Windows XP. The operating system has long been the standard operating system for PC’s. Now Microsoft has stated that they will end all technical support on April 8th of this year. The XP systems have been running on computers for the past 13 years and although change is good, there are some differences with Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems
If you are currently running a computer with a XP operating system, then there are some tough decisions to make for keeping XP or to migrate over to another system. Let’s look at some of the reasons why you should migrate to a new system, what the consequences could be by not migrating, and some alternatives.
Advantages for keeping XP
- Most computer programs have been running on XP for years and it has served well in most business environments.
- People have become used to using XP and are afraid of change.
- Windows XP is compatible with most hardware and software.
- If it ain’t broke don’t fix-it mentality.
Consequences for keeping XP
- Microsoft will no longer provide updates, patches, or fixes making the computer more vulnerable to viruses and other attacks.
- Not current with newer software or upgrades.
- Newer devices may not perform properly.
Advantages to migrate
- Keep current with latest software and hardware changes.
- Stay competitive with other businesses.
- Able to utilize better and faster hardware devices.
Consequences for migrate
- Provide training on new operating system.
- Cost of new hardware equipment and software.
- Uncertainty of software and hardware working properly.
Alternative Operating Systems
- Windows 7 – This is a smooth transition for people who are familiar with XP plus it is easy to navigate, and is compatible with most software.
- Windows 8.1 – Still fairly new to the PC market and not very compatible with older versions of hardware and software, and has not been favored for business usage.
- Ubuntu – A free operating system that offers the same look and feel of Windows 7 without incurring any cost.
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