If you haven’t heard already, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. That means that Microsoft is no longer making any bug fixes, updates or security patches for your computer if you are still using Windows XP.
Windows XP had a good run, almost 13 years. At Bold City IT, we try to help you squeeze every penny’s worth out of your computer before we give up on it. Unfortunately, there comes a point when it doesn’t make sense for a company like Microsoft to keep pumping money into an operating system that isn’t making money for them anymore.
If you are still running Windows XP, the question is, what do you do now? There’s a few things you can do, but you definitely need to do something, and you need to do it soon. The longer you wait, the more insecure your computer becomes. Every day new exploits for Windows XP are being discovered, and Microsoft is not playing catch up to try to fix them any more.
The first, obvious choice is to buy a new computer. Since you’ll be starting over with a brand-new operating system anyways, now is a good time to consider switching to something new. A new Mac will run you anywhere between $600 and $3,000 depending on how much computing power you need and how much money you can spend. The Mac Mini (starting at $599) is a great option for Windows XP users. You can use your existing keyboard, mouse and monitor. Bold City IT can pick it up for you at the Apple Store, set it up at your house, and transfer all of your files and settings over from your old PC to your new Mac.
If you want to stick with Windows, you’ll have to make the switch to Windows 8.1, unless you want to put out some big bucks to get a professional computer that has downgrade options to Windows 7. You can pick up a solid Windows 8.1 laptop for $400 – $700. A Windows 8.1 Pro laptop usually starts at $1,000. Windows 8.1 isn’t all doom and gloom like you may have heard in the news. Windows 8, the version that brought the big changes to Windows, was the version everyone was complaining about. In it, Microsoft got rid of the Start Button, and completely changed the way the operating system worked. They’ve fixed a lot of these problems in Windows 8.1 and it is much more comfortable to work in. Bold City IT can find the PC that’s right for you, install it and set it up for you, and transfer all of your files and settings from your old Windows XP machine for you.
Another option is to upgrade your operating system on your computer. Microsoft has a page that can detect if your computer can handle Windows 8. Check it out and see if your computer is up to the challenge. If not, Microsoft also has a web page that can tell you if your computer can run Windows 7. Lastly, if neither of those options work, there is a version of Linux called Mint that is picking up steam as a Windows XP replacement. Linux Mint is free, it looks and works a lot like Windows XP, and has similar system requirements. If you know which operating system you want to upgrade to, Bold City IT can order it or download it for you, install it and help you get familiar with the new system. If you still don’t know which to upgrade to, Bold City IT can help you figure it out.
If your computer can almost handle a new operating system, but is just running a little short on specs, call Bold City IT and we can help you upgrade your computer’s memory, hard drive, and, in some cases, even the processor. Call Bold City IT at 904-638-8863.