Microsoft desperately wants you to upgrade from Windows XP to one of its more modern operating systems. While you may be resistant to the prospect of installing and running a new operating system, the fact that the technology giant has pulled support for the 13-year veteran of operating systems means that it is now very much in your best interest to make that change.
The most compelling reason to upgrade from XP is the absence of security updates. As an XP user, you will no longer receive new security packs. Security experts at Avast Antivirus say that XP users are six times more likely to get hacked than Windows 7 users. Furthermore, they also believe that many hackers have held back the release of malware and viruses until support stops completely. This means that an operating system already dogged by security concerns is going to get a lot more vulnerable very soon.
It’s easy to forget that Windows XP is now 13 years old. In technology terms, it is virtually an antique, designed before the days of modern hack attacks. In contrast, Windows 7 and Windows 8 have modern architecture, and are better equipped to protect your precious data.
For the business user, no security updates means that business and employee data, as well as client and prospect data, are at risk. Upgrading may mean a brief interruption in operations, while new software is installed and systems are manually migrated, but it also means that you can protect the data that you hold along with your organization’s reputation. That reputation will inevitably suffer if your customers find their data has been put at risk because you didn’t upgrade your IT infrastructure.
Upgrading from XP to a more recent operating system will require some effort. Files and folders will not migrate during the upgrade process, so you will need to back them up yourself. You will also need to ensure that your computer has the hardware capabilities to run either of the new systems, and if it doesn’t then this will mean paying extra for new hardware upgrades like RAM and a better graphics card. The alternative, of course, is to invest in new PCs that already come with either Windows 7 or, Microsoft hopes, Windows 8, installed and ready to go.
Microsoft has continued to offer support for the Windows XP platform for a long time in the technology and software world. Finally, and possibly as part of a plan to encourage users to migrate to newer operating systems, they have withdrawn security and system updates from April 8th, 2014. While computers running XP will still continue to work, there is a much greater security threat for those that do not upgrade. Upgrading may not be as simple a process as most would appreciate, but it should be considered crucial for individual consumers and businesses alike.
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This is an excerpt from this quarter’s issue of The Technologist. Read the full issue here.