Windows XP is undoubtedly one of Microsoft’s most legendary products. It has served desktop users for over a decade, but support is finally drawing to a close. Support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014. This has several implications for any computer still running XP after that date.
What does End of Support Mean?
End of support for Windows XP means that come April 8, 2014, there will be no more updates, patches, or technical support for users still running Windows XP. This includes everyone, from home users, to large enterprises. In order to retain up to date patches and support, it is critical that users upgrade to a modern OS, such as Windows 7 or 8.1.
Risks of Staying with Windows XP
Without the security updates and patches, Windows XP will become highly vulnerable to viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Any exploit found after April 8 will not be patched, and as such any computer running XP could be the victim of malicious software that is specifically targeted at Windows XP users.
Certain businesses that must adhere to regulatory obligations, such as HIPAA, will no longer satisfy the requirements. For more information on the HHS’s security requirements, view HHS HIPAA FAQ – Security Rule.
Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support:
Most software creators will no longer release or support products on Windows XP. For example, the latest Microsoft Office product suite will not run in Windows XP.
Hardware will stop being supported in Windows XP. As such, any drivers that are required for newer hardware or devices to work in Windows XP are unlikely to be written.
How to Migrate to a Newer Operating System
Microsoft offers extensive support and technical resources for large organizations (500+ employees) who are looking to deploy and manage a new Windows operating system. To access these services, contact a Certified Microsoft Partner. To do things without the help of a Microsoft employee, visit Windows 8.1 Springboard Series.
Small to Medium Business Users:
Small to medium sized business customers (<500 employees) should speak to a Microsoft Certified Partner to get a full array of options for their business. If your current business PCs meet the system requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can purchase licenses from a local retailer or a Microsoft Certified Partner.
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