Windows XP End Of Life Very Near.
April 8 2014 is when Microsoft will "pull the plug" on Windows XP. After that date there will be no more security updates. To sum it up, there will be no more support for Window XP.
When Microsoft stops providing patches for Windows XP, that operating system will be extremely vulnerable. Hackers are already salivating at the opportunity to take over unsuspecting computers. When they find a zero-day or other flaws in the operating system, they will have access to millions of these old XP computers. Notice that I say “when” rather than “if” because it is only a matter of time before exploits will be found. Since there will be no patch from Microsoft, anyone who continues to use Windows XP after April 8 will be at the mercy of hackers and in grave risk of having their XP computer seriously compromised. No firewall or anti-virus software will give them adequate protection.
Now is the time to start thinking of upgrading your desktop OS. Windows 7 is a very good option, most hardware is supported, even older hardware may work with limited functionality. Remember that while the security built into Windows XP was state of the art when it was released in 2001, Windows XP is now a rickety 12-year-old operating system. Even though security was increased with Service Release 2, it cannot compare to the security provided by
Windows 7 or Window 8.
If you need help reviewing your current hardware/software configuration, contact the CCS Retail Systems Support Department at 800.672.4806 or email us.