Microsoft has said Goodbye to Windows XP. This means the support for Windows XP has come to end from now onwards.
Microsoft provided support to Windows XP from past 12 years. But the time has come now to make necessary updates on the OS (Operating System) itself so that Microsoft will able to root in recent technologies to give great new experiences to its users.
Despite Microsoft’s best effort to convince the users to upgrade to a latest version of Windows, there are still millions of them who are using Windows XP.
What’s the next step for those users now?
So, if you are among one of them, who are still using Windows XP, the big question is what’s next after the support has ended?
There are bunch of articles available on net warning about the security in using Windows XP, incoming hacker storm, but how genuine is the scenario?
Well, I have tried to enlist some points that will be useful to keep your Windows XP computer stay protected.
Download the latest update of Windows XP
When it is said that XP support ends in April, it means that Microsoft will no longer be circulating any kind of security updates for this OS. So, it’s a good deal to download the latest security updates NOW!
Set Up your Anti-Virus
You need to have proper security software installed in your PC/Laptop to stop faults in Windows XP being overworked. You need to choose a proper Anti-virus tool, as your current security is might be on risk.
FYI: Microsoft has agreed to provide Anti-Malware updates to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP until 2015.
However, Microsoft Security Essentials is free, but there are many other options available in market too including suites from Kaspersky and others.
The web browser is the only place where most of the users end up getting infected with a virus or malware
Well, if you are using Internet Explorer under Windows XP, it’s high time now to stop using it as Windows XP ONLY supports Internet Explorer 9.
Instead, move on to Firefox or Chrome. Both the browsers have up-to-date versions of Windows XP and even Mozilla and Google are bound to support XP for at least one more year.
Take data backups and migrate to new Windows destination
If you are using Windows XP since long, moving away can be hard. But there are services available that made it easier than ever before.
Microsoft had teamed up with Laplink to allow users to easily migrate their data.
The PCmover Express app from Laplink is free and will move over personal files, user profiles and settings to Windows 7 or any latest windows version 8 or 8.1
They say the free data transfer will not be able to move your apps.
Change is inevitable, but essential too
It’s very hard for some users to move away from Windows XP though the system is still in running phase. But time never stops for anyone, we have to move on and on for our better future.
As long as security software’s, drivers and other apps have Windows XP updates for them, the OS can be used securely and dependably.
At some point you will discover that the hardware and software does not support the OS, thus, moving on from Windows XP to its latest version would be a good deal.