Still using Windows XP?

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If you are still using Windows XP on your primary computer, it’s time to start thinking about making a change.

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Don’t get me wrong – I was a big fan of Windows XP.  It was stable, reliable, and pretty easy to work with for even a novice computer user.  But times change, and Windows XP is no longer your best or safest choice for operating systems.

In fact, of all the operating systems still seeing substantial use, XP is probably the least secure.

I know what you are saying.

But Scott!  My computer still works fine!  Yeah, it might be a little slower than it once was, but it still turns on, it still goes online, it gets my email, it shows me the websites I want to see.  Why would I want to replace a computer that is still functioning?

Good question.  However, keep in mind that the internet was a different place when XP was first brought out.  Consider this fact:

When Microsoft started selling Windows XP…
YouTube, Gmail and MySpace didn’t even exist.

Windows XP was not built to withstand the challenges of today’s internet and today’s computer users.  There are new malicious softwares being introduced daily – and not just new programs, but new TYPES of programs – ones that were not heard of back when XP was built.  Microsoft has done an admirable job of patching it up through the years, but that won’t continue.

Here is an analogy that I read recently that explains it well:

Windows XP is outdated

The good news is that Windows 7 is a great operating system.  It’s fast, and has good security.  It will be supported by Microsoft for many years into the future.

To upgrade to Windows 7, you have a couple of potential options:

1. Upgrade your current computer to Windows 7.  This is a possible solution for some people.  It will depend on the specs on your current computer.  Some older computers can take Windows 7, some can’t.  Here is how to check yours:  go to http://windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor and download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.  It will analyze your computer and let you know if you can upgrade it.

Note: if you are considering upgrading your current computer to 7, I can help (even if you are not local).  There are some factors to consider that you should know about. You don’t just pop in the disc and click “Upgrade”.

2. Buy a new computer.  If you have been thinking about a new computer anyway, this is a good time to do it.  There are some great deals now with Christmas only 3 weeks away.  One of the services I offer is computer purchase consultation, and I also do a lot of new computer setup.

As always, your comments are welcome in the comments section below.

 

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Ken Leatherman
December 5th, 2011

Scott,

Thanks for reminding me of the age of my XP, it’s starting to feel as old as me. LOL!
It looks like I will be one of the ones contacting you for updating to Windows 7. I’m on my way over to the upgrade advisor.

Ken

arthur pepe
December 5th, 2011

down load linux ubuntu 11.10 just as good i did it arthur waldoboro maine

Scott Johnson
December 5th, 2011

Some people do like Linux, but I just could never figure out the details. And try finding a computer tech to work on your Linux computer – not too many of those guys around! Glad you found a solution you like though.

Richard Fox
December 6th, 2011

XP Pro has almost 900 days of support left and I never had a problem with it. So I’ll wait until I need a new computer to go with 7.

Lucy Hanson
January 17th, 2012

I love the use I got out of the laptop you sold us a few years back, but I use my computer for work. It is becoming obvious that I will need to upgrade soon, so I can do my image processing faster, and have more memory. I will be consulting you soon about my next purchase.

Thanks for all of your good advice over the years.