For the past few years, Microsoft® and IT professionals have been trying to remind us that Windows® XP would stop being supported starting April 8th, 2014. What does it really mean?
1. Microsoft® will no longer be releasing security patches for computers running Windows® XP operating systems.
2. As time goes by, you will find that new software and applications that you desire along with hardware (printers, scanners, and copiers) may not be compatible with your Windows® XP computer. Click here to go directly to the Microsoft® site for details.
What should you do if you are still running a Windows® XP machine?
1. If you work with an IT professional, consult with him/her for their input, they know you and your needs best.
2. If you do not have an IT professional, I have listed several considerations for you.
a. Is this computer connected to the internet? If it is, you very well may be vulnerable to security attacks.
b. Does this computer run an application that is vital to your business? If so, you may want to disconnect it from the internet and continue to use it while you decide on whether or not you want to upgrade your current software or migrate to another. Don’t wait until it stops working and cripples your business.!
c. Have you been dragging your feet on upgrading because of all of the “horror stories” regarding Windows® 8? It is true that Windows® 8 requires time to get used to. The good news is that you can still get Windows® 7 on many computers (you may have to look a bit) and Microsoft® will support Windows® 7 until January 14, 2020! Interesting article published by PCWorld just this week!
d. I would strongly suggest that you do not upgrade your current Windows® XP computer to either Windows® 7 or Windows® 8. It is almost certain your hardware will not run well. With both desktop and laptop computers at such reasonable prices these days, it pays just to buy a new computer and start fresh.
What is the lesson here? If you depend on your computer(s) in your business (who doesn’t today?), make a concerted effort to keep your technology up to date. If not, you will end up rushing into making decisions that should be made in a more calculated manor. As you move forward, make sure that you have trusted advisors to assist you in your technology decisions.
Kathleen Vanden Broecke, Act! Certified Consultant & Trainer
Effective Business Solutions