Roz wants to know what’s going to happen to her Windows XP computer when Microsoft ends support for XP
I have XP Home like Michael. Can you explain in simple terms what it will mean to me in 2014. I like XP and Outlook Express – Will it mean that I will no longer be able to use my Compaq Desk computer, access any of my prgrammes i.e. Word, My pictures, My music etc. -
At present I use Google Chrome and yahoo Internet Explorer. To be honest I have been reading various articles including your news letter but never really taken in what it will mean to me or my computer until I read Michael comments today. So what will I have to do? will it mean deleting all my programmes, XP Home and buying installing windows 7 or 8? I just don’t understand. Or can you upgrade XP Home to Windows 7 or 8 without deleting XP? – I always thought you couldn’t do something like that because XP is a completely different operating systems. I love my computer and use it a lot but programming and understanding what I will need to do to be honest is beyond me. Hope you can help.
We’ll try to make it simple. When Microsoft ends support for Windows XP in April 2014, Windows XP will not just stop working. It will continue to work and all your programs will continue to work and everything will seem normal. What will happen is, you won’t get anymore security updates, patches or fixes from Windows Update. This will leave your computer increasingly vulnerable over time as miscreants target XP users whose computers will become increasingly more vulnerable. Using Windows XP past April 2014 will increase your exposure to security exploits and possibly put your personal information at risk. But Windows XP will continue to work and so will all your programs.
If you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8, you’ll be able to keep your personal files (photos, documents, music, etc.) but you will have to reinstall all of your programs. You can dual-boot — Windows XP and Windows 8 but we don’t recommend this as Windows XP will become increasingly more vulnerable to exploits. But remember, your computer must support Windows 8 before you and upgrade to it — so that’s another consideration. If you want to check to see if your computer is capable of running Windows 8, you can do so here:
Simply download the upgrade assistant and run it – and you’ll know if your computer can run Windows 8.
You still have plenty of time to make a decision, but the $39.99 special on Windows 8 Professional upgrade ends on January 31, 2013. We don’t know exactly what the price will be after that, but it’s a good bet it will be $100 or higher — all previous versions of Windows have been.