Goodbye Windows XP: Microsoft support ends on April 2014

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Windows XP is retiring

Windows XP is retiring comes April 8, 2014. After 12 years of support, technical assistance for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. The end of Windows XP support will help Microsoft focus their resources on delivering the best, most current PC experience.

What this retirement means for Windows XP users

When Microsoft ends the support for the widely accepted Microsoft OS - Windows XP, it means Microsoft will no longer deliver software updates. These updates are basically released to help keep your PC secure and working reliably. Without these updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software—causing loss of data and underperformance. Also, with the ending of Windows XP support, XP users can no longer download and use Microsoft Security Essentials. But for those who are already using it, they can still continue to use it with minimal updates.

While your computer will still work, your PC may cause you security and support issues. And in this very case, Microsoft then offers options to UPGRADE your XP into their still-supported OS versions.

Do you Really Need to Upgrade?

If your computer hardware is still working in a very good condition and that you are expecting to use your Windows XP computer for more than three (3) years, I suggest that you upgrade your Windows XP.  This is because you can maximize your invstment with your computer hardware with an updated and supported version of Windows. In order to properly upgrade your PC, you need to Download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant .

However, if your computer hardware is not that new, like more than 5 years, and that it is still working very fine, then I don't suggest you upgrade. The upgrade could just destroy your computer as older hardware has compatibility issues with Windows drivers and other software.