By: Jennifer Schuler
By now you may have heard – either through news reports or via email notification, that when you wake up on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. You may be wondering: What does that mean for me? In a nutshell, it means that you will no longer have support and receive security updates, such as Microsoft security essentials.
But what does that really mean for me?
This loss of support affects all users of Windows XP because their computers will no longer receive automatic updates that help protect personal information. Even if you happen to have anti-virus software employed, your computer will still not be fully secure.
Why is this happening now?
Windows XP is 12 years old. As software gets older and technology evolves, ending service is typical. The same holds true for replacing outdated cell phones and older model cars, and upgrading to a better appliance – this time you need to replace your Windows XP computer with a new PC.
What should I do about it?
There are two options that exist for Windows XP users to help keep personal information safe on their computer once support has ended. No matter which option you decide is best for you, however, it is best to act before April 8th so that your computer and its contents are updated and secure.
What are my options?
Option #1: Attempt to upgrade your Windows XP machine to the new Windows for $199. Users can opt to continue using their current Windows XP machine by upgrading to a newer version of Windows. Keep in mind, it’s not guaranteed that choosing this option will allow your old PC to work; and there is no direct upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, so you will need to format and reload Windows, your software and your data. In addition, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices such as cameras and printers will not work with newer versions of Windows. The age of your computer is a factor as well, and may affect if and how the new Windows runs.
Option #2: Purchase a new Windows PC starting at $249.
New Windows PCs are less expensive than Windows XP computers were, and now have built-in security to guarantee your PC will be more secure. These new devices are also thinner, lighter, faster, more powerful, and have longer battery life than XP computers. Many of them also have touchscreens.
What types of PCs are available?
Types of PCs available include:
- 2 in 1s (starting at $249) – A tablet and a laptop in one with a keyboard that can detach. This model offers you the mobility of a tablet while maintaining the productivity of a laptop.
- Laptops (starting at $249) – As powerful as a desktop. This model is thinner and lighter than laptops of the past, and offers strong battery life and speed.
- All-in-ones (starting at $500) – A desktop without the tower. This model offers a large touchscreen display, speed, and storage – with a PC and monitor in one.
- Desktops (starting at $329) – A traditional PC (either a tower or desktop configuration) with a separate monitor. You may even reuse the display you already own.
What will it cost to preserve my data?
Though many users may be concerned about losing their professional files and personal data when they let go of their old PC, Microsoft has worked with a data migration service called Lap link which will move photos, videos, music, and files at no charge if you purchase a new Windows XP.
Will it be hard to learn the new system?
With the new Windows, you can work the way you always did with the familiar desktop – using it for everyday tasks such as checking email, reading news online, and working with Office. The added plus is that through the new Start screen, you can access the things you are interested in such as people, sites, and apps – yet faster than ever before since new Windows PCs have more speed than XP computers. All the while, your familiar desktop remains just a tap or click away, giving you freedom to effortlessly switch between the two, and the speed to quickly and easily get it all done.
On a new Windows PC, users will also experience the power of Office as they effortlessly navigate the latest version. Some PCs even come with Office pre-installed for free. New tablets or PCs will work with most printers, cameras, and software. In addition, exclusive and popular apps are available for use on the new PCs and many of them are free.
Where can I check out the latest PCs?
New PCs and offers are available for users who want to make a switch. You can explore, research, and compare options by visiting Microsoft’s website at www.microsoft.com. Or, you can access the following link: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/categoryID.67770000/offerID.42494569909.
What do I do if I want to switch?
There are many ways users can buy the PC model they like. Users can, of course, buy their computer online. If they prefer to see the computer in person, however, they can print out a PDF with details and take it to their local retailer. A larger selection is also available to check out at the Microsoft Store.
How can I make this transition easy?
If you want to purchase a new PC, keep in mind that shopping for a computer is not always easy. In fact, with all of the choices (and options within those choices) available today, the average user can find that buying a new computer is a rather confusing and daunting experience.
Provident Technology can help make your decision to purchase a new PC a snap! We handle the entire process – from consulting with you to find the best PC to match your business and personal needs, through set-up and protecting your personal information once you have the PC you want.
If you are considering a change to a new PC, consult Provident Technology before you take that first step. Why deal with the complications of research and purchase on your own? Call Provident Technology, and let us access your business needs and make the purchase for you. All you have to do after talking with us is wait for your new PC to be delivered. It really is that easy!
Be prepared for the end of Windows XP – with no hassle, no headache, and no hidden costs. Provident Technology is here to handle all of your business and personal computer needs. Call us today!