Are you still running Windows XP?

Pic 2 RIP XPWhat happens after Windows XP support terminates on 8th April 2014 What does this mean to you? Getting directly to the point, this means that Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP. Those ‘Windows Updates’ all though annoying asking you to restart your computer, are very important to the security structure of Windows. The updates are for fixing any bugs and protecting your computer against possible hacking attempts as cybercrime is still on the increase. Does my antivirus not protect me from attacks? Attacks come in many ways, certainly Antivirus and Firewall software will still protect you to some degree, but any new vulnerabilities that may compromise your security of Windows will not be addressed by Microsoft. What happens to my Windows XP computer after the 8th April 2014? On the 9th, you are not going to suddenly get attacked with no protection, so in essence nothing will noticeably change on your computer, however, over time software support such as Internet Browser will start developing issues with loading certain web pages and Antivirus programs may stop supporting Windows XP. Microsoft own Antivirus software (Microsoft Security Essentials or MSE) has been extended until May 2015. What do I need to be aware of? After the 8th April, cyber criminals will know it’s the end of Windows XP and yet still aware that there are still 33% of Windows users running XP (according to figures in 2013). This is a big opportunity for them to find a way of hacking the system knowing that Microsoft will not be there to counteract any attacks. When should I upgrade? Well unfortunately the time is now, although I wouldn’t worry too much about the deadline, it’s certainly something that you should consider doing in the next 6-12 months. Will my computer be good enough to run the latest Windows? The minimum specs for Windows 7 and Windows 8 are below:
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
If you are unsure of what specification your computer holds, give us a call and we will gladly assist you over the phone. You should also note that certain hardware could be incompatibly with later versions of windows and although it specifies a minimum of 1GB of memory is available, it really needs 2GB to run adequately. What version of Windows should I upgrade to? Microsoft will try and encourage you to upgrade to the latest Windows 8.1, however you may have heard the rumours that Windows 8 isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Windows 8 is very much designed for touch screen devices although as long as you know how to navigate it, it works well with non-touch screen devices too. Windows 7 however is still the much preferred operating system and has years of life under its belt until Jan 14th 2020. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog, if you want any advice or would like a free quotation on upgrade Windows then please give us a call on 0161 928 3636.

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