Windows XP End of Life Notice
What you need to know
Windows XP, the operating system that your computer may still be using, has served us well for the last 11 years but unfortunately Microsoft (the creators of Windows XP) has stopped supporting it on April 8th, 2014. This means that there will be no more automatic updates to protect your computer from hackers, viruses and other vulnerabilities.
How This Affects You
Your computer will still run, but it will become increasingly more vulnerable to hackers and viruses. Even if your computer is not connected to the internet, makers of software and hardware (like printers, webcams and MP3 players) will no longer support Windows XP. This means that any software or device you buy after April 8th, 2014 may not work.
Microsoft Office 2003 (usually used for Microsoft Word and Excel) will also be discontinued on this date and should be upgraded for the same security and compatibility reasons.
While some people may choose to take the risk of not upgrading to save money, the cost of recovering data from a hacked system, and then having to upgrade anyway will cost more in the long run. This is assuming that hackers haven't stolen any of your personal data or compromised any of your financial accounts. So it is highly recommended you upgrade sooner rather than later.
What Can You Do
It may be possible to install a new operating system on your computer, but it is likely that the best course of action will be to buy a new computer. Talk to us and we can let you know the best course of action based on your circumstance.