Will my PC be at risk after support ends for Windows XP?
PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014 should not be considered to be truly protected.
Support ends for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP to help protect your PC against hackers looking for a back door into your system. At the same time, Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP.
If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed when support ends on April 8th, you will continue to receive Microsoft Security Essentials updates till July 14 2015 to help identify malware on your PC. You can also still get the malicious software removal tool for Windows XP for a limited time through Windows Update and the Download Centre.
But don’t let this extension lead you into false hopes that all will be ok till then, the stopping of full security updates from Microsoft will open your system up to security flaws in windows that hackers are looking at to exploit.
You can check to see if your computer is compatible with Windows 7 by clicking http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20 it will tell you if your computer will run Windows 7 and what you may need to do to it to make it work.
The stress of this upgrade can lead to a lot of work researching the needs of your company’s computers, and trying to understand the correct upgrade to manage your IT environment. Windows 8 or now 8.1 can be a daunting move as it is very different to any other windows package, so we at BuzzAGeek recommend a move to Windows 7 that is supported by Microsoft, is a more secure system and easier to use than Windows 8 or 8.1.
Windows 9 is due out next year and Microsoft promises to make more of a come back to the desk top environment of which most of us are used to, but with the metro apps screen still available.
BuzzAGeek strongly recommend that you complete your move to Windows 7 or 8.1 operating system as soon as possible so that you can receive regular security updates to help protect your computer from malicious attacks.
The old Chinese curse “May your life be interesting” certainly comes to mind with Windows at the moment.
Call BuzzAGeek to make your life “more” interesting and less stressful. At BuzzAGeek we can upgrade your systems and check out your existing computers advising the right upgrade path for you.