No More Support for Windows XP

No More Support for Windows XP – What it Means

Windows XP support is no more!  Now is the time to upgrade to the latest Microsoft operating system – Windows 8.1!

Windows XP went on sale in 2001 and was arguably one of Microsoft’s most popular systems which is why support has been provided for so long.  But that support now ends and the software giant has stated “the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”

This means that technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.  Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP has also come to an end.  (If you already have Security Essentials installed you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a time but this doesn’t mean your PC is secure as Microsoft is no longer providing security updates to help protect your PC.)

Although support has ended your PC will still work but may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.  Internet Explorer 8 is now no longer supported so if you are connected to the internet and you use Explorer 8 to surf the web you may be exposed to addition threats.

So there has never been a better time to upgrade.  With Windows 8.1 you will get a modern operating system which is more efficient for today’s digital world.

How to stay protected?

Now that XP Support has ended if you wish to stay protected you have two options:

Upgrade your existing PC

Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1 which is the latest version of Windows.  You can download the Windows Upgrade Assistant from Microsoft’s own website to check if your PC meets the system requirements.  Alternatively you can bring your PC into Larne Computers and we will be happy to help find out if this option is available to you.

Get a new PC

If your current PC won’t run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider a new one.  Here at Larne Computers we again will only be too happy to help.  We can provide help and advice on what you need plus we have great deals on laptops and custom built PC’s.  Why not give us a call on 02828 279190 or pop in for a chat where one of the team who will be glad to help!

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