Bye Bye Windows XP
Now that Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP you might be asking yourself "What Now". Well as you can see your PC didn’t stop working or blow up, but it will not be protected like it used to or like any new Microsoft Operating Systems will be.
Does this mean that you should not use your PC anymore? Unfortunately, that’s a double edged sword type of question. I guess the answer would be to ask yourself, "What do I do with PC", banking? email? shopping?. As with any PC, you need to be aware of where you go on the Internet. Even legitimate sites have had issues with infecting PC’s. This means that you are more vulnerable to being infected, having your identity stolen, and have our bank account cleaned out. Is that something you are willing to risk?
Although I do not advise it, you can still use your Windows XP machine. Maybe for research or a quick Google search. But using it for anything personal, I would be very careful. Microsoft did say that would continue Malware definition updates until mid 2015, but that no reason to believe you are safe.
The best remedy right now would be to update your OS to at least Windows 7, but before jumping in to that, I would be sure your PC can handle it. Also be aware that you will need to re-install ALL software. Installing Windows 7/8 on a PC running anything older than Vista, will wipe your hard drive before installing. There is no upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. Another option would be to buy a PC that is preinstalled with a newer OS. You may still be able to find one with Windows 7, if you’re not ready for Windows 8.
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