Oh no, Windows XP is dead!

We all knew it was happening and now it really is here, from 8th April 2014 Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP.

This means no more security updates, no more hotfixes, no more service packs, nada and means that if you continue to use your computer with Windows XP it will be vulnerable to attacks, threats and all the other nasties out there.

Remember the Cryptolocker ransomware virus last month? You don’t want that! Read all about it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25506020 and hope that you never get that as an infection.

In short, if you remain on Windows XP your computer and data could become very compromised and severely exposed.

Not to mention, using Windows XP on a business network will put the entire network, servers and computers at an extremely high risk.

What do you need to do?

Well, upgrade to Windows 8 unfortunately and that also means purchasing a new computer since Windows 8 will only work with the requisite hardware requirements.

There are lots of mixed reviews about Windows 8, mainly due to the sheer jump in design even from Windows 7, so for Windows XP users it may be frustrating to get around at first.

However, stick with it as the new Windows 8 interface will be here to stay and is the only operating system that you can upgrade to from Windows XP since Windows 7 isn’t even available for purchase any more.

What next?

Speak to your IT support company who can help migrate your data  and profiles over to brand new Windows 8 computers to keep you protected and secure!

What if you want to do it yourself?

You can download and follow the Windows Upgrade Assistant from the link below on Microsoft’s website to see if Windows XP can be upgraded on your existing computer, but we would strongly recommend letting a professional do this and not DIY!

For more information on the end of life support for Windows XP, read it at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/end-support-help

Update: Since writing this article, as of 29th July 2015 you can also upgrade to Windows 10 

[c2a]

Morris - Morris Treger

Great service!

Jane - Blackjack's Mill Ltd

Problem sorted thanks to Mohammad :)

Laurence - Silva Timber Products Ltd

Quick and easy as everything was done for me.

Petra - Chelsea Psychology Clinic

The guy who helped me was very polite and patient. Also helped me resolve my issue quickly.

Sangita - Banana Tree

Excellent service - Thank You!

Tony - Minerva MC

I was contacted within a few minutes of reporting the issue and within 30 minutes all was sorted. I\'m not totally IT literate but Mohammad was patient and explained everything simply.

Fran - FMC Ltd

I had an issue with Spam email that Mohammed dealt with speedily and efficiently.

Paul - Silva Timber Ltd

Quick service, e-mailed and someone phoned me back within 15 minutes.

Andy - Adams Mitchell

Very quick response, cleared issue very quickly.