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The End of Windows XP Support

Windows XP supportIf you’re a Windows XP user, it should come as no surprise to you that effective April 8th, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP. Learn more at Microsoft’s website.

I certainly have my opinion about this… When I had to buy a new laptop about 2 years ago, I was ‘forced’ to move from Windows XP to Windows 7 and did so kicking and screaming – but in the nick of time so as to not have to jump to Windows 8!

All that aside, you do need to have a plan in place for what to do when Windows XP support ends. Here’s an article providing suggestions about dealing with the end of life of Windows XP.

Oh my – I just realized that my old laptop is my spare, so I too will need a plan!

Using Windows 7 in XP Mode

Here are a few pointers if you’re currently using Windows 7 or are contemplating switching over to it.

Like earlier versions, Windows 7 has several editions: Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. I’m used to having my computers customized and shipped to me; however, this is the first time I bought one at a brick and mortar store and it was pre-packaged. So I landed up with the Home Premium edition of Windows 7.

So here’s Tip #1: If you’ve got software applications that run just fine in Windows XP and don’t want to spend the money to upgrade those applications, you can run Windows 7 in XP mode. Yippee! BUT, you cannot do it in the Home Premium edition. Boo… Continue reading »