Goodbye Windows XP

Out with the old and in with the new.

Why should you upgrade XP?

After supporting Windows XP for over 12 years, the time has finally come for Microsoft to withdraw support. On the 8th of April this year, Microsoft, along with its hardware and software partners called it a day on XP and Office 2003 in order to focus on supporting more up-to-date, advanced technologies which will enable them to continue to deliver great new experiences.

The implications of this have meant that the technical assistance provided with Windows XP is no longer available – including automatic updates which help to protect your computers security and privacy.

The provision of the downloadable, Microsoft Security Essentials, has also stopped, meaning you’ll receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time only. However please note that this software does have very limited effectiveness on PCs without the latest security updates.

Should I continue to use XP? 

By continuing to run Windows XP, your PC will work fine despite Microsoft ending  support  however it does mean you may be more susceptible to security risks and vulnerability. An independent study also showed that the move from XP to Windows 7 or 8 provided a 130% return on investment within a 3 year period. It was also found those who chose not to go ahead with the upgrade spent more, dealing with costly problems regarding security, slow networks and maintaining productivity.

How do I keep myself protected?

Staying protected is easy once you know the options. Here’s two to choose from:

  • Upgrade your current PC. Few older models are able to run Microsoft’s more updated software – to find out if your device meets the system requirements, download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant.  If you have a compatible device, follow the steps provided in the tutorial to upgrade.
  • Get a new PC. If you’ve run the Windows Upgrade Assistant and it appears your PC can’t run either Windows 7 or 8, perhaps it’s time to upgrade your device to a newer model.  At OmniCom we’re proud to be an Acer Active and HP Partner, meaning we are able to resell the entire Acer and HP PC and Laptop ranges. We also offer bespoke PC and Workstation design based on Intel, which is backed up by accreditation as an Intel Partner.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:
 Q: Why should I upgrade from XP and invest in new hardware?  A: Upgrading means you’re actively protecting your assets. In the same way a car needs regular maintenance, so does your operating system. New technologies have meant Windows XP doesn’t provide the same benefits that newer systems can. Upgrading can more than repay the short term inconvenience, whilst protecting your business for the future at the same time.
Q: Now that XP is no longer supported, what’s the risk for those who haven’t upgraded? A: Ultimately, the main risk is security breaches. Microsoft constantly update their operating systems to protect users from new threats. By upgrading, it also means you’re more likely to benefit from more apps and devices that don’t work with Windows XP.
Q: Windows 7 vs. Windows 8? How do I choose? A: While Windows 8 aesthetics may not be what many users are used to, functionality is unrivalled.  The boot to desktop feature has been dramatically improved and reduced downtime instantaneously. In addition to this, Windows 8 can now be customised with thanks to Microsoft, to look and feel like Windows 7 whilst still retaining all the functionality of the newer system.
Q: What is the single greatest customer benefit of upgrading from XP? A: Security intertwined with return on investment. This is definitely a change your business should want to consider.