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Goodbye XP

Windows XP support ends April 8, 2014. Are you ready? Triware is …

What exactly does it mean if your version of Windows is no longer supported? An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Microsoft. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. These updates also install the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows — new drivers for your hardware and more.

Windows XP End of Support Infographic

Windows XP End of Support Infographic

Let’s insert a statistic to bring this into perspective: Windows XP is now 21 times more likely to be effected by malware attack than Windows 8! That means if you’re running Windows XP, you’re 21 times more likely to lose your data or share your information with the wrong people! Complicating the issue further, many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive updates. For example, the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP. Other line of business solutions will eventually follow a similar path.

Add on the potential downtime, longer reboot waits and other inefficiencies now associated with Windows XP, and it only makes sense to move to Windows 7 / 8. Making this move is not difficult:

  1. Upgrade your operating system, or;
  2. Upgrade your entire PC.

There’s a good chance, however, that the hardware you’re running XP on is dated, requiring you to possibly upgrade other components and incur additional labour costs. Factor in these considerations and the most efficient route is to upgrade your PC or laptop to a model with Windows 7 (at least) as the operating system.

If you’re still running Windows XP Triware can help. Simply connect with our team and we’ll provide options to help protect your business and keep your information safe and secure.