Windows XP end of life in April 2014
The ‘end is nigh’ for Windows XP
Microsoft have called time on one of the world’s favourite operating systems. It should have happened years ago but Microsoft extended the end of life date for Windows XP due to its popularity and the global unpopularity of Windows Vista.
First released in 2001 – but only just – Windows XP has gained huge popularity and it’s estimated that two thirds of corporate desktops still rely on Windows XP. Remember though, that despite its many updates, Windows XP was designed to run on 2001 technology and 2001 peripherals. The problem is that times are tough for many businesses and they adopt an ‘if it isn’t broken, why fix it’ approach.
What will happen when Windows XP retires?
Initially you won’t be aware of very much. Microsoft will stop releasing updates, security fixes and any other form of support. Software writers tend to restrict compatibility of their products to operating systems supported by Microsoft. So, future updates of your payroll, accounts and other software simply won’t install and you may be left in a rush situation to upgrade your computer.
Bear in mind that although a software upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 is possible, it’s unlikely that the host computer will be up to the job. Windows XP and Office 2003 will finally be pensioned off on the 8th April 2014.
Can I check if my existing computer will run Windows 7?
If your computer has been designed to run Windows Vista or Windows 7 (check the sticker on it) then chances are it will, with a little extra memory. Note that some Vista or 7 computers have been ‘downgraded’ to run Windows XP. If it says ‘Designed for Windows XP’ then it may run Windows 7 but will be mind numbingly slow. Click HERE to go to Microsoft’s upgrade advisor page. If you’re unsure of what to do or have any questions, call us on the number at the top of this page.