If 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!