month’s time it’s going to be open season for hackers, malware and virus-writers targeting people running Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6.

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The reason is after 8 April, 2014, Microsoft will no longer make the software patches needed to update Windows XP which helps to protect it from all manner of nasties. Surprisingly Windows XP still accounts for over a 30% market share on PC’s and laptops, much of that being from business users.

However big or small, business or home user, all are going to be facing the same issue. Do I/we stay with Windows XP till such time as the machine itself packs in or take the plunge and head for a more recent version. Namely Windows 7 or Windows 8.

From a business standpoint the choice should be clear, upgrade or replace, for no other reason than to stay compliant with the data protection act and the possible implications that lay ahead.The Data Protection Act of 1998 requires that “anyone who handles, or has access to, information about individuals, is liable to protect personal privacy and upholds individuals’ rights.” That being the case any company using a non supported product which is more open to security issues could well be in breach of the law.

Companies really do need to guarantee that they keep pace by adapting the workplace to suit legislation requirements and the ever changing IT environment. This means having effective tools to carry out migration to a new platform such as Windows 7 or Windows 8 as well as maintaining new technology following it’s commission.

Here at User 2 we have a long history of helping companies large and small upgrade where possible and replace where needed. We can handle everything from the sourcing of up to date software packages which may be needed to allow compatibility with a new operating system to the larger tasks, such as migrating server databases and time critical services.

Without sounding too melodramatic the end is nigh. Fortunately there is still plenty of time between now and April in order to organize.

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On the home user front there is a different order to the priority list. Most people use their home computers these days for general email and internet browsing, sometimes services such as the BBC iplayer or perhaps working on a family tree.

Certainly while the need to upgrade for the average home user is not quite as important as a business it is definitely something to consider, if nothing else for the continued smooth running of your system. While programs such as anti virus used to keep you safe and adobe flash which is an integral part of the internet in general are not going to break overnight, they will slowly but surely also be dropping support.
Simply put why is a company going to keep spending money to develop software that works on an old system which itself is no longer supported.

 

So, should I go for Windows 7 or Windows 8 as my new operating system?

Well, as a good tech company we would always recommend the current platform as that is most likely the best value for money. Certainly with Windows 8 users receiving a FREE upgrade to windows 8.1 it does look tempting and good value for money. However as with so many things there is a catch. For some the change from Windows XP to Vista was a huge leap when it came around and certainly Windows 8 is no different. Should you opt for Windows 7 it should look familiar enough to you that you will have little issue in probing the new features and getting things up and running.

Which ever you choose User 2 has the technical expertise to help you.

Windows 7 and 8 systems are available from both of our branches.

 

 

 

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