If you use Windows XP in your business, then mark April 8th, 2014 on your calendar. On that date, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP.
What does this mean?
- Security risks. Machines running Windows XP will no longer receive automatic updates (including security related patches) or Microsoft Security Essentials. This opens up security vulnerabilities for Windows XP machines and the networks connected to them.
- Lack of Software Vendor Support. Software vendors are likely to stop support for newer versions of applications running on an unsupported operating system.
Every day beyond April 8th, your XP computers will become less secure. If your XP computers are part of a network, then those computers will represent an increasing vulnerability to the entire network.
Do you have Windows XP? Here’s how to check:
- Click the Start Button
- Click on Run, type winver and then press Enter.
- Can’t find the Start button? Then you are probably running Windows 8.
If you are running Windows XP, then you will need to upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 in order to remain supported by Microsoft (and most other vendors) and maintain tight security for your machines and network. If your current computer can’t run Windows 7 or 8, then it’s time to consider replacing it.
For our current IT service plan customers: Please contact your Account Manager directly to discuss options for upgrading.