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As of April 8th, Microsoft has stopped supporting the Windows XP operating system.  What does this mean?  

  • No more Windows Updates to fix security problems in Windows
  • No more Technical Support directly from Microsoft
  • Companies will stop producing new programs for Windows XP

Does this mean that my computer is no longer safe to use, or will it stop working?

No.  Your computer can safely continue to work with all existing programs and is not an immediate security risk as long as you follow these guidelines:

  1. Make sure that all Windows Updates are installed.
  2. Make sure you have a good AntiVirus installed and that it is updating properly.  We recommend ESET/NOD antivirus which will be supported on Windows XP until well into 2017.
  3. Stop using Internet Explorer to browse the internet.  Use Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox.  These are already installed on many computers.
  4. Just like with any version of Windows – if you don’t trust the e-mail or website.. don’t click on it

If you would like to have your computer(s) checked please contact us for a remote system checkup. We will check your computer health, make sure your antivirus is running well and set your default web browser to Chrome or FireFox.

Should I upgrade my computer to a new version of Windows or perhaps buy a new computer?

Since computers running Windows XP are generally older and will become more difficult to install new software on, now is a good time to consider upgrading.  Generally you will see more value for your dollar by purchasing a new computer compared to upgrading the version of Windows on your existing computer.

Should I look at computers with Windows 7 or Windows 8?

We recommend Windows 7 for your new computer. Most computers we sell come with a Windows 8 license but are delivered to us with Windows 7 Professional installed.