Windows XP Support to end April 8, 2014

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Windows XP Support to end April 8, 2014

Windows XP support will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system, according to Microsoft. XP computers won’t die that day; they’ll continue to run like normal but will have no more support updates from Microsoft. Other software developers will eventually stop supporting Windows XP. This won’t happen overnight, but everyone will gradually abandon Windows XP.

Most antivirus solutions will still continue supporting Windows XP. Even Microsoft’s own Microsoft Security Essentials will support Windows XP until July 14, 2015. Antivirus companies are committed to support Windows XP until at least April 8, 2015. 3G Store will provide limited support at Managerial discretion.

If you plan on using Windows XP after April 8, 2014 there are certain programs you need to STOP using immediately:

1. Internet Explorer - Internet Explorer 8, the most recent version available for Windows XP, is already several generations old and will no longer receive security patches. Switch to Chrome or Firefox and you’ll have a secure, modern browser.

2. Outlook Express - If you’re still using Outlook Express, you should stop using it right now. If you really love the Outlook experience, switch to the full version of Outlook included in Microsoft Office. Of course, you can always just use a web-based email (like gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc) service in Chrome or Firefox.

3. Disable Java browser plug in (i.e. java, flash, shockwave).

4. Microsoft Security Essentials tool will no longer protect Windows XP systems, though third-party endpoint protection software providers such as Bit9, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee Inc., Trend Micro Inc. and Symantec Corp., among others say they will offer some options (though those vendors do advise upgrading).

If you must use Windows XP –

1. Use it and disconnect the computer from the internet - this is the most fool-proof way to keep an important Windows XP computer secure.

2. Limit your day-to-day activities if at all possible.

Other OS Options – Microsoft urges you to make the move to Windows 8 for a price of $120 however Windows 9 will supposedly launch in the spring of 2015.

If you do make the move to Windows 8 make sure your computer is compatible. You need a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of hard drive storage. The biggest catch is your display has to have 1024 x 768 resolution and you need a DVD reader.

If you are interested in other options, Apple's Mac computers, which run OS X is a very popular operating system. Chromebooks tend to be cheap since they just run Google's browser, which is perfect if you just need email and the Web. Recently, you can do VMware on Chromebooks giving the flexibility to switch to a Windows, Mac or Linux platform.

Don’t want to get rid of your hardware? Another option is making the jump to Linux like Ubuntu, which runs fine on older Windows XP computers.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 )
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