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Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on 4 8 2014

Microsoft has announced that they are ending support for Windows XP on 4 8 2014.

This means that updates will no longer be available. That will leave you vulnerable to malware and exploits. In addition, you may find that you will have problems with drivers for hardware. Microsoft extended the end of support for Windows 98 but don’t count on that happening again.

Business and home users should consider the following:

 

  • Plan to phase out your Windows XP operating systems by the end of support date. New machines could be upgraded to Windows 7 if they have the capacity. Older machines should be retired.
  • You might be able to install Linux or Unix on some of the older machines to extend their life.
  • If you have multiple workstations, consider phasing in Windows 7 machines over time. That way, you are not faced with a massive migration .
  • If you are running legacy dos software, or 16 bit software, you should check to ensure that it will run under Windows 7, especially the 64 bit version.

You can read more at the windows team blog

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