Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Windows XP end-of-life: how do you survive

I am one of those who still cling on to the old trusty Windows XP operating system. I still have this in my old desktop PC which is now mostly resting on the side of the table, but otherwise is still functioning.

I may not be using this as my working computer anymore but there could be slight chance it will come into service should my personal laptop, and the other working laptop go kaput.

If you are XP user like me, you'd have already noticed by now that Microsoft's support of Windows XP has ended on April 8, 2014.

What does this mean to users

Windows XP users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its "end of life" will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft, leaving users vulnerable to malware attacks and countless security risks

What now?

Many of us would now be either scrambling to figure out what to do with it, or in some state of blissful denial, determined to continue riding out the storm. PCworld recommend you to upgrade. But whichever fate you choose, you'll need some key information to survive the event unscathed.

Okay, I'll upgrade. Help me!

If you choose to upgrade, you still need to choose between buying an entirely new PC or just upgrading the operating system (OS) on your current machine. Buying a new PC is by far the easiest route, because the OS will be pre-installed and the hardware will be up to current standards.

Microsoft Malaysia, in conjunction with several vendors and telcos, is wooing consumers with a trade-in campaign called 'Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8' which offers small and medium enterprises in the country up to RM600 (US$185) savings when they buy a new Windows 8.1 device from 1 April - 30 June 2014. View story link here.

Here is a quick rundown of the 5 things you should consider as you prepare to shop for a new Windows system. Also, find out this handy checklist for setting up your PC the way you like it.

It is also possible to keep your PC and just upgrade the OS, should you prefer to, but your OS upgrade choices maybe limited by insufficient CPU power, RAM, or storage capacity.

No, I will stay with XP!

If you decide to stay put with Windows XP, your main concern is online security. You can take precautions to keep your XP system secure after Microsoft stops issuing security patches, but there are no guarantees.

There were warnings that as soon as the XP is no more supported, hackers will start their 'adventures' of hacking into people's computers. This is just caution but it could prove to be a catastrophic truth.

TheGreenMechanics: This is PCworld's verdict: Upgrade from Windows XP, it is not a ploy to get you to buy a new system. Ok, with a pinch of salt, I say I'd rather upgrade than face the music of the ever increasing cyber threats.

My personal laptop is running on Windows 7 and it works fine with support still available from Microsoft. This could be a cheaper upgrade compared  with Windosw 8.

Source: pcworld

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