Thirteen years after its release, technical support for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system will end today. To be clear, computers running XP will keep working after April 8; without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC will be vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, etc.
An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system. In addition to home computers, XP is used to run everything from water treatment facilities and power plants to small businesses like doctor’s offices, ATMs etc.
Some say that, Microsoft will provide anti-malware-related updates through July 14, 2015, but warns that the tweaks could be of limited help on an outdated operating system. Microsoft suggests two options: upgrade to a newer, supported version of Windows. Or buy a new PC. Those are certainly the safest options. However, If you simply must keep using Windows XP, there are a few things you can do to improve your security. First, set up a home firewall to keep out malicious network traffic. Second, use an up-to-date web browser, either Google Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox. Use an Antivirus program that is up-to-date. These do not guarantee that, you can run Windows XP for long; however until you buy a new PC, this should help you for few days. You do own the risk by doing this. Neither msigeek or Microsoft would own the responsibility for any hacker attacks.
Reports also say that, The UK and Dutch governments have paid Microsoft multiple millions to extend support for Windows XP past the 8 April cutoff date. The UK extension cost £5.5m but is only valid for a year, after which public-sector users will have to be moved to newer software.
Some of the reasons why you should think about upgrading to a better PC / other alternatives are Security, Businesses Compliance, Hardware Manufacturer support and Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support.
To upgrade, users will need to download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant, which will check if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8.1 and then will set up the guide for upgrading. If your PC doesn’t meet these requirements, it is time you bid the PC a bye and upgrade to a newer, more powerful machine. Or install Windows 7 on it, if you aren’t too keen about Windows 8.1. Looks like its time you move on to a new PC. Have a look at the Windows 8.1 on the official website.