We have previously reported that Microsoft are to stop supporting Windows XP as of April, Microsoft have extended this period of support until 2015. They explained their changes in a blog, saying they would provide updates for well-known malicious programs that will help Windows XP spot when viruses, Trojans and other infections that are trying to attack until 14 July, 2015 but regular updates and bug fixes for XP will stop as scheduled on 8 April.
According to research there are still about 30% of desktop computers still running the twelve year old operating system and it seems this operating system has lasted so long because people have had problems with Vista and Windows 7 and 8.
To do two of our recommendations you will need to check your computers systems requirements, the instructions on how to do this are here.
If you are still running Windows XP you have three options.
Option 1 – Upgrade to Windows Vista. We do not recommend due to the poor performance of the operating system and stability issues. If you would like to check the system requirements for Windows Vista you can here.
Option 2 – Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. You can check the system requirements to upgrade here.
Option 3 – replace your machine. While this may seem to be the extreme option you may find that your current machine does not have the requirements to upgrade or it may make financial sense to buy a new machine.
If you would like more information please do contact us.