Windows XP End-Of-Life (April 8th, 2014)


Windows XP came out when I was in High School.  It was installed on my eMachine I had previously upgraded the RAM from 64MB to a whopping 128MB while it still had been running Windows ME.  (Let’s not derail on Windows ME, I actually had a good experience with the Vista of my High School years)  It’s Celeron 733MHz processor did really well running the new, fancy Operating System.  It was a more refined Windows 2000 Professional which I also really enjoyed.  For the first time I was able to change my IP without having to reboot.  That was a huge deal while taking the CCNA curriculum.

Anyway, Microsoft will be finally ending support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014.  At this time there will be no further security patching for the Windows XP Operating system.  It will be a very, very long run in a world of annual revisions of Apple OS X and bi-annual revisions of many mainstream Linux distributions.  Also ending support at this time will be Microsoft Office 2003.

If you are still running Windows XP (I still am in a virtualized environment), then now may be the time to look at your hardware, and see if it is upgradable to a newer Microsoft Operating System.  I’m not going to just start pointing you to a Windows Upgrade Assistant to Windows 8, as I think it definitely has it’s issues ESPECIALLY if you dod not have a touch screen.  I think if you want to stay in the Windows environment then Windows 7 is a smart choice at this point.  Or, if your desktop is about as old as Windows XP itself, then it may be time to look at an upgrade.  New hardware is more affordable than you might often think.

Either way, please contact us and let us help you migrate your data today.  Now begins the sunset of Windows XP, which kinda started ~5 years ago anyways.

Source: Windows XP End-Of-Life