Microsoft Asks That You Help Move Friends & Family Off Windows XP
Microsoft wants YOU …to help your family & friends to stop using Windows XP.
Brandon LeBlanc laid out the request on the Windows Blog this past Friday, reminding the public – once again – that support for Windows XP ends in less than two months.
Come April 8th, Windows XP users will be left without assistance from Microsoft. No new security updates patching holes in the OS, no non-security hotfixes, no online help article updates, and no more free or paid assisted support options. Nothing.
In order to stay protected after April, LeBlanc recommends that users upgrade to a newer version of Windows (8.1, to be specific). Upgrade options consist of:
- Upgrading their current PC if they meet the system requirements for Windows 8.1.
- Purchasing a new PC that already has Windows 8.1.
Unfortunately, neither one of those upgrade options will transfer files, settings, or applications from Windows XP to Windows 8.1, making the upgrade process more of a hassle than a lot of users want to deal with.
While one can understand the reluctance to upgrade to a newer version of Windows – regardless if it’s because you don’t care for the newer UI, don’t want to go through the hassle, or whatever other reason you can think of – it is important to remember that operating system updates/patches play an important role in computer security.
Microsoft has already warned that cybercriminals reverse-engineer security updates to find the code related to the vulnerability that was addressed and use it to develop exploit code to attack systems that haven’t been patched. Oh, and was it mentioned that they test whether or not the vulnerability exists in more than one version of Windows? (Translation: They’re going to use Windows 7/8 updates to try & find new vulnerabilities within Windows XP.)
Not to mention that newer devices/peripherals may not play nice with Windows XP machines.
If you are in fact looking to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7/8, contact us or give us a call (800) 808-2447 and we’ll help you through the process. We’re currently offering Windows XP upgrade services to home and business users all over San Diego County.