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10 Things to Know About the End of Windows XP

By now, I'm sure you've heard that the Windows XP operating system is now longer being supported by Microsoft.  If your PC still runs on XP, what does that mean for you?  

Here are 10 things you need to know;

  1. No more security updates will be provided from Microsoft which will leave your computer vulnerable to viruses and hacking attacks and greatly reduce your online safety.

  2. Experts are predicting a large volume of attacks and viruses to be released very shortly after April 8th, but the risk to your computer will grow more and more as time goes on. 

  3. Windows XP has been a solid system for over 10 years now (Released August 2001).

  4. Although some computers may meet the system requirements for upgrading the operating system, older machines were not designed with the newer systems in mind. This means that you may experience unexpected issues relating to performance that you will not encounter when buying a new machine.

  5. When upgrading, be aware that some older software and peripherals (Printers, faxes, scanners etc) may not function or be supported during an upgrade.  Details for specific products can be found online through manufacture website. 

  6. The price of computers can vary greatly, but a new computer without a monitor usually starts around the $300 range and can go up from there.

  7. Depending on the computer you purchase, there is a good chance that you will be able to continue using your current monitors allowing you to save a bit of money during the upgrade.  

  8. Many companies, such as Dell, are offering special deals during this upgrade period to entice users to upgrade now.

  9. Windows has plans to continue supporting the next operating systems for a long time to come. Windows 7 will be supported through January of 2020 and windows 8 support will continue through January of 2023.  

  10. Upgrading is a good time to start backing up your information if you are not already doing so. 

Everyone at Lakeside Insurance wishes you hassle free computing and insurance!  

Brock Fluegge, CIC