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Windows XP – End of Life 8th April 2014

Windows XP – End of Life 8th April 2014

You may or may not be aware, but Microsoft has set the date of April 8th, 2014 when it will remove all support for Windows XP.

But what does that mean for you? If you are not using Windows XP, then nothing; but if you are one of the millions of people around the world still using this platform, then that all depends on what you are using it for. It’s important to understand that Windows XP will still continue to operate normally, it’s just Microsoft will no longer support it. The effect on you will greatly depend on what you are using the platform for.

Recommendation

If you are still running Windows XP, our advice is to start planning an exit strategy NOW. If you want to learn more, then continue reading for our explanation. If you have any further questions, please contact our office on 02 4390 4352.

What will happen when support is removed

Below is a list of things you need to consider if you want to use Windows XP after April 8th 2014.

  • No new security patches will be issued. This means that as exploits are found in the operating system, Microsoft will no longer do anything to prevent/correct the issue potentially exposing yourself to risk
  • Microsoft will no longer offer you Technical Support
  • Windows XP will not stop working. You will be able to continue using the software and even download old security patches
  • When Microsoft drops Windows XP, the rest of the industry will follow. This means that new Software will not be test on Windows XP and new hardware will not have drivers developed to work on Windows XP
  • The list of unsupported Software and Hardware will grow potentially creating serious issues in the future that should otherwise be mundane. (such as getting a new printer for your home or office)
  • Windows XP will become like the older operating Systems such as Windows 95, 98 and ME, orphaned with no official support from 3rd party providers
  • It will be difficult for us to help you with issues as time goes on

Tip32Security updates and support are critically important and we recommend that you look at upgrading your existing Systems to Windows 8.

What if I still need Windows XP?

To put it simply, you should not continue using Windows XP. As time goes on, it will become less and less secure and It will become harder to find hardware that can support it. You can’t reasonably expect to keep using it forever and you could be exposing yourself to risk as the Operating System will develop more security issues than a jail without a gate. Hardware components will also start to fail making it almost impossible to resolve. Some businesses use old legacy software that will not work on the new Operating Systems. This can be for a variety of reasons such as the software vendor going out of business, the software being discontinued or the software vendor simply not keeping it updated. If you believe that the software you are using will not work on the new Operating Systems, you need to contact your vendor for a solution. If a solution can’t be provided or the vendor is no longer around, then you need to seriously consider replacing the software. If it is simply not possible to change the software then you need to consider upgrading your hardware and running a Windows XP virtual machine inside it. We can explain this to you and help you set it up.

Conclusion

We strongly recommend that you do not continue using Windows XP and start planning for this event now. Please contact us to organise a full site audit and analyse the impact on your home or business. Once we have completed the audit, we will be able to create an action plan and upgrade path. Do not leave this until the last minute, act now!

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