#1. What does Window XP end of support mean?
Answer: After April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP, which includes automatic updates that help protect your PC.
Microsoft claims that your computer will become more vulnerable to viruses and being hacked into if it continues running XP after the 8th. They also warn that any bugs or errors in the system will not be patched or fixed. Microsoft’s built-in anti-virus program Windows Defender will also be changing after April 8th, in that they will no longer allow XP users to download it after the 8th. However for those who already have Windows Defender activated and installed will continue to receive updates.
#2. Can I still use Windows XP after April 8th?
Answer: Yes, as long as you have an up-to-date anti-virus program.
While Microsoft would like you believe that you can’t, you indeed can as long as you have an up-to-date anti-virus software installed. What Microsoft is concerned about are holes within the system itself that make it an easy target for new viruses and hackers. Microsoft claims that once they end support that the updates and patches needed to fill in security gaps within the system will now be exposed. However most of this is speculation and no one will know what is in store for XP users after the 8th.
#3.Can I upgrade my computer to Windows 7/8?
In order to upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8 you must make sure that your computer meets the system requirements to run either operating system. Most computers that are running Windows XP will not meet the system requirements to run Windows 7 or 8, simply due to the age of the hardware in the computer. Microsoft recommends buying a new computer as they have started advertising special deals on new laptops In order to have XP users move on. They are even offering free data transfers just to sweeten the deal for XP users.
For us, we believe that staying or moving on from XP is fine either way. We provide a great anti-virus program for those who wish to stay and amazing deals on Windows 7 & 8 laptops for those ready to move on (and like Microsoft, if you purchase a new laptop with us we will transfer your data for free). We provide Malwarebyte's Anit-Malware program which has announced that with the coming end of support for XP they will continue to provide up-to-date protection for XP users.