Monday, March 24, 2014

Windows XP – Time to Retire

It has been 13 years since we got to know and love Windows XP. 

One out of every 3 computers is still running this operating system.  It is (was) a reliable work horse with many software packages running effortlessly and widespread driver support for hardware.  But it is time to move on.  On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting it.

 What does this mean to you?
  • No more security updates causing viruses and hackers to come calling
  • If you process credit cards then you will not be PCI compliant
  • You will not be able to download any Microsoft Internet Explorer updates and cannot upgrade to the newer versions of IE
  • If you use Microsoft Security Essentials, it will no longer be available for XP
  • You will need to switch to Chrome to be a little more secure on the net
  • You will need to be  diligent with your anti-virus updates

It means it is time to update.  Most of the older computers need memory upgrades to migrate to a new operating system.  This can be done but you need to evaluate the cost of a new operating system, installation time & cost, memory upgrade, and data migration against the cost of a new computer.  If your computer is more than 3 years old, I would start shopping now. 

Things to consider when purchasing a new computer:

  • Don’t jump from Win XP to Windows 8 unless you really like a challenge.
  • Don’t let the salesperson tell you that Win 7 is no longer available.  It is, you just have to look.
  • Make sure your software and peripherals are compatible with your new operating system.
  • Have a plan to transfer your data.

One of the services that Weiskopf Consulting provides is Shopping Assistance, if you need help finding and making a choice that is right for you please give us a call.  630-660-3567