On April 8th 2014 Microsoft ended support for Windows XP.  What does this mean to those of you still running with Windows XP?

Since April 14th 2009 all of the updates for Windows XP have been security updates at a rate of approximately 1 -2 per month.  These security patches are basically to patch holes that hackers find and exploit to do everything from hacking into your computer and gaining access to your files to pushing adds to you.

So for every month you continue to run Windows XP on your computer you are missing 1 – 2 of these patches.  So not right away for most people but eventually there will be enough holes in Windows XP security that many people will be at risk.

It is highly advisable if your computer is less than 4 years old to get it reformatted with a newer operating system such as Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1.  If your computer is between 4 – 7 years old then it depends on how high end it was to start with as to whether or not it is worthwhile to reformat it and re-install all your programs and pay for a new Operating system.  If your computer is more than 7 years old then it is not worth updating it as much of the hardware in it would be too slow to support the newer operating systems and the accompanying software.

Here are some links to additional related info:

Windows 7 Lifecycle Fact Sheet

Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy

Hopefully this is useful info for you.  If you have any additional questions please contact Carl via the Contact form above.

Thanks.

Carl Taylor