xp-end-of-lifeWell, the time has finally come.  I know you don’t want to hear it but this is serious:

Microsoft no longer supports the Windows XP Operating System or Microsoft Office 2003 as of April 8, 2014. 

Here’s some of what to expect if you wish to keep using Windows XP:

  • No security updates, hot fixes or service packs. Your PC will be a “sitting duck” for viruses, etc.
  • No more free or paid support from Microsoft. Support cost will go up as well as security risks.
  • Incompatibility with hardware and software. Other vendors will not support XP if Microsoft doesn’t.
  • People you do business with will use newer software that you can’t run.
  • None of the newer security features will be introduced.  New PC capabilities will not be exploited.
  • There is no direct upgrade path to Windows 7. That’s means a “clean install” (see note below).
  • Won’t be able to use the newer web browsers.  
  • Vulnerable to the latest spyware and viruses.

What you should do:

  • NETtrak recommends upgrading to Windows 7 Pro with service pack 1. It has been widely adopted as a stable operating system with better performance, reliability and security features than Windows XP.  The end of life for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020.
  • If you do not want to go to Windows 7, then your option is Windows 10.

Notes:

  • Microsoft has no direct upgrade path from XP to Windows 7, therefore you must perform a clean install. There are several methods of upgrading but all require you to backup your data, reformat the hard drive thus wiping it clean and install Windows 7 from scratch.

There is little choice what to do, only when to start. It is time to budget and plan the migration such that there is minimal disruption to your business.  Call NETtrak now and let’s get the ball rolling.