The End of an Era: Windows XP :(

The End of an Era

In 2001, when Mann Technologies was just born, Microsoft released a new operating system called Windows XP. At first, Windows XP was bug ridden and not as stable as the preferred operating system of the time, Windows 98SE. A few years and a few service packs later, Windows XP became the most widely used operating system for over 10 years. However, it’s once again time to move forward into newer, more innovative operating systems.
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Microsoft has announced that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th of this year. If you are running Windows XP, what does this mean for you and your computer?

On most occasions, Microsoft, the maker of all Windows software, works tirelessly to fix any bugs or glitches found in their operating systems. However, Windows XP has reached an age where it is becoming irrelevant and not compatible with most modern programs. Therefore, Microsoft has made it a priority to end support for this outdated operating system and turn their efforts to newer software.

How does this affect your computer?

According to Microsoft’s website:
“If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP”

What should you do if you are running windows XP:

1) Upgrade your computer to a newer operating system, such as as Windows 7 or 8.1
2) Replace your computer with a new computer loaded with Windows 7 or 8.1
3) Do nothing (Not recommended) Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. After April 8th, PCs running Windows XP should no longer be considered to be protected. It is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1. This way, you can receive regular security updates to protect your computer from malicious attacks.

The most common solution is to purchase a new computer.This is because most computers running Windows XP may not be compatible with a newer operating system. To make the transition easier, Mann Technologies offers a free assessment of your computer to let you know if your system is compatible for an upgrade or if you would be better served with a newer, faster system.

If you would like more information or for a Mann Technologies representative to contact you, please feel free to call us or email us at info@manntechnologies.com

Microsoft’s detailed explanation of the Windows XP phaseout.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

-Quinton Babcock, Computer Technician

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