What Windows XP End-of-Life Means to You

End-of-Life sounds quite ominous, especially when it comes to our PCs. The End-of-Life is approaching for one of the most popular and widely used PC operating systems in the world. April 8th, 2014 marks Microsoft’s official End-of-Life for the Windows XP operating system. Before you start to panic, read on…

The Windows XP End-of-Life doesn’t mean PCs running Windows XP will suddenly stop working. It just means Microsoft will stop releasing updates and fixes to Windows XP. As you probably know, Windows updates and security fixes are released quite regularly. Going without these updates and fixes can be a bit risky.

End-of-Life is a natural part of any software’s life cycle. Windows 95, 98 and the not so popular Windows Me, have all gone through their own End-of-Life. Windows XP has been around for over 12 years, and although it has been one of the most popular and widely used versions of Windows, it can no longer keep pace with rapidly changing hardware advances.

Do you need to retire your Windows XP PCs when the End-of-Life date arrives? NO.
Should you be thinking about retiring your Windows XP PCs? YES.

Can you upgrade your PC from Windows XP to another operating system? The answer to that is a bit tricky. You can’t upgrade to Windows 8, the most current version of Windows. Upgrading to Windows 7 wouldn’t be easy, and might not work depending on the age of your PC. Many older PCs won’t be able to handle the demands or support the features of a newer Windows operating system.

April 2014 is just around the corner, so if you do have Windows XP PCs in your network, it’s time to give some thought to the end game.

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