March 13, 2015

Everything Must Come To An End, Even Windows XP

Eventually everything ends, even popular products such as Microsoft XP. In April 2014 Microsoft stopped supporting the widely used operating system. End of support means Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.

Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. This means that computers still using this operating system are left open to a huge security risk.

Viruses on an unprotected PC can lead to issues such as corrupted or deleted data on your computer, using your email program to spread itself to other computers, or even erase everything on your hard disk.

The follow is a list of operating systems that are currently supported by Microsoft.

Operating systemsLatest update or service packEnd of mainstream supportEnd of extended support
Windows VistaService Pack 2April 10, 2012April 11, 2017
Windows 7 *Service Pack 1January 13, 2015January 14, 2020
Windows 8Windows 8.1January 9, 2018January 10, 2023

To find out what the best option is for you and your business please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to discuss the best way forward considering your current hardware and business practices.


Julie Dunmore

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